Wide-body passenger jet lands on Antarctica for the primary time

Airbus A340 plane lands on Antarctica for first timePicture: hifly aeromust link: https://hifly.aero/

The aircraft was commissioned by Wolf’s Fang, a new upscale journey camp in Antarctica. (Picture: hifly aero)

For the primary time in historical past, an Airbus A340 aircraft has landed on Antarctica.

Hi Fly, a boutique aviation firm, that makes a speciality of hiring out each plane and crew, was liable for the flight.

On November 2, the Hi Fly 801 group led by Captain Carlos Mirpuri took off from Cape Town, South Africa.

The aircraft was commissioned by Wolf’s Fang, a new upscale journey camp in Antarctica. Wolf’s Fang is a new venture from high-end Antarctica tourism firm White Desert.

The Airbus A340 is a long-range, wide-body passenger jet airliner developed and produced by the European aerospace firm Airbus.

This was the primary time an Airbus A340 place landed on an Antarctic blue glacial ice runway.

Captain Mirpuri and his crew flew the two,500 nautical mile journey from Cape Town to Antarctica and again, flying for simply over 5 hours every manner.

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On November 2, the Hi Fly 801 group led by Captain Carlos Mirpuri took off from Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: hifly aero

‘Grooving is carved along the runway by special equipment, and after cleaning and carving we get an adequate braking coefficient; the runway being 3,000 meters long, landing and stopping an A340 that heavy on that airfield wouldn’t be an issue,’ wrote Captain Mirpuri in his Captain’s log.

The group spent lower than three hours on the bottom in Antarctica, ‘as this was the very first flight, with limited support on the ground’, in accordance with Captain Mirpuri who can be the vice chairman of Hi Fly.

Despite not technically being an airport, the blue-ice runway on the Wolf’s Fang property is designated a C Level airport.

This signifies that solely extremely specialised crew can fly there because of difficult circumstances the place the blue ice will be regarding for pilots due to its glare.

‘The reflection is tremendous, and proper eyewear helps you adjust your eyes between the outside view and the instrumentation. The non-flying pilot has an important role in making the usual plus extra callouts, especially in the late stages of the approach,’ added Captain Mirpuri.

Airbus A340 plane lands on Antarctica for first time Picture: hifly aero must link: https://hifly.aero/

Captain Mirpuri and his crew flew the two,500 nautical mile journey from Cape Town to Antarctica and again. Picture: hifly aero

The plane will likely be used this season to fly a small variety of vacationers, scientists and important cargo to Antarctica.

According to the aviation web site Simple Flying notes, the Russian Antarctic analysis station organized a half-dozen trial flights to their 3,000-foot blue ice runway between 2019 and 2020. Those have been carried out by wide-body plane as nicely.

Since the overwhelming majority of individuals get to Antarctica by way of ship, the A340 touchdown on an ice runway indicators extra such landings within the future.


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