Qantas over the Caspian Sea.

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TheRealBabushka

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Qantas over the Caspian Sea. Does anyone know if Qantad has ceased flying over the Caspian Sea for their QF 1/2 and QF 9/10 services. Anyone monitored the in-seat flight path to check on a recent flight if they're diverting over Saudi Arabia instead?

drno

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I assume you are concerned about Russia shooting down another plane?  I cannot confirm the QF status, but most of the flight paths (BA, EK, EY, TK, QR) are passing over Iran and Turkey, Caspian Sea is out of the way (checkout flightradar24).  Russia are using surface to surface or air to surface missiles as their enemies in that area do not have aircraft as far as I know.  The issue in Ukraine was because Ukraine was using its airforce at the time, thats why the rebels/russians were using surface to air missiles.

TheRealBabushka

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Is Air France pandering/scare mongering as it takes the decision to divert? Cautious or silly? 

drno

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Air France/KLM probably dont want to be associated with another tradgedy flying over a known war zone (MH17 was KLM codeshare).  They probably will fly over Palestine, or some of the rebels in Sanai, instead if they fly over Saudi Arabia.  I think there are risks everywhere in that area from poorly informed group making a wrong decision.  The Caspian Sea, is probably safer given its the Russian Navy firing the missiles (who dont want a repeat of MH17), not a non-state army.  I doubt Russia could let it happen again, and the flight paths are not where the missile ships are.  My opinion is, its publicity and a dig at Russia rather than the most cautious option. 

Serg

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Finnair flying above Russia far away from any conflict zones :-)

drno

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I like Finnair

moa999

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When flying above Iran is the safe option !

hutch

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The reason flying above Iran wouldn't be safe, is thanks to the US Navy!

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wilsoni Banned

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Any concern about missiles from the Russian navy ships in the Caspian Sea is about accidental collision with a civilian airliner. These are cruise missiles, not used to deliberately shoot anything down. As drno says, they are surface to surface. That said, there is some small risk. Cruise missiles don't emit squawk codes.  But they are usually subsonic (approx 500 knots).  Observant aircrew might spot one on a collison course. ATC might pick one up. Other aircraft might report a sighting. Or, an accident could happen. Prudence suggests staying out of the line of fire. Passengers should be informed before the flight, one way or the other.

Hayden

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and it would be extremely unlucky to be hit by a cruise missile

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