Aeroflot Flight To New York Turns Around Mid-Flight

Aeroflot Flight To New York Turns Around Mid-Flight

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The world is getting much smaller for Russian state-owned airline Aeroflot, and that was reflected in Sunday’s flight from Moscow to New York, as noted by Flightradar24.

Aeroflot operates eight hour flight to nowhere

On Sunday, the European Union and Canada officially banned Russian airlines from using their airspace. While the United States hasn’t yet banned Aeroflot, it looks like Aeroflot may be canceling flights to the United States due to lack of feasible routings to operate these flights, at least temporarily.

This was most evident on Aeroflot 124 from Moscow (SVO) to New York (JFK) on Sunday, February 27, 2022. The flight was supposed to depart at 2:40PM and arrive at 5:20PM, and was operated by a Boeing 777-300ER with the registration code VP-BHA.

The flight took off roughly on schedule, and continued a standard northerly routing for around four hours, over Finland and Sweden, and then toward Greenland.

However, I suppose the news that both the EU and Canada are banning Aeroflot caused Aeroflot’s operations people to cut their losses while they could, and have the flight return to base. Without being able to use Canadian airspace, odds are that the plane didn’t have enough fuel to land in New York, and where can the plane even really refuel at that point?

So in the end Aeroflot operated a roughly eight hour flight to nowhere. For context, below is what a standard routing would have looked like for this Aeroflot service.

Aeroflot uses Canadian airspace by lying?

On Sunday morning, Aeroflot 110 from Moscow (SVO) to Miami (MIA) operated as scheduled, departing at 7:10AM and arriving at 11:50AM. That’s because the flight (which used an Airbus A350-900) operated before both Canada and the European Union officially banned Russian planes.

The return flight was supposed to be a different story, though. Aeroflot 111 from Miami to Moscow was scheduled to depart at 1:55PM and arrive at 8:35AM on Monday morning. However, by the time the flight departed Miami, new restrictions had already been put in place by both Canada and the European Union.

Nonetheless, if you look at the flight path, you may notice that the flight still used Canadian airspace without restrictions.

So what happened? Did Canada allow this as a one-time exception, which would be reasonable, since the plane was returning to base? Nope, it’s stated that Aeroflot claimed that this was a “humanitarian” flight, which was obviously a lie, and this is now being investigated:

We are aware that Aeroflot flight 111 violated the prohibition put in place earlier today on Russian flights using Canadian airspace. We are launching a review of the conduct of Aeroflot and the independent air navigation service provider, NAVCAN, leading up to this violation. We will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action and other measures to prevent future violations.

This seemed to be the only flight where this happened. Aeroflot 157 from Punta Cana (PUJ) to Moscow (SVO) was a bit behind, and that plane had to route around Canada.

Bottom line

The world is slowly closing to Russian airlines, with Aeroflot being the most global of those airlines. With new airspace restrictions from the European Union and Canada, Aeroflot decided to turn around on its service between Moscow and New York on Sunday.

Meanwhile Aeroflot’s eastbound transatlantic flights on Sunday also had quite a journey — the flight from Miami still used Canadian airspace, apparently by lying and claiming it was a humanitarian flight. That’s now being investigated.

What do you make of these Aeroflot flight routings?

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  1. Billy Gauthier Guest

    The flight from Miami to Moscow had redirected its flight path to conveniently fly directly over CFB 5 Wing airbase (the place I was born). This is a military airbase that was built during WW2 as a major refueling base and later became training grounds for NATO allies to practice low level flying in order to evade radars. During the Gulf War "Saddam Hussein" had reportedly considered CFB 5 Wing base as a strategic target...

    The flight from Miami to Moscow had redirected its flight path to conveniently fly directly over CFB 5 Wing airbase (the place I was born). This is a military airbase that was built during WW2 as a major refueling base and later became training grounds for NATO allies to practice low level flying in order to evade radars. During the Gulf War "Saddam Hussein" had reportedly considered CFB 5 Wing base as a strategic target because of it's importance to North America and NATO allies.
    So what was a Russian passanger plane doing flying so far from its original flight plan at a time that Canada had become a "no fly zone" for Russian aircraft? Perhaps it's much safer to take photographs of a base from a passenger plane than from a military aircraft during tense times. I can only imagine the Russian pilots would never fly "directly" over a major North American military airbase in unauthorized airspace during such intense times unless they were made to or they were insane!

  2. Davis Guest

    Talthats rite we are not living in the 1980s. Puti will never get away with this. I think it will turn Russia against it's leader Wich we allno is Putin..

  3. MVJ Guest

    That flight was full of American citizens including many kids who were trying desperately to leave Russia (including two of my family members). What Canada did was horrible and put many American lives at risk. Canada literally sent Americans back to Putin’s Russia.

  4. being.jam Guest

    The Well-Being and Safety of All human beings on this earth matters equally regardless of their condition at the moment: in an Airbus at 30000 feet elevation or under seige. Remember the Democrat party slogan: ..diversity, equity, green peace for every living being.

    1. EMar Guest

      Jam
      Remember 9/11… anything could be on
      Board a Russian transport. After Putin’s
      Remarks Russia should be shut down.
      For National security..

  5. Jean Jhorge Guest

    Putin has to be ELIMINATED!

  6. Faye Guest

    This is America. We can & have risen to meet the challenges set before us through many wars. If we need to produce all electric transport using solar power we can and will do it successfully. We do not NEED to hasten our environmental demise by drilling for oil or gas, in any location.
    Wake up, we are Americans. We don't need politicians to "make us great". We need leaders who put the people...

    This is America. We can & have risen to meet the challenges set before us through many wars. If we need to produce all electric transport using solar power we can and will do it successfully. We do not NEED to hasten our environmental demise by drilling for oil or gas, in any location.
    Wake up, we are Americans. We don't need politicians to "make us great". We need leaders who put the people they represent before any special interest group or political affilation.

  7. Carolyn Wait Guest

    If the US were serious about fighting the aggressive Russian imperialism it would have immediately quit buying Russian oil. The Biden administration is politically weak and hypocritical.

  8. Sadaqat Guest

    Sanctions and counter sanctions are no solving the problems. USE OF VETO POWER needs to be rephrased.

  9. Chonk Guest

    The corrupt Russian Oligarchs that wine, dine and play in the West are now being exposed. Going to be increasingly difficult to find a mooring place for their yachts and housing for their mistresses. Although I hear the Artic is beautiful this time of year..

  10. Curtis Guest

    It’s best to burn down and never support anything Russian. You ever talk to Russians? Many still love this stupid lunatic Putin. What a ego maniac barbaric spoiled idiot. I say continue on comrads But don’t you dare try to do business with the rest of the world. You will either live miserably or perish with your great leader you love so much

  11. David Marilley Guest

    If nobody there executes Putin, then there are some cowards close to him.

    1. JimInAuburn Guest

      He does not allow anyone close to him. Did you see that picture of a cabinet meeting? Huge long table with him at one end and everyone at the other end.

