johhnieonion wrote:Can anyone provide a snippet of reassurance about my upcoming EK8 flight from LHR to DXB in 10 days? In light of the fact Iran seems to be (accidentally or otherwise) shooting down civilian aircraft and also the fact that Emirates continues to fly over Iraqi/Iranian airspace, am I overreacting by worrying about this flight much more than I normally would? The prospect of having to be on an airplane worrying about getting blown out of the sky for ~2.5 hours of my flight, or however long it takes to get from northern Iraq through the Persian Gulf to land in DXB, doesn't sound enticing.
1. If, and currently it's all a big IF, the Iranians shot the aircraft down, they did so as it flew over a SAM site at around 5.000 ft. You'll be crossing Iran at more than 30.000
2. You may safely rest assured that the likes of EK, QR and ET have a much, much better idea of what's going on in the region than any other airline
3. Don't go by what the FAA says; they're a political organisation who'll happily do their part to deprive the Iranian government of an income source
4. Yes, you're overreacting. Hundreds, if not thousands, of flights cross Iranian airspace every day. Yet not a single one has ever, as in never, been shot down whilst at cruise altitude. And, at this point in time it's still not certain they shot down the PS flight
5. LH and OS have reinstated their flights to IKA
6. At this exact moment in time, the following airlines have flights in Iranian airspace: Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Fly Dubai, Turkish, Iraqi Airways, Jordan Aviation, Pakistan, Ural Airlines, as well as, of course, all the usual Iranian carriers. None of them have been shot down.
Enjoy the cabin service onboard EK, sit back, relax, watch a movie and have a beer. The biggest risk of your journey is still the transport to/from the airport.