IslandHopperCO From Micronesia, joined Dec 2003, 225 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 14308 times:
I'm trying to book flights for a church mission trip to Chad, and I'm finding that flights on Air France into Ndjamena (NDJ) are prohibitively expensive (close to $2000 per from LAX). Do any other airlines fly into Chad? Thanks for any ideas or options.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12165 posts, RR: 35 Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 14283 times:
You could try Ethiopian. There are other airlines, smaller local carriers; they are probably cheaper, but would you want to fly them, but really, I think AF would be the best option. If you want to go to such a long way away - and in fairness to AF, it is a long way from LAX to NDJ (over 8,000 miles), wouldn't it be best for the sake of peace of mind to fly with a decent airline, one which you could rely on to get you and your bags safely there and back. Sure, AF can have its bad days (YYZ, last August), but if I were doing it, AF would be my choice.
And you can stop off in Paris for a few days!
(With Ethiopian, you could fly from Washington to Addis Ababa, but you'd have to stay overnight and you'd be overshooting NDJ by about 1600 miles east. A bit messy, all things considered, but not a bad airline.)
Cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1118 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 14281 times:
Look into Swiss or SN Brussels. I believe both have extensive routes to/from Africa. Also look and see if Royal Air Maroc offer any service. It may be difficult finding anything right from LAX. You may be best off looking first at European hubs and then trying to connect from LAX to the hub and on to Chad that way.
KYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 14237 times:
Your profile says you are located in LA, but I assume you are not a US citizen based on your Micronesia designation? I may be wrong on this, but I don't think US citizens are allowed to travel to Chad.
What ever the case, best wishes on getting the missionary trip accomplished!
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss
USFlyer MSP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1973 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14224 times:
Contact a travel agency that specializes in Missionary Travel. My cousin is a missionary in Brazil and they got him a Portland, OR - Recife, BR ticket for less than $600 when the retail fares were over $1500.
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 14120 times:
I have considered flying to Ndjamena too but been put off by the expensive AF fares. Trouble is too few airlines serve Chad and the country does not have an international flag carrier of their own.
I would love to see a Chad Airlines operating a 737-7 to Paris and other destinations. Both Mauritania and Senegal have been very successful with operating a single or couple of 737-7s and offering lower fares than AF.
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 14009 times:
I hope Air Tchad may look at Air Mauritanie and Air Senegal who have done very well operating a small 737-7 fleet on flights to Paris and have been able to offer very good fares when compared to AF and have been very succesful.
Omoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13984 times:
Quoting IslandHopperCO (Thread starter): I'm trying to book flights for a church mission trip to Chad, and I'm finding that flights on Air France into Ndjamena (NDJ) are prohibitively expensive (close to $2000 per from LAX). Do any other airlines fly into Chad? Thanks for any ideas or options.
Ethiopian (ET) definately flies into Chad, it used to be one of their stopovers on the ADD-DKR route. I have flown on that route several times. You could fly LAX-IAD-ADD-NDJ for less than $2000 if you buy the tickets in segments (dont buy the entire trip form one airline). ET has daily flights from IAD. Just get lowfare LAX-IAD, then ET from IAD-ADD-NDJ.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 8 Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13934 times:
Quoting Soups (Reply 6): they fly DC9 service Bangui, Addis Ababa, Douala and Cotonou
Are you sure about ADD being a destination for this airline?
Did anyone forget Afriqiyah of Libya? They do fly to NDJ as well, so the pax would be required to do LAX-FRA/LHR/CDG-TIP-NDJ (don't recall which cities they fly into in Europe).
My advice, contact a travel agent, preferably one in Little Ethiopia in LAX, and get yourself a ticket on Ethiopian Airlines. You might have to do some serious flying, but will be much cheaper than good ol AF (AF is making too much $$$ from the lack of competitive airlines in West Africa). You may be able to get something like LAX-FRA-ADD-NDJ, which would eliminate the need for an overnighter at ADD (which ain't bad at all btw) and avoid the inconveniences of connecting in a US airport. A friend of mine flew YVR-FRA-ADD-NDJ and did not mind it, and even had a day or two connecting at ADD.
If it's a fairly small group you might make an appeal to Exxon to let you fly for cost or maybe free on their fairly frequent charters. Their employment cycle is 28 days, but I no longer know how many cycles a month they operate.
They used to fly from Houston to N'Djamena with a stop at Bordeaux and then use a smaller plane to shuttle folks to Doba, their main drilling camp.
Dkny From Ethiopia, joined Mar 2004, 707 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13767 times:
Quoting Soups (Reply 6): they fly DC9 service Bangui, Addis Ababa, Douala and Cotonou
They do not serve ADD.
The best way o travel on ET would be LAX to either, LHR, LGW, FRA, FCO, AMS, CDG and the catch ET to ADD and on to NDJ. This way your connecting time in ADD with just be about 2 hours each way. ET serves NDJ 3 times a week from ADD non stop.
Flying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2378 posts, RR: 9 Reply 15, posted (8 years ago) and read 13530 times:
AF would be the most reliable/direct option.
But I would noy rule Afriqiyah out.
Forget about the small African carriers like Air Guinee or so. That is the best advise I could give you !!!
The only Africa carriers I would take without hesitating are Air Sénégal, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian.
As a matter of fact, Ndjamena is an expensive destination.
Iluv747400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 369 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 13491 times:
Quoting KYAir (Reply 3): I may be wrong on this, but I don't think US citizens are allowed to travel to Chad.
You are wrong. Americans can definitely travel to Chad so long as they have the appropriate visa.
On the other hand, the suggestion of traveling through Libya on Afriqiyah is not a good one since it probably won't be easy. You would need a Libyan visa for this and there is no Libyan diplomatic representation in the US that issues visas. You would need to travel to a third country and then the process can take a very long time.
AF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2120 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 13350 times:
Quoting Dkny (Reply 13): The best way o travel on ET would be LAX to either, LHR, LGW, FRA, FCO, AMS, CDG and the catch ET to ADD and on to NDJ. This way your connecting time in ADD with just be about 2 hours each way. ET serves NDJ 3 times a week from ADD non stop.
This is the best bet by far because you would avoid an overnight in ADD - you could shoot right through LAX-Europe-ADD-NDJ no overnight anywhere.
Call ET's 800-number and see what the have to say. You could also try Skyview travel in New York - I've heard they do a lot of business with ET. They have a website but I can't remember the address.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 8 Reply 20, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 13327 times:
Quoting AF022 (Reply 19): Call ET's 800-number and see what the have to say. You could also try Skyview travel in New York - I've heard they do a lot of business with ET. They have a website but I can't remember the address.
Better of dealing with a travel agent, since price appears to be an issue.
Look up "Lion of Judah" travel agency in Los Angeles, whom I have dealt with and received exceptional service, or as AF022 mentioned, Skyview at http://www.skyviewtravel.com/