  12. Fatima Guest

    Why US didn't enforce the non fly zone to Russia yet ? It's a no brainer really

  13. Coriboy Guest

    Aeroflot: « Don’t set foot…. a wheel on canadian soil. »

  14. Al Guest

    USA/CANADA & EU/Nato members all should cancel, revoke ALL TOURIST & VISITORS VISA'S for all Russian citizens. .

    The ART OF WAR..!

    When Poohtin people begin to be displaced and Daily lives affected same as all Ukrainian families are right now...

    there FREEDOMS restricted. His people will rise up against him.
    That alone will bring him down when his own people start revolting against him.

    Plus as my personal experience and facts they are...

    USA/CANADA & EU/Nato members all should cancel, revoke ALL TOURIST & VISITORS VISA'S for all Russian citizens. .

    The ART OF WAR..!

    When Poohtin people begin to be displaced and Daily lives affected same as all Ukrainian families are right now...

    there FREEDOMS restricted. His people will rise up against him.
    That alone will bring him down when his own people start revolting against him.

    Plus as my personal experience and facts they are already flying to USA on a visitors temporary visa entry and decide they not returning to Russia.
    This happens every becuse i know a few examples first hand

    Now in war times for sure there will abuse AMERICA'S kindness and take advantage of their entry.
    Be sure if this is not done by US government we will be having a wave of Russian citizens in USA collecting food stamps, unemployment, health care and anything thier get FREE in America. ..

    TAX PAYERS like me will be paying for it all

  15. Sir Donald P Andresen Guest

    Cut off the head of the Snake

    It only moves for A short time

    In All wars the Snake is the supply line lpgistics the Head of the snake is the source of the fuel supply

    Cut of the Head by Drone , sea launched ICBM

    Seals , green beret ,Rangers ,

    Hello Team of Bazooka Snipers ,,
    With Stinger support

    Why did Mighty Russia exit Afghanistan???

    Stingers

    German Mighty Panzers
    Ran out...

    Cut off the head of the Snake

    It only moves for A short time

    In All wars the Snake is the supply line lpgistics the Head of the snake is the source of the fuel supply

    Cut of the Head by Drone , sea launched ICBM

    Seals , green beret ,Rangers ,

    Hello Team of Bazooka Snipers ,,
    With Stinger support

    Why did Mighty Russia exit Afghanistan???

    Stingers

    German Mighty Panzers
    Ran out of fuel supply

    Cut Ps fuel supply “the head of the snake” Ground War Over
    Not Rocket Science

    By Sir Donald P Andresen

  16. Chen Guest

    US and NATO is to blame for Ukrainian crises.

  17. Mark Guest

    Shoot 'em down,maybe then Russian planes will receive the message.stay out of restricted airspace.

  18. Enzo Guest

    Use unmarked drones to attack ground units. Viable to claim they were goven to Ukraine. Send in ground unit "volunteers" with no markings, uniforms, etc. Right out of the Russian playbook.

  19. iain palmer Guest

    Freeze all Russian assets in Canada and confiscate the same giving them to humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

  20. Patrick Guest

    The only way your going to hurt Putin is by U.S. becoming Enegy Independent like it was under President Trump. BUT Biden is caving to the green idiots. If you look over the centuries. Weather is repeating itself. Be glad... I believe 1/3 of the U.S. use to be under water.....So if we go back to that....Goodbye California...uour only here because of climate change.

    1. Curtis Guest

      Cancelling all business dealings with Russia was and still is the best way to go. Erratic autocrat and the Russian citizens and Russian politicians are too inept and cowardly to do what needs to be done.

    2. Doro Guest

      The U.S. is the #1 oil producer worldwide, and that has NOTHING to do with Traitor Trump! However, the U.S. uses more oil than produced in the U.S. and Canada is the #1 supplier making up that deficit. Using less oil and converting to other ways of fueling the economy is the only way to become independent from foreign oil.

    3. Tim Guest

      I found the delusional nut job, everybody.

  21. RVJ Guest

    This is the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis in reverse.

    1. Yayuk Guest

      Putin fault..his not a human being...no love..no heart..only for his goal evil..

    2. EMAR Guest

      except that in Cuba we had BIG NUTS JFK
      NOW we have CORNPOP BIDEN

  22. NoeSan Guest

    Putin is too stubborn to stop now. He would be seen as a weak and defeated leader. He is so much like dumb ass Trump, unwilling to accept that he's done and that most of his own people don't want this war.

    1. Kieth Kayman Guest

      You mean the Trump that Putin didn't have the stones to invade Ukraine while he was in office, that one. Putin invaded Crimea and Ukraine on the wimps Obama and Biden.Your TDS is showing.

    2. Janice P. Reyes Guest

      You know what Putin is thinking and his why and when?

  23. Mr T Guest

    This is all petty bs and will have no effect on the war. If you want to see Russia squeal, put sanction on oil and gas. You and I will pay a price in much higher energy cost but it will be effective.

    1. Chonk Guest

      You see the lines at their banks and ATMs? Wait til that pork chop at the store costs 4 times what it did last week because the ruble is now worth less than a penny..
      Credit cards don't work and the price of borrowing has doubled...

  24. crosney Guest

    make it difficult for putin, not the Russian people.
    drop bombs where it hurts putin the most, like they did to Hitler at the end, so not wait for more carnage

  25. George Guest

    Poutin leaves in the 50”s. He’s a pathetic old man full of anger. Hope he dies soon…

    1. NoeSan Guest

      We are all wishing the same thing, and he should take Kim. Trump among others with him.

    2. John retired in Newfoundland Guest

      How would we structure a lottery over the date of Putin's death? The same goes for Kim and Trump.

      Would there be a "Trifecta" for someone who gets the date of all three. Profits would be given to support the people in the Ukraine, North Korea and Trump's Florida neighbors.

    3. John M Guest

      Please include in that funeral Nicolas Maduro and Daniel Ortega...

  26. Danno Guest

    Russians lie. What else is new?

  27. Allen Guest

    How would I deter Putin? The way Trump did, make us energy independent so the world buys energy from us and not Russia. When oil was $40 barrel, and Putin was barely keeping the economy afloat, he didn't invade anyone. Now WE buy oil from Russia at $140 barrel and give him cash to buy tanks and rockets. Stupid.
    Drill, baby drill, reopen fracking, restore the Keystone pipeline.

    1. Chonk Guest

      You see the lines at their banks and ATMs? Wait til that pork chop at the store costs 4 times what it did last week because the ruble is now worth less than a penny..
      Credit cards don't work and the price of borrowing has doubled...

    2. John M Guest

      No need my friend. I'll give an easier one. Just take back Venezuela and we are all set. The biggest Oil reserve in the world in the US backyard. For years US took advantage of it until Chavez got to power. 2 years later barrel was above $100 bucks.

    3. John M Guest

      BTW and FYI, fracking needs oil prices to be above $75 a barrel to be profitable. This is why fracking sites close down, when barrel is below $50. They do not close down because democrats take the power.

