SWISS Operates Its Longest Flight Ever – A Boeing 777 To Chile

SWISS is currently operating its longest flight to date. The airline is flying a Boeing 777 from its Zurich hub to Santiago. The purpose of the mammoth journey is to repatriate stranded Swiss travelers on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Switzerland.

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A SWISS Boeing 777 departs before the airline’s longest-ever flight. Photo: SWISS via Twitter

The current crisis gripping the world has seen a number of interesting flights operated. For example, Qantas flew an Airbus A380 non-stop from Australia to the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, El Al operated its first non-stop flight to Australia, and Wamos operated a non-stop flight from Hawaii to Frankfurt. Now SWISS is operating its first flight to Santiago.

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The flight time to Santiago is expected to be around 13 hours. Photo:

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SWISS’ special flight is currently operating to Santiago in order to repatriate stranded Swiss travelers. The aircraft departed from Zurich at 07:37 this morning. This was 37-minutes later than the planned departure time.

According to the airline, the flight will be the longest ever carried out by a SWISS aircraft non-stop. The flight is being operated by HB-JNJ, a two-year-old Boeing 777 owned by the airline.

At 14:00 UTC, the aircraft was 7-hours and 23-minutes into its mammoth journey somewhere above the Atlantic ocean. According to, it is currently expected to land in 5-hours and 45-minutes. This will give a total flight time of around 13-hours and 10-minutes. This is three-quarters of an hour shorter than the planned flight time of 13-hours and 55-minutes.

Lufthansa Group affected

The Lufthansa Group has been hit hard by the ongoing situation. In fact, as a result, the airline had grounded around 90% of its aircraft. Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, both belonging to the Lufthansa Group, have suspended all flights, keeping a few aircraft operational for repatriations.

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The flight’s crew pose prior to departing for Santiago. Photo: SWISS via Twitter

SWISS has so far avoided grounding all flights. However, it has significantly cut its flight offering as a result of travel bans and a huge decrease in flight demand. Yesterday Lufthansa announced that a new social distancing policy would apply to flights departing Germany alongside domestic flights, but not on inbound flights. However, SWISS will not be affected by this policy as it only affects Lufthansa and Eurowings.

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