"Round the World"
Polar was formed in 1993 to operate worldwide scheduled cargo services. Since then it has been one of the fastest growing scheduled all-cargo airlines in the world operating a fleet of Boeing 747 freighters all over the world.

This program, the longest single dvd we've produced, takes you from New York's JFK Airport around the world back to JFK in the cockpit of the 747-200 and 747-400. Pilots give you many different presentations, you will see them at work and listen to communications with ATC even witness a go-around on short final at Miami's International Airport.



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Filmed in 2004 - Released in 2004



I highly recommend this DVD. Great scenery & footage on flights to a variety of destinations on 4 continents. Nice to see both the 747-200 & -400 in operation on the same video. ATC communication is clear as well, which adds to the quality of the video. Keep up the good work!

Josh Sprague, USA

I already watched the Polar Air Cargo DVD! It is one of the best! The rainy departure from JFK of flight PO 412 had very clear ATC communication. The short cockpit presentation done by the F/O of PO 412 while on ground at Atlanta was nice. While enroute to Prestwick on flight PO 412 F/E Canagan did a very thorough presentation of his panel. Cpt. Nardiello of flight PO 512 did a very good explanation of the first part of the Boeing 747-400 cockpit presentation (I didn't know you could set the cargo temperature to anything you wanted on the environmental control system when I saw this part of the 747-400 cockpit presentation. My favorite part of this DVD was when flying to Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Narita because I'm interested in far eastern scenery and the ATC communication between Seoul and Tokyo was very clear. I also liked the on ground footage at Narita before the departure of flight PO 704 bound for Chicago O' Hare. The second part of the cockpit presentation of the 747-400 done by the F/Os of flight PO 704 did a very thorough job of explaining and presenting the cockpit. I also really liked the go around at Miami which was really cool! The walkaround of the 747-400 before the departure of flight 5Y 061 was interesting. The rainy arrival and departure of Sau Paulo's Viracopos airport was nice besides the clear ATC communication on takeoff of flight 5Y 062. The on ground footage at Viracopos was also very beautiful on a rainy day. and Last but not least was the arrival at JFK to conclude this DVD! This DVD is definetly a must have for your collection! Spencer MitchellI, USA

Excellent DVD of Polar Air Cargo. Excellent cockpit presentation of both Boeing 742 and Boeing 744. The part I loved the most is the Go-Around at night at Miami Airport. I recommend everyone to buy this DVD. Keep it up!

Shurendi Eisden, NETH  ANTILLES

What a fantastic DVD this is, you did a great job in putting the scenes together, never to technical just the right amount you need to make it interesting and never boreing. Cockpit views were very good and to see the lights at Miami on the go around / missed landing was first class. Well done team.   Brian Bentley, UK

I have just received this DVD and was amazed at the quality of the production. Yet again another winner for World Air Routes. Great to see this type of operation on your series of fantastic DVDs. I really loved this one and in particular the amount of radio hogwash in the back ground...really funny listening to all the different accents. EJL Edwards, UK

It´s a very nice the contrast between the landscape of Anchorage to Miami. The powerful B747F fully loaded of valuable cargo is showed and you can feel this soft positive climb along your veins…. All of that is showed in this superb and unique DVD! Hector Rodiguez de Alba, MEXICO

Yet another homerun by World Air Routes. Great cockpit presentations, great scenery. Keep up the good work!!!! My library will never be too full!!!! Christopher Ramirez, USA

One of the best cockpit DVD's i've ever seen. Interesting Airports and approaches with different weather conditions. Nice Crews and interesting explanations such as the special gear down procedure for Tokyo Narita. It was also a new expierence to see how cargo flights are operated.  Matthias Habrich, AUSTRIA

I have just recieved this DVD and was amazed at the quality of the production. This is by no means my first World air routes DVD but I believe it to be one of the best. Some great camera shots and descriptions. Thankyou very much world air routes!!! Richard Yates, UK

