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Air Greenland breaks record with nearly 8-hour turboprop flight

April 25, 2020
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Air Greenland breaks record with nearly 8-hour turboprop flight
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On Monday, Air Greenland operated a nonstop seven-hour and 52-minute flight from Copenhagen (CPH) in Denmark to Nuuk (GOH) in Greenland. What made the flight especially unusual was that it was operated by an Air Greenland De Havilland Dash 8-200 aircraft.

As first reported by One Mile at a Time, the 23-year old aircraft, registered OY-GRP, completed the 2,208-mile journey as flight GL6493. This is a flight of epic proportions by an aircraft that we're most accustomed to seeing flying short-haul, and more often than not, domestic routes.

Image courtesy FlightRadar24

Usually, the only nonstop route from Greenland to Denmark is operated by an A330-200 from Kangerlussuaq (SFJ) to Copenhagen (CPH). However, that plane was undergoing maintenance in March, so Air Greenland's eight-hour flight operated via a quick stop in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Since then, Air Greenland, like many other airlines across the world, has stopped operating passenger flights. The airline has continued to operate the route as it still acts as a crucial link for medical staff and the transportation of equipment to help in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

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The return, record-setting journey, with just two pilots, one flight attendant and one doctor on board took seven hours and 52 minutes of flying time -- making it very likely to be the world's longest ever Dash 8-200 flight. Because the aircraft was so empty, it was able to fly the route without a stop.

Each to their own, of course, but flying on a Dash-8 for that long is probably not something you'd often find on an AvGeek's flying bucket list.

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