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July 17, 2014

U.S. carriers typically don't fly in Ukrainian airspace

With U.S. government officials saying that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by a surface-to-air missile, U.S. airlines have been advised to not operate near the Ukraine-Russia border.

And that got me to thinking at Sky Talk on how many flights operated by U.S. carriers actually fly over Ukrainian airspace. I posed the question on Twitter and a few aviation followers helped out. (Thanks @FlightDXer and @chrisdopark)

The answer?  Not many.

"American Airlines and US Airways don't serve Eastern Europe and none of our flights operate in Ukrainian airspace," the Fort Worth-based carrier said in a statement.

But two U.S. carriers do fly over parts of Eastern Europe.

United Airlines operates flight 48 from Newark to Bombay which skirts the eastern edge of Ukraine while flight 82 which operates between Newark and New Delhi typically stays in Russian airspace as it heads to the Indian subcontinent.

Delta Air Lines flight 446 goes from New York-JFK to Amsterdam and then on to Bombay. The flight path took it straight over Ukraine on Thursday, according to FlightAware.com

"Out of an abundance of caution, Delta Air Lines is not routing flights through Ukrainian airspace and is monitoring the situation involving Malaysia Airlines Flight 17," the airline said in a statement.

-Andrea Ahles




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