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Lufthansa To Resume Flights To Iraq In April  
User currently offlineyazoo From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 487 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8066 times:

After a 20-year break, Lufthansa will resume flights to Iraq

New service to Erbil. interesting new route, how is the expected demand? I understand there is a fairly large iraqi diaspora in Germany and scandinavia.


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User currently offlinerobffm2 From Germany, joined Dec 2006, 1115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7686 times:

It's worth noting that AB flies to Iraq already. Weekly flights to Arbil / Erbil (EBL) and Sulaymaniyah (ISU) from MUC.

User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1308 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7494 times:

OS also serves Erbil, and I belive SK also offers the odd service to that destination. Quite a few Gulf carriers are serving Erbil as well, and are in the process of opening up routes to Baghdad and Mosul.

Still, apart from Erbil it's a rather dangerous place to operate in which is reflected in the insurance costs. As a rough guideline, if you're flying into Baghdad the premium for one flight might equal what you're otherwise paying for a whole year on the same aeroplane.



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User currently offlineBrouAviation From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 985 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7414 times:

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 2):
Still, apart from Erbil it's a rather dangerous place to operate in which is reflected in the insurance costs.

In combination with the aircraft used (A319), I suspect the ticket prices to be quite high. So not attractive for German/Iraqi immigrantst?



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User currently offlineyazoo From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7008 times:

How does the insurance premium compares to say, flying to Baghdad?


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User currently offlineearlyNFF From Germany, joined Sep 2007, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6962 times:

AFAIK, Hamburg International have been flying there since quite some time.
I guess it´s more oil business?


User currently offlineju068 From Serbia, joined Aug 2009, 2579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6789 times:

If the situation was much safer in Iraq would all these airlines still fly to all these destinations in Iraq or would it be mostly Baghdad?

User currently offlinesurfandsnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2856 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6719 times:

Well, Erbil is for all intents and purposes a world away from the civil strife and deadly violence that continue to plague Central and Southern Iraq. OS has been flying there for years now, so no surprise to see its parents begin its own flights to the city. Now, this article does say that LH does intend to begin flights into Baghdad by years end. That would be big news, as LH would be the first European airline (sorry, but I have to consider TK a Middle Eastern carrier) and first long-haul airline to resume flights to the city. If LH returned, we would probably see a cascade effect - I imagine its peers (BA, AF/KL, etc.) would quickly follow suit, as well as other prestigious airlines such as QR, EY, perhaps EK and maybe even airlines hailing from past political foes (SV, KU, IR).


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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6390 times:

Quoting surfandsnow (Reply 7):
(sorry, but I have to consider TK a Middle Eastern carrier)

Because.... ?



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User currently offlineSHAQ From Panama, joined Jun 2007, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6367 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 8):
I have to consider TK a Middle Eastern carrier)

Turkey is not in Middle East?



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User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6194 times:

Quoting SHAQ (Reply 9):
Turkey is not in Middle East?

Where exactly are you defining/drawing the line at what is the Middle East though?


User currently offlineyazoo From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6114 times:

Quoting AirNZ (Reply 10):
Where exactly are you defining/drawing the line at what is the Middle East though?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle-east (scroll down to Territories and Region). 97% of Turkey is culturally and geographically Middle-eastern

[Edited 2010-03-24 18:06:34]


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User currently offlineElmoTheHobo From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6089 times:

Quoting surfandsnow (Reply 7):
(sorry, but I have to consider TK a Middle Eastern carrier)
Quoting AirNZ (Reply 10):
Where exactly are you defining/drawing the line at what is the Middle East though?
Quoting SHAQ (Reply 9):
Turkey is not in Middle East?

Not this topic again. It's not some deep dark secret that Turkey lies firmly in the Middle East, and is in the Middle East.

Quoting surfandsnow (Reply 7):
Well, Erbil is for all intents and purposes a world away from the civil strife and deadly violence that continue to plague Central and Southern Iraq.

