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Iraqi To Resume Service To Beirut  
User currently offlineTlima From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3273 times:

Just came across this very brief article saying that Iraqi Airways will resume flights to Beirut after a 24 year absence. This is good news for both countries.

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20051021-092700-2647r

Does anyone know how the airline is currently doing and what their schedule is like?

Cheers,
TLIMA


- Meden Agan -
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User currently offlineYazeed From Jordan, joined Oct 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3229 times:

Quoting Tlima (Thread starter):
Does anyone know how the airline is currently doing and what their schedule is like?

What I know is that they are flying to Amman and domestically to Basra.

Thanks


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3228 times:

Thanks for the update TLIMA.

They resumed flights to Cairo yesterday on Thursday as well. They're operating to Cairo on a twice weekly basis.

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20051019-100625-3428r

I have no idea about the Beirut schedule, but I expect maybe twice weekly.

As for their other destinations, they fly to Basra, Arbil, Suleimaniyeh in Iraq and outside they fly to Amman, Damascus, Istanbul, and Dubai.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3104 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.



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User currently offlineA350 From Germany, joined Nov 2004, 1100 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

This is good news! Did the safety situation at the airport improve?

Cheers

A350



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User currently offline777klm From China, joined Apr 2005, 530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

Good news for Iraq and it's people! How does Iraqi's fleet look like?


Next flight: AMS-PEK
User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Quoting 777klm (Reply 5):
How does Iraqi's fleet look like?

Here is the breakdown of their fleet :
4 B732 , 2 owned and 2 leased.
1 B762 , leased .


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[Edited 2005-10-22 19:45:04]


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User currently offlineYazeed From Jordan, joined Oct 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2986 times:

Quoting 777klm (Reply 5):
How does Iraqi's fleet look like?

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)
Thanks.


User currently offlineYazeed From Jordan, joined Oct 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

Royal Jordanian goes twice weekly to Erbil, every Tuesday & Friday and 2 days ago it started flying two weekly flights to Basra, every Monday & Thursday.

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

Quoting Yazeed (Reply 7):
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

Saw them last week. There's at least three 727s and the 707s are covered in sand. I suspect the chances of getting them going again are next to zero.


User currently offlineTLIMA From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Thanks for responses and insight. I knew that they were flying to Amman but I wasn't sure about other destinations.

I unfortunately think that the 707s and 727s will never see the skies again as well. I cannot imagine that after all these years, it would be possible to make them functional again.

Anyways best of luck to the airline, the country and its people...

Cheers,
TLIMA



- Meden Agan -
User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11523 posts, RR: 61
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

So, to recap, can someone now please outline Iraqi Airways' schedule with destinations served, their frequency, and aircraft? Thanks in advance.

User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2880 times:

Here is their B767 [img] http://www.airliners.net/open.file/870988/L/ [img]


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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3874 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2787 times:

Quoting Commavia (Reply 11):
So, to recap, can someone now please outline Iraqi Airways' schedule with destinations served, their frequency, and aircraft? Thanks in advance.

Yes, if anyone can also confirm the plans for the 767 that'd be much appreciated!

[Edited 2005-10-23 10:55:36]

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8086 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

Yeah, where's the 767 and when is it going to fly in commercial service? On a sadder note, the seven-ohs have been left to die. They will not fly again.


fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2672 times:

So far they only use the B767 for official trips by the government officials .


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User currently offlineWassch71 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 208 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2623 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.

Welcome back IA...

Cheers,

Wassim.



MEA...Like No Other
User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1924 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2602 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.


User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

Any information about load factors?
Are they codesharing with any airline?


User currently offlineTERRA From Iraq, joined Aug 1999, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2586 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.

User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4681 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2571 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.



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Quoting OD720 (Reply 17):
Currently this route is operated twice weekly by the Lebanese carrier Flying Carpet which operates a single Fairchild Metro.

I read a very interesting article by Robert Fisk in which he flew on that flight.  Smile

I heard it is pretty popular. It's a scheduled charter flight and it mainly caters to the Lebanese who go to Iraq and work on various projects (and risk their lives in getting kidnapped).

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

Here is a shot of the first flight just after arriving in Beirut:



The Iraqi Transport Minister is on the left walking with the Lebanese Transport Minister on the right.

The flight also carried an official delegation and 50 journalists.

Flights will initially operate 2x weekly on Tuesdays and Sundays. In two months, the service will be upgraded to daily.
http://www.aaco.org/pubnews.asp?id=883&lang=1

Flights will operate on 737-200s.

Here's the aircraft that operated the first flight, it's leased from Dolphin Air which is why it is in a hybrid scheme:

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It's good to have Iraqi Airways back!

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).

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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