  28. Ray Guest

    Putin al should top patting himself in the backs as the rest of the world and even certain segments of the Russian populace are not going to put up with his folly and watch him wreck the Ukraine.

  29. Bill Carson Guest

    Ok, so Aeroflot will soon be needing to lay off a bunch of employees and incur major losses by paying carrying costs on jets they really won’t be able to efficiently use. You’d think those laid off employees and managers would want to enter the long line of people volunteering to pop a cap, as they say, on Putin.

  30. Sara Ferreira. Guest

    Thank God we are still alive and healthy.
    Now we can really understand the miracle of life.

  31. Headshshake Guest

    It just seems odd to me how some ‘mericans have no problem insulting fellow ‘mericans people on how stupid or useless they are, but have no problem complimenting a russian. And no one seems to call it out. These clowns still have a following! I remember “better dead than red” was the norm for decades. Now it is “better red than democrat”! About fellow ‘mericans! Is crazy!
    The divisiveness is unbelievable and you don’t even see it! But the rest of the world does.

  32. Headshshake Guest

    It just seems odd to me how some ‘nericans have no problem insulting fellow ‘mericans people n how stupid or useless they are, but have no problem complimenting a russian. And no one seems to call it out. These clowns still have a following! I remember “better dead than red” was the norm for decades. Now it is “better red than democrat”! Fellow ‘mericans! Is crazy!
    The divisiveness is unbelievable and you don’t even see it!

  33. Terrie Guest

    My comment is regarding the flight pattern. I know it’s basically no help to this matter, but I wonder why they don’t fly straight across the Atlantic to New York or Miami instead of going to Greenland.

    1. Headshake Guest

      Because the earth is a globe not a flat map and that is literally the shortest route…

    2. Rebecca Guest

      The curvature of the earth makes it a shorter flight.

    3. Drew Guest

      Because the earth is round.

    4. allen Guest

      Because of the "great circle" on a sphere, the direct path is over Greenland.
      I flew from Detroit to Japan and we went over Alaska.

  34. William H Guest

    I think that all Russian aircraft that use other countries' air space the planes should be escorted out of the area by military Jets. That's the only way Russia will follow the rules.

  35. William Guest

    That is correct. The remake of the old way of the soviet union will not work any more. Putting is living in a fantasy world if he thinks he can bring it back.

  36. Damien Guest

    This has become a fight the Russian public cannot sustain . They are barely surviving now.

  37. Brian chatland Guest

    I think that Putin has gone insane from his bout with covid. He is begining the end of the world. If he gets away with this crap, whats next? Poland? Then where? If the world reacts what will he do, release his atomic weapons, then what, europe and the states release theirs and bingo, no more world, say goodnight Gracie. Putin needs to be put down like a rabid dog before this happens.

    1. William H Guest

      I am surprised that Putin hasn't been assassinated yet. This needs to be done before he can use his nukes.

    2. Headshake Guest

      There again, americans will assasinate their own countrymen that they disagree with, (kennedys for example) but not someone the whole world disagrees with…
      American divisiveness is so strange to the rest of the world. Is it just that collectively you have had things so good for so long that you are bored and just looking for something to complain about?

  38. Rudy Guest

    Any sanctions placed by the US, Nato and EU countries Restricts Russia from the rest of the world. Eventually Aeroflot will become grounded with no where to fly..Close Russia to the world and the Russian people will revolt from Putin. Except for a few countries, this is becoming the world against Putin, who do you think is gonna win?

  39. James Leishman Guest

    This is my final comment. We need to close our border to mexico. So many people are coming in from other countries who knows how many Russian terrorists are coming in now from that way. We've got enough problems already we don't need more coming into the United states. People can come in legally that's the way it's always been that's the way it should continue. My family moved here from Europe and had to...

    This is my final comment. We need to close our border to mexico. So many people are coming in from other countries who knows how many Russian terrorists are coming in now from that way. We've got enough problems already we don't need more coming into the United states. People can come in legally that's the way it's always been that's the way it should continue. My family moved here from Europe and had to go through legal channels to become Americans. Same with the people coming through the southern border. Have no problems with them coming here legally, but with what's going on now things need to change. Time to vote these crazy Democrats out of office. I'm glad I left the Democratic party the best thing I've ever done. They've lost their minds they've all gone crazy. God bless America and God bless this world.

    1. Tony Williams Guest

      Unlike you, I was born in the US. Who are you to say who should be allowed into the US and who shouldn't? I don't begrudge you the right to live in the US. I doubt you've ever lived in Mexico. Do you know how difficult it is to get into the US in 2022? I suspect not. Have a heart. That's all I'm saying. The republican party is the party of hate. They haven't any solutions. They don't respect the working class in the US. Peace to you and your family.

    2. NoeSan Guest

      Tony you also see right through this person trying to make it about the Republican party. Guy has no clue and no compassion.

    3. NoeSan Guest

      Stop trying to hide your racist side. It is so evident that you are using this situation to justify what you feel should happen at the Mexican border. Why don't you say let's close the border with Canada? Your ancestors would be ashamed of you.

  40. Victoria Levi Guest

    Are you afraid of Putin? Why all decisions are so weak? Did you forget the time, when Putin went to Syria, because Asad asked for help?Zelensky asked for help!! Where are you????

  41. James Leishman Guest

    This message is to president biden, you need to get off your ass and start doing something. You need to open up the pipelines in the United States so we can become fuel independent once again and when you have enough technology to change that then we can make the change but now is not the time we're currently at war with Russia who brings in 40% of our fuel resources that needs to end,...

    This message is to president biden, you need to get off your ass and start doing something. You need to open up the pipelines in the United States so we can become fuel independent once again and when you have enough technology to change that then we can make the change but now is not the time we're currently at war with Russia who brings in 40% of our fuel resources that needs to end, no sense in paying Russia so they can continue fighting a war when we're capable of making our own fuel in the United states. We should destroy the Nordstrom pipeline right now to stop the flow of oil from Russia.
    And it's time to send troops on the ground in the Ukraine to help the ukrainians. I don't know what the hell is wrong with our government letting it go this long we should have been in full force weeks ago. As a veteran I'm ashamed of our government today.
    Our president needs to be removed from office and put somebody in that's strong and capable of doing the right thing.
    God bless America.

    1. Rebecca Guest

      First point, we have better oil and gas technology than Russia and they have to hire western companies to extract some of their oil and gas. Many of our existing wells are retired because production cost was higher than market value and can be brought back online quickly... for a price.
      Long ago when I worked in Government Policy Coordination at a major oil company, it was federal policy to encourage depletion of foreign...

