Let's take a look to itinerary of a flight from Dubai to Tokyo taken here

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And from Tokyo to Dubai enter image description here

It's the same airline.

One more example. Here is the route of flight from Istanbul to Tokyo enter image description here

And from Tokyo to Istanbul enter image description here

Can somebody explain why return route is so different flying from East to West?

  • $\begingroup$ base guess, it has to do with winds aloft. $\endgroup$ Jun 11, 2017 at 9:18
  • $\begingroup$ Also related: aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/13428 and aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/29926 $\endgroup$ Jun 11, 2017 at 9:36
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    $\begingroup$ Also note that the map projection (at least for the last example) makes the difference appear much bigger than it actually is $\endgroup$ Jun 11, 2017 at 9:37
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    $\begingroup$ Why is a question about asian flight routes marked as a duplicate of a question on transatlantic flight routes? $\endgroup$
    – falstro
    Jun 11, 2017 at 19:46
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    $\begingroup$ @Notts90 I see that, I'm just countering that reason for others to see. You just got caught in the crossfire, sorry :) $\endgroup$
    – falstro
    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:20


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