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Title Northwest Airlines Russia Overflight Inaugural Route Map
Date 10/12-13/1992
Collection Northwest Airlines Awards & Memorials
Catalog Number 2009.57.2
Object Name Map
Extent of Description 1 map, 8.5x14 in.
Creator Northwest Airlines
Admin/Biographical History This route map was presented to passengers, along with a commemorative certificate, on Northwest Airlines Flight 11 from Detroit to Tokyo over Russia on October 12-13, 1992. Northwest Airlines was the first airline in the western world to operate a trans-Pacific passenger flight through Russian air space.

A Northwest Boeing 747-400 flew about 2,500 miles through Russian air space to shorten flight times over the North Pacific. Previously, passenger flights had to fly around Russian air space, which added time and burned more fuel. By operating over Russia, flight times were as much as one hour shorter, depending on wind velocity.

The Russian overfly route--dubbed Siberia II--resulted from a strong working relationship that had developed over several years between Northwest and representatives and organizations in the former Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. In April 1991, a Northwest Airlines Boeing 747 freighter with a Soviet-made GLONASS satellite receiver and a U.S.-made GPS receiver became the first aircraft to operate through Russian air space.

"This is a major international achievement for commercial aviation and Northwest," said John Dasburg, Northwest Airlines president and CEO.

Source: Northwest Airlines Passages company newspaper, 11/1/1992, page 5.
Scope & Content Route map illustrated with a Boeing 747-400. Text: "Northwest Airlines / Rosaeronavigatsia / Overflight / October 12, 1992 / Northwest Airlines envisioned a route to Asia over the 'Great Circle' route as early as the 1930s. A part of the dream became a reality on July 15, 1947 when Northwest became the first airline to serve Japan via the North Pacific. This new route across the top of the world brings Detroit 1,800 miles closer to Tokyo than the conventional warm weather passage through the mid-Pacific of the 1930s. Welcome aboard and thank you for your participation on this history-making flight."
Credit line Northwest Airlines
Search Terms Northwest Airlines
Boeing 747-400
Russian Federation (Russia)
Tokyo, Japan
Asia Pacific
Detroit, Mi.
Subjects Maps
Commemorative prints
Transpacific travel
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