An American 777 last week flew over the North Pole on a flight from Chicago to Hong Kong, the first time a commercial airline has flown a twin-engine aircraft over a polar route. The flying time was 15 hours, 13 minutes, about the same time as a four-engine aircraft. The return, via a North Pacific routing to Dallas/Fort Worth, set a record of 13 hours, 27 minutes, because the route had not been flown before by a commercial aircraft. American is competing with other U.S. airlines for ...

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