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Longest long-haul flight from BA goes to Santiago in Chile


After so many years of operations it seems that the iconic carrier British Airways might struggle to break records, but the launch of its new direct flight between London and Santiago, Chile, will become the longest long-haul flight on the airline's schedule.

From 3 January 2017, the airline’s lengthiest long-haul route will take a total of 14 hours and 40 minutes – almost a whole hour more than the current longest flight which is to Buenos Aires, Argentina, which takes 13 hours 50 minutes.

Latest destination 

Not only is the new service a record breaker but it will also be the latest destination in Latin America serviced by British Airways’ international route network, following on from the recent introductions of flights to San Jose in Costa Rica and Lima in Peru.

The airline's expanding Latin American network is building on the existing success of services to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil and Buenos Aires.

Santiago will be served by the four-cabin Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – BA's newest aircraft – via four flights a week. 

Business and leisure 

British Airways Chairman Alex Cruz said: “In recent years we have been increasing our services to South and Central America reflecting the area’s continued growth in both business and tourism.

“This year we’ve already launched flights to Costa Rica and Peru, and the addition of Santiago will secure another important link between the UK and the region.” 

Cruz also pointed out that Chile appeals to leisure travellers looking for adventure based holidays and exploration experiences, due to the outstanding and diverse natural attractions. He added that those looking for a more relaxed getaway will have plenty to enjoy from the country's great food and wine.

“The Chilean economy has been steadily growing, with increasing trade links to Europe so this new direct route will respond to the need for travel between the two Capital cities to do business face-to-face,” Cruz concluded.

If you are planning a visit to Latin America you can arrange your Long-Haul Travel Insurance online.

Date Created: 19 May 2016

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