Wolfy From Taiwan, joined Mar 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1248 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.