I would like to congradulate World Air Routes on a fantastic DVD. It is my first from you but it definately won't be my last. I really enjoyed the stormy night departure from JFK, and the landing at ORD with the strong cross wind was very interesting to watch. The low-altitude go-around at MIA just adds excitement to this already great DVD. Overall a great DVD, 10/10. Derin Allard, USA

This is my third DVD from Just Planes and so far it's the best! I was just blown away by the quality and depth of the production. One of my favorite things is that you can hear quite clearly the radio traffic with ATC. This gives one a bigger dimension of things that go on during a flight. The cockpit demos were great. Another bonus is you get to go to many different airports from different parts of the globe. This DVD is almost 3.5 hours and time does fly. So far I have seen this set five times and still can't get enough.  If you have not got a Just Planes DVD as yet this is the one to start with. Excellent production.  Kersi Billimoria, USA

The Polar DVD was absolutely amazing. I always have been attracted to the 747 operations but the fact that this program literally took us around the world made for a very interested and exciting display of flying from the cockpit. The go around on finals into Miami at night was superb as well. You can really see the power of the 747 on its short hops for it accelerates so quickly and gets airborne fast when light but when its heavy, it makes for some very exciting takeoffs. Great explanations on both 747 types from our crews and the presentation that comes to mind as being the best was from our flight engineer on board the 747-200. The fact that this DVD was longer as well was what made it a great buyJeff Schapira, CANADA

This was my first DVD from Air Routes and it won't be my last. The words Superb , Awesome and Fantastic spring to mind. Excellent quality well put together and well explained. Just love the night go-around at Miami. This has got to be a must buy for any aviation enthusiast.

Gary Donovan, UK

I have seen the Polar Air Cargo DVD and I must say that it is truly a great DVD. All the Flight Crews gave real good information about the flight. It was neat to see what the Cargo version of the 747 looked like inside and to actually see the loading process. All I can say was WOW, about the approach into Miami and then having to Go Around,And at night to boot. Keep up the Great work.

First of all I would like to say you guys really did an excellent job, this is the 8th dvd in my collection. Film and atc communication is very clear, cockpit presentation is great!   Ou-Ting Chen, TAIWAN

I think this DVD is just awesome. I am an Aircraft Fueler in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and when we get diversions from Chicago O'Hare, we usually see the mighty 747F cargo planes like POLAR & ATLAS. The DVD is well put together and I would recommend for any aviation buff to purchase this great DVD A MUST HAVE!!! Mike Singleton Jr, USA

An excellent DVD, this is my the 10th title. The presentation was excellent and the flight from LGG-ICN with Captain Chris Nadiello was superb. It was nice to see a few US destinations and I would highly recommend this DVD to all.  Vadoud Sana, USA

Once again, thank you for another enjoyable presentation. I found the Polar Air Cargo DVD very fun to watch with great crewmembers and beautiful planes. I especially liked the evening Miami approach and go-around sequence. In all, an excellent production with great planes, scenery, crew, and tradition. Please keep the 747 DVDs coming.

