MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31746 posts, RR: 73 Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 4867 times:
Istanbul is in Europe. The only US flag carrier service to the Middle East is Continental Airlines' to Tel Aviv. Before October 2001, Delta Airlines flew to Tel Aviv, Cairo (which is technically Africa), and Dubai and TWA/American flew to Cairo and Riyadh.
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 4861 times:
Well, for one, I can almost guarantee you outside of perhaps Dubai, Cairo, and Tel Aviv, I doubt many Americans really feel comfortable flying to the middle east, let alone spending time there. Something called anti-Americanism is going on there, I think?
Could you imagine AA with their American flags sitting at Tehran? HA!
EI A330-200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2001, 409 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 4789 times:
Actually, I think that B747-437B's comment was quite funny, and fairly accurate, and I find that Alpha 1's comment is not only ignorant, but foolish and childish. This is just another example of the rampant anti-semitsm that exists in the Middle East. If Michael Moore can say "Shame on you Mr. Bush" for his policies towards terrorists, then I say "Shame on you 'Arab World', shame on you!!!"
Nikibary From United States of America, joined May 2003, 85 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 4770 times:
That was slightly funny
I think TLV counts, CO is operating a 777 from EWR. And yes i doubt there would be other destination especialy since there are many European airlines that offer very good connections to the middle east.
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4495 posts, RR: 54 Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4569 times:
take it from an ex-resident, while Istanbul is in europe, it is not really a European destination.
Istanbul's Ataturk Airport is in Yesilkoy which is on the european side. Most of istanbul is on the European side. in fact it is a very beautiful city with the bosphorus and all. 90% of what there is to see (istanbul wise) is on the European side.
The rest of Turkey is on the Asian side.
Alpha 1 and B747-437B's comments were accurate, if not necessarily funny to everyone.
PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
25 Yyz717: B747-437B was just making a harmless joke. It was kinda funny! Let's not take life too seriously. It looks unlikely that any US carrier will recommenc
26 Jimbobjoe: Well, the question specifically asks why no carriers direct to the middle east. Isn't the middle east just too far for a direct flight anyway? Well, t
27 ConcordeLoss: The thing about the not so harmless joke, is that people are dying over there on both sides, so I don't take that sort of thing lightly.
28 PHXMKEflyer: Alpha1 and B747-437B........frickin HILARIOUS
29 Pouyazad: Ual747, I guarantee you cannot find Anti-Americanism among more than 85% of Iranians. Iran's sky and airports are safe. What causes American airlines
30 AirxLiban: so did Iran Air? didn't they operate an SP Teheran-New York. It looks like Air Canada might start flights to Beirut. if american carriers were to oper
31 Yyz717: There is not alot of commerce betw the US and the Arab Middle East which limits the need for air travel. JFK is one of those marquee cities that most
32 Sinlock: In a attempt to answer the question. 1. Even though the U.S. has a fair size Arab population. It is very decentralized, there is no one area that has
33 JMChladek: USAF had nonstop B-2 service from the US to Baghdad as late as April this year. Would that really count as a nonstop though since the plane didn't lan
34 Airxliban: well, there are said to be a lot of arabs in general in detroit. a lot of iraqis in san diego. Maybe Iraqi airways could get an A340-500 and start ope
35 DeltaSFO: Mexico City has a large Lebanese population. If AM got 777s like they plan to and started MEX-BEY service, would that count? After all, Mexico is part
36 Garnetpalmetto: 1) USAF had nonstop B-2 service from the US to Baghdad as late as April this year. - Hilarious comment on sometimes all too serious boards 2) I think
37 Customs172: OK so they had a short stop over in Diego Garcia...... Oh forget it... I wasn't thinking again.
38 ConcordeLoss: I know that FedEx has regular flights to DXB.
39 Danielbk: FedEx also has daily flights to Tel Aviv.. but, i guess it doesn't count.
40 TWAL1011: I guess most Americans have no interest in travel to the Middle East. Those who would want to get there are probably VFR and are able to fly via Europ
41 Scbriml: There is not alot of commerce betw the US and the Arab Middle East which limits the need for air travel. YYZ717, one small word - OIL. Every BA and EK
42 ConcordeLoss: There is plenty of business in Middle East, especially in the Gulf region. I recently read on CNN's website that there is about 30,000 Americans and 3
43 RiverVisualNYC: Dubai is an awesome place, with tourism growing something like 20% a year. I'm American and was very comfortable living in the neighborhood for over 2
44 Mandala499: *** Humour Section*** Well, the topic says American Carriers direct to the middle east... Err, aren't the aircraft carriers there... it went non-stop
45 Cospn: TLV is in the Middle East..I think many wish it was not..but it is..Arabs do live in Israel and fly on CO out of TLV , I think they like it better tha
46 Sevenair: IT seems that this is, unsurprisingly turning into a 'lets bash america' thing, which is so outdated, and quite frankly, boring. Lets discuss why no M
47 Startvalve: The mid east already hates us to the point they fly our airplanes into buildings. Why would any US Airline with half a brain put a flight into the ter
48 Cicadajet: "Lets discuss why no Mideast airliners don't serve US direct" Is that meant to be a double-negative? Plenty of Mid East carriers serve the US Direct.
49 ARCJET: USAF C-17s offer daily nonstops to ORBS from EDDF. If you like sitting with your back to the wall of the aircraft and box lunches this is the way to g
50 Scottb: First of all, most of the American carriers with the equipment to fly U.S.-Middle East flights (AA, UA, DL, NW, CO) are struggling to stay in business
51 Stewboy: I traveled to Israel and the Palestinian Territories (on CO) back in early 2000 and just found it to be an extremely fascinationg place. The people, b
52 Speedbirdyvr: "Why would any US Airline with half a brain put a flight into the terrorists back yard?" Another arrogant comment from an ignorant person. First of al
53 ConcordeLoss: Thank you Speedbirdyvr for your open mindness, you are one of the few people who make sense these days.
54 RiverVisualNYC: Speedbird, glad someone here is with the program. The points you make are the reason why European tourists are flocking to Dubai in droves, instead of