TAG Transpolar08 has set a new Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) record for fastest average speed around the earth flying over both the North and South Poles. The flight on a Global Express business jet departed from TAG Farnborough Airport near London on 21 November 2008 and returned 52 hours, 31 minutes and four seconds later after averaging 822.8 km/h (444.2 kts).
The flight surpasses Pan Am's Flight 50 record of 1977, made in a Boeing 747SP. Its average speed was 423 knots.
Aziz Ojjeh, an accomplished pilot, led the TAG TransPolar08 flight team. He also holds the FAI world record for fastest eastbound flight around the world in a Challenger 601 business jet.
For TAG TransPolar08, Ojjeh was accompanied by four pilots, an in-flight coordinator, a flight engineer, and an official observer. Logistics for the flight were led by International Flight Planning and Ground Operations teams from TAG Aviation in the UK and Geneva, including specialists stationed at each stopover.
The TAG TransPolar08 Flight Team
Aziz Ojjeh, Vice President, TAG Group
Flight Operations Manager
Jeffrey Weber, President, TAG Aviation Services Inc. (US)
Diego Vargas, TAG Aviation Europe
Fabrice Milliet, TAG Aviation Europe
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) Observer
Malek Adjadj, Esq., Fontanet and Associates, Geneva