TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS LEAD TO WORLD’S LONGEST FLIGHT
written by Sandy Milne March 18, 2020 On 14 March, travel restrictions imposed by the US led to an Air Tahiti Nui 787-9 Dreamliner making the history books.
Flight TN064 took off from Papeete, French Polynesia, at 2:45am (local time), flying a distance of 15,715 kilometres direct to
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France. The previous longest route, which runs from Singapore to Newark (New Jersey), is 15,434 kilometres in length.
The Dreamliner made the journey in a total of 16 hours and 30 minutes.
The route usually involves a stopover at Los Angeles International, at which point passengers must alight the aircraft and proceed through border control checkpoints before being allowed to continue.
Source: Great Circle Mapper
Tahiti is the largest island of French Polynesia, which is administered as an integral part of the French Republic.
With the US temporarily banning flights and/or incoming passengers from France, the flight was prevented from stopping
over in LAX.