Air India Just Set A World Record With This Flight

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Planes fly every single day, but its not every day that a flight this long happens, and in such a short time. India Air has set the record for the world’s longest flight in the shortest amount of time this month.

Air India’s flight AI173 flew 15,300 km from New Delhi to San Francisco going through the trans-Pacific route. The non-stop flight was completed in a record 14 hours and 30 minutes. The usual Atlantic route that the plane could have taken is shorter in length, however it would have caused the flight to face the winds head-on thus increasing the flight duration and the consumption of fuel.

The flight was impressive when you consider the trans-Pacific route is 1,400 km longer. According to Captain Rajneesh Sharma, the route enabled them to save around 13 tons of fuel.

Previously the world record for the longest non-stop flight was held by Emirates after they completed a 14,200 km flight from Dubai to Auckland in 16-and-half ours.