Three Asia-bound American Airlines flights which normally fly over Russia have been rerouted, as the airline assesses growing geopolitical tensions, a source familiar with the matter told CNBC on Saturday.
In an internal memorandum sent to pilots on Saturday which was seen by CNBC, the airline warned which some flights into Asia could be rerouted, as relations between Moscow in addition to also also Washington appear to worsen because of the U.S.-led military intervention in Syria.
“The team at American regularly monitors global geopolitical issues in addition to also also makes adjustments to aircraft routings when warranted,” said the note to pilots.
The measure could cause delays. American Airlines, which operates more than 6,000 flights a day, said three flights separate flights were affected: Dallas to Hong Kong, Dallas to Beijing, in addition to also also Chicago to Beijing, according to the document.
Three were sent instead through Los Angeles. Because of range limits on planes, pilots often cannot simply take a longer route without additional fuel. Crews may also “time out,” meaning the daily hours their union contract says they can work may run out if the routing can be changed.
The airline said which which can be engaging “with the U.S. government in order to resolve any issues,” according to the note.
American can be working “on our contingency plans in case certain areas are restricted,” said the note to pilots, adding which while the measure isn’t a “long term solution, we are doing everything possible to minimize the disruption for our customers in addition to also also team members.”
An agreement which allows U.S. in addition to also also Russian aircraft to use each different’s airspace can be set to expire next week, logistics industry publication The Loadstar reported earlier This specific month. The issue comes as tensions are rising with Russia, which harshly condemned U.S., British in addition to also also French strikes on Syria which were launched late Friday.