Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13722 posts, RR: 20 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 6 days ago) and read 2287 times:
SIA cancels flight, re-routes another
SINGAPORE, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines (Singapore: SIAL.SI - news) (SIA) said on Monday it cancelled one flight and re-routed another after the U.S. and British air attacks on Afghanistan.
Flight SQ428, due to depart for Cairo via Dubai in the early hours of Monday, was cancelled, an SIA spokesman told Reuters.
Flight SQ321 from London to Singapore was being re-routed via Madras and would touch down in the city state about seven hours later than normal at 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday (1710 GMT on Monday).
"At this point, there are no other cancellations for today but we're obviously monitoring the situation closely," the SIA spokesman said. "We're not overflying Afghanistan airspace at all and have not been for some time."
SIA earlier suspended flights to Pakistan. It flies four times a week to Karachi and Lahore.
SIA shares were down 65 cents at S$8.45 in late morning trade in line with a broadly lower market.
Danialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2251 times:
I guess lots of airspace is closed or not desireable for overlights ... Afghanistan, Pakistan, maybe parts of the Arabian Sea. Hence routings Europe - Southeast Asia has to go over Saudi Arabia and a fully loaded B744 may not have the range to do LHR-SIN nonstop in this case (esp if the winds blows too strong in the wrong direction ...) Hence an intermediate stops - Madras sounds like it's right on the way (from experience it is)
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Johnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2207 times:
agree with Danialanwar,
i suppose prior to the departure of the particular SIN-LHR flight it was not known to the cockpit crew that the attacks on afganistan would take place, and thus in order to evade restricted combat airspace, this flight was probably rerouted and then the aircraft lacked the range to reach LHR.
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Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7808 posts, RR: 54 Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
Tech stop - needed more juice. Happens sometimes even if there isn't a re-route, unexpected headwinds etc. I've seen a few HKG-LHR Virgin A340s at Helsinki for that reason. Not with Malaysian though, they'd rather arrive over London on fumes.
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