End of last week the German government asked Lufthansa to fly to
Christchurch and Auckland to bring stranded Germans back home.
Our Flight department is now evaluating every aspect of these flights.
Decisions have been made already regarding the aircraft type:
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2 Boeing 747-8I have been chosen, and it is planned to fly nonstop to New Zealand, on the way back there will be one fuel stop. Distances:
Frankfurt - Christchurch : 18597 Kilometer/ 11,556 miles/ 10,042 nautical miles
Frankfurt - Auckland : 18192 Kilometer/ 11,304 miles/ 9823 nautical miles
Flight time to NZ will be approx. 22 hours.
Flights will take off, if approved, by the end of this week. 2 complete crews, 6 cockpit crew (looks like this will be 6 captains), 34 cabin crew, engineers from Lufthansa Technik, 1 LD3 container full of spare parts, 1 Main Landing Gear tire , 1 Nose Landing Gear tire (the 747-400 has the same tires on the nose landing gear and main landing gear, the 747-8 has different part numbers) and an Aircraft AOG kit including engine change equipment will be on board.
On the way back you can add 362 passengers for each aircraft.
These flights are part of the “flight schedule for returnees”. More information below:
This topic is more about the longest distance a 747-8 has ever flown, not about the virus. If it is at a wrong place or not allowed then please just move it or close it.