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"Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Finally the Lebanese government and Syrian government have agreed to launch the Air Taxi project:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=3&article_id=6424

It will be based out of Beirut International Airport and Damascus International Airport for starters.

They will use 50-seat aircraft (type unmentioned) and provide both scheduled and charter flights between Lebanese and Syrian cities.

The national carrier of Lebanon, Middle East Airlines (MEA) and the national carrier of Syria, Syrian Air will be part of the project.

Anyone have more details on the project?

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineCedarwings From Lebanon, joined Apr 2004, 216 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

They will use 50-seat aircraft (type unmentioned) and provide both scheduled and charter flights between Lebanese and Syrian cities.

All what I can think about is Flying Carpet Airlines with their dash Q 200.

FCA are used to fly regularly to Baghdad, Athens, Larnaca, Sharm el Sheikh and Damascus.



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

CedarWings,

They will be acquiring new aircraft for the job.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

Hi, does it mean, that these AIR TAXI FLIGHTS are operated by Flying Carpet? Does anyone have a web-page of these carrier?

chris


User currently offlineCanberra From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

Slightly off topic.....

I was surprised to see that there is only 1 weekly flight between Beirut and Aleppo, apparently Syrians Brussels flight making a stop in both BEY and ALP on the way back to DAM, and no direct flights the other way, anyone know if there are other flights not uploaded to Amadeus?

Also BEY to DAM is only flown 3-5 times weekly, doesn't really give a lot of flexibility. Would be good with a regional carrier in that area I think.

/Michael




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User currently offlineSleak76 From Kuwait, joined Nov 2000, 345 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

Hiya all

what I read in the local papers here is that, after the initial launch of flights between Syria and Lebanon, this this 'air taxi' link also plans to connect the two countries with cities in: Tukey, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

The British consulting company also predicted that in the first year, the air taxi would carry 170,ooo pax, increasing to 500,000 pax by it's fifth year (part of their feasability study figures).

The newspaper then states that the purpose of the two companies for establishing this air taxi (with the participation of the private sector) is to utilize BEY's open sky policies to it's full potential (by using BEY's air connection with Europe) and to also help invigorate both pax and cargo movement between the two countries by establishing such a regular non-stop flights between the two countries. They also plan to use an airport called 'elMazzah' (??) which is close to the city of Damascus, which is planned to open in March 2005.

The report then states that the feasability study forecasts profit to be realized from its second year of opeartions - reaching a potential profit of between 4-6 million USD.

Says the it'll be 50/50 shares by the two countries (and each country can determine how much of their 50 percent share will be given over to the private sector to own). Subscriptions to the shares of this new airline will be announced shortly.

Just included the info from the article that wasn't included in the posts above. The rest of the article pretty much covered what BA already posted above.

Good luck to this new airline.

Cheers.



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User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3488 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2344 times:


This is a great news for the Arab airline scene. How long does the BEY-DAM flight last ? 45 minutes ? I wonder if a similar shuttle could be established between some North African airports...


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

Thanks Sleak76 for the information.

Any idea what aircraft they are planning on buying or leasing and what will be the name of this airline?

Canberra,

Those flights to ALP and DAM are simply meant to pick up or drop off passengers in Beirut. As you stated, the Aleppo flight actually operates Damascus - Aleppo - Beirut - Brussels - Beirut - Aleppo - Damascus.

They have another flight that operates Damascus - Beirut - Tunis - Casablanca - Tunis - Beirut - Damascus.

It's just to pick up passengers.

Either way, Damascus - Beirut is only 105 kilometers if you draw a straight line!

They are unbelievably close.

Flying time straight across would be less than 15 minutes, but the actual time is probably 30-40 minutes because they have to take a northerly arched route over the Cedars of Lebanon to avoid getting close to Israel.

Most people travel between Damascus and Beirut by bus or taxi because the distance is close and the buses and taxis are cheap.

This air taxi service will have to offer competitive prices....

Regards



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User currently offlineSleak76 From Kuwait, joined Nov 2000, 345 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Nope BA.

No info yet on exact fleet, A/L name or if their leasing vs. buying.

I guess that'll come once the airline is setup and Board members are nominated - who'll then start announcing specific info re the airline.

[Edited 2004-07-22 11:38:33]


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User currently offlineCanberra From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

Thanks BA, useful as ever...

/Michael



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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

will they be using the airport north of trablos (tripoli) in lebanon?


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