The world’s longest commercial flight was caused by coronavirus.
The coronavirus spreads and continuously affects everyone, no matter where, on plane or ground. The virus resulted a new record for the world's longest commercial flight in distance, after an Air Tahiti Nui plane was forced to fly from French Polynesia to France in an epic, nonstop, 16-hour trip across 9,765-miles.
On March 14, Air Tahiti Nui flight TN064 from Tahiti to Paris became the longest recorded scheduled passenger flight by distance, The Independent reports. It took it flight from Papeete at 3 a.m., on the local time, on Saturday and touched the ground at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris at 6:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, according to the New York Post.
Though the flight there is a stop in Los Angeles to pick up passengers and refuel, but not this time, due to imposed bans, it was prohibited for the planes that have at the board foreign nations that have been to Europe, to enter the U.S.
From start to finish, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reportedly spent about 15 hours and 45 minutes flying.
Though the Saturday flight happend because of the current travel ban, it beaten the distance record for a 9,534-mile passenger flight between Singapore and Newark, established by Singapore Airlines.
What are the top 10 longest flights?
- Singapore Airlines: Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN): 9,521 miles; 18 hours, 45 minutes
- Qatar Airways: Auckland (AKL) to Doha (DOH): 9,032 miles; 17 hours, 40 minutes
- Qantas: Perth (PER) to London Heathrow (LHR): 9,010 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutes
- Emirates: Auckland (AKL) to Dubai (DXB): 8,824 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutes
- United Airlines (until October 27) and Singapore Airlines (starting November 2): Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN): 8,770 miles; 17 hours, 15-50 minutes
- United Airlines: Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD): 8,596 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutes
- Qantas: Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Sydney (SYD): 8,578 miles; 17 hours, 15 minutes
- United Airlines and Singapore Airlines: San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN): 8,446 miles; 16 hours, 35-40 minutes
- Delta Air Lines: Johannesburg (JNB) to Atlanta (ATL): 8,439 miles; 16 hours, 27 minutes
- Etihad: Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Los Angeles (LAX): 8,390 miles; 16 hours, 30 minutes
Important tips to help you reduce the risk of infection on any trip.
The World Health Organization and the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you stay home and not go anywhere until the epidemic is over.
However, if the trip cannot be postponed in any way, then in this case they also have recommendations that will reduce the risk of infection. Here are the main ones.
- On trains and planes, take the same steps as in other public places - avoid close contact with other people and wear a mask on your face.
- Since it is unlikely that you will be able to wash the mask, buy a few disposable ones and change them periodically.
- Clean your hands as often as possible. Take with you a sufficient amount of alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). It is not as effective as hand washing, but it is better than nothing. Remember that you need to grind the brush for at least 30 seconds.
- It is especially important to wash your hands after using the toilet, before eating, after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Try not to touch anything with your hands, especially handles, buttons and switches. Do not touch the face - eyes, nose, and mouth. Touch surrounding objects as little as possible.
- Try to keep a distance with other people. If possible, choose a way of traveling to be less in contact with anyone. Ideally, drive alone, so the risk is minimal.
- If you feel that you want to sneeze or cough, do it right - covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or disposable towel, which should immediately be thrown into a garbage container.
- Disinfect surfaces that people often touch, such as the armrests of seats in public transport, door handles in hotels, various buttons, and so on.
- Do not eat or drink in public transport. Although it is now believed that coronavirus cannot be transmitted through food, precaution will not hurt - in order to eat, you will need to remove the mask. It is better to have a snack before you hit the road.
- Use contactless payments, for example, using your smartphone or a supporting card with NFC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that in buses, trains, and airplanes you will be in a limited space and may become infected if someone sitting 2 meters away has the virus. Although, during air travel, the risk of inhaling infectious particles of COVID-19 is slightly reduced, since air is filtered on board. But if a patient is near you, on-board filters are unlikely to help you.
Passengers will wear masks from the entrance of the airport of departure to the exit of the airport of destination, the companions will not be allowed to enter the airport except in exceptional cases, and the high temperature will not be a good reason to refuse to board the passenger. All these rules, plus many others, are found in the protocol prepared by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) for air travel.
On 21 May 2020, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued a guide, "COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol", a set of rules for air travel in during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide is valid for EU countries, but we will certainly have similar regulations around the world. It is enough to browse the document to understand that we are entering a new era of air travel. Just as much has changed since the 9/11 attacks, so much will change now.
