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Qantas steers flights away from Iran trouble zone after US drone is shot down

Two Qantas jets sit on the tarmac
Qantas is playing it safe by steering well clear of the Gulf of Oman. Photo: ABC
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Qantas jetliners will go out of their way to avoid flying over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman after a US military drone was knocked out of the sky by an Iranian missile.

The change was announced on Friday, with a Qantas spokeswoman saying the route change would remain in place until further notice.

The security measure will mean a change to Qantas flights between Australia and London, however it is understood the impact on flying time will be minimal.

Dutch airline KLM announced a similar measure on Friday, as did Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

Qantas flights cross the Middle East at around 40,000 feet.

The US has also barred American-registered aircraft from flying over Iranian airspace in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

The flight ban was implemented over Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shooting down a US military surveillance drone, affecting a region crucial to global air travel.

The Federal Aviation Administration warned of a “potential for miscalculation or misidentification” in the region after an Iranian surface-to-air missile on Thursday brought down a US Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 737 jetliner and costing over $US100 million ($A145 million).

-with AAP