India’s national airliner Air India entered record books when its Delhi–San Francisco flight flew over the Pacific nonstop.
Air India flight covered 15,300 kilometres in 14.5 hours to reach the destination. The route over Pacific was 1,400 km longer than the normal route over Atlantic, said Air India officials.
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Air India officials, added the flight took two hours lesser than the earlier route which it had been taking untill last week.
The flight had the advantage of tailwinds — winds that blow in the same direction of the flight making the movement faster, added Air India officials.
The mission has earned Air India the record of flying the longest-ever nonstop flight in aviation history.
“The Earth rotates from west to east, and winds flow in that direction too. Flying west means facing strong headwinds (that decreases an aircraft’s actual ground speed), and flying east means getting strong tailwinds, which does the opposite,” said an officials from national Airline.
“While taking the (western) Atlantic route to SFO, we usually face headwinds of 24kmph. This means that if our aircraft is doing 800kmph, its actual ground speed is 776kmph. Taking the (eastern) Pacific route will mean getting tailwinds of 138kmph, which make the aircraft have an actual ground speed of 938kmph,” the official added.
Air india’s 13,900km-long Delhi-SFO nonstop flight over the Atlantic is currently world’s world’s second-longest route after the Emirates Airlines Dubai-Auckland which covers a distance of 14,120km.
Now, the airlines’ New Delhi-SFO will have the credit for operating r the longest-ever non-stop flight until Singapore Airlines will start operating Singapore-New York non-stop route covering 16,500km in 19 hours.