Coronavirus causes world’s longest-ever passenger flight

Coronavirus causes world’s longest-ever passenger flight

On Saturday, Air Tahiti Nui set a record for the longest-ever scheduled passenger flight — 9,765 miles from Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, to Paris.

Flight TN064 usually stops-over in Los Angeles — but thanks to US travel restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, it just flew straight from Tahiti to France.
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Even though it was a one-off occurrence due to COVID-19, it was still a planned journey, and therefore broke the distance record previously held Singapore Airlines’ 9,534-mile flight between Singapore and Newark.

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The journey took just under 16 hours, which was well under the record time of 18 hours and 45 minutes still held the Singapore-Newark flight.

Flight TN064 departed Papeete at 3 a.m. local time on March 14 and arrived at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport at 6:30 a.m. local time on March 15. The Boeing 787-9, a twin-engine Dreamliner, was staffed four pilots and a “reinforced crew.”

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The cabin was reportedly not full, which allowed the plane to travel for such a long way without refueling.

Air Tahiti Nui told CNN Travel that it was an “exceptional flight, operated in a special context.”

In September, Qantas tested out a nonstop flight between London, England, and Sydney, Australia, that stretched a mind-boggling 11,060 miles and lasted 19 hours and 19 minutes. But because the Australian carrier’s trial run, also on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, included no fare-paying passengers, it didn’t count towards any aviation records.

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