World’s longest passenger flight plans to avoid Russian skies
March 29, 2022 - Cathay Pacific Airways plans to reroute its New York-Hong Kong service to avoid Russian airspace. Cathay’s Airbus A350-1000 will take about 17 hours to fly 16,618km – the world’s longest commercial passenger flight by distance.
Cathay is seeking overflight permits to operate the service, which it said was normal for a new route. Before the pandemic, which has severely reduced its schedule, the carrier operated up to three round-trips between Hong Kong and JFK daily, according to Bloomberg.
Many Asian airlines are avoiding Russia due to the conflict in Ukraine, Bloomberg said.