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User currently offlineAirtahitinui From French Polynesia, joined Jul 2001, 79 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

Are there currently any polar routes (i.e. South or North Pole) that can be transversed via commercial aircraft?

I thought there were a few Northwest and Continental flights be recall that they were pulled back.

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User currently offlineLanChileA340 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

LanChile and Aerolineas Argentinas currently have flights that are considered TRANSPOLAR routes between South America and New Zealand (South Pole). These flights reach a very close proximity (in navigational degrees) to the Antarctic continent during the flight.

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4785 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

Japan Airlines used to have flights from Narita to Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Amsterdam via Anchorage. ANC-CPH/FRA/AMS vv sectors flew via the North Pole.

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User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4534 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2349 times:


User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

At ATA, Mark Barnard, L-1011 Fleet Manager, and Gene Freeman, L-1011 Flight Standards Captain, won authority from the FAA to us L-1011s on polar routes. The company envisions using these routes for military contract flying and charter customers in cities such as Seattle.

There is a better article out there about the first polar flight that I'll try to find again.


User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2682 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

Last year, I flew on NW from DTW to PEK and back. The westbound flight took the polar route (so it was really northbound!) and the return flight took a more southerly route along the coast of China, Russia, over the Bering Sea, Alaska and Canada.


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User currently offlineN6801 From Sweden, joined Aug 2001, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Now if Finnair would add Anchorage to their Tokyo-Helsinki route, the aircraft would pass over the North Pole dead-on!

User currently offlineAA 777 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 814 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2234 times:
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