      First point, we have better oil and gas technology than Russia and they have to hire western companies to extract some of their oil and gas. Many of our existing wells are retired because production cost was higher than market value and can be brought back online quickly... for a price.
      Long ago when I worked in Government Policy Coordination at a major oil company, it was federal policy to encourage depletion of foreign oil reserves, leaving US reserves in the ground as "last man standing" if no alternate energy source (solar, nuclear, hydrogen, etc.) came fully online before world depletion of oil and gas. Called "strategic" reserves. You know, back before the Renazikkklans lost their minds and committed treason. Our resources are still here.
      Note also that Hillary Clinton never sold our uranium reserves to Russia: two Russian oligarchs applied to buy stock in a Canadian company that had a contract to extract American uranium for the US government. The State Department was one of NINE departments that had to sign off on that stock purchase. They own stock in a Canadian extraction business, not US uranium.
      Putin has been after Clinton since she supported anti-Putin forces in Russia as Secretary of State, and Renazikkklans jumped on Putin's team to destroy a US citizen with endless lies. Putin still hates her and pays for endless disinformation against her and the West. His support of Mango Mussolini was not in our best interests, and Mango's support of Putin put money in the Rump Crime Family pockets per Eric's recorded admission. Film at 11.
      US has not put troops into the Ukraine in part because starting a direct "kinetic" war between two nuclear superpowers is not intelligent, it is a sign of testosterone poisoning. If you get fried with the rest of us, will you feel manly enough to love our country?
      Putin may still give you a nuclear holocaust over sanctions, much like Japan gave us Pearl Harbor and WWII over a crippling oil embargo. After WWII Japan went heavily into nuclear power because they wanted independence from oil producers.

    2. Paul baldwin Guest

      I think putin has become a megalomaniac and has this personal thing about the Ukraine I would even go and fight for the Ukraine even at my age of 88 years I can still pull a trigger by God

  42. James Leishman Guest

    The Russian people need to have a revolution in overthrow Putin before he kills them all. He's lost his mind. Talking nuclear war will only destroy everybody how crazy is that. To the Russian people you must unite and stop your dictator now or your lives will end.

  43. James Leishman Guest

    I imagine the Russians were leaving Miami by that plane all the oligarchs that are hiding out in Miami. It's time to put these people in jail until this conflict is over pretty don't know what they'll do all these billionaires in the United States from Russia could cause problems over here. Don't know what our government's thinking.

  44. 213 Guest

    To 787…. Where are you from and what is your country doing to help. What are your solutions? Just wondering.

  45. Tim S Edmunds Guest

    Well, Being realistic, I suppose they did have to get home and not having enough jet fuel to take any diversionary route, they had no other choice than to overfly Canadian Airspace. The lying, however was a very silly and inexcusable action taken by the pilots of the Aeroflot aircraft headed to it's home port of Moscow. Of all things to lie about, humanitarian flight was a very odd choice when the truth would have surficed in those circumstances.

  46. Stevin Guest

    Meanwhile Saudi Airlines can fly unhindered while their state carries out genocide in Yemen. Hypocrisy at its finest.

  47. Bob Dole Guest

    I just wish Ukrainians would send a small force to Sochi to some sniper rifles and javelin launchers to was this war by destroying Putin where he sleeps.

    1. Tim S Edmunds Guest

      Very good idea but nobody has got the balls to do it!

    2. Rebecca Guest

      If they were trying to assasinate Putie Tootie in that way, they would not mention it to the press. I would not discount the possibility of Ukraine, a western country, or Russians planning such a thing. After all, Putin's extreme paranoia is admission that he is sure of it.

  48. Ike Guest

    If the Russians and putin’s friends lose a lot of money they might buy some bullets. Putin terrorizes his friends as well as his enemies.

  49. Shah Guest

    Banning Aeroflot does little to Putin, and more to ordinary Russians, who are the other victims, with even a worse condition/future than the Ukrainians, because, as told by an academic Russian friend, "the Ukrainians are under fear, but have the world's support, and have hope. We, Russians, are without hope, and the world is increasingly hating us. Our future is dark." These are well-meaning Russians who have fought against the government.
    Besides, Putin is...

    Banning Aeroflot does little to Putin, and more to ordinary Russians, who are the other victims, with even a worse condition/future than the Ukrainians, because, as told by an academic Russian friend, "the Ukrainians are under fear, but have the world's support, and have hope. We, Russians, are without hope, and the world is increasingly hating us. Our future is dark." These are well-meaning Russians who have fought against the government.
    Besides, Putin is still allowed to fly with the hope of talks. So who is actually suffering? The ordinary Russians. They are looking at days of extreme poverty. I think the sanctions should have been more towards individuals than general public.

    1. Steve Guest

      “Ordinary Russians” cannot afford to leave Russia, much less hop an Aeroflot flight to North America. ‍♂️

  50. Dr. Alex Spada Guest

    The EU sanctions are acts of defiance - nothing more. They harm the EU airlines more than the Russians. The best example is FINNAIR, which is on the verge of bankruptcy because it is no longer allowed to fly to China and Japan via Russia. And how should Western Europeans, e.g. Germans, travel home from Russia according to government instructions? About Asia and Dubai. Who pays for these tickets? The EU or Berlin? Corona dictator...

    The EU sanctions are acts of defiance - nothing more. They harm the EU airlines more than the Russians. The best example is FINNAIR, which is on the verge of bankruptcy because it is no longer allowed to fly to China and Japan via Russia. And how should Western Europeans, e.g. Germans, travel home from Russia according to government instructions? About Asia and Dubai. Who pays for these tickets? The EU or Berlin? Corona dictator Trudeau's Canada is like a dog that can bark but not sing.

  51. Ana Figueiredo Guest

    Ground. the Airflytes. We need to "hurt" USSR" ...foe me it's Nothing against the People but yes the Moscow Government.
    Glory be with Ukraine and it's President.

  52. Sadiq Malik Guest

    The Russians should realise that the economic squeeze and social isolation by the West is just the start of severe hardship for them ..mad morons like Hitler , Saddam etc managed to attract more powerful forces to destroy their countries.. Putin claims to be a student of history...but alas.. just another failed power hungry idiot who did not pay attention to his history teacher...

    1. Rebecca Guest

      Dick-tater One is murdered by Dick-tater Two or torn to shreds by their victims.
      Seems irrational to want to be a Dick-tater, no matter how messy democracy is. Peaceful transfer of power is better, until fascists decide to storm the capitol cuz they prefer self-dyed orange daughter porkers.
      Putin has locked in his fate.

  53. Scott Harrison Guest

    There are several opinions that any Aeroflot flight my should be shot down. Under normal circumstances I would agree. However, in this case, there are many innocent citizens aboard as well as the complimentary Russian spy or 2. Just close the air space to any and ALL Russian flights. If they still use our air space force to them to land and impound the airship and send ALL the passengers by boat to a neutral port.

  54. Andrew Clark Guest

    If an Aeroflot plane did fly over Canada or EU or UK airspace, what would be done? Shot it down? Of course not.

  55. Jon b Guest

    Shoot them out of the sky that's what Russian would do. No fly means no fly shoot them out of the sky. What good is it if you don't enforce it.

