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Ask the Pilot, with Captain Mike Bowers

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Q: I routinely travel between LA and New York and noticed that we do not always take the same route. Why do routes vary between two cities?
A: Our dispatchers, who plan our flights for us, have sophisticated flight-planning computers that are capable of determining the shortest flying time between two airports based on the current and forecast winds. Since the winds differ from day to day, we plan different flight routes in response in order to ensure the shortest flying time.

Do you have a question for Captain Bowers? You can write to him at askthepilot@united.com

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