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Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways  
User currently offline4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4206 times:

Translating press release:

Arkia, an Israeli airline, has signed an SPA agreements with Qatar airways.
This is the first agreement any Israeli carrier has ever signed with a gulf country.
The agreements will allow Israeli passport holders to fly to most of Qatar Airways, combined with IZ flights.
Israeli passengers will fly TLV-AMM with IZ ATR-72, after 45 min they will continue with QR to DOH, and form there to 20 destinations in east Asia and Africa.
In addition, Qatar has changed its foreign policies, and Israeli passport holders will be able to transfer through Qatar airport without the need of a visa.

This "procedure" is supposed to be updated in all the ticketing systems.

end of translation.

WOW, I didn't know it would happen so soon. Hopefully, soon we will be able to visit Doha, and not only connect there.

[Edited 2005-11-15 17:36:59]

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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3762 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4192 times:

Good to see Arkia and Qatar Airways link up with eachother!  Smile

Does El Al plan to do the same with another Gulf carrier at any point?

Rob!  wave 


User currently offline2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

My guess was that Emirates may have been the 1st airline in the Persian Gulf to do it. I was mistaken.


I don't work for COPA Airlines!
User currently offlineSorayafaradiba From Germany, joined Nov 2005, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4116 times:

this is a very positive step.

it makes economically sense for arkia and QR but it is also a big political sign!


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4096 times:

I always wanted to fly on Qatar Airways. It looks like a great airline. Many already fly to Asia on Royal Jordanian.

I think Qatar is on the Miles and More LH program. There are already rumours that LY will hook up with them next year.


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4089 times:

Great news. Well done - common sense is prevailing.


What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4675 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4083 times:

Very nice to see such a step forward.
Are Israelian citizens also allowed to enter Qatar ?



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineIMatAMS From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4082 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Does El Al plan to do the same with another Gulf carrier at any point?

Since Arkia and LY are basically the same company these days i'd think LY might follow soon...

IM


User currently offlineRedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2179 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4059 times:

Quoting IMatAMS (Reply 7):
Since Arkia and LY are basically the same company these days

They are competitors, with no specific relations between them.



Top 10 airplanes: B737, T154, B747, IL96, T134, IL62, A320, MD80, B757, DC10
User currently offline4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4037 times:

Quoting RedChili (Reply 8):
They are competitors, with no specific relations between them.

Only the same owner


User currently offlineRedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2179 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4027 times:

Quoting 4xRuv (Reply 9):
Only the same owner

Knafaim had to sell its shares in Arkia when they bought a controlling stake in El Al, so it's not the same owners.



Top 10 airplanes: B737, T154, B747, IL96, T134, IL62, A320, MD80, B757, DC10
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

A342 only diplomats may enter Qatar. Private individuals cannot.

User currently offlineEI747SYDNEY From Ireland, joined Oct 2005, 701 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

A good precedent is being set for the rest of the region...Bravo

Rob  wave 



''Live life on the edge, Live each and every day like it's your last, Hell you only live once''
User currently offlineJoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

QR should start flying to TLV nonstop by themself. Itr would be a goldmine for them.

If current laws prevent that, they could start with a onestop via Amman.


User currently offlineWassch71 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 208 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3780 times:

Qatar Airways denied signing a deal with Arkia:
http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1132148492.html
However, this statement is ambiguous as it also says that their Jordanian GSA may have been working on that...It also does not comment on lifting the visa requirement for transit through Doha.
Whatever...



MEA...Like No Other
User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3235 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

Quoting Wassch71 (Reply 14):

 weeping  You just broke my dream in pieces. For a fraction of a second, I thought piece in the Middle East finally came and everybody are free to travel just like in EU.

Hopefully, that day will come soon  crossfingers 



R-E-S-P-E-C-T
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

It is being done through the "back door" through a Jordanian Agent. Nothing wrong with that.

User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

Quoting Semsem (Reply 16):
It is being done through the "back door" through a Jordanian Agent. Nothing wrong with that.

As you say, a "back door" deal so that QR and Qatar in general don't lose face in the Arab world. Still, I'm glad they're willing to go this far! It's a positive step in any case.



"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is temporary; the evil it does is permanent" - Ghandi
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