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Two years after flying across the US, pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are preparing for the next journey: the flight around the world powered only by the sun. The new aircraft Solar Impulse 2 will cross three continents and two oceans before landing at the same airport from where it will start.
Abu Dhabi is the host city of Solar Impulse. The team will start its Round the World flight attempt from Abu Dhabi. We all hope to welcome them back safely in the desert city in summer 2015.
The team will make an overnight stop in Oman before continuing their route towards India. The short flight at the beginning of the Mission, leading from Abu Dhabi to Oman, has been chosen on purpose and is in some way the last test before the long flight legs start.
The team will make two stops in India. The first will be in Ahmedabad where the Solar Impulse team will stay a few days in order to meet with the Indian population, and the second will be a pit stop in Varanasi.
Mandalay will be the host city for Solar Impulse while in Myanmar. The team plans to stay several days in this beautiful country where it can count on support from the government and our Schindler colleagues form the Myanmar offices.
In China Solar Impulse will make a longer break.The team will stop for a few days first in Chongqing and afterwards several weeks in Nanjing. In Nanjing the team will prepare for their 5 days / 5 nights flight to Hawaii. Schindler is happy to welcome them in both destinations and will give them any support needed.
After crossing the Pacific, the team will land in Hawaii. The time there will be used to check the aircraft and to change pilots after the impressive challenge of crossing the Pacific. After Hawaii the next stops are planned for Phoenix, an undetermined location in the Midwest, and the last stop in the U.S. will be JFK, in New York, as in their Across America Flight in 2013.
From JFK, Solar Impulse will fly across the Atlantic. The pilot will have to remain again in the cockpit for approximately 5 days and nights in a row. How difficult the entire mission is to plan, is demonstrated by the fact that the landing locations for Europe are not yet defined. It all depends on the weather. What we know is that they will stop either in Southern Europe or in North Africa.