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Another Polar Flight!  
User currently offlineWolfy From Taiwan, joined Mar 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

Chinese Carrier Launches Polar Flight

May 30, 2001

A China Eastern Airlines Airbus A340 passenger aircraft landed at Shanghai airport today after a 15 hour non-stop flight from Chicago across the Arctic region.

The fight was the first of its kind conducted by a Chinese airline.

When flying over the polar region, airplanes encounter a series of technical difficulties, ranging from the strong magnetic field to the extremely low air temperatures, experts said, adding that only a limited number of foreign air services have succeeded in flying over this region so far.

Compared with the current air service linking China and the United States, the flight over the Arctic greatly shortens the flying distance and may save as much as 150,000 yuan (about USD$18,000) in costs each time.

If the service is put into operation, passengers will spend three hours less in the air compared with the current flight, which travels along almost the same latitude for the entire journey, and the fare would be much cheaper.


"The fight was the first of its kind conducted by a Chinese airline" - Hmm, Eva Air is already flying non stop from Taipei to Paris, wonder if the writer knows...

Does anyone know when will AC start its polar flts to Asia?




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User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

Nice, China's carriers will do a great job.

r panda

User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1028 times:

I can't wait to start booking me-self a polar flight.



User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

Excuse me, but TPE-CDG isn't a polar flight, is it ?
I've checked on a great circle map and it doesn't look like it is.


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1004 times:

Its not. And EVA Air are not from China !!!

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8921 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days ago) and read 986 times:

Cathay is a China airline, if you look at it with the "B" registration prefix, and I believe they have Polars to YYZ and will soon have them to JFK.


User currently offlineAirbus A3XX From Australia, joined May 1999, 507 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 975 times:

Cathay Pacific is not considered as a Chinese Airline as Hong Kong has adopted the "One country, two policy" system and hence it is regarded as a Special Administrative Region of China.

User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 951 times:

Will China Eastern start (or have they already?) a route to ORD?


Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
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