DC10 From Canada, joined Apr 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1040 times:
Hi! One of my relative would like to go to Syrie and he would like to know if Syrian Air (the national air carrier) is a safe airline: do you know its fleet, safety reccords, ... Have you ever fly on this airline? I can't find any web site.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4428 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1026 times:
I didn't fly them myself, but heard their service was not great (on board and on time).
They have quite an old but interesting fleet. Their 727s and 747SPs are getting long on the tooth, and they also have some Tu-134s and Tu-154s, but they are parked most of the times, only used to local and former eastblock destianations (Moscow, Budapest). To western destinations, the A-320 is most likely being used.
Their safetyrecord is OK, though. No crashes since 1964 ! But OK, they are quite small, too.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8345 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1007 times:
I can't recall them ever having an accident, so they can't be doing too badly. Plus, they've flown through several wars, such as the Lebanese troubles 75-91 (Lebanon is a Syrian de facto protectorate) and various skirmishes with Israel - all without losing a life or an aircraft. They have a couple of 747SPs which is pretty cool. I'd go for it, I used to use them for cheap seats to India (the SPs go to Bombay) all the time and I never got a complaint, only praise. And if you're transiting Damascus, try and break your journey cos Syria is a very interesting country with very friendly people and the most delicious food ever. Have a good flight!
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz