With tensions running high is appears that several American Airlines flights are already avoiding Russian airspace.
Today’s American Airlines Dallas – Beijing flight AA263 routed out to Los Angeles and made a stop before being scheduled to continue to China. American Airlines AA125 from Dallas to Hong Kong diverted to Los Angeles as well. So did American Airlines AA187 from Chicago to Beijing.
American Airlines AA187
A poster at airliners.net writes,
Just heard from a crew chief that some of the American Airline China flights from DFW and ORD are being diverted to LAX and fueled, recrewed and rerouted to avoid Russian airspace.
If Russian overflight rights are indeed lost, without the ability to fly Polar routes East Coast – Asia will become much more problematic.
I reached out to American to explain the operational issues, and they refused to comment and directed me to industry lobbying organization Airlines for America instead. I will update if they respond.
Update: Airlines for America shared the following statement,
A4A and our carriers are closely monitoring what is a fluid situation. Carriers continuously monitor and evaluate airspace issues and communicate potential changes to our customers and employees. We are working to minimize any potential disruption for passengers and shippers.
Update: I’ve removed the question mark from the title. There are also now passengers who report being told the reason for their re-routes was to avoid Russia.