When flying from New York to Hong Kong, airliners will cover a distance of 16,618 km in about 17 hours.

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airline plans to operate non-stop flights on the New York – Hong Kong route bypassing Russian airspace, which will become the largest air route in the world by length. This was reported on Tuesday by Bloomberg with reference to the airline’s documents.

Cathay Pacific aircraft usually flew through the Arctic, entering Russian airspace. But due to Western sanctions against Russia, a number of Asian airlines avoid flying over Russian territory.

When flying from New York to Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific airliners will cover a distance of 16,618 km in about 17 hours. Currently, a non-stop flight from Singapore to New York (15,349 km) is considered to be the longest route, Bloomberg notes.

A representative of Cathay Pacific said that Airbus A-350-1000 airliners will be used on the route.