Entirely, Kurdistan has seen quite a bit of foreign investment from Europe, there are business links to complement the large populations of Iraqis residing in Europe.

Quoting surfandsnow (Reply 7):
If LH returned, we would probably see a cascade effect - I imagine its peers (BA, AF/KL, etc.) would quickly follow suit, as well as other prestigious airlines such as QR, EY, perhaps EK and maybe even airlines hailing from past political foes (SV, KU, IR).

The cascade would swamp the market, and the pricing power may not be there considering the high cost of operating, even with the demand for air travel.

A few brave carriers will operate, and make plenty of money, but the relative insecurity of Baghdad will make it incredibly difficult to operate out of, particularly if Northern Iraq continues to develop and see tremendous foreign investment.


User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8544 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6088 times:
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Quoting yazoo (Reply 11):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle-east (scroll down to Territories and Region). 97% of Turkey is culturally and geographically Middle-eastern

Yes , but IST , the main hub for TK , is located in the 3% of Turkey which is definitely European ( geographically speaking ) . Where does their current flight to Bagdad operate from , IST ( in Europe ) or SAW ( across the Bosphorus in Asia ) ?



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24891 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5765 times:

Quoting ElmoTheHobo (Reply 12):
Not this topic again. It's not some deep dark secret that Turkey lies firmly in the Middle East, and is in the Middle East.

But, regardless of geography, the airline industry has always considered Turkey as part of Europe. It's always been part of the Europe-sub-area as far as IATA is concerned and all traffic statistics etc. for Turkey are included with Europe. not the Middle East.


User currently offlinemozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2167 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4872 times:

Quoting surfandsnow (Reply 7):
(sorry, but I have to consider TK a Middle Eastern carrie

Why "sorry"? Turkey is a Middle Eastern country. No need to apologize for calling it that way. Or is there a stigma attached to being Middle Eastern? Do we have to apologize to Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Kuwait etc. every time we say what is a geographic truth?

Turkey is a big country and parts of it are more European than others and more European than other Middle Eastern countries, and some 3% of the territory actually lie in Europe. But it's like saying that Switzerland lies in the topics only because there are palm trees in Lugano.

TK is a great airline and Turkey is a wonderful country, and it doesn't lose any of its attraction by calling it Middle Eastern.


User currently offlineRobbie86 From Sweden, joined May 2006, 531 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 4501 times:

Quoting yazoo (Thread starter):
I understand there is a fairly large iraqi diaspora in Germany and scandinavia.

There's a lot of Iraqis living in Scandinavia, the city of Södertälje got more inhabitants originating from Iraq than the UK and US put together. At least that's what I've heard. From ARN Iraq is pretty well served.

Viking Airlines flies to:

Baghdad
Erbil
Suleimanya

Iraqi Airways:

Al Najaf (Starting March 28)
Baghdad
Erbil



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User currently offlinedanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1811 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3713 times:

Quoting ElmoTheHobo (Reply 12):
Not this topic again. It's not some deep dark secret that Turkey lies firmly in the Middle East, and is in the Middle East.

Exactly! Every topic about TK or IST always turns up this arguement!! It doesnt really matter and this is about LH flying to Iraq, not Turkey being Middle Eastern!



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User currently offlineLHPII From Croatia, joined May 2009, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

.......LH also has Baghdad in a pipeline, actually it was planned for this summer as well. It was suppose to be operated with A321 via Amman, where crew would have a layover. Apperently LH has some large key accounts for both Erbil and Baghdad.

User currently offlinestylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2952 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

Quoting LHPII (Reply 18):
.......LH also has Baghdad in a pipeline, actually it was planned for this summer as well. It was suppose to be operated with A321 via Amman, where crew would have a layover. Apperently LH has some large key accounts for both Erbil and Baghdad.

I guess the FRA-EBL-FRA is operated by the same crew, right?


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