Fastest way around the world

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ABU DHABI, 16 February 2018: Etihad Airways salutes its high-flying executive, Andrew Fisher, for a record-breaking feat of travelling around the globe in the fastest time and with the fewest flights.

Clocking a flying time of 52 hours and 34 minutes, Fisher managed to beat the previous record by three hours and 13 minutes, and using only four scheduled commercial flights instead of five to achieve his lifelong ambition.

The Guinness World Records has officially declared his successful attempt a world record.

Fisher’s journey covered 41,375 km on scheduled flights operated by Air New Zealand, KLM and China Eastern that took him from Shanghai to Auckland; Buenos Aires to Amsterdam; and back to Shanghai.

“It’s an incredible feeling to have finally achieved my dream,” recalled Fischer, who also works for Etihad Airways as its vice president fleet planning, after touching down at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.

“Although I managed only 16 hours of sleep throughout the journey, I still felt fresh, perhaps due to the adrenalin and excitement at completing this experience. And it’s a great feeling to be part of a company that encourages its employees to pursue their dreams.”

Etihad Airways chief executive officer, Peter Baumgartner added: “On behalf of employees across the company, I congratulate Andrew for this remarkable achievement.”