AEROFLOT PLANS US SERVICE VIA ANCHORAGE

AEROFLOT PLANS US SERVICE VIA ANCHORAGE

Aeroflot Airlines plans to start a Moscow-to-San Francisco service through Anchorage this May, a company official said.

The airline will begin its trans-Pacific Moscow service May 17, a year after launching a weekly service linking Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East with Anchorage and San Francisco, said Richard Bach, the airline's Anchorage- based cargo and passenger service manager.Mr. Bach said Aeroflot expects to attract European tourists seeking a shorter route to Alaska.

"You get a lot of European hunters, especially Austrians and Germans," he said. "I'm thinking the flights will be full, or pretty close to it."

A polar flight from Moscow to Anchorage will take about 9 1/2 hours, he said.

A trans-Atlantic route from Moscow to Alaska would take at least 15 hours, he said.