This article is in Norwegian only: http://boarding.no/art.asp?id=48334
Basically, it talks about how the air navigation serivces in Norway and Russia are co-operating in developing the airspace over the two countries, making it easier for airlines who fly ultra-long flights (from Asia/Middle East to the US and Canada) to fly more direct flights, instead of what is being done today.
Also, I read that some airplanes with two engines have been certified with an increased range to the closest airport during flight in case of an emergency (from about 3.5 hrs to about 5.5 hrs), which also makes it easier for airlines to fly more direct and over the North Pole on ultra-long flights.
Both developments opens up for 'faster' flights, less fuel consumption, as well as more oportunities for airlines to add more routes like this.
Which new ultra-long flights can we see be added in the future as a result of these developments?