Alexan Wong, USA

I just received the Polar Air "Round the World" DVD 4 days ago. And I have been watching it every evening passed midnight. In my opinion, this DVD is perhaps one of the best DVDs that "Justplanes - World Air Routes" has ever produced. Therefore, I look forward to watching it again and again. I would like to thank Cpt. George Bowlin, F/O Patrick Bensimon, and F/E Errol Canegan (JFK-ATL-PIK) for their contributions. That includes the 747-200 Cockpit Checklist, the F/Eís Presentation, and the Approach Information for PIK. My complements to Cpt. Chris Nardiello and F/O Mark Hoover (LGG-ICN) for the 747-400 Cockpit Presentation 1 and the Departure & Approach Information; Cpt. John Brannan (ICN-NRT) for the Approach Information (including the Gear-Down Procedure for NRT Rwy. 34L); Cpt. Bill Hampton, F/O Paul McDonald, and F/O Don Childs (NRT-ORD) for the 747-400 Cockpit Presentation 2; F/O Seper Hedayat-Zadeh (MIA-VCP) for the 747-400 Walkaround at MIA; and Cpt. Giovanni DiVivo (VCP-MIA-JFK) for the Approach Information. Special thanks should go to the filming crew. That includes the Cockpit Scenes, Scenes of Seoul & Miami, Scenes of Manaus & the Amazon River in Brazil, the Approach into PIK, and the Go-Around at MIA. I want to thank Udo Schaefer, and Michel Moskal for doing a fantastic job with the production of this DVD. The 747 will always be my favorite aircraft. I hope that Justplanes will release more DVDs featuring the 747. In the meantime I strongly recommend this DVD to everyone. John McCreery, USA

I have several of your DVD's (including both Swiss editions, Orient Thai, and Styrian Spirit), and I must say, that your Polar Air Cargo DVD is definitely, by far, the best. I was not disappointed with any of my previous purchases, but the Polar Air Cargo DVD just never ceased to amaze and be such an enjoyable program. I really appreciate the quality of this and the other DVD's from you that I own, and am looking forward to many new purchases in the future.

Tim Herman, USA

This is my 3rd World Air Routes DVD and i love them all but this is just WoW. The first time i saw an go around. Big thanks for this real good DVD. Patrick Kampf,  AUSTRIA

This is in my top 5 World Air Routes DVDs. I really loved it. Crisp clear ATC, great crew explanations, and the go around at MIA was nice to watch. Well done everyone. Fonawah Atang, UK

I just finished watching the Round-the-World Polar video. Pretty good stuff! My favorite part was the nightime arrival and go-around at MIA. at night, with all the lights in the house out, that scene is gorgeous!  Chris Jacobs, USA


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Flight Information
A/C Reg Flight Route Flt Time Destinations
B747-200F N920FT PO 412 JFK-ATL 1h46


ATL Atlanta, USA

B747-200F N920FT PO 412 ATL-PIK 6h51

ATL Atlanta, USA

PIK Glasgow Prestwick, UK

B747-200F N920FT PO 412 PIK-LGG 1h17

PIK Glasgow Prestwick, UK


B747-400F N451PA PO 512 LGG-ICN 10h37


ICN Seoul Incheon, S, KOREA

B747-400F N453PA PO 704 ICN-NRT 1h44

ICN Seoul Incheon, S, KOREA

NRT Tokyo Narita, JAPAN

B747-400F N453PA PO 704 NRT-ORD 11h04

NRT Tokyo Narita, JAPAN

ORD Chicago O'Hare, USA

B747-400F N453PA 5Y 055 ORD-MIA 2h32

ORD Chicago O'Hare, USA

MIA Miami, USA

B747-400F N496MC 5Y 061 MIA-VCP 7h23

MIA Miami, USA

VCP Viracopos, BRAZIL

B747-400F N496MC 5Y 062 VCP-MIA 7h32

VCP Viracopos, BRAZIL

MIA Miami, USA

B747-400F N450PA PO 081 MIA-JFK 2h19

MIA Miami, USA





Polar Air Cargo DVD starts off with a rare view of a flight from JFK to Atlanta. The flight starts off at night during stormy weather and offers a wonderful view of both New York and Atlanta at night.

The following flight to Prestwick was also very insightful as the Flight Engineer shares his knowledge and experiences on the 747 classic. After a quick flight to Liege, we jump onboard one of Polar Air’s newer 747s, the 747-400. While on the 747-400 the pilots provided a very thorough explanation of the instrumentation and the scenery from the cockpit is nothing short of stunning as you are transported from your living room to destinations such as South Korea, Tokyo, Brazil and much more.

