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San Fran, via the Pole

Aeroflot is thrusting itself into competitive international aviation with new flights over the North Pole to Anchorage and San Francisco. A weekly 14-hour flight was inaugurated last week. Vladimir Potapov, Aeroflot general director, said the airline's San Francisco office is booking tickets so fast that it hopes to add a second flight soon. A 1990 bilateral agreement to improve air transportation between the United States and the former Soviet Union authorizes four flights weekly, Potapov said. The new trans-Pacific flight takes considerably less time than the 36 hours it took when American pilots first flew the historic route in 1934, Potapov said. ""The dream of aviators of both our countries came true"" with the reincarnation of the old route, he said. Cargo transportation services are also being expanded, Potapov said, with door-to-door express service now available. And Aeroflot hopes to put the Aleutian 96, a super airbus, on the San Francisco route.

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