A charter flight dispatched to rescue stranded cruise passengers has returned to Europe after a long nonstop flight from Hawaii to Germany.
Norwegian Jewel, a massive 15-year-old cruise ship, had about 2,000 guests and 1,000 crewmembers onboard when it received word to abort its journey through the South Pacific. After stopping in the American Samoa to refuel, it docked in Honolulu, Hawaii earlier this week.
Norwegian dispatched a 747-400 charter from Wamos Air to get stranded Europeans home. The flight, operated by EC-MQK, Honolulu at 2:45 PM on Tuesday and arrived into Frankfurt at 11:27AM on Wednesday before continuing to Madrid. HNL-FRA is 7,450 miles.
Even more impressive, the Spanish charter made the 7,871 mile journey from Madrid to Honolulu nonstop.
We’re seeing interesting flights pop up all over the world as countries work to bring their citizens home during this time of quarantine. Air Tahiti Nui recently flew nonstop from Pape’ete, French Polynesia to Paris, a journey of 9,765 miles (and now the record holder for world’s longest nonstop flight). Qantas is also operating nonstop service between Darwin and London this week.
My business partner and I love Honolulu and Frankfurt…two of our favorite cities. We’ve always joked that it is a shame that Lufthansa does not offer nonstop service between FRA and HNL. Well, it wasn’t Lufthansa, but that direct link has finally happened.
Hopefully everyone made it home safely…
image: Anna Zvereva