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Lufthansa To Resume Baghdad Flights  
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16872 posts, RR: 51
Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3417 times:

From May 10th's NY Times http://www.nytimes.com

"Lufthansa Plans to Resume Baghdad Flights
By REUTERS


Filed at 7:56 a.m. ET

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa said on Saturday it was seeking approval to resume flights to Baghdad as soon as possible.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG said it needed the consent of the authorities in Iraq but hoped to take a decision in a few weeks after clarifying issues such as take-off and landing rights.

``With its oil refineries, Baghdad is the country's leading industrial center and is becoming an increasingly important destination for business travelers,'' it said in a statement.

A spokeswoman said decisions on the frequency of flights and aircraft to be used would be taken once approval was granted.

Other airlines that have expressed an interest in reintroducing flights to the Iraqi capital include Northwest Airlines Corp and Virgin Atlantic.

Lack of paperwork forced the postponement last week of the first commercial flight to Baghdad since U.S.-led forces captured the city in April.

Peter Henderson, a South African businessman, had hoped to charter a aircraft to fly 40 passengers on ``Air Baghdad'' from the Jordanian capital, charging six times the pre-war airfare.

He told Reuters on Thursday that the flight should take place on Sunday.

Lufthansa operated commercial flights to Baghdad from 1956 until 1990"


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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16872 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3409 times:

Also Austrian airlines is applying to launch Baghdad flights.

Things are looking up for future airline service to Iraq.



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User currently offlineBoeing 747-311 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 795 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

what aircraft did LH use to serve baghdad with before the first gulf war?


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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3324 times:

Who has to give the final ok? The U.S. "coalition"?


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

Jhooper: Probably. It has been said that the airport could be fully operational (for passenger services, that is) within the next two months. My guess is commercial services will start around that time.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13742 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

Just a question... who wants to go to Baghdad?


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User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3153 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3249 times:
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IIRC LH last operated A310-300s into SDM (what's the new three letter code?)

Konstantin



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User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

The US and British coalition wants to bring the subject of ending the sanctions on Iraq (also than ending "oil for food" programme) into the UN at the beginnig of June. And no idea how France and Germany (France being more important because it has a veto-power in the UN council) will decide but it seems that they won't block any decision.
How strong was the damage of "Saddam International" caused a) by 12 years of being next to dead and b) through the fights that went on there in March?

Too bad not that many airlines are keen of serving Kabul.

Max


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

Just a question... who wants to go to Baghdad?
Only tourists,Khoa. Insane



User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

Just a question... who wants to go to Baghdad?

Tourists, aid workers, a few journalists, oil people, lots of NGO staff, and maybe some semi-military traffic? Plus, although Iraq may have been crushed, there are plenty of Iraqi expats/dissidents/emigres in the rest of the world who would want to go back there.

Hey, I'd consider it if my travel wishlist wasn't already a mile long  Smile

Congratulations to Lufthansa, anyway.



Cunning linguist
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2907 times:

BGW is the three letter code for Baghdad. Looking forward to schedule flights to Iraq and that things get better for the people of Iraq.

The777Man



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16872 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

So far the list of airlines announcing plans to fly to Iraq include..

BA and VS

LH,

NWA

Austrian.

Future possibilities..(imo)

Alitalia, Iberia, Turkish, KLM.




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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2832 times:


>>>BGW is the three letter code for Baghdad.

Yes, but not only the metropolitan area code but also the specific airport code for Al-Muthenna airfield, where the air force´s headquarters and main ops centre were.

SDA must not necessarily be replaced, take TGD and LED as an example. Especially the latter is certainly a match for Saddam in terms of "evilness".

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineShamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2790 times:


Airsicknessbag,


Especially the latter is certainly a match for Saddam in terms of "evilness"

Without turning this political, I amume you're refering to LED, named after Lenin. Maybe you're confusing him with Stalin when you mention 'evilness', because I don't see how Lenin was 'evil'...


User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

If you don't count the famines, cheka, executions, etc, yeah, Lenin, wasn't too bad...

User currently offlineSk From Germany, joined Apr 2003, 75 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

By the way - I heard of 3 times weekly FRA-Bagdad with Airbus 310 or 300. But it is no reliable source.

User currently offlineTouchdown99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2639 times:

BA and VS, LH, NWA, Austrian.

In addition North American (from JFK via GVA), World Airways (from IAD via GVA), Continental (from IAH... thanks to Dick Cheney, err, Halliburton that is), Gulf Air (from Abu Dhabi), Emirates (from Dubai), Qatar Airways (from Doha), Air Baghdad (from Amman).

The most likely other European candidates seem to be Swiss (if they do not go bancrupt before) and Air France (if Condoleeza will allow weasel airline services to Iraq) as both served BGW until 1990.

OTOH, in 2001quite a few airlines said they planned to serve Kabul and all that has materialized so far are weekly flights by PIA and Mahan Air to Islamabad and Teheran and a thrice-weekly AZAL service to Baku.... (yes, I know Kabul is not Baghdad, but anyway...).


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