"Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying." - Neil Armstrong
Azores Airlines performed the longest direct flight
Written by: Ivo Gračanin.
Last January, the airline performed the longest flight duration, a 09H49M direct flight between Lisbon and Bogotá (Colombia).
The airline achieved, this time, the longest direct commercial flight, flying directly between Oakland (California) and Terceira Island (Lajes, Azores). The connection departed from Oakland International Airport at 8:40 pm local time, having landed on the runway at Lajes Airport (Terceira Island) at 6:00 am local time.
This flight was performed with the Airbus A321 LR Neo, registration CS-TSI, and named Inspire. The aircraft flew 7,874 Km non-stop.
Flight S4 236 will stay in the airline history as having been the longest direct journey ever recorded by Airbus, in this type of aircraft.
This achievement puts the airline in the spotlight in Airbus' records since it exceeds the precedent record of 7600 km of distance traveled between two points. It is a relevant achievement for SATA Azores Airlines since it reinforces its fleet's versatility and adaptability to medium and long-haul flights.
Great to see @_azoresairlines flying from record to record with the #A321LR: first there was Lisbon to Bogota direct, and now 7,874km between Oakland 🇺🇸 and Lajes 🇵🇹, a new long distance record showing the aircraft's unrivalled flexibility and performance. pic.twitter.com/GmGhjtv2Bl