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World’s Longest Passenger Flight Planned to Avoid Russian Skies

  • Flight would surpass Singapore Air’s to JFK on distance taken
  • Many Asian airlines plotting routes to skirt Russian airspace

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. plans to reroute its New York-Hong Kong service to avoid Russian airspace, in what would be the world’s longest commercial passenger flight by distance.  

The airline plans to fly from John F. Kennedy International Airport over the Atlantic Ocean, the U.K., southern Europe and central Asia, according to a memo to Cathay flight staff seen by Bloomberg News. The distance of 16,618 kilometers (10,326 miles) would surpass Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s New York service, which takes about 17-and-a-half hours to cover 15,349 kilometers, FlightRadar24 data show. The new Cathay flight will take about 17 hours.