An unusual sighting: Fiji Airways 737 lands at Teesside Airport

Sep 22, 2020

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There really is a first for everything.

Fiji Airways Boeing 737s are rarely spotted outside of the South Pacific, so what was one doing at an airport in the North East of England?

No, it wasn’t lost. The aircraft registered DQ-FJF was making its way to Willis Asset Management, a global aviation firm based at the small U.K. regional airport. As the longest-serving 737-700 of the Fijian national carrier and at the ripe age of 22 years old, its flying time had come to an end — at least for Fiji Airways.

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As the nonstop journey from Fiji to the U.K. is well out of the aircraft’s range, the trip was broken up into four segments and spanned the course of two full days. There were no passengers on board this very unique flight — just four pilots and two engineers.

The plane routed first via Honolulu (HNL) in Hawaii, before stopping twice more in LA (LAX) and Bangor, Canada (BGR) and arriving into Teesside Airport after four flights — taking off on 18 September and arriving in Teesside on the evening of 20 September.

In total, the aircraft flew a whopping 11,407 miles on the four-segment route. If the aircraft could have flown from Nadi International Airport (NAN) to Teesside directly, it would have been almost 2,000 miles less — at 9,895 miles, according to Great Circle Mapper.

Teesside Airport celebrated the moment on Twitter and announced that further aircraft — though it didn’t specify which — are expected over the coming weeks. Watch this space for more rare sights in the North East.

Featured image courtesy Fiji Airways

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