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Polar Route Operations

The official opening of cross-polar routes in February 2001 marked an important step in air travel between North America and Asia. These new routes offer time, fuel, and environmental advantages over conventional routes and allow nonstop service between new city pairs. Operations are similar in many ways to conventional long-range routes. After two and one-half years and more than 650 demonstration flights, airlines have the experience and planning tools to make polar operations routine.

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