A330DAT From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 469 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 933 times:
Everyone flew to Anchorage years ago. Sabena, Air France, KLM, SAS, Lufthansa, British Airways, JAL, ANA, Korean, CX, etc...There was a time when flying over the (in those days Soviet Union) was forbidden. The shortest way to the orient from Europe was over the pole circle, which required a refueling stop in Anchorage, both east and west-bound. The flights to Anchorage (from Europe) were roughly 9 hours and then another 6 to (for example) Tokyo.
Today the flights are non-stop to except for mainly cargo flights, which continue to operate.