17 NOV, 2023
Ayaan Paul Chowdhury
Norse Atlantic Airways achieves historic aviation milestone with the first landing of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Antarctica.
Contracted by the Norwegian Polar Institute and Aircontact, the mission transports scientists and research equipment to the remote Troll research station.
Flight N0787 carried 45 passengers, including scientists, and 12 tons of essential research equipment for Antarctic exploration.
The Dreamliner, named "Everglades," embarked on the challenging Antarctic leg after departing from Oslo on November 13th, with a stop in Cape Town.
CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen expresses immense pride in the achievement, crediting skilled pilots, crew, and state-of-the-art Boeing aircraft.
Antarctica's lack of conventional runways leads to a landing on a 'blue ice runway' at Troll Airfield, operated by the Norwegian Polar Institute.
Camilla Brekke, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, highlights the environmental benefits of using large and modern aircraft for research missions in Antarctica.
Air broker Daniel Carey emphasizes the Dreamliner's substantial cargo capacity and its suitability for Antarctic flights, facilitating logistics and reducing emissions.
Boeing's Field Service Representative, Paul Erlandsson, praises the 787 Dreamliner's fuel efficiency and cargo capacity, enabling a round-trip flight to Antarctica without refueling.
The mission opens new possibilities for Antarctic logistics and strengthens Norwegian research efforts in the region.