17  NOV, 2023

Ayaan Paul Chowdhury

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Norse Atlantic Airways achieves historic aviation milestone with the first landing of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Antarctica.

Aviation Milestone in Antarctica

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Contracted by the Norwegian Polar Institute and Aircontact, the mission transports scientists and research equipment to the remote Troll research station.

Pioneering Mission for Research

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Flight N0787 carried 45 passengers, including scientists, and 12 tons of essential research equipment for Antarctic exploration.

Passenger and Cargo Details

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The Dreamliner, named "Everglades," embarked on the challenging Antarctic leg after departing from Oslo on November 13th, with a stop in Cape Town.

Dreamliner's Antarctic Journey

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CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen expresses immense pride in the achievement, crediting skilled pilots, crew, and state-of-the-art Boeing aircraft.

CEO's Pride in Achievement

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Antarctica's lack of conventional runways leads to a landing on a 'blue ice runway' at Troll Airfield, operated by the Norwegian Polar Institute.

Landing on 'Blue Ice Runway'

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Camilla Brekke, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, highlights the environmental benefits of using large and modern aircraft for research missions in Antarctica.

Environmental Benefits Emphasized

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Air broker Daniel Carey emphasizes the Dreamliner's substantial cargo capacity and its suitability for Antarctic flights, facilitating logistics and reducing emissions.

Capacity and Emission

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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.

Boeing's Perspective

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The mission opens new possibilities for Antarctic logistics and strengthens Norwegian research efforts in the region.

Impact on Antarctic Research