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Passenger plane lands in Antarctica for the first time

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A Boeing 787 passenger aircraft, capable of carrying 300 people, landed on the cold continent for the first time.

A Boeing 787 passenger plane has landed in Antarctica for the first time. Sky News reported this on Saturday, November 18.

“A historic moment for Norse. The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to land in Antarctica! We are very honored to be a part of this historic milestone,” said Norse Atlantic Airways, which operated the flight.

Because Antarctica has no regular runway, the plane landed on a strip of ice 3,000 meters long and 60 meters wide at the research station’s airport.

On board were 45 passengers – researchers and employees of the Norwegian Polar Institute and 12 tons of research equipment.

The researchers said they fly up to 10 aircraft of various sizes over the continent each year, but the ability to fly larger planes could reduce the number of trips required.

Despite the successful flight, the institute has no plans to operate commercial flights to the continent.

The Ukrainian research icebreaker Noosphere began the third Antarctic era.

Scientists from the University of Leeds say that Antarctica has lost around 7.5 trillion tonnes of ice since 1997. This makes up more than 40% of the ice shelf.

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Source: korrespondent

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