  56. Muhammad Haneefa Guest

    Sad, that when US invaded Iraq, the West & the world did not see it as an act of war. It was weapons of mass destruction which was as good as nothing. Putin invaded Ukraine on his own terms. The rich and powerful always get their way, be it USA, RUSSIA, China or the UK. Human Rights .......... My foot.

  57. Nick Guest

    The returning plane returned the staff home. It's not just planes. The flight attendants have parents and children too.

  58. Neil Reid Guest

    What route(s) will Russian aircraft from Moscow take to Latín América and Cuba in particular?

  59. Bob Enns Guest

    Invading Russian planes to be forced to land.

  60. James Cambron Guest

    In case you are wondering why these flights cross Canada instead of flying directly across the Atlantic ocean, it is because the routes are "Great Circle" routes that are actually shorter than what one would think from looking at a map. This is because the Earth is actually a sphere (as opposed to being "flat" like a map).

    If one would look at the earth from a point in space in which one could...

    In case you are wondering why these flights cross Canada instead of flying directly across the Atlantic ocean, it is because the routes are "Great Circle" routes that are actually shorter than what one would think from looking at a map. This is because the Earth is actually a sphere (as opposed to being "flat" like a map).

    If one would look at the earth from a point in space in which one could draw a straight line directly from the flight's starting point to the destination along a plane surface that would intersect the center of the Earth, you would discover the path (a Great Circle) is actually shorter than any route plotted as a straight line on a flat map.

    Naturally, the routes take into consideration the possibility of having to make an emergency landing during the flight - which causes the flight path to slightly deviate from the optimum Great Circle path.

    Logic is a Be-atch, ain't it?

    1. Miles Backman Guest

      To bad for them. Take the long way home. Stay out of everyone’s airspace. And land at Russian airship, go Fcuk yourself.

  61. 01BMW01M101MAN01 Guest

    This is ALL on Putin. If he would just leave Ukraine alone, none of this would be happening. He is trying his best to reinstate the old Soviet Union & it's regime & this time the world ain't having 1 sip of this crap. He will learn (HOPEFULLY) that his way of thinking will get Russia nowhere fast. All he has to do is just stop. That's it! Russia will not be able to do...

    This is ALL on Putin. If he would just leave Ukraine alone, none of this would be happening. He is trying his best to reinstate the old Soviet Union & it's regime & this time the world ain't having 1 sip of this crap. He will learn (HOPEFULLY) that his way of thinking will get Russia nowhere fast. All he has to do is just stop. That's it! Russia will not be able to do anything anywhere if this keeps up. Mr Putin, this is 2022, not 1980. Soviet Union regime will not work this time

  62. Ron Bell Guest

    Sadly, most Russians actually like America and its people. It's the leaders who cause problems and then the rank and file people must suffer, especially the military personnel who are made to do their government's bidding. I'm certain no Russian soldier rejoiced in invading the Ukraine.

  63. Michael Acevedo Guest

    I feel they got to do damage to Putin that is really is going to hurt and get the nukes @ away from him we have smart people to do things like that

  64. Brian Guest

    Why hasn't the US blocked Russian flights over our airspace ?
    Makes no sense.

  65. Thomas S Guest

    Like a snowflake rolling down a hill, each sanction will snowball. Derailing Putin's czarist ambition's. Mr Putin should remember history. It didn't go well for the czars

  66. Frank Guest

    Russians lying to Canada about humanitarian flight what a surprise Russians lying!!!!

  67. John Guest

    Hopefully, the oligarchs will tire of being confined to Russia, and losing millions, they will force Putin out.

  68. Don Olson Guest

    The rest of the free world has banned Russian Airlines in their airspace. Why not the US?

  69. CMorgan Guest

    So “787” just curious what you would like to see happen? WWIII? In case you forgot Russia has nuclear weapons and still has one of the largest military’s in the world. Also what do you think China will do if we invade Russia? Think before you speak!

    1. Artemis Guest

      Saddam had the 4th largest military in the world and the US crushed them in three weeks with hardly a dent. Not a single M1 Abraham tank was destroyed in the 2003 invasion. Russia’s military still has many outdated equipments from the Soviet era.

    2. Mike Guest

      Nukes, Artemis, nukes. Saddam didn't have them.

  70. otar Koraia Guest

    I'd agree on All Cargo Flights, by Aeroflot, also charters and privately or government owned flights to be banned. But Passenger flights are putting, to my mind passengers at risk. Those passengers are Russians, as well as Americans, Canadians and just about anyone from anywhere. We are playing with People's health here. Not a wise move by Canada!

    1. 1233453574678 Guest

      I am very concerned about this Canada ban. I am supposed to meet my fiancee this Saturday and I am now learning the flight has been moved to Monday. I am afraid I will not see her for a long time.

  71. Wandy Guest

    I happy to know that so many businesses are “Swifting” Putin out of business
    As many Russian cite ins disagree with what he is doing to Ukrainian!!!
    Ukrainian is a peaceful country and not deserving of such an attached
    Come on Puton
    This is so wrong on so many levels!!!

  72. Cmorgan Guest

    Hey Eskimo what exactly was “Trumps Mess” ? Regarding China? that Biden couldn’t fix. Curious minds want to know

    1. Rebecca Guest

      Cmorgan,
      Have you ignored tRump's daughter-wife getting dozens of patents from China without due process? Insurers value patents at a million a pop. Illegal it is. What treason against the US did bad man orange commit to get millions in patents off China, which is insanely opposed to granting patents to round eyed devils?

  73. Joel Guest

    Let the plane land in NY and then seize it

  74. Williams Guest

    All flights that enter into the Free World Airspace, must be escorted back to their country, or forced to land and put in prison. The Aircraft be confiscated and sold, funds from sale given to the Ukrainian Government to repair damage to the country . The people of Ruissa , put Puton up for war crimes he is the Hilter and should be put down .

    1. Roger Guest

      I have said this very thing Put a warrant out for Putin's arrest and charge him as a war criminal but I've got a funny feeling his own inner circle will execute him should this happen

  75. Brent laBrosse Guest

    Biggest asset that Russia has is their oil. All countries need to quit buying Russia's oil and this will be biggest hit on their economy.

  76. Daphne Thurlow Guest

    For goodness sake..what does anyone expect a pilot to do in these circumstances??? Be " ordered " to land and then they are then stuck in a foreign country being vilified because they happen to be Russians?? How is ANY of if this a flight crew's fault..stop with the hysterics over Russia people.

    1. Deanna Graham Guest

      Hysterics? Really? Would you be this self centered if Russia were invading your country and bombing your neighborhood?

    2. Rebecca Guest

      Daphne,
      Putin is threatening nuke strikes and airplanes can drop a large nuke on human beings; therefore, it is prudent to shut down airspace without whining for the poor widdle Russians who voted the homicidal maniac into power. Cry me a river but get them out of our airspace.

  77. Kiwi Member

    It looks like it got turned around at the Danish airspace boundary for Greenland. Which though Greenland is not part of the EU it looks like the Danes have extended the ban to Greenland

  78. John Guest

    I wish U.S. would follow suite and ban our airspace as well!

