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Qatar Airways claims world’s longest flight

Qatar Airways has claimed the title for the world’s longest flight from Doha to Auckland that touched down on Tuesday. A daily service using 259-seat Boeing 777-200LR aircraft flight covering the distance of 14,535 km takes about 17 1/2 hours. Air India’s switch to a trans-Pacific route between Delhi and San Francisco in order to reduce travel times, spans more than 14,400 km. However, the cities are actually only 12,402 km apart which is more than 2900 km closer than Doha and Auckland. Singapore Airline is planning to re-operate direct routes to New York which will cover the distance of more than 15000 kms way more than the current top figures.

Lukla – Scariest airport in the world

LUKLA – a small town in Nepal is the gateway for Everest Base Camp. Lukla airport is the main access point for trekkers and travelers starting their Everest journey and over 50 flights operates per day during the climbing season,. However with a length of just over 500 metres and a gradient of 12 degrees Lukla is a pilot’s worst nightmare. A program titled Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010, rated Lukla Airport as the most dangerous airport in the world for over 20 years. The weather is formidable, winds capricious and once committed to the landing there is literally no chance of a successful go-around or aborted takeoff at Lukla. At Southwest end of the runway there is a 2000 ft drop into the valley and at the opposite end is the rugged terrain. No...

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