Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2086 times:
Now this is very old information I am trying to remember, but looking back when Alaska served the Russian far east, the passenger loads were an eclectic mix of oil/energy workers, a few American university types on research jaunts, and some Russian families that had relations in Alaska.
I seem to remember Alaska served 3 Russian cities on a linear route from Anchorage.
With petroleum being what it is today, (High prices making exploration profitable in places just 10 years where it wasn't) serving that industry has become good business for those airlines identifying the market.
It will be exciting to see this aircraft on American soil!