  79. Carl Guest

    I think the US should restrict the Aeroflot planes as well!

  80. Bear Kosik Guest

    Difficult for Aeroflot to sort out getting their crews and equipment home. I hope Canada gives them some leeway on this but responds firmly to the navigation service. I was looking forward to flying Aeroflot in September. Ah, well.

  81. Giacinto Costa Guest

    What about rich Russians with luxury condos in Sunnyside FL? They should be evicted and the condos forfeited and sold with proceeds used to help Ukrainian refugees

    1. Tanisha Guest

      What if they are american citizens, amigo?:) may be we just go ahead and start creating for them internment camps? Why not?!:) or paint the red (not yellow!) stars on their backs, create the benches only for Russians, then restaurants "only for non-russian" etc. You are very smart along with others, who do not even question the value of life ... being on that plane guided to the crush by idiots who supposed to be...

      What if they are american citizens, amigo?:) may be we just go ahead and start creating for them internment camps? Why not?!:) or paint the red (not yellow!) stars on their backs, create the benches only for Russians, then restaurants "only for non-russian" etc. You are very smart along with others, who do not even question the value of life ... being on that plane guided to the crush by idiots who supposed to be responsible for the safety of passengers: adults, kids...Russians, Americans, Jews...and you call someone murderer?! Jesus...and what is wrong with their properties?!:) or you just jealous of their wealth?!:) you sound like a looter, bro;)

  82. warren trout Guest

    Too bad Biden is too gutless to ban Russians from US airspace

    1. james Cambron Guest

      Actually, it is pretty pointless to ban Russia from US airspace mostly because every Aeroflot flight must pass over airspace that they are already banned from. You can't get here from anywhere in Russia without crossing through Canadian or Danish/Greenland airspace.

      I don't think Aeroflot even has a scheduled route that crosses the Pacific without having to fly through Canada...

  83. Max Guest

    Approx 50% of Russian commercial airplanes are leased. Seizures are already taking place as leasing companies realize its likely the airlines will not be able to make the payments. Landing those planes, even in countries without landing restrictions will likely result in siezure.

  84. Jake Guest

    Shameful of the US to still allow airlines to travel over or to Russia and finance Putin's war. Even Canada prevented this.

  85. BT Guest

    Russians are being bombarded with Propaganda, if they see that the entire world is not playing with Russia anymore, the pressure will not only mount external but if Russians stand up against Putin and the world does as well, governance only works when people listen and act, I am sure there are dire consequences because as evil as Putin is he would need to turn against is own citizens and then the world. He won't...

    Russians are being bombarded with Propaganda, if they see that the entire world is not playing with Russia anymore, the pressure will not only mount external but if Russians stand up against Putin and the world does as well, governance only works when people listen and act, I am sure there are dire consequences because as evil as Putin is he would need to turn against is own citizens and then the world. He won't win that war unless he pushes the red button, hopefully someone in his regime won't let that happen. He is in self destruct mode

  86. Kristine Wasser Guest

    I am thinking that Russian citizens that are on vacations need to get back home on their airline , why should Canadian or American Airlines have to deal with getting them home , those with visa s should probably be included with this .

  87. WIchita falls Dave Guest

    Suddenly you’re all defense experts…you were probably epidemiology experts last year too.

    1. Tired of trolls Guest

      And you were probably a troll beforehand!!

  88. John Guest

    I am very disappointed that the US has not blocked its airspace. That should have been a starter for sanctions!

    1. A S M AZMI Guest

      From the start he has been avoiding confrontation,

    2. Tony Williams Guest

      The contentiousness in this comment section is so depressing. So many of you are experts. If Putin sets off nuclear weapons, none of this armchair quarterbacking will matter.
      Politicians make wars that poor ppl end up fighting. I think we should all smoke a joint or take a Valium and stop thinking we know everything. Americans! We are the worst. We're entitled hypocrites who should learn humility. And get off Joe Biden's back, for Christ's sake. He is one man.

  89. RJ Guest

    The flights from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad are taking a roundabout route to Moscow these days.

  90. Sue Guest

    If you really want to help go to Ukraine and fight. Sop

  91. Asa George Guest

    First Joy Behar fears her trip to Italy may be compromised,now Russian bon vivants have to endure an extra hour of pampered business class.....how could Putin do this?!

  92. Glenn Guest

    We may have to do more drastic things. However the stakes of war are different than 1918 or 1941. Let's try the careful approach first.

  93. FlyOften Guest

    Gander or any operational airport would have let them land for an emergency refueling or to let (non russian) off.

    I suspect the reason reason they turned around us the prospect of aircraft being seized by lessors.

  94. Bruce Robb Guest

    They should have shot down the plane just like the Russians have done in the past

    1. Me Guest

      What if your family was on it ? Nice way to start a domestic attack, idiot.

    2. Tony Williams Guest

      So you advocate murder. Nice.

  95. Chris Ritchie Guest

    Russian citizens need to rebel and Zelenski should offer any defecting Russian solder a path to amnesty and freedom in Ukraine. Ukraine is fighting for its freedom and Russians soldiers are fighting because they are forced to. Give the Russian soldiers a way out and when they flee thier tanks, use them against the ones that stay. We are praying for and stand with Ukraine!!

    1. A S M AZMI Guest

      Aren't all the war experts commenting here forgotten about the gas pipelines? Europe needs gas and they have got to pay, in short they know it and they will fund Putin!

  96. Chris Ritchie Guest

    The entire Russian population will feel measures like this and frankly they should. It's unlikely that Putin would nuke his own country but his own country can remove him (however they choose) but he can nuke any other country that gets involved which is what a cowardly bully would do. This guy doesn't realize that he is only taking his country back to the stone ages and making his countrymen global outcasts BY CHOICE. Russian...

    The entire Russian population will feel measures like this and frankly they should. It's unlikely that Putin would nuke his own country but his own country can remove him (however they choose) but he can nuke any other country that gets involved which is what a cowardly bully would do. This guy doesn't realize that he is only taking his country back to the stone ages and making his countrymen global outcasts BY CHOICE. Russian citizens need to rebel and Zelenski should offer any defecting Russian solder a path to amnesty and freedom in Ukraine. Ukraine is fighting for its freedom and Russians soldiers are fighting because they are forced to. Give the Russian soldiers a way out and when they flee thier tanks, use them against the ones that stay. We are praying for and stand with Ukraine!!

  97. Jerry Guest

    Let aeroplop use EU and canadian airspace.
    Do not let them leave. They will soon run out of planes

    1. Steve Diamond

      They would just stop sending them over here, pretty easy to figure that out...

  98. Gene Robinson Guest

    I think that all space in the US should be banned for Aeroflot as well. Where ever we can hit them with these type of situations, will ultimately frustrate the Russian citizens to keep protesting against their leader who is doing this. The Russian people nor the Ukrainians wanted this unprovoked war, Putin and only Putin did. There was a time for many, many years we didn't allow Aeroflot to fly in/out of the USA....

