Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25 Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13121 times:
The USA have given green light to export spare-parts required to repair two elderly 747-SP aircraft unable to fly within the Syrianair network.
The flights of one of the two aircraft -spradically-have been handicapped by frequent delays due to technicals.
Although not very economical aircraft,it would be great to see both birds fly the flag for Syrianair again. It was news to me though, that Syria was prevented from importing spares for their aircraft..
L1011buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13050 times:
Who knows, maybe one small step at a time, will lead to daily JFK-DAM flights! thanks for the post Beaucaire! I met a Syrian person one time, and he viewed Bush as a terrorist. I didn't argue since he was giving me and some friends a ride! But is that how many Syrians viewed Bush and the US?
TristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4010 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 12905 times:
Do they only have two?
I saw them both parked together at ARN last year!
The first one taxied into the jetty (not their fault, the dispatcher put B742 on the guidance system iso B747SP ).
The second came to collect the pax.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 11532 times:
Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 7): I wonder if SyrianAir will consider replacing these in due course with the likes of an IL-96's or A330/340 or 350's?
They had an order for an Il-96-300 and two Il-96-400s, but I believe it's now canceled/void. There was also a large recent order/mou for 50 new Airbusses, including A330s. Whether this will be allowed though, I'm not sure.
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Ba6590 From UK - England, joined Jul 2007, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 11080 times:
There is an article about this on syria-news.com (sorry only in Arabic). They also mention that Syria had signed an MOU for 14 airbus aircraft to be delivered between 2010 and 2018, and a further 36 between 2018 and 2028, they go on to mention that it was signed a while back but delayed because of US sanctions...whats interesting is that they note that while the embargo involving planes has been lifted, there is still an embargo on engines...so they still have some negotiating to do.
Anyways great news overall, i loved flying those SPs and would love to get another chance before they are retired.
And with regards of what has been said about the way Syrians view Americans...I believe most people dont agree with a lot of the US foreign policies (not saying it is my view), which is what you would probably expect in the light of the Arab-Isreali conflict and the war in Iraq...but i would say there is no true animosity towards US or western people in general...on the contrary they are quite welcome, hope that clears things up a bit.
"Never forget, the higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly" - Nietzsche -
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 10885 times:
Quoting Ba6590 (Reply 11): There is an article about this on syria-news.com (sorry only in Arabic). They also mention that Syria had signed an MOU for 14 airbus aircraft to be delivered between 2010 and 2018, and a further 36 between 2018 and 2028, they go on to mention that it was signed a while back but delayed because of US sanctions...whats interesting is that they note that while the embargo involving planes has been lifted, there is still an embargo on engines...so they still have some negotiating to do.
Maybe if Amrika lifts the embargo Syria can order some B787's and B777's instead.. ...after all, Boeing is losing some B787 orders..
This blog gives a great overview of Syria's actual economic problems.
The blog-writer is an expert on Syria but lives in the USA.Infrastructure projects to lift Syria's needed hotel,road and airport renovation are estimated at about 50billion $..
Good thing is that the anticipated flow of visitors will grow substantially once the political shift has been endorsed and implemented. The fleet of Syrianair was supposed to grow substantially but due to mentioned restrictions imposed by the previous Washington administration that has been halted.
It should be noted that Syria should simplify the delivery of visitors visas and deliver them at the airport-just a suggestion..and copy many neighbouring countries llike Lebanon and the Emirates.
Psimpson From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5589 times:
I loved seeing those Syrian Air B747SPs at LHR with the lovely sounding Pratt and Whitney engines and quick take off. I would love to see them back again at LHR, and hope that would be the case when they are flying again. Definately miss those beautiful aircraft on a Sunday morning at LHR.
no, their situation is much better :
> no fundamentalist government, but a secularist one
> no nuclear programs of any sort
> no hair-rising presidential speeches
> no US diplomats ever taken hostage
> Syria was with the USA in 1991 in the Liberation of Kuwait
> Syria in Iraq also supports Prime Minister al-Maliki