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Topic: Shortest Route To The Middle East
Username: lke2fly
Posted 2012-11-16 17:26:08 and read 2372 times.

My stupid question is why do Asian, Russian and Arabic Airliners fly east from Los Angeles (LAX) some over US states others up to Canada Newfoundland and over the Atlantic Ocean, down towards Europe then down towards there country. Its seams like a long route instead of heading west over the Pacific Ocean at least on the global map it looks shorter. I saw these routes being taken on FlightAware from LAX.

Topic: RE: Shortest Route To The Middle East
Username: tdscanuck
Posted 2012-11-16 18:12:42 and read 2372 times.

Quoting lke2fly (Thread starter):
My stupid question is why do Asian, Russian and Arabic Airliners fly east from Los Angeles (LAX) some over US states others up to Canada Newfoundland and over the Atlantic Ocean, down towards Europe then down towards there country.

Which specifc destination are you thinking about? The shortest route for LAX-DXB is over the pole (east from LA):
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=lax-dxb


LAX-UUDD is similar:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=lax-UUDD



LAX-ZBAA does go west:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=lax-ZBAA
http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=lax-ZBAA&MS=wls&MR=900&MX=720x360&PM=*

But as soon as you get farther into Asia than about Mumbai, it's shorter to go east from LA:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=lax-VABB


Tom.

Topic: RE: Shortest Route To The Middle East
Username: Fabo
Posted 2012-11-17 03:04:56 and read 2372 times.

Also, winds may play a role. See here how SIN-EWR-SIN is/was flown eastbound both ways, because of winds.

http://www.gcmap.com/featured/20120121

Topic: RE: Shortest Route To The Middle East
Username: Viscount724
Posted 2012-11-17 14:10:59 and read 2372 times.

Winds play a big factor. Routes can vary widely from day to day depending on the location of the jetstream. Distance isn't the only consideration. It often makes sense to fly a significantly longer route if it benefits from strong tailwinds. That's why many flights from the east coast of North America to Asia use the shortest polar routings westbound, almost overflying the North Pole, but on the eastbound trip they take the traditional transpacific route near Japan and Alaska.

Topic: RE: Shortest Route To The Middle East
Username: 113312
Posted 2012-11-17 14:36:27 and read 2372 times.

Winds, temps, ETOPS divert routes, engine out drift down, and other factors contribute to routing.

Topic: RE: Shortest Route To The Middle East
Username: lke2fly
Posted 2012-11-17 20:10:09 and read 2372 times.

Thank you very much to all of you that replied. I now understand how airline routes work. I was just a little confused but you all cleared it up. Thank you


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