Russia is being more isolated by the international world as a result of its military operation of Ukraine. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., for example, recently rerouted its New York-Hong Kong flight to avoid Russian airspace, making it the world’s longest commercial passenger flight by distance.
The New York-Hong Kong flight, which will be operated by Airbus SE’s A350-1000, will be rerouted to avoid Russian airspace entirely, according to a Cathay document seen by Bloomberg. The new journey will be 10,326 miles, with a flying time of 16-17 hours, compared to the former route over Russia, which was 8,071 miles and took around 15 hours.
The new flight by Cathay Pacific will take the place of Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Singapore-New York JFK flight, which was previously the longest in terms of distance.
According to Bloomberg, “such flight changes are likely to only be temporary given the costs carriers face from high oil prices and uncertainty over the accessibility of Russian airspace.” Other airlines are also rerouting flights away from Russian airspace.