    I think that all space in the US should be banned for Aeroflot as well. Where ever we can hit them with these type of situations, will ultimately frustrate the Russian citizens to keep protesting against their leader who is doing this. The Russian people nor the Ukrainians wanted this unprovoked war, Putin and only Putin did. There was a time for many, many years we didn't allow Aeroflot to fly in/out of the USA. Time to put that back in to place.
    Now, if these flights are "true" re-patriot flights to get Russian citizens back to Russia, that's fine. Otherwise they would be stuck here without the means to support themselves.

  99. ChasUGC Guest

    All these political experts in the comments section, so tell me, what you would have done? War against Russia and China, which will surely turn nuclear and destroy the entire planet? Or, maybe you people think nuclear fallout is a hoax, like you all claim about climate change. And, I guess all that plastic in the oceans is just a farce too. sm*h.

    1. Roger Guest

      First I'd force the EU hand to issue the warrant for Putin's arrest for war crimes then wait for his own inner circle to assassinate him cause they don't want this war anymore than the citizens of Russia and Ukraine

  100. Pete Guest

    I think it is quite fair to let Aeroflot to repatriate their citizens from US, even if they miss the airspace closure deadline. These people would otherwise be stranded there with their credit cards not working, etc.

    1. Phil Guest

      Let the Russians suffer for their Leaders actions. He making Ukranians homeless, let's make some of his people homeless.

    2. Eskimo Guest

      Or now you just give those people cause to seek asylum.

  101. Motion to Dismiss Member

    Such a shame that the Russian people—and Aeroflot, which I recall from one of Ben’s reviews is a perfectly lovely airline—must all suffer because of Putin’s megalomania.

  102. George Guest

    Responding to Marco:

    Of course the sanctions are meant to hurt the Russian people, who can immediately turn against their government, as all these are an immediate result of their head of state’s actions. I’m not sure if you are keeping up with the news, or selectively looking at certain articles, but sanctions have been used on Putin, his close allies and relatives too. The whole point is to make the whole country suffer, and...

    Responding to Marco:

    Of course the sanctions are meant to hurt the Russian people, who can immediately turn against their government, as all these are an immediate result of their head of state’s actions. I’m not sure if you are keeping up with the news, or selectively looking at certain articles, but sanctions have been used on Putin, his close allies and relatives too. The whole point is to make the whole country suffer, and it seems like it’s working as intended.

    The other option would be to let Putin act undeterred and kill millions of innocent Ukrainians (for fear regular Russians might experience inconvenience), or getting EU and the USA involved in the military conflict, leading to WWIII. Maybe the sanctions sound like a better option now, doesn’t it?

    Also the countries you propose create a ‘wall’ of airspace over them, all belong to EU (which maybe you don’t know, because you don’t seem to keep up with the news), and hence have banned Russian flights from their airspace. So you can check that box off. And by the way, all 4 proposed countries offer inter- and trans-continental slight services.

    So instead of offering unsolicited careless advice, as a better alternative to the meticulously researched and carefully thought-out plans led out by EU and US leadership (which, by the way, have taken into account to the extent possible the energy flow from Russia to EU members), you may want to spend those extra few minutes on educating yourself on how the EU works, reading the news (and not just one random story or two) & thinking more about the consequences of all options, and not just one.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      @George

      You're forgetting China. You might have overestimate the impact of these sanctions. Until China sanctions Russia too, it's not anything close enough for the people to topple Putin. And how do you think this will make Putin suffer, we can't even locate all of his hidden assets. For all we don't know, he could be wealthier than Elon Musk.
      Did we even learn anything from Afghanistan?

      Biden couldn't even fix Trump's China mess...

      @George

      You're forgetting China. You might have overestimate the impact of these sanctions. Until China sanctions Russia too, it's not anything close enough for the people to topple Putin. And how do you think this will make Putin suffer, we can't even locate all of his hidden assets. For all we don't know, he could be wealthier than Elon Musk.
      Did we even learn anything from Afghanistan?

      Biden couldn't even fix Trump's China mess yet. With Russia, he's now dealing more than he can handle.

    2. ChasUGC Guest

      Trump pacified Russia, a day before the invasion, making Putin think he was being clever or brilliant after Trump's comment. Trump needs to keep his trap closed, as he clearly knows nothing about politics, and all he did was help escalate things to all out war, much like he did to escalate things on Jan.6.

    3. ChasUGC Guest

      Trump puts out fires with gasoline.

    4. Eskimo Guest

      I agree Trump adds fuel to the Jan 6 fire.
      But for Putin, it was when NATO is trying to weaponize Ukraine and put military in Russia's backyard.
      It's like the reverse of Cuba. At least we never annexed Cuba.

  103. Peter Hunt Guest

    The broader threat to Aeroflot is from the corporations that lease these aircraft to the airline. If the aircraft are not used in accordance with the lease agreements, they will have the right to terminate the leases and reposses the leases aircraft. In a broader context, if there is no incoming revenue, Aeroflot will be in default due to no payment as spelled in the lease agreement. This will have the affect of further isolating...

    The broader threat to Aeroflot is from the corporations that lease these aircraft to the airline. If the aircraft are not used in accordance with the lease agreements, they will have the right to terminate the leases and reposses the leases aircraft. In a broader context, if there is no incoming revenue, Aeroflot will be in default due to no payment as spelled in the lease agreement. This will have the affect of further isolating the Putin Regime from the world community for their aggressive actions in Ukraine.

  104. Geo Guest

    It will undoubtedly hit Aeroflot badly too
    No flights no revenue

  105. Marco Guest

    I had an unfortunate opportunity to live in a country that was hit by UN sanctions - much broader and much harder than current restrictions placed on Russia. The idea behind these and any sanctions is to hit the ordidary people, and in due course, expect that same people to topple the regime as a consequence. As in 5-10-15 years.

    So, make no mistake, while these sanctions are caused by the Russian government behaviour, they...

    I had an unfortunate opportunity to live in a country that was hit by UN sanctions - much broader and much harder than current restrictions placed on Russia. The idea behind these and any sanctions is to hit the ordidary people, and in due course, expect that same people to topple the regime as a consequence. As in 5-10-15 years.

    So, make no mistake, while these sanctions are caused by the Russian government behaviour, they are not designed to hurt the members of the same government. They are designed to hurt the people. Vladimir Putin does not fly on Aeroflot, does he? And I'm sure that Rossiya 001 or whatever callsign they use will be allowed anywhere, if they chose to travel.

    My personal experience - they hurt the people, however, they also create a united front in the country against the countries imposing them, rather than against the governement. If anything, sanctions I was mentioning only prolonged the suffering of many.

    Also, EU wasn't playing this one too smart. A lot of European airlines use the Russian airspace for their Far East flights. What they should have done is made a "wall" of countries that do not have intercontinental services from their countries. Such as Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Greece, etc. So it would be unfeasible for SU to fly around them, while at the same time, Finnair, and other airlines that depend on using that airspace could continue to do so. Adding Finland to the list does not hurt Russia one bit, but it will sting Finnair badly.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      So @Marco can you please update the latest situation in the said country?

