AkjetBlue From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 790 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5705 times:
Alaskan pilots pioneer new Russia route
The Alaska Airmen's Association wants Russian permission to fly beyond Provideniya (left) to Anadyr, some 300 miles away.
By Jeffrey Hope
KTUU-TVAnchorage, Alaska - Anchorage, Alaska - Five years ago, an effort began that would allow private pilots to fly their own planes from Nome across the Bering Sea to Russia. At first, Russian officials said it couldn't be done, saying the airspace is only for the military.Today it's a published international route. With a passport, visa and a little patience, just about anyone can fly the route from Nome to Provideniya. Great, say Alaskan pilots, but let's keep going.
Because of the relative short distance of the flight and the fact that it crosses the international dateline, the MDX-PKC-ANC service departs on a Friday evening, but arrives in Anchorage early Friday morning, so passengers on the flight essentially get two whole Fridays. However, the return flight is the opposite. It leaves Anchorage Friday morning, but you get land in Russia on Saturday morning, losing an entire day despite the relatively short flight (ANC-PKC is shorter than any trans-con; roughly the same flight time as MIA-PHX or TPA-LAS).
Getting a ticket isn't like on any other airline. Round-trip fares are set at $1,312.50 for 30-day advance and $1,480.50 for a walk-up round-trip, and they don't take credit cards.
Chugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5497 times:
I've read about Magadan Air before and quite frankly, it sounds like an adventure to fly them. The ignorant American in me hopes that eventually AS will go back to Russia. There is definitely a market, albeit a limited one, from ANC to the Russian far east.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27553 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5481 times:
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 4): Getting a ticket isn't like on any other airline. Round-trip fares are set at $1,312.50 for 30-day advance and $1,480.50 for a walk-up round-trip, and they don't take credit cards.
Sheesh, that is really expensive for such a short flight. Well, no competition and a TU-154M will do that. AS could probably make money charging 400-500RT
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