- First of all, common sense is used. For example, airlines are not required to sell fewer tickets so that flights can no longer be cost-effective, but it is recommended that physical distance be respected where possible.
- Thermal scanning will not be done at all airports. In addition, the two European institutions recognize the limits of passenger thermal scanning. If, say, the passenger is over 38 degrees, he is not invited to the door outside, the temperature is checked once more, then the man is directed to a specialized control, also at the airport. It does not start from the beginning that the passenger with high temperature is sick with COVID-19.
- The basic principle is that people with symptoms of COVID-19 should be discouraged from arriving at the airport. How is this done? One of the recommendations made by EASA / ECDC to airlines is to reimburse the value of the passenger's ticket which proves, on the basis of a medical certificate, that it is confirmed with COVID-19. Refunds are made up to 6 hours before the flight.
- Airlines must also inform their passengers of COVID-19 symptoms before they show up at the airport: when checking in online, via SMS, etc. But not more than 24 hours before the flight.
- Passengers will complete a self-declaration that they are not sick with COVID-19 before receiving the boarding pass. It is preferable that this statement can be completed when checking in. Passengers will assume that if they lie in this statement, they may not be allowed to board the plane.
- Each airport will have a specific person designated to coordinate the activities and implementation of anti-COVID-19 security measures.
- Access to airports will only be allowed to passengers, flight crew and airport staff. Not the people who accompany the passengers. As an exception, persons accompanying passengers with disabilities, minors, etc. will be allowed to enter airports.
- Passengers are urged to check in online to avoid airport formalities as much as possible.
- Passengers will wear a mask from the entrance to the airport of departure to the exit of the airport of destination. Exceptions: security checks and border control. People with provable health problems and children under 6 are also exempt.
Comic-tragic situation for the passengers of an air flight. 12 of the 91 passengers on a Qatar plane flying to Athens were tested negative for the new coronavirus. On landing, however, they were tested again, the result being a positive one.
As a result, Greece has suspended all flights to and from Qatar after some passengers on a Doha to Athens flight tested positive for COVID-19. Greek authorities say 12 of the passengers contracted the virus, the rest being healthy. "Because of this, flights to and from Qatar are suspended until June 15," they said.
However, the airline claims that all the passengers of the flight were healthy before boarding, in Doha.
Among those tested positive are nine Pakistani citizens living in Greece, two Greeks living in Australia and a member of a Greco-Japanese family. These people will be quarantined in a hotel for two weeks.
After a gradual exit from isolation on May 4, the tourist season officially begins on June 15 in Greece, with the reopening of seasonal hotels and the resumption of numerous international flights from the regions least affected by the pandemic.
Greece on Friday announced the opening of airports in Athens and Thessaloniki for tourists from 29 countries, including 15 in the European Union, starting June 15.
Between June 15 and 30, the planes will only be able to land in the two cities. The other regional airports and those on the Greek islands will not reopen until July 1.
A young boy was between the choice to stay in Cairo with family or catch the last flight to Canada to be with his love during quarantine. Traveling during this pandemic is dangerous, but isn’t love more important ?
As Covid-19 began to spread, no where can be safer to self-isolate than near your soulmate. Love makes people do stupid things, and travel around the world during coronavirus pandemic.
He is a Canadian-Egyptian in love with an Italian-American, Francesca Brundisini, who is working in Quebec City. She's new in the city and feared of self-isolation, while she did not have friends or family near her.
As news of the coronavirus pandemic spread fast worldwide, the pair realized that this virus would last more than a few weeks, Eihab Boraie decided to catch the last flight.
There was no guarantee he would be able to find a flight, but the will was so strong that magic happened.
Both his parents are in their 60s and are at high-risk to get the infection as they suffer from various health complications, leaving them alone was the hardest step and decision.
But in the end they encouraged Eihab to try to find a flight, partly because they cared and worried about his girlfriend being alone in Canada.
The flight to Quebec City was half empty, allowing most passengers to take a row of seats for themselves.
In the time it took him to get there, the number of infected and died raised, so now being more than a thousand dead people of Covid-19, and the death toll had surpassed 10,000 globally.
When his girlfriend Francesca arrived at the airport, Eihab got down on one knee, and proposed.
She was completely surprised because 48 hours she was waiting for him and didn't know when and if she would ever see him again.
She accepted Eihab proposal, they removed their masks and made it official with a long kiss.