Lufthansa is gearing up for its longest passenger flight in the history. Germany’s largest airline plans to make one of the most unique flights the company has ever made.
The German airline will soon launch a 15 hours long non-stop flight from Hamburg to Mount Pleasant, the Royal Air Force station in the Falkland Islands off the coast of South America. This will beat the airline’s longest flight of 7,140 miles (13 hours flight) between Frankfurt and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The flight will carry 92 passengers on an Airbus A350-900, including a group of scientists and researchers headed to Antarctica. This aircraft has a range of 15,000 kilometers, according to Airbus.
The outbound flight LH2574 is scheduled to depart for Mount Pleasant on February 1, 2021.
Before the flight, Lufthansa had already organized additional training for the pilots via special electronic maps for flight and landing as well as managed the jet fuel available at the Mount Pleasant military base for the return flight.
The Airbus A350-900 is currently stationed in Munich, where it is being prepared for the charter flight. Before departure from Hamburg, the aircraft will remain sealed until departure and will be loaded with additional cargo and baggage, which has been extensively disinfected.
All passengers and crew will have to quarantine for 14 days due to the ongoing pandemic.
Passengers will continue their journey to Antarctica via the Polestern, a research icebreaker ship.
The inbound flight LH2575 will depart for Munich on 03 February with the Polestern crew, which had set out from Bremerhaven on December 20 to resupply the Neumayer Station III in Antarctica, and will be returning to Germany.