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HKG - Europe Flights Affected By War?

Sat Oct 13, 2001 12:09 am

I heard that some flights from HKG to London were diverted last week due to the war? Can anyone confirm this? Where did they have to stop?

Some years ago (perhaps 6 or 7?) when there was also war in Afghanistan, I recall that a number of flights from HKG to London were rerouted and were required to stop in places such as Paris/Frankfurt to refuel. The planes flown back then were essentially the same as present, i.e. 744 (CX, BA), and A340 (VS). VS at one point considered limiting the number of pax so that they could guarantee a non-stop, but I don't think they ever implemented that. Perhaps now there's no need to set such a limit due to the lower loads in the first place!!

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RE: HKG - Europe Flights Affected By War?

Sat Oct 13, 2001 1:34 pm

I doubt if this will happen as most (if not all) Europe flights head north out of HK, going over exotic places like Urumqi and the Mongolian steppe, before heading west over Siberia.

It also happens to be the most cost-effective and time-efficient route, so why change this......

In the past, they still flew over the Afghan "Panhandle" (the bit that juts east and is about 15 miles wide), although this is definitely not an option now.


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