The longest non-stop flight in Lufthansa history has delivered polar scientists and ship crew to the South Atlantic from Hamburg. Andreas Spaeth spoke with some of the key players on the pioneering mission
As far as commutes go, the team at Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have got it tougher than most. When the European-based scientists need to work at Antarctic research stations they typically travel via Cape Town on scheduled flights. From the South African city, they are either picked up by the German research vessel Polarstern or, depending on their mission, flown directly down to Antarctica.