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Austrian Secured All Iraq Flt/Long-haul C On 320/1  
User currently offlineJimyvr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3017 times:

ATWOnline reports that Austrian Airlines has secured blanket rights in Iraq which means it can fly to cities like Basra, Mosul, Baghdad and other cities once situation progresses.

It launched 2 weekly Erbil flight in the Kurdish region, a 3rd weekly to be added, eventually daily.

It also plans to increse the MTOW of 320/321 which enables them to fly further to other Middle-eastern points, and will install long-haul business class seats on 320/321


Meanwhile, Erbil Airport is aimed to be the new Middle-eastern hub as the Kurdish Government to invest $300million for upgrading.


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User currently offlineLTU932 From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2006, 14297 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3002 times:

They should wait and see how EBL will work out, before even thinking of serving other potential hotspots in Iraq. Basra (BSR) may come earlier than SDA or Mosul (at least I haven't heard about any dangerous situations in Basra for a long time, hence my assumption that BSR will come before SDA).

User currently offlineFrancoBlanco From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

So that is their new long-haul strategy? Selling the A330s and A340s and instead deploying A320s and A321s on long-haul routes?

Good luck...

User currently offlineVORFMD From Austria, joined Feb 2005, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Quoting FrancoBlanco (Reply 2):
So that is their new long-haul strategy? Selling the A330s and A340s and instead deploying A320s and A321s on long-haul routes?

Good luck...

No A320/321s on longhaul routes, but Routes like Dammam, Jeddah or Riyadh.

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4962 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

The fares to Erbil are really expensive also... over 900 euro return and that's in November... I was tossing up whether to spend a few days there as it's one of the safest places in Iraq right now and that'd be a stamp to have in the Passport, but not at that price.

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
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