One of the highlights for me was the approach into Miami at night that offered a stunning view of the city. Added to that was the fact that while on approach to rwy 9, the crew is forced to do a go around at low altitude due to an aircraft which was a bit slow on exiting the runway.

This DVD provides a wonderful view of the day to day lives of cargo pilots on the job. One can’t help but admire how hard these guys work, leaving home and traveling around the world all in an effort to ensure that your packages arrive at your door.

This is my third review of JustPlanes DVDs and I am always amazed at how much the team at JustPlanes put into their videos. These DVDs are jam packed with useful information and with cockpit presentations that are clear and understandable for all pilots whether real world or virtual.

The scenic view from the cockpit is nothing short of stunning, especially so in the Baboo video. The Polar DVD is also packed with information and exciting moments when the pilots are forced to do a go around at night while landing at Miami. This DVD also is one of the first that literally takes you around the world starting and ending New York.

I am now convinced that I should start a collection of these DVDs and I would encourage others as well to look into these. It surely makes up for days when your not in the mood to fly on the simulator but you still want to do something aviation related. The prices of these DVDs can’t be beat either. When you think of all that you’re getting, the opportunity to follow airline and cargo pilots for a day really is priceless.

Review by AVSIM

The superb cameras of Just Planes Videos invite home viewers to ride in the cockpits of Polar Air Cargo, over the course of seven flights, flying to nine world airports on four continents. Rarely has a single subject DVD presented such a pleasing variety of locales and flight conditions.

Trips are made in two very different kinds of Boeing 747 freighters. One of Polar's "Classic" jumbos, 747-249F N920FT (msn 22237) "Thomas G. Taafe", a veteran of the historic Flying Tiger Line, makes the journeys from New York-JFK to Atlanta, on to Glasgow-Prestwick, then short hopping over to Leige, Belgium. The action then switches to four different 747-400F's of the Polar Fleet &endash; N450PA, N451PA, N453PA, and M496MC (the "PA" suffixes purely to honor Pan Am, who never operated these aircraft). Detailed walk-arounds and enroute cockpit presentations on both 747 models allow the viewer to appreciate the significant differences in procedures and technology between the three-crew 747-200F and the two-crew 747-400F.

While foul weather and crosswinds make a pilot's workday more difficult, these situations make the DVD program very entertaining. Polar's excellent flight crew skills are on display from the start, as N920FT makes its midnight departure from JFK in rain and low overcast. As the drenched freighter soon breaks through into clear night sky, the magic of aviation is profoundly experienced. On a later trip by N453PA (747-46NF, msn 30811), Captain Hampton makes it look easy as he flies the approach to Chicago-O'Hare's Runway 27R in a very stiff crosswind. The view straight ahead is some 15 degrees off the runway centerline, until the plane is masterfully kicked straight at the last moment, while precious engines are kept clear of striking ground.

Some of the best flight footage involves trips in and out of Miami International Airport. Breathtaking night scenery of South Florida is made quite special by puffy cumulus clouds that are illuminated from underneath by the metropolitan glow. One MIA approach results in an adrenaline-inducing low altitude go-around, as traffic ahead fails to clear the runway in time for the Polar 747 landing. On a flight into Tokyo's Narita Airport, a long bumpy approach is made to Runway 34L, the result of hilly terrain below and the unusual local requirement that landing gear be lowered dozens of miles out. As Captain Brannon explains, this is to preclude the possibility of ice falling onto homes below, during wheel extension.

Always a plus in this series, we enjoy a wide variety of geography and climate on visits to abundant foreign destinations. The rolling green hills of Scotland greet the flights in and out of Prestwick, while on other trips we appreciate the locales of Seoul-Incheon, South Korea and Sao Paolo-Viracopos, Brasil. The expert camera techniques, used with several hand-held and mounted devices, create a welcome variety of perspectives. Thanks in part to excellent airline and flight crew cooperation, this DVD has a richness of content and production quality that will allow many repeat viewings.