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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19193 posts, RR: 52
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3161 times:

I've been looking on RB's website and, specifically, its fare page*. I see that a one-way ticket from LHR to DAM - aboard a 74L (!) - would be £190-£210 + tax (the actual price depends on when you travel). Does anyone know how much the tax would be? Also, it says that the fare from LHR to Dammam/ Abu Dhabi/Kuwait/ Bahrain/Dubai/Doha/Riyadh/Sharjah/Tehran is £258. But it doesn't say whether this is return or one-way or inclusive or exclusive of tax. Do you know? You could fly LHR-DAM on the 74L then DAM-ALP-DXB on the 722 (intentionally getting the one-stop 722 flight). Thanks.



* http://www.syrianairlines.co.uk/prices.htm

[Edited 2006-02-16 14:02:58]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 687 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

From the RB website..

AIRPORT TAX - ECONOMY CLASS

ADULT £ 72.00


AIRPORT TAX - BUSINESS CLASS

ADULT £ 92.00


rgds

Tugmaster


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19193 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

Oh. I didn't see that. They say too much ... makes you blind. I do apologise.  Sad


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineLxlgu From South Africa, joined Sep 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3140 times:

Hi!

Beware as the RB flight lately is a 320
You cannot guarantee the SP anymore

Cheers!
Tony


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19193 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3140 times:

Hi Tony,

That's a big shame. :|

James.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 687 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

Quoting Lxlgu (Reply 3):
Beware as the RB flight lately is a 320
You cannot guarantee the SP anymore

Unfortunately this is true.....at LHR the flight is always scheduled for a 74L, but the A320 is turning up with increasing regularity........shame they don't sub it for a 727 like in the old days...

Also,if you book your ticket...there is NO gaurentee it'll be a 74L.

rgds

Tugmaster


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3050 times:

Isnt the 320 a bit small for the LHR route?

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8060 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3037 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 6):
Isnt the 320 a bit small for the LHR route?

Probably about right - Syria isn't a big tourist destination (which is a shame cos it's packed with history and the people are absolutely lovely), it's part of the Axis Of Evil (associate member) isn't it? MEA only fly A321s in winter and Lebanon is a more tourist friendly and far more business friendly destination.

Not wishing to speak out of turn, but Airevents may well be doing a Syrianair 747SP sightseeing flight in Germany this summer. No promises but it's quite likely. Given the amazing experience of flying on Iranair's SP last year, if this comes off I strongly urge all of you to be on it.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

Another Beware
some of their flights take off with 10 hours delay or so. (i read in trip reports).



Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2959 times:

Cedarjet,

You ignore the fact that there is a huge Syrian expatriate community in England, concentrated around London and Manchester. They fill those planes. But the SP isn't the most economic plane to operate, nor the most reliable (it's getting old!)


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8060 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

Quoting HiJazzey (Reply 9):
You ignore the fact that there is a huge Syrian expatriate community in England, concentrated around London and Manchester. They fill those planes.

Really? There must be some of course but I live in London and I've never seen any Syrian cultural influences, Lebanon and Turkey (for instance) both have a much higher profile with population, food, media, arts, etc. Not wishing to be down on Sister Syria, I'm looking forward to my second trip there later this year, but I don't think there's much of a Syrian community in the UK compared to any of Syria's neighbours, Jordan is another country that I would say has a higher perceived presence in the demographic makeup of London and the UK. Does anyone know the load factor on Syrianair's 747SP flights? I always imagine them to be empty most days. Not much O&D (and plenty of cheap alternatives exist ie Malev), almost zero tourism and almost zero transit traffic.

Quoting HiJazzey (Reply 9):
But the SP isn't the most economic plane to operate, nor the most reliable (it's getting old!)

Ah yes but it is so beautiful - long may she grace our skies.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2891 times:

Cedarjet,

Trust me, there are a lot of Syrians. I can tell you that from first hand experience. There are tens of thousands in London alone.


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24858 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Quoting HiJazzey (Reply 11):
Trust me, there are a lot of Syrians. I can tell you that from first hand experience. There are tens of thousands in London alone.

Ran across the following database of foreign born populations in the UK.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/h...abroad/countries/html/overview.stm

Neither Lebanon nor Syria made the country specific list due too low indivudual population counts, however in comparison there were 53,964 Turks, 42,377 Iranians, 32,251 Iraqi's in the UK.

According to the table Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen make up "Other Middle East" Category with The highest numbers being in central London, with other clusters in Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester.



From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2880 times:

Hmmm...

I've done a little search, and I've found this:

http://www.bsn.org.uk/view_all.php?id=11247

According to the above link, there are 30 thousand Syrians living in the UK.
Either way, there is a significant enough amount of Syrians to make LHR-DAM , MAN-DAM viable.


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2592 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

They often replace the 74L on the DAM-AUH-BOM route with a 320 nowadays too. I've considered flying the AUH-BOM flight to get on the 74L, but I can just see what would probably happen. Worth a try, though.

I did manage to get on one of the 727s last October, on the AUH-DAM run, but these too are sometimes replaced with the 320 nowadays.

If anyone missed my RB 727 trip report at the time, you can take a look here. It includes some pics of the 74L in DAM: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/66486


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