Since the opening of Russia and the recent ease of getting clearances and crossing Russia and Siberia, a lot of Northern Hemisphere pilots have been tempted to use that short route to fly around the World.
Please see the NOTE at the bottom of the page.
That route, due to its high latitude is much shorter than any other route done further South. It is also very much easier to cross the Pacific Ocean through the Bering Strait than further South like between Hawaii and California or between Easter Island and Chile. The average length of a route done further South is 25, 000 NM and the average length of that rather new "Short Northern Route" is only 16,000 NM.
Also pilots from the Southern Hemisphere wanting to use that short Pacific crossing through the Bering Strait would have to cross the Equator to reach Alaska and Siberia.
With this in mind and without diminishing the merit of those RTW through that "Short Northern Route", we should make a difference between the two ways of crossing the Pacific Ocean, one being much longer and a lot more difficult and demanding and more adventurous than the other.
One could be called: the "Short Northern Route", and any of the others could be called: the "Long Southern Route" and mention of the crossing of the Equator if done
|Anadyr (Russia)||UHMA||Nome (Alaska)||PAOM||800||430|
|Provideniya (Russia)||UHMD||Nome (Alaska)||PAOM||375||660|
|Anadyr (Russia)||UHMA||Anchorage (Alaska)||PANC||1660||900|
|Provideniya (Russia)||UHMD||Anchorage (Alaska)||PANC||1220||660|
|Hilo (Hawaii)||PTHO||Santa Barbara (California)||KSBA||3825||2065|
|Easter Island (Chili)||SCIP||Santiago (Chile)||SCEL||3825||2065|
|Chitose (Japan)||RJCC||Dutch Harbor (Aleutians)||PADU||3923||2118|
|Hokkaido (Japan)||RJCK||Attu Island (Aleutians)||PAAT||2451||1323|
|Northern Route (via the Bering Strait)||196|
|Center Route (via Hawaii)||73|
|Southern Route (via Easter Island)||26|
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