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There is a new world’s longest flight — with a catch

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(CNN) — Final week it was the return of the world’s longest flight — Singapore to New York JFK. This week comes one other new aviation file: the world’s longest flight in a single-aisle plane.

Air Transat flight TS690 flew transatlantic from Montreal, Canada, to Athens, Greece, on Monday — a journey of seven,600 kilometers, or 4,754 miles. To this point, so regular — besides the eight-hour, 32-minute flight was carried out in a narrowbody Airbus A321neoLR.

It was the longest industrial flight {that a} single-aisle plane has been used for.

Though most individuals would flinch on the concept of a transatlantic flight in a single-aisle plane, financial system class seats are 1.5 inches wider than in Air Transat’s Airbus 310 — although the seat pitch is a normal 31 inches. Membership Class — the premium financial system part with recliner seats and a 38-inch pitch — has an intimate 12 seats.

A take a look at flight went even additional

Whereas it might have damaged the file, Montreal to Athens will not be the furthest the A321LR has flown. In 2018 it accomplished a take a look at flight from Mahé, Seychelles, to Toulouse, France — an 11-hour, 5,466-mile flight. On that event, nevertheless, as an alternative of passengers, the aircraft was outfitted with heat-emitting dummies.

Earlier than this week, the file for a industrial flight was WOW Air’s Reykjavik to LA flight in 2018 — eight hours 40 minutes, and 6,927 kilometers (4,304 miles).

And it appears just like the plane might be flying loads extra long-haul routes sooner or later — particularly with demand at a historic low as a consequence of Covid, and a gradual restoration predicted.

TAP Air Portugal launched flights with the plane from Lisbon to Maceió, Brazil, this yr, in addition to to Boston (by way of Ponta Delgada within the Azores), and Montreal. CEO Antonoaldo Neves has referred to as the plane a “game-changer.” Norwegian additionally has 30 of the plane on order for its long-haul routes.

Air Transat additionally makes use of the plane for its Toronto — London Gatwick and Montreal — Paris routes.

The aircraft can carry as much as 199 passengers, making it a superb guess for the post-Covid restoration. Till now, the airline was utilizing Airbus A330s on the route, which might carry as much as 375 passengers.

Headwinds brought on issues

The one downside: headwinds. They meant that for the return flight, the aircraft wanted to refuel at Paris Charles de Gaulle. Winter climate situations imply that is extra more likely to occur than in the summertime.

This was the final flight of the season. The airline will announce which plane it’s going to use for the 2021 season nearer to the time.

So, what’s a long-haul flight like on a single-aisle aircraft? It relies upon how vulnerable you’re to claustrophobia and the easy feeling that crossing continents on a narrow-body aircraft is “incorrect.”

For Kristi Clough, who’s flown from her house in Washington, DC, to Germany on a single-aisle plane, in addition to flying house from Brazil, the narrow-body “felt too small and ‘incorrect’ for these journeys.”

However one other frequent flier who used to commonly fly the single-aisle Boeing 757 between Eire and the US, instructed CNN that he discovered the expertise “completely acceptable in financial system, particularly on daytime flights.”

Little doubt just like the 17-hour ultra-long-haul direct flight from London Heathrow to Perth in Australia, which Qantas debuted in 2018, and Singapore Airways’ path to JFK, flying long-haul on a single-body plane will quickly turn into a take a look at of endurance — and maybe even a boasting level for frequent fliers.

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