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Transatlantic Diversions Due To Icelandic Volcano  
User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3352 times:
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Does anyone know if there have been diversions of air traffic away from iceland due to the new volcanic eruption that has been going off in the south of Iceland? Reports say that ash and smoke are travelling as high as 8 Miles into the sky- thats 42,000 feet high. Scientists also predict that ash could reach as far as the norwegian coast... And unless you are concorde, you most likely arent going to fly that high. So what is the protocol for diverting a/c that fly over / near Iceland? I know that every time I fly IAD-LHR, we fly over or just south of the Icelandic coast. What does this mean for air traffic in genera for the next several daysl? Any news?

-AA777

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User currently offlineSfo212 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

When we flew from LHR-SFO last summer we flew right over Iceland. I imagine it is causing some change of routes.

User currently offlinePNEPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

If they are re-routing it doesn't seem to be having any noticeable effect on schedules... a quick check on PHL's arrivals this afternoon showed them all more or less on time.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

My flights between ZRH and BOS a week ago, as well as the EWR to ZRH that I stepped off this morning showed no difference in timing at all - but we were quite far away from Iceland in both directions...



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User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3070 times:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3982273.stm

KLM have stated that it has caused them some considerable disruption. I would assume everyone else is the same.


User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3045 times:

It really all depends on the flight Routes. Normally Swiss and French traffic normally fly quite far underneath Iceland (depending on flight plan). The Majority of the traffic from AMS to North America has a higher chance to get a flight plan more closer to Iceland. That's why there were many flight delays out of AMS and AMS is also a HUB for Northwest Airlines.

Regards,
AMS


User currently offlineKateAA From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 89 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3036 times:

Hey

I don't know to much about this, but why has KLM been so effected? LH/AF/BA have not been! SAS seem to be on time as well.

Could it be because of KLM's B772's? ETOPS?

Kate


User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3014 times:

Most flights from AF,LH, depart from a more South location then KL/NW flights, so therefore these flights have a much higher chance to get a flightplan underneath Iceland. Off course KL/NW have a much higher density of flights then SK. So yes it is possible that SK was on time.

Regards,
AMS


User currently offlinePNEPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

I think I read somewhere that KL have a much stricter than "normal" SOP prohibiting operations in or near areas that may be affected by volcanic ash and such like

User currently offlineFLYACYYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

There have been some disruptions on AC's YYZ-DEL service, as the very tight non-stop routing passes right over the affected area. I know that the flight on November 4th was actually cancelled, due to the inability of a suitable alternate routing, and inbound on November the 3rd, the flight flew considerably south, and tech-stopped in YUL for fuel as well as a crew change.


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

>>>I think I read somewhere that KL have a much stricter than "normal" SOP prohibiting operations in or near areas that may be affected by volcanic ash and such like

That wouldn't be surprising, considering that they once had a 3-month old 747-400 incur $80 million in damage from an ash encounter in Alaska... Don't wanna do -that- again....  Big grin


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