Abu Dhabi: A UAE airline employee and New Zealand native has recorded a new world record for the books after flying 41,375 kilometres around the world in the fastest time using fewer commercial flights.
According to a press release by Etihad Airways, the airline’s president of fleet planning spent more than two days logging flying time to be officially recognised by Guinness World Records.
Andrew Fisher logged 52 hours and 34 minutes flying on four commercial flights, one less than the previous record.
By logging a round-the-world flying time in 52 hours and 34 minutes, he snipped the previous record time by three hours and 13 minutes.
To acknowledge the new record, a reception was held in Abu Dhabi and a video was presented recounting the journey.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, is pictured right with Andrew Fisher at an employee reception acknowledging the record-breaking achievement.
The journey used various airlines which included routes from Shanghai to Auckland; Buenos Aires to Amsterdam; and back to Shanghai.
“It’s an incredible feeling to have finally achieved my dream,” Fisher said in the press release.
The airline said has a “passion for studying airline route networks and schedules, meticulously charted his journey. He targeted the record for over 20 years, and was first keen to attempt to break it as a teenager”.
“With the advent of new longer range and fuel-efficient aircraft over the years, airlines have been able to introduce non-stop long-haul flights and add frequencies that facilitated my record-breaking attempt,” commented Fisher.
“Planning the trip was a matter of identifying the most suitable qualifying antipodal city pairs and then finding the best routes, schedules and tightest possible connections within the right window of opportunity.”
Fisher had a few words of encouragement for those pursuing their ambitions: “Never give up on your dream no matter how unrealistic it might seem to others. Take every opportunity to follow your passion.”
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways CEO, said in a statement: “On behalf of employees across the company, I congratulate Fisher.”