Fedor Konyukhov

Round-the-world flight balloon update

3 of March 2016 Breitling.com held a press conference with Russian adventurer and balloon pilot Fedor Konyukhov celebrating Breitling being appointed as official time-keeper for the Morton Round-the-World balloon flight.

Fedor Konyukhov Pilot and adventurer (centre) is pictured with his new Breitling Emergency watch, with Alexander Ruchev (MORTON CEO) left & Arsen Balayan (Breitling Russia).

In the entire history of the world of aviation, there have been only two successful non-stop flights around-the-world by balloon, both of these were built by Cameron Balloons in Bristol.

In March 1999, two pilots: Bertrand Piccard (Swiss) & Brian Jones (British) flew "Breitling Orbiter 3" flew around-the-world, in 19 days, 21 hours & 55 minutes around the northern hemisphere travelling about 40 thousand kilometers.

In June 2002, the American Steve Fossett (sixth attempt) flew non-stop around-the-world in a Bristol-made balloon taking just 13 days, 8 hours & 33 minutes around the southern hemisphere.

Now Cameron Balloons are building a Roziere balloon for Fedor Konyukhov.

Fedor explains 'I was inspired by Breitling Orbiter 3 and almost 20 years later I wanted to try to repeat this project. The Breitling Emergency watch is known worldwide for its advanced projects in aviation and aeronautics. I am glad that Breitling supports the Russian round-the-world flight and will be the official time-keeper for the flight'

Russian pilot Fedor Konyukhov will try to improve the current world record and will attempt to fly around the globe faster than Steve Fossett.

During the last 13 years Cameron Balloons has developed technologies, materials and delivery systems all of which Fedor will rely on for his success and survival.