The Iraqi Airways deal on flights to Britain and Pakistan after a hiatus of more than 19 years. The attorney general manager of Iraqi Airways said the deal was signed with Britain and Pakistan, where would be the first flight out of Baghdad International Airport through Turkish airspace and then to London Stansted. The second flight from Baghdad International Airport, the direction of the Pakistani city of Karachi.
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1609 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7724 times:
This is great news.Although im surprised they have chosen Karachi over other cities in the area such as Dubai or Doha.
It seems they are onto the 6th freedom traffic between Pakistan and UK,seem to be exhibiting better business sense then PIA already.Actually there is also O&D demand between Pakistan and Iraq specially for religious sites in Iraq which hold alot of religious significance to the members of the Shi'a Muslim community.
What equipment are they going to be using?
Wow Iraqi Airways into KHI,this is going to be exciting!
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2588 posts, RR: 31 Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7313 times:
I suppose this means BMI can now fly to Iraq. I remember hearing rumors about a London-Baghdad service (via an intermediate gateway to avoid having crew stay in what essentially remains an active warzone). I wonder if such plans will materalize. Iraqi Airways did follow through with plans to launch Stockholm service, so I do believe they will push ahead with these new cities too.
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
Quote: IRAQI AIRWAYS the oldest airline in the Middle East is in the process of modernizing its fleet with new generation aircrafts Boeing 757, 767 and Airbus. The Below list of aircraft is of the operational fleet before 1990. Most of these aircraft are still grounded all over the world.
Few months back I saw one 747 grounded (looks as if grounded for very long time) at RYD.
LEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5951 times:
Quoting KHI747 (Reply 5): This is great news.Although im surprised they have chosen Karachi over other cities in the area such as Dubai or Doha.
Iraqi Airways already flies to from Dubai with at least 2 flights a day on AVE.COM aircraft.It seems the 73Gs they operate are almost exclusively used on Umrah flts to Saudi Arabia according to thier arabic website.They are also flying a pair of 737-200s YI-APY/APZ in Al-Naser Airlines colours.Cant see any of these been used to the UK though.
Spud757 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 291 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5353 times:
wonder why STN and not LHR or LGW as these are the primary choice for most international airlines flying to London? Is it purely down to slots or is there another reason such as security? Doesn't STN have some sort of special designation for security reasons?
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 18817 posts, RR: 54 Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4814 times:
This is not necessarily an indication of demand for flights to and from Iraq, but the following countries have significant/fairly large Iraqi populations (note, I have only included Europe, Africa and the Middle East):
Syria - 2m = largest Iraqi population outside Iraq. Probably a significant number of refugees.
Jordan - 1m = second-largest Iraqi population outside Iraq. As above re. refugees.
UK - 450,000
Israel - 250,000-450,000 depending on what you read.
Iran - 250,000. A lot are refugees.
Egypt - 150,000
Germany - 150,000
Lebanon - 100,000. A lot are refugees.
UAE - 100,000
Yemen - 100,000. A lot are refugees.
Turkey - 60,000-90,000
Sweden - 70,000+
[Edited 2009-08-08 09:36:42]
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