I am aware that there is a 25,000′ restriction over the Sinai peninsula and that the operating height of my particular flight at the time was 39,000′. Can someone tell me please why, some 14 days after the downing of the Russian aircraft, was BA overflying this area, making a 90 degree left turn over Aqaba. Are they asking for an incident or just annoying the locals because ‘they can” ??? Please, in any case, not when I am onboard.
Not an expert but looking at the flight maps over the last week its likely a desire to avoid flying over Syria. They have either gone over the eastern tip of syria / mosul in iraq or gone south to red sea and crossed saudi.
My experiences, until then, on the 125 were over the Black Sea across Turkey, cutting Northern Iraq, tracking down Iran then cutting across to BAH anywhere south of Basra. They have in past 3 years anyway, gone nowhere near Syria.
Given the political instability and general nastiness of the groups there, flying over the ME is best missed out if one can. Europe/US to asia direct is entirely possible & totally avoids this potential danger zone