Aeroflot 150 is a scheduled flight from Moscow, Russia, to Havana, Cuba.
It is flown by an Airbus A330 and, as any scheduled commercial liner, unless something very special happens, it always takes the same route to Cuba.
However, on Jul. 11 it flew a different route, a southern route that completely avoids the U.S. airspace (for the history of such flight in the last weeks take a look here). Furthermore, AFL150 is the same flight believed to be carrying the NSA leaker Edward Snowden a couple of weeks ago, when some journalist boarded the plane to find the accused spy’s seat empty.
Image credit: FlightAware
Even if such a significant change of route is at least unusual, it might be explained by the bad weather affecting U.S. East Coast.
At the time of writing, the aircraft is about to land at Int’l José Martí airport in Havana. If Snowden is on board, we’ll know very soon.
Thanks for the update. Love the blog by the way!
He’s also scheduled a meeting today at the Moscow airport. today;
I hope this genuine patriot stays one step ahead forever.
Genuine Patriots don’t steel laptops full of highly classified data and then run into the arms of your nation’s enemies.
The route very likely has to do with where the jetstream is. Very likely flights on similar routes had the same or similar southerly track as the one shown