Coronaviruses have been tough against the global aviation, but it has also had a somewhat different side effect.
It has created a new world record in aviation.
14. march flew the French airline Air Tahiti Nui, the longest distance of a scheduled airliner ever. It writes multiple media including CNN.
15.715 kilometers from Papeete on Tahiti far out in the Pacific ocean to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
This milestone in aviation, was a direct consequence of the US's travel restrictions.
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the Route from Tahiti to Paris usually have a stops in Los Angeles International Airport. Here is the procedure that all passengers of the plane to get through passport control, before they can continue their journey. But the current restrictions from the us authorities to make this part impossible.
Therefore, selected Air Tahiti Nui instead to proceed directly to Paris. The aircraft took off from Papeete Airport at 3 o'clock on the night of 14. march and arrived Paris 6.30 in the morning local time 15. march.
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Air Tahiti Nui has beaten the previous record for the longest direct distance with a passenger. It was Singapore Airlines, which had the honour, with a scheduled flight between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey. A flight on a total of 15.343 kilometers.
The australian airline Qantas has a slightly different record with their Project Sunrise. Here they have tested a 17.799-kilometer-long direct route between Sydney and London. The passengers were among the other Qantas staff, which should contribute to the experiment. Since the flight was an experiment, so it does not apply as a scheduled service and therefore can not snatch the record.
the Flight between Tahiti and France have also broken the record as the longest scheduled domestic flight, because the wing from the French Polynesia which is an overseas French country.
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It was a Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which managed the rigors together with the four pilots. The plane was not full, either with passengers or goods, therefore, it could clear the whole trip without having to have more fuel in, which they usually fill by the transfer in Los Angeles.
A spokesperson from Air Tahiti Nui says to CNN that it was 'an exceptional aircraft, which was operated in a special context,' and adds that 'the aircraft demonstrates the airline's commitment to creating mobility between France and its overseas territories.'
- But it is not fate, it should proceed, said the spokesperson for CNN.
so far was the flight a one-time effort.