mortenbaek
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Norwegian OSL-BKK Avoiding Russia

Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:37 pm

Hi all.

I noticed how tonight's (and I believe I have seen it before, too) DY7201, OSL-BKK has taken a somewhat southernly route. As far as I can tell, the flight seems to deliberately avoid Russian airspace. Any insights?

 
Viscount724
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RE: Norwegian OSL-BKK Avoiding Russia

Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:38 am

I think Russia still has high overflight/ATC charges. Some carriers probably prefer to take a routing that avoids Russia to reduce their costs. Also have to consider winds, weather, fuel consumption etc. as it may sometimes be cheaper to pay the fees if a shorter flight time saves enough fuel to compensate. Flight planning computer programs normally consider all those factors when choosing a route.
 
intsim
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RE: Norwegian OSL-BKK Avoiding Russia

Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:22 am

Look at their speed. It seems winds are favorable. If you see aircraft going the opposite direction at ~400kts you can bet winds are the main factor.
 
mortenbaek
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RE: Norwegian OSL-BKK Avoiding Russia

Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:04 am

Same pattern on the return flight just now:

http://www.flightradar24.com/NAX7202

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