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Commercial Polar Routes

Sun Jul 28, 2002 10:32 am

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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RE: Commercial Polar Routes

Sun Jul 28, 2002 9:54 pm

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.
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RE: Commercial Polar Routes

Sun Jul 28, 2002 10:10 pm

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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RE: Commercial Polar Routes

Mon Jul 29, 2002 12:09 am

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RE: Commercial Polar Routes

Mon Jul 29, 2002 12:15 am

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.

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RE: Commercial Polar Routes

Mon Jul 29, 2002 8:43 am

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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RE: Commercial Polar Routes

Mon Jul 29, 2002 9:35 am

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

Mon Jul 29, 2002 12:36 pm


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