LanChileA340 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2158 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.
Jjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2109 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.
Delta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2040 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.