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Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Sat May 27, 2006 10:37 pm

As posted in another thread about SQ 20, i was wondering about the flight path followed by airlines flying to and from asia.

If i am not mistaken in a flight report on this site, someone took a screen shot of the flight map while aboard SQ flying to SIN from EWR. Did that cross india? I mean does it go all over the pole and directly over india then turn towards the east and then straight to SIN? Or does it fly directly over Russia and the other countries into SIN?

And i would also like to know the routing of TG, if i am not mistaken it also has a flight which goes over the pole.

Does anyone have more screen shots of the inflight entertainment screens showing the flight path?

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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Sat May 27, 2006 10:59 pm

The CPH-SEA flight I recently took came pretty close.
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Sat May 27, 2006 11:05 pm

I know the only routes that use Polar tracks are generally from the U.S. Midwest (ORD, CVG, IND, etc.) to Beijing. Everything else slides off to either side of the pole. EWR to India would probably pass over Norway and down over Russia and the "Stans".

I know the UAL ORD-HKG route frequently use the Polar tracks. It's not something anyone likes to do--especially in a two-engine aircraft. You do not want to lose an engine and have to divert into Siberia.TC
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Sun May 28, 2006 12:36 am

AAs ORD to India flight goes right over the pole and crosses the Himalayas so it is quite a spectacular flight over the north. In 2004 a UA 772ER flying the HKG-SFO flight had to set down in Yellowknife, NWT Canada (YZF) after blowing an engine in flight. Because of the cold war there are numerous airfields in Siberia that an a/c could set down in in the event of an emergency.
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Sun May 28, 2006 1:47 am

You would see these flight plans to Asia a lot more during the winter when the winds are stiff.

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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Mon May 29, 2006 12:06 am

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 1):
The CPH-SEA flight I recently took came pretty close.

I wouldn't call 1,000 s/m 'pretty close'. That track over the middle of Greenland is at least that far from the Pole.
 
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Mon May 29, 2006 3:48 am

CO's flight from EWR-PEK flies over the North Pole. The return PEK-EWR flies east over Alaska and then through Canada.
 
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Mon May 29, 2006 4:41 am

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 3):
AAs ORD to India flight goes right over the pole

http://www.flightaware.com seems to show (the last couple days anyway) AA's flight plan reaching a maximum of 60 degrees N.

Quoting Thepilot730 (Reply 6):
CO's flight from EWR-PEK flies over the North Pole.

They were flightplanned to 80N or 85N.
 
 
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Mon May 29, 2006 4:44 pm

If AI begins a India-US West Coast service with its new 777-237LR's those would go over the NP (or very very close to it) as well wouldn't they?
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Mon May 29, 2006 8:56 pm

Quoting Thepilot730 (Reply 6):
CO's flight from EWR-PEK flies over the North Pole. The return PEK-EWR flies east over Alaska and then through Canada.

...and so does the UA ORD - PEK, well, almost:

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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Mon May 29, 2006 9:18 pm

Quoting Deaphen (Thread starter):
And i would also like to know the routing of TG, if i am not mistaken it also has a flight which goes over the pole.

You're right. The New York Silk Express JFK-BKK goes over the pole. Here are two pictures from the flight I took in November. Full trip report here.

Projected route before departure
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b109/christao17/November%202005/DSCF4312.jpg

Screen shot as we cross onto the Asian continent
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Tue May 30, 2006 12:25 am

Quoting Olympus69 (Reply 5):
Quoting Go3Team (Reply 1):
The CPH-SEA flight I recently took came pretty close.

I wouldn't call 1,000 s/m 'pretty close'.

You are right. But it is much closer to the magnetic north pole that, I believe, is currently positioned north west of Baffin Island at about 83 degrees north, 115 degrees west and is moving in a north westerly direction.
 
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Tue May 30, 2006 12:30 am

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 3):
AAs ORD to India flight goes right over the pole and crosses the Himalayas so it is quite a spectacular flight over the north.

I thought you can't do Etops over the Himalayas???
 
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RE: Flight Paths Over The North Pole

Tue May 30, 2006 12:51 am

Quoting Timz (Reply 7):
http://www.flightaware.com seems to show (the last couple days anyway) AA's flight plan reaching a maximum of 60 degrees N.

No. FAA coverage ends at 61N where it becomes Iceland's, hence why the flight path appears to come to an abrupt end.

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[Edited 2006-05-29 17:52:39]