zeke wrote:The eastbound route is normally not polar, takes you closer to Vancouver to get the best tailwinds.
zeke wrote:Via ANC is not polar, polar would be going north of HKG via China/Russia across the pole. ANC/YVR are done normally via the NOPAC routes, sometimes a little further south via the PACOTS routes. Those routes take you NE of HKG via Taiwan and Japan.
Newbiepilot wrote:I believe Cathay Pacific launched nonstop HKG-JFK flights in 2001 in response to Continental launching nonstop EWR-HKG service. They specially equipped 3 A340-300s with only 193 seats and extra legroom to reduce weight so the plane could make it nonstop. They ordered the A340-600s right about time of the launch with A340-300s and those planes replaced them shortly thereafter.
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