Virus sets inadvertent world aviation record with longest passenger flight ever

2020-03-18 08:45 - Marisa Crous
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Travellers around the globe are dealing with cancelled flights and travel bans. All are scrambling to get home. 

But in the midst of all of this chaos, a new aviation world record was set, according to CNN. French airline, Air Tahiti Nui inadvertently set the record for flying the longest ever scheduled passenger flight by distance. 

It transited over 9 765 miles (15715 km) of sky in a single flight. That is flying across the world from Papeete, in Tahiti, French Polynesia, to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

The commercial flight was airborne for just under 16 hours! 

This was a direct result of the US travel restrictions announced by Trump last week. Usually this lengthy route involves a scheduled stopover at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), however when an airplane stops over in the US, passengers must go through US Customs and Border Protection before they're allowed to continue their journey. 

With current restrictions, this part of the exercise was impossible. Therefore this resulted in flight TN064 going directly to Paris. Departing at 3 a.m. local time from Papeete airport, the plane arrived in Paris at 6:30 a.m. local time on March 15.

According to CNN the flight overtook the previous record held by Singapore Airlines, who offers a service between Singapore and Newark, covering a whopping distance of 9 534 miles (15343 km).