OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 36 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2349 times:
After more than 2 decades, the US lifted the ban on Lebanon. Here is the quote from Naharnet:
U.S. President Bush lifted a ban on air traffic to Lebanon imposed since the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner to Beirut.
A press release issued by the White House said Bush was determined that the “prohibition of transportation services to Lebanon … is herby further amended to permit U.S. air carriers under contract to the United States Government to engage in foreign air transportation to and from Lebanon of passengers, including U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.”
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 15728 posts, RR: 47 Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 4): Can't tell if that's meant to be sarcastic or not.
No not at all; I figured if the US would have pulled back restrictions it would have been post Syrian pullback and pre Israeli incursion, and not whilst Lebanon was battling Al-Qaeda relatives in Tripoli.
Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 4): It's to supply aid to the beleagured pro-western Lebanese government, while they fight al-Qaeda inspired militants.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 36 Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2029 times:
Quoting OD720 (Thread starter): permit U.S. air carriers under contract to the United States Government to engage in foreign air transportation to and from Lebanon of passengers, including U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.”
It clearly says "of passengers, including U.S. and non-U.S. citizens"
In any case, it would become clearer probably in the coming few hours or day.
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 22036 posts, RR: 51 Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1973 times:
Let me clear this up..
Here is a copy of the White House Memorandum on this issue:
Quote: For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 6, 2007
Memorandum for the Secretary of Transportation
White House News
SUBJECT: Partial Resumption of Travel to Lebanon to Promote Peace and Security
By virtue of the authority vested in me by 49 U.S.C. 40106(b) and for the purpose of promoting peace and security in Lebanon, I hereby determine that the prohibition of transportation services to Lebanon established by Presidential Determination 85-14 of July 1, 1985, as amended by Presidential Determination 92-41 of August 17, 1992, and Presidential Determination 98-32 of June 19, 1998, is hereby further amended to permit U.S. air carriers under contract to the United States Government to engage in foreign air transportation to and from Lebanon of passengers, including U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, and their accompanying baggage; of goods for humanitarian purposes; and of any other cargo or material.
All other prohibitions set forth in the above-referenced Presidential determinations remain in effect.
You are directed to implement this determination immediately.
You are authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register.
This ammendment was required and requested specifically by a few US airlines that have been charted by the US government to provide both cargo and if needed for passenger flights to Lebanon.
You can somewhat read between the lines of what US thinking is about the latest Lebanon tension build up.
The prohibition still very much remains in effect and bars and regularly scheduled commercial services between the countries.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7411 posts, RR: 9 Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1873 times:
This will help MEA become a full member for Skyteam sooner I believe. They are already an associate member. I could see NW to be the first airline to Lebanon if it happens as the Detroit area and midwest house a lot of mid-easterners.
"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
This order Does not in anyway change the ban on regular commercial services to Lebanon. The prohibition remains very much in place.
All this allows if for US air carriers under contract to the US Government to fly missions to Lebanon.
If you are not aware of recent on goings, the US government much prefer to use a less overt method then sending USAF aircraft.
Exactly. The only US Airliners that might fly to BEY are airliners under charter from the government. Also I would not be to surprised to see some Atlas or Southern Air 747s go to BEY with equitment etc.. for the Lebanese government. But this planes would be under contract by the US government which would allow them to fly to BEY.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1367 times:
HAHA it is really funny to read this post. Some members explaining the information (flights are not scheduled passenger flights), while others totally ignoring it with suppositions as to who will get route rights first and to where..