LUFTHANSA PERFORMS LONGEST PASSENGER FLIGHT IN ITS HISTORY
HAMBURG - Lufthansa will operate the longest passenger flight in its history on 1 February. On that day, a chartered Airbus A350-900 will depart from Hamburg to Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands, covering 13,700 kilometers non-stop during the journey. The flight takes fifteen hours.
There are only 92 passengers on board flight LH2574. Half of the group consists of climate scientists who must be taken to the South Pole, the other half is ship's crew. The mission had been planned for years and can continue as usual with the necessary measures.
According to Lufthansa, the preparation for the flight is intensive: the pilots receive additional training in navigation and technicians accompany them to solve any problems. The crew as well as the travelers as well as the seventeen crew members started a quarantine period of two weeks. The aircraft itself is properly cleaned and sealed.
The return flight departs on February 3 and goes to Munich. Relieved ship's crew will then travel on board.
Interesting route, plotted on GC Map. That is a long long time over water. Always nice to see these kinds of charters.