I have been looking at this flight routinely as it leaves HKG at midnight and scheduled to arrive into ZRH at 0610. Recently, it has left early (10 minutes) depart from the gate but very often it is late arriving into ZRH, today it arrived almost an hour late but only left HKG 13 minutes late. I think this is quite unusual as I travelled on it a few times and it has always been on time. LX 139 has a timetable journey time of 13:10 and there has been no other substantial late arrival into ZRH this morning.
Over the past few weeks, when this flight left HKG early, they still suffer a delay of some 30 minutes on average to get into ZRH.
The reason for this post is, I understood there has been dispute in overflight rights between LX and russia and I thought this has been resolved. Last time when I was flying eastbound, they went through places like india from ZRH to HKG, a fair bit of a detour. And of coz I use them a lot to connect from MAN to HKG and naturally I keep an eye on them.
Now with this restriction in place and that LX139 arrived into ZRH an hour late, surely people have connections would have missed the flights, is this not costing LX quite a bit of money and dent on their reputation for being reliable and puntual? On this particular day, the LH flight to MUC left HKG some 10 minutes late and got in MUC early. Their schedueld flight time is 12:45. Well I know this is 346 compared to 343 but their cruise speed is very similar and MUC and ZRH are so close to each other so I think this is a fair assumption.
Of coz I am no expert but this russia overflight right seems to be dragging on for a while, I remember their chief pilot was mentioing this exact same problem on the pilotseye DVD back in 2010, for their flight to shanghai. So Russia does not let LX to fly pass them but no problems with LH?
Let me stress again I am just an ordinary passenger with interest in aviation, and both LH and LX are my choice of airlines when I travel, I just want to understand the rationale behind these observations...