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UA 48/49 EWR BOM suspended due to "current events in Iran" 20 June 2019 until 5 Sept?

UA 48/49 EWR BOM suspended due to "current events in Iran" 20 June 2019 until 5 Sept?

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Posted 21 June 2019

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Status: Given current events in Iran, we have conducted a thorough safety and security review of our India service through Iranian airspace and decided to suspend our service between EWR and BOM. We are sorry to let you know your flight (UA 48) on June 20 has been canceled. Please contact us at United at 1-800-UNITED-1.
Cancellation is for June 20, 21, 22 & 23, 2019 for now

Related thread - India/Pakistan 2019 conflict impacts UA to India,DEL suspended 5 Apr 19 until 1 Sept?
the ferry return of the "stranded" aircraft / crew --Empty HNL-EWR 773 compliments of cancelled BOM flights
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Old Jun 20, 19, 4:51 pm
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UA 48/49 EWR BOM suspended due to "current events in Iran" 20 June 2019 until 5 Sept?

I am told that United has cancelled its direct flight to Mumbai (UA48 outbound UA49 return) apparently due to airspace restrictions in West Asia! Can anyone confirm the same? Is this due to the conflict in Iran? I assumed US airlines didnít use Iranian airspace.

I have an upcoming work trip to India and while my ticket isnít rebooked I am wondering if I should reach out to UA and get rebooked via Germany.

Appreciate any thoughts / guidance.

Thanks!
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Old Jun 20, 19, 5:04 pm
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I am told that United has cancelled its direct flight to Mumbai (UA48 outbound UA49 return) apparently due to airspace restrictions in West Asia! Can anyone confirm the same? Is this due to the conflict in Iran? I assumed US airlines didnít use Iranian airspace.

I have an upcoming work trip to India and while my ticket isnít rebooked I am wondering if I should reach out to UA and get rebooked via Germany.

Appreciate any thoughts / guidance.

Thanks!
Yes you should call to rebook. This route is cancelled due to Iranian airspace safety issues.
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Old Jun 20, 19, 6:59 pm
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Old Jun 20, 19, 7:05 pm
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Very similar wording in the flight status message for UA48 today (June 20):

Given current events in lran, we have conducted a thorough satety and security review of Our India service through lranian airspace and decided to suspend our service between EWR and BOM. We are sorry to let you know your flight (UA 48) on June 20 has been canceled. Please contact us at United at -800-UNITED-1.
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Old Jun 20, 19, 8:46 pm
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I'm a little curious to know how Air India feels about continuing to serve the route/s.
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Old Jun 20, 19, 8:57 pm
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Status: Given current events in Iran, we have conducted a thorough safety and security review of our India service through Iranian airspace and decided to suspend our service between EWR and BOM. We are sorry to let you know your flight (UA 48) on June 20 has been canceled. Please contact us at United at 1-800-UNITED-1.
Cancellation is for June 20, 21, 22 & 23, 2019 for now

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Old Jun 20, 19, 10:27 pm
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I'm a little curious to know how Air India feels about continuing to serve the route/s.
India is not having a front-page conflict escalation with Iran right now, so I imagine the perceived risk to Indian-flagged carriers is not as high as for U.S. airlines (or airlines from other countries with escalated Iran tensions).
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Old Jun 20, 19, 10:39 pm
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I wouldn't want to be on any airline that skirts Iran's airspace by running up the gulf.

But airlines that fly over iran would be safe unless a real war gets going.
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Does the 773 not have enough range to go around Iran and avoid Ukraine while at it?
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Old Jun 20, 19, 10:59 pm
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Does the 773 not have enough range to go around Iran and avoid Ukraine while at it?
Yes it has the range, but the FAA regulations on crew hours prevent UA from taking that route non stop to EWR.

When Pakistan airspace was open the plane would cross Pakistan and fly east of Iran, thus avoiding Iranian airspace.
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Old Jun 20, 19, 11:25 pm
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I'm a little curious to know how Air India feels about continuing to serve the route/s.
Probably better than most of us would feel after taking AI for that length of time
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Old Jun 21, 19, 12:29 am
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Yes it has the range, but the FAA regulations on crew hours prevent UA from taking that route non stop to EWR.

When Pakistan airspace was open the plane would cross Pakistan and fly east of Iran, thus avoiding Iranian airspace.
Did not realize that Pakistan had closed its airspace due to the situation with India. Just read about it. Crew hour rules can be strict. Thanks for the info.
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Old Jun 21, 19, 12:31 am
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India is not having a front-page conflict escalation with Iran right now, so I imagine the perceived risk to Indian-flagged carriers is not as high as for U.S. airlines (or airlines from other countries with escalated Iran tensions).
Malaysia wasn't in conflict with Russia nor the Ukraine, but we know how that story ended.
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Malaysia wasn't in conflict with Russia nor the Ukraine, but we know how that story ended.
Alas, the uncertainty of life...
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I wouldn't want to be on any airline that skirts Iran's airspace by running up the gulf.
I assume you have to stop flying Qatar Airways.
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