      How many years have it been since?
      Is the regime close to being toppled yet?
      Or it's even harder to topple with all those sanctions?

    2. Marco Guest

      It's been over for a long time now, we are talking decades. However, my feeling is that it would have been done much earlier if there were no sanctions or better yet if they were targeted in an entirely different way. I might be wrong. But cutting communication of ordinary people with their families, colleagues and friends abroad definitely didn't help - at the very least, give the people a chance to see with their...

      It's been over for a long time now, we are talking decades. However, my feeling is that it would have been done much earlier if there were no sanctions or better yet if they were targeted in an entirely different way. I might be wrong. But cutting communication of ordinary people with their families, colleagues and friends abroad definitely didn't help - at the very least, give the people a chance to see with their own eyes things are and should be done differently. This way, if they only know "one truth", they will be less likely to be critical of an authoritarian ruler, a tyrant, or whatever else you might put in that category.

      What is a fact, though, is that those privileged few who had access to black markets - and they are, you guessed it, the ones very close to the regime - have gotten awfully rich in the process.

  106. Endre Guest

    I couldn’t care less for Aeroflot, I’m genuinely worried about Finnair, how can they now economically operate flights to Asia without flying though Russian airspace?

  107. Parth Guest

    It’s just a matter of time unless Russia closes its Siberian air corridor for the west. It is the most valuable airspace which connects the west and south east Asia. It is not worth banning flights from airspace.

    1. HF Guest

      I dunno - I, for one, would not want to fly through Russian airspace right now. Too much opportunity for an “unfortunate accident.”

    2. Mark Guest

      The Siberian air corridor is far from valuable air space. To avoid it is 100 MI detour when headed to Asia.

  108. Andy Guest

    Yet most aircraft not built in Russia (Boeing-airbus) but owned buy Russians or Russian companies are registered in the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands. Take that loophole away and suddenly Aeroflot will be a lot smaller.

    1. Kevin Guest

      Theses closures pertain to Russian-registered aircraft, Russian-owned aircraft, and Russian-operated aircraft, private or commercial. Registering the planes in the Bahamas as SU did does not avoid sanctions.

    2. Chris Ritchie Guest

      Russian citizens need to rebel and Zelenski should offer any defecting Russian solder a path to amnesty and freedom in Ukraine. Ukraine is fighting for its freedom and Russians soldiers are fighting because they are forced to. Give the Russian soldiers a way out and when they flee thier tanks, use them against the ones that stay. We are praying for and stand with Ukraine!!

  109. Lakesider Guest

    Oh so easy to criticise others 787 but tell us what you think would be effective measures against Russia?

    1. John Guest

      Funny, the 787 was making loud noises earlier. But now its gone all quiet. Maybe the brain.....SORRY, I meant maybe the engine got switched off?

  110. Sg Guest

    Looks like Greenland is also off limits for them. Correct?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Sg -- It's supposed to be, but it seems Aeroflot hasn't been doing a great job observing that ban so far...

    2. SBS Guest

      If Greenland is off-limits (as it should be, since it is part of Denmark), the only route to North America would be over North Africa, Turkey and then turning north over the Caspian sea. Unless there is a corridor in international air space between Greenland and Iceland.

      On a related note, are there any flights to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad? Can they squeeze between Finland and Estonia to reach St. Petersburg?

  111. 787 New Member

    Another useless "countermeasure" by the West that does nothing to address what's actually going on. Cutting SWIFT or airspace access would be as useful as drop in the bucket in deterring Putin. Well done EU & Canada. Well done.

    1. MoJoe Diamond

      What, exactly, would you do that is guaranteed to deter Putin? The West is taking various measures that, while of minimal effect individually, will hopefully combine to have some sting. I agree with you that blocking Aeroflot flights is mostly symbolic, but who knows, maybe it will deny some wanted cargoes from being delivered to Russia. As Ukraine is not a NATO member, direct U.S.-NATO military conflict with Russia is off the table (for better...

      What, exactly, would you do that is guaranteed to deter Putin? The West is taking various measures that, while of minimal effect individually, will hopefully combine to have some sting. I agree with you that blocking Aeroflot flights is mostly symbolic, but who knows, maybe it will deny some wanted cargoes from being delivered to Russia. As Ukraine is not a NATO member, direct U.S.-NATO military conflict with Russia is off the table (for better or worse). There are signs that some of the munitions recently supplied to Ukraine have taken their toll on Russian vehicles and at least slowed the invading forces.

    2. Andrew Guest

      What its needed its diplomacy, and to listen to the concern of the other side. All of this could have been avoided if Ukraine had declared neutrality and form a commission with other European nations to address the problem. Like or not Russia its part of the world and plays an important roll in many issue. Its better to have a bad deal than good fight. Canceling airspace limits cooperation between nations.
      All us...

      What its needed its diplomacy, and to listen to the concern of the other side. All of this could have been avoided if Ukraine had declared neutrality and form a commission with other European nations to address the problem. Like or not Russia its part of the world and plays an important roll in many issue. Its better to have a bad deal than good fight. Canceling airspace limits cooperation between nations.
      All us that we enjoy traveling (that is why we read this great post) we appreciate the experience in other countries and we learnt from other perspectives and different ways of thinking.
      We need to construct.

    3. MichaelT Member

      So what do you suggest? Start WW3 and kill 98% of humanity when the nukes fall?

    4. Dave w Guest

      Not true. Preventing upper class Russians from traveling to the rest of the world shows their are consequences of having Putin as the leader of Russia. Most Russians don't want this war and when it starts effecting their quality of like it puts pressure on Russian Gov't

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MoJoe Diamond

What, exactly, would you do that is guaranteed to deter Putin? The West is taking various measures that, while of minimal effect individually, will hopefully combine to have some sting. I agree with you that blocking Aeroflot flights is mostly symbolic, but who knows, maybe it will deny some wanted cargoes from being delivered to Russia. As Ukraine is not a NATO member, direct U.S.-NATO military conflict with Russia is off the table (for better or worse). There are signs that some of the munitions recently supplied to Ukraine have taken their toll on Russian vehicles and at least slowed the invading forces.

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Dave w Guest

Not true. Preventing upper class Russians from traveling to the rest of the world shows their are consequences of having Putin as the leader of Russia. Most Russians don't want this war and when it starts effecting their quality of like it puts pressure on Russian Gov't

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01BMW01M101MAN01 Guest

This is ALL on Putin. If he would just leave Ukraine alone, none of this would be happening. He is trying his best to reinstate the old Soviet Union & it's regime & this time the world ain't having 1 sip of this crap. He will learn (HOPEFULLY) that his way of thinking will get Russia nowhere fast. All he has to do is just stop. That's it! Russia will not be able to do anything anywhere if this keeps up. Mr Putin, this is 2022, not 1980. Soviet Union regime will not work this time

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