Norse Atlantic Airways landed a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in somewhat different conditions than usual on Wednesday. The destination was Antarctica, and the runway, three thousand meters long and sixty meters wide, was made of snow and ice.
The Dreamliner landed at the Troll Research Station airfield shortly after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, under bright sunshine, as it is currently summer in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the first time that a Dreamliner has landed on the sixth continent. It is a wide-body aircraft that can accommodate up to 330 passengers, depending on the model.
But this time, there were only forty-five passengers on board: scientists from the Norwegian Polar Research Institute, whom the airline had flown to Queen Maud Land with twelve tons of equipment.
The plane left Oslo for Cape Town on November 13, and from there it continued south on Wednesday evening.
When selecting the aircraft, in addition to ample cargo space, fuel efficiency was also an important consideration, as the aircraft had to return to Cape Town, located approximately 4,330 kilometers from the Antarctic Airport, without refueling.
As Camilla Brekke, Director of the Arctic Research Institute, said, using larger aircraft is more sustainable, and the fact that such a large aircraft was able to land on the continent opens up completely new opportunities for the Troll Centre, contributing to the development of Norwegian research in Antarctica.
The southern icy continent hides many unusual and amazing things and magical phenomena. Among other things, for example, an ancient painting was found there.
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