From: Jim Innes <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Canada Internet Direct, Inc. Date: 12 Oct 96 02:36:03 Followups: 1
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Just a little update on longrange nonstoppers from North America. Starting Oct01/96, Canadian Airlines will inaugurate flights from YVR-HKG via new Russia/China route. Expected time savings of upto 1.5 hours in winter winds conditions. Excerpts from Friday's Globe and Mail; Canada has negotiated new international air rights that will allow Canadian airlines to fly over large parts of China and Russia previously banned to Western commercial aircraft, government and airline experts say. Using the new routes, airlines leaving Vancouver will be able to cut across the middle of China on their way to Hong Kong, and will soon be allowed to fly directly to New Delhi on one tank of jet fuel--in 12 hours, down from the current 20 hours... Most flights to Hong Kong must now skirt Russian and Chinese territory, forcing them to take a circuitous route over the Pacific Ocean and Taiwan, said Michael Tretheway, special adviser to the president of the Vancouver International Airport Authority... The first carrier to take advantage of the new agreement is Calgary-based Canadian Airlines International Ltd., which plans to fly across the middle of China starting next Wednesday... A spokesman for the federal Department of Foreign Affairs said Ottawa paved the way for the agreement but Canadian Airlines went ahead and negotiated the actual terms... Captain Robert Weatherly, vice-president of Canadian's Flight Operations at the Vancouver head office, said his company's DC-10-30ER's and Boeing 747-400 airplanes will cut across China well to the west of Shanghai en route to Hong Kong. The new route will save Canadian 45 minutes and 5.4 tonnes of jet fuel on every flight between Vancouver and Hong Kong. More important, the shorter route will allow the airline to carry an extra 5.4 tonnes of cargo on every trip, potentially worth millions of dollars in extra revenue in a year... Capt. Weatherly said Canada has been trying to gain Chinese overfly rights since 1974. It won partial permission to fly to Beijing in April, 1995, but has been prohibited from flying over central China until now. Airlines bound for Japan have been allowed to fly over parts of Russia for several years. But broader rights were considered unthinkable until after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989.