MSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3863 times:
It looks like more and more Airlines are using Baghdad Airport..
Syrianair resumed service from Damascus to Baghdad after a 25 year interruption. The airline stopped operating this route in 1980 when the countries broke off diplomatic ties. A Boeing 727-200 was used for the inaugural flight and Syrianair will operate 3 flights a week.
Well, let me add. They also have at least 2 B707 and 2 B727. Till the moment they are not operational and grounded in Amman's Queen Alia Int'l Airport in Jordan since the War on Iraq in 1991. I heard that Iraqis will try to rehabilitate them to be in service. Moreover, Iraq flew most of its fleet out of Iraq during that war not to be shelled be the counterparts. I know that they have their aircrafts in Jordan, Iran, and Algeria.
Addition: There are 2 weekly flights to Baghdad and 2 weekly flights to Basrah from DXB (Chartered flights not on Iraqi Airways)
Wassch71 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 209 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3382 times:
I just read this article on Iraqi Airways' return to Beirut http://www.lorientlejour.com/page.aspx?page=article&id=297402
They will start with 2 flights a week (as expected by BA) using the Boeing 737-200.
While it is true that IA hasn't flown to BEY for a long time (flights were stopped in 1981), the airline maintained some presence in Lebanon throughout the eighties, as their flights out of Larnaca provided interesting connections to the Gulf and the Far East and were used by many Lebanese during the war. I remember adds for IA in the press (including a lavish section of several pages in the "Revue du Liban", dating to 87 or 88) and even sponsorship of TV programs on the LBC TV channel.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1928 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3361 times:
Currently this route is operated twice weekly by the Lebanese carrier Flying Carpet which operates a single Fairchild Metro.
The Iraqi service will be a more serious operation without undermining the Lebanese company's work.
TERRA From Iraq, joined Aug 1999, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3345 times:
I have heard a rumour about the 767 starting ops to Europe. London has been mentioned but looking at the level of their current operation and the political situation i think this won't happen for a while.
A342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4927 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3330 times:
Quoting TERRA (Reply 19): I have heard a rumour about the 767 starting ops to Europe. London has been mentioned but looking at the level of their current operation and the political situation i think this won't happen for a while.
I hope they come to MUC. With DI they can feed pax from all over Germany into their flights, independent from LH. This is not possible at FRA.
On a sidenote, Royal Air Maroc begins 2x weekly 73G/738 non-stop service from Casablanca this Sunday (October 30) and Jazeera Airways begins daily A320 non-stop service from Kuwait this Monday (October 31).
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