Polar Routes List

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  1. merice107

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    Can someone point me to a current list of trans polar routes that airlines are flying? I'm assuming a lot of the Central and Eastern North American flights to SE Asia do.

    Also, what about the south pole? Buenos Aires to Auckland flies the south polar route correct?
     
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    Not sure if there is a list.
    I believe Thai has a flight: JFK - BKK?
     
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    Everybody flies great circle routes. Some come close to the geographic north pole, some close-ish, many miss the pole by hundreds/thousands of miles, but still pass through some pretty high latitudes. Even those that come real close to the pole may not do so depending on winds on any given day.

    As for the south pole, I'm not aware of any flights that normally enter antarctic airspace, or that even cross the Antarctic Circle. I've done it once on SYD-JNB but I think that was quite unusual - the FAs on the flight said they couldn't recall doing it before - weird winter winds.

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    It's not a 'normal' flight, but QF has a chartered plane head out over Antarctica on Dec 31/Jan 1 for what essentially amounts to a booze cruise. Would be an interesting aviation geek way of ringing in the new year. LINK.
     
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    Not for several years now.

    EWR-HKG goes polar more than not. The return is decidedly TPAC.
     
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    The SEA-DXB you have in the link there will rarely get anywhere close to actually polar. The winds STRONGLY favor them flying it more or less like a TATL flight and riding the jetstream: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAE230/history/20121106/0124Z/KSEA/OMDB. It looks like DXB-SEA goes slightly more polar more often, but even then it seems to go TPAC to take advantage of the winds. EWR-SIN is another one which looks like it should go polar but which generally does not due to winds.
     
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    KE94 IAD-ICN is polar more often than not.
     
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    I flew on UA ORD to HKG last december, and we went about 50 miles east of the North Pole. Pilot mentioned it was the first time in 20 years that he had flown east of the pole, and that the route is usually west of the pole.
     
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