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Airbus A340 makes first ever landing in Antarctica on ice runway

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The primary ever Airbus A340 plane to land in Antarctica touched down efficiently on an ice runway earlier this month.

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Operated by Hello Fly, the airplane took off from Cape City, South Africa, and landed round 5 hours later, having flown 2,500 nautical miles, on 2 November.

This primary A340 service was placed on so as to transport employees for Wolf’s Fang, an Antarctica-based luxurious journey camp, plus freight.

In future, the jet could also be used to hold vacationers and scientists to the southernmost continent.

Flight with a view: A340 flies over Antarctica

(Youtube/Hello Fly)

Hello Fly vice-president and pilot Carlos Mirpuri stated it was an “uneventful touchdown” however that the ice runway wasn’t simple to see.

“The reflection is super, and correct eyewear helps you regulate your eyes between the surface view and the instrumentation,” he stated in his captain’s log.

“The non-flying pilot has an essential position in making the same old plus additional callouts, particularly within the late levels of the strategy.

“There’s additionally no visible glide slope steerage, and the mixing of the runway with the encircling terrain and the immense white desert round, makes peak judgment difficult, to say the least.”

However every thing went easily, and people onboard have been delighted to be a part of the inaugural journey, in accordance with Mirpuri.

The jet touched down on a runway made from ice and snow

(Youtube/Hello Fly)

“Once we reached taxi pace I might hear a spherical of applause from the cabin. We have been joyful. In any case we have been writing historical past.”

He added: “Take off was uneventful, as so was the returning flight. Buyer was completely happy, we have been completely happy. All targets for this primary flight had been met.”

Video charts the A340’s historic journey from begin to end, displaying the starkly lovely white panorama because the airplane descends over Antarctica and touches down easily on the snow.

The jet solely stayed on Antarctica for round three hours earlier than making the return journey to Cape City.

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