Cathay Pacific launches world record 10,326-mile New York to Hong Kong flight, avoiding Russia

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World’s longest commercial flight path is created as Cathay Pacific launches 10,326-mile New York-Hong Kong service avoiding Russian airspace

  • Hong Kong flagship detours around Russia, extending flight time by almost two hours
  • JFK-HKG flight will exceed 10,000 miles and fly over the Atlantic Ocean and China instead
  • The route from New York to Hong Kong used to be 8,072 miles and across central Russia
  • Journey overtakes Singapore Airlines’ alternative on the same route for top position

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Cathay Pacific will set a new world record for longest commercial flight path after adjusting the journey from New York to Hong Kong to avoid Russian airspace.

Hong Kong’s flag carrier will now send jets between JFK in New York and Hong Kong International (HKG) around Russia rather than through it.

It will also cross the UK, much of mainland Europe and Central Asia, also avoiding Ukraine.

That means a journey of 10,326 miles instead of the previous 8,072. It will be the first regular passenger flight ever to exceed 10,000 miles in length.

And for passengers it means a flight of almost 17 hours instead of 15 hours.

The new flight route crosses the UK, mainland Europe and Central Asia to avoid Russia

The new flight route crosses the UK, mainland Europe and Central Asia to avoid Russia

Hong Kong's flag carrier, Cathay Pacific, is headquartered at Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong's flag carrier, Cathay Pacific, is headquartered at Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong’s flag carrier, Cathay Pacific, is headquartered at Hong Kong International Airport

Dozens of Asian airlines have been forced to adjust their flight routes to avoid Russia and Ukraine

Dozens of Asian airlines have been forced to adjust their flight routes to avoid Russia and Ukraine

Dozens of Asian airlines have been forced to adjust their flight routes to avoid Russia and Ukraine

Patient passengers now need to spend an extra two hours on board to travel 2,254 miles further

Patient passengers now need to spend an extra two hours on board to travel 2,254 miles further

Patient passengers now need to spend an extra two hours on board to travel 2,254 miles further

Cathay revealed its plan in a company memo sent to flight crews today. Bloomberg reported.

The new route will overtake Singapore Airlines’ 9,537-mile flight from New York to Hong Kong, which takes a little longer, according to FlightRadar 24, at 17 and a half hours.

Airlines have made efforts to avoid Russian and Belarusian airspace since the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

It is now a criminal offense for Russian aircraft to enter British airspace – seizing offending vessels.

Cathay said its fleet of Airbus A350-1000s can safely travel the longer New York-Hong Kong route without having to refuel along the way.

However, the route may change again in the summer when the tailwind over the Atlantic becomes less powerful – making the Pacific a better option.

A spokeswoman said: “We always carry out emergency routes for possible events or scenarios.

“The Transatlantic option is based on facilitating strong seasonal winds at this time of year, so flight time can be between 4-5pm, making it more favorable than the Transpacific route.”

Other airlines that have modified flight routes to avoid Russia include Japan Airlines, which crosses Alaska and Canada en route between Tokyo and London Heathrow.

The route used to cover much of Siberia, saving nearly five hours.

Meanwhile, British Airways has warned it will have to cancel hundreds of scheduled flights in the coming weeks.

Passengers have had to wait in line for hours to drop baggage due to ongoing IT issues.

In an internal message to staff, BA CEO Sean Doyle admitted that passengers and employees are “tired” of the recent problems, but there were “no quick fixes”.

That came after the airline — which announced it would be scrapping masks on flights — reversed the plan and warned people to wear them on trips to 50 destinations.

Affected places include Greece, Italy, the United States and Germany.

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