foilcat
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CO's Polar Routing

Mon Oct 01, 2001 10:23 pm

I wonder if Continental airlines flight CO98/99 still using polar routing, the reason why i come to this, i 've seen CO98 to EWR passing the airspace near Anchorage, that supposed to be the old and longer routing for north america flights from asia.

can anyone confirm that
 
airbus380
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RE: CO's Polar Routing

Mon Oct 01, 2001 10:35 pm

It can still use polar routing and then go south over Anchorage.
 
ptcflyer
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RE: CO's Polar Routing

Mon Oct 01, 2001 10:38 pm

CO uses polar routing from EWR to HKG. 15 hours - 40 minutes or so.. The reverse - CO 98 uses traditional routing with tail winds. The flight time is usually the same.

Reasons for using traditional routing on return (my guess): Avoid paying user fees for Russian airspace. Safer route (more alternates) and less solar radiation.

There were times last year when CO 99 used traditional longer route -- I believe due to solar flares. The flight was time was significantly longer.
 
artsyman
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RE: CO's Polar Routing

Mon Oct 01, 2001 10:39 pm

Are you sure it wasnt the Narita flight that you saw over anchorage ?, most times I have done this flight we came in over Alaska. When I did the 98/99 we were nowhere near anchorage on the way in or out

Jer
 
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RE: CO's Polar Routing

Mon Oct 01, 2001 10:41 pm

There were times last year when CO 99 used traditional longer route

Considering that CO 99 was launched on March 1 THIS YEAR, that would have been pretty damn impossible wouldn't it?
 
artsyman
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RE: CO's Polar Routing

Mon Oct 01, 2001 10:48 pm

I flew 99 during the solar flare time, and it is true that the flight was significantly longer. I dont recall the exact time, but it was around 17 + hours.

Jer
 
ptcflyer
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RE: CO's Polar Routing

Mon Oct 01, 2001 11:00 pm

Since September 11, Everything before seems like at least "last year"... But you are correct, I meant to state earlier this year. I believe it was in the April timeframe.

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