Videographer passionate about aeronautics, Josh Cahill will realize one of his wildest dreams: going to Greenland aboard a brand new Airbus. Departure scheduled for Wednesday, December 7 from Toulouse airport. He testifies before taking off.
Talking a few minutes with him is a feat. First, because it is often in airplane mode. Then because once he lands and re-establishes the connection, he takes care of editing, cutting and publishing his latest videos on social networks.
In short, Josh Cahill is a busy man. For several years, this 2.0 adventurer has traveled thousands of kilometers aboard aircraft of all kinds. Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea… He has traveled almost everywhere on the globe.
By dint of all this back and forth, Josh Cahill has become a veritable critic of long-haul flights. Passionate, he has been documenting each of his escapades for several years. The whole thing is uploaded to his YouTube channel which he introduced in January 2008.
His next destination: Greenland. He will go there aboard an Airbus A330-800 chartered by the airline Air Greenland. Before setting sail, he agreed to speak with France 3 Occitanie.
France 3 Occitanie: You are preparing to travel aboard a plane called Tuukkaq. What can you tell us about it?
It’s the name of the plane, even if I don’t know how to pronounce it (laughs)! It will be delivered this Wednesday and will make its very first flight to Greenland. It replaces the old Airbus which stops flying. It is an event. I think even the speaker of the parliament of Greenland will go to the airport to welcome the plane!
It is a very special event for all people who live in Greenland.
France 3 Occitanie: Why is it so important for you to go to Greenland from Toulouse?
It is a very special event for all people who live in Greenland. Firstly because it is one of the first times that a plane of this type will make this trip to Greenland. It’s a one-time flight. Air Greenland is a very small airline. They only have one flight a day, notably to Copenhagen in Denmark. And there are only three companies serving Greenland. Although it is one of the largest islands in the world, it is really a very small territory with very few inhabitants. And even today it is one of the most remote places in the world.
France 3 Occitanie: How long will you stay there?
This time, I will only stay there for two days. Then I will go back to France. But I have already been there earlier this year. I stayed there much longer, almost four weeks. But it is really very cold there. Much too cold for me, even! (laughs) There’s a lot of snow too. The best season to go there is really during the summer. In winter, the temperatures are far too extreme.
France 3 Occitanie: How do you present yourself before this very special flight?
I’m a little out of time with the time zone (jetlag). I have just returned from Sri Lanka. I went through London before arriving in Toulouse. And when I landed, I started to get really excited. Already, on landing I saw the Air Greenland plane, I was even able to take a picture of it, but from afar. I find it beautiful, really. I feel happy and I can’t wait to be there.
In the end, I consume very little. In any case, I consume much less than people who drive, who have an apartment.
France 3 Occitanie: What do you think of Toulouse?
I have already been to Toulouse several times. The last time was already two years ago. I was traveling with a Ugandan airline. It’s always good to come back to Toulouse, I have a lot of good memories here. During the pandemic I could no longer do anything or go anywhere. So I’m really happy to be back here, especially to do such a special flight.
France 3 Occitanie: In recent years, you have traveled a lot by plane. This mode of transport pollutes a lot. Are you still trying to limit your carbon footprint?
I calculated my carbon footprint. And I’m careful, when I can. It’s really very important to me. I don’t own a car, house or apartment. I don’t shop. I always use public transport wherever I go. For the past three years, I have simply rented Airbnbs. Everything I saved in rent I invested in my travel plans. And in the end, I consume very little. In any case, I consume much less than people who drive, who have an apartment, etc. This is what has a real impact on the environment.