It was the record for the longest flight, but Cathay Pacific did not set it voluntarily: the closure of airspace due to the war in Ukraine forced the airline to fly to New York on a longer route. She flew an Airbus A350-1000 from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York across the Atlantic Ocean to avoid Russian airspace.

The Hong Kong airline dethroned Singapore Airlines, which had held the record for the number of flights from Singapore to New York since 2018. But now Cathay has decided to use Russian airspace again. Strong headwinds and payload issues required it. From November 1, their planes fly again over the Russian Far East along the so-called polar route to Hong Kong.

No more code sharing on route

This has negative consequences for the partnership with American Airlines. The airline had to give up its codeshare with Cathay Pacific on the route due to their use of Russian airspace. Sanctions prohibit US airlines from using Russian airspace. And this also applies to codeshare flights, when the flight number of one airline is linked to a flight of another company.