Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3786 posts, RR: 24 Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3921 times:
Could it be that 2004 will be the "Year of IAH" ?! If HAS is not too careful, they just night help turn IAH into a real int'l airport! With CI an PK slated to start service this summer and now only days away this suprise pops up, this should be an interesting year for IAH spotters.
Established02 From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 536 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3914 times:
> with an MD-11 routing Jeddah-Brussels-New York (JFK)-Houston-Brussels-Dammam-Jeddah.
The Brussels Airport Authority http://www.biac.be/cargo_tt/ states that this flight will be operated with the B742 and thus not with the MD11.
Cargo flights from GEORGE BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT (IAH) to Brussels (BRU)
Flightnumber Days Dep. Arr. Type Validity
SV3902 ----5-- 00:30 17:30 74F 0504-3010
SV3902 ---4--- 23:30 17:30 74F 2803-0304
> Jeddah-Brussels-New York (JFK)-Houston-Brussels-Dammam-Jeddah.
Hz747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1634 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3834 times:
Saudi Aramco is based in Houston, TX. That could be a factor. Also, Saudi Arabian Airlines has had a ticket office in Houston for a very long time. Again, I agree with Lear777, this probably has a lot to do with Oil.
Bartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 788 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3774 times:
IAH really is taking the forefront as far as Asian/Middle East expansion with new carriers is concerned - much more than ATL, DFW, and other competing airports. Good to hear that more foreign carriers are coming to the States, whether they're cargo or pax or both.
Lear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3722 times:
Agreed, Bartond- and I think it's about time. I have been waiting for these new flights for years!
I think all three- PIA, CI, and SV- have potential to be real proving cases that Houston can be a big draw for airlines from those parts of the world. I really feel that this is just the beginning for IAH. More airlines are expanding beyond their traditional gateways and Houston is proving to be a beneficiary of it.
I have long been surprised that more airlines haven't tapped into the Middle East-Houston cargo market. I expect SV to find a significant amount of success on this route.
From a spotters point of view, I cannot wait to see PIA 777s and China Airlines A340s at Terminal D (next to KLM 767-300s, also new), and just beyond them, the dusty 747-200F of Saudi at the new cargo complex.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3786 posts, RR: 24 Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3572 times:
As for EK, I have been hearing that for years as well as Qatar and Air India. I treat all rumours concerning new services with a grain of salt until I see some official word from the carrier themselves, flights listed in a CRS, ect......Even then I remain a little skeptical. I am not fully convinced until I see their birds parked at one of IAH's 5 terminals. I have seen major announcements from Iberia, Varig, Swissair, Singapore Cargo, Carnival, Caribbean Airways, Hawaiian Pacific, Trans Atlantic (the last 3 were paper carriers that never really got off the ground) , all promised IAH service none ever materlized.
So, while I am excited about the recent announcements, again I won't be 100% convinced until I see CI, SV and PK's planes either flying overhead or parked at 'D' and the cargo ramp.
Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 61 Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3504 times:
Egyptair will be starting services to IAH in the spring of 2005. They were supposed to be launched last year but the war in Iraq and the SARS outbreak made them delay the launch. Even though the flights will go ahead, frequency, aircraft and routing have not been finalised yet. I'll keep you to up-to-date as soon as details come out.
I believe that you are sincere in your posts regarding Egyptair coming to IAH next year and I sincerly hope it comes to pass but I remain as awlays skeptical. A lot of things could happen between now and then. I remember when SR was ready to start an IAH service in the late 80s only to get left at the alter when they decided to serve ATL instead.