Tonight, Air Tahiti Nui will operate the world’s longest ever commercial flight:
Nonstop Papeete to Paris.
For context, Air Tahiti Nui normally operates a Papeete to Los Angeles to Paris Charles de Gaulle flight.
However, because of the United States travel ban on foreigners coming in from the Schengen Area, Air Tahiti Nui has been forced to cut the Los Angeles sector of the flight, and will operate a one-time nonstop Papeete to Paris flight using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
This flight covers 9,765 miles at has an expected flight time of 16 hours and 30 minutes.
In comparison, this flight is 231 miles longer than Singapore Airlines’ Singapore to Newark flight but will be around 30 minutes shorter.
This flight, TN64, on Sunday March 15, 2020, is scheduled to depart from Papeete at 3:00 am and arrive in Paris at 6:20 a.m. on Monday March 16.
Now, on the return flight, the aircraft will no longer stop in Los Angeles and will instead fly Paris to Point-à-Pitre (PTP) to Papeete.
Beginning Tuesday, Air Tahiti Nui will fly Papeete to Point-à-Pitre to Paris replacing the Los Angeles stopover.
Not only is the nonstop Papeete to Paris flight the world’s longest commercial flight, it’s also the world’s longest domestic flight surpassing Air Austral’s Paris to Reunion flight at 5,809 miles.
While it’s true, Qantas operated longer flights for its Project Sunrise Research flights, but those weren’t for the general public.
In comparison, Papeete to Paris is only 185 miles shorter than Sydney to New York.
Truthfully, a nonstop route like this likely wouldn’t have happened for years, but thanks to advancing technology and new conditions in air travel, this amazing route will operate for the first time, and hopefully not the last.