VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7046 posts, RR: 17 Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
On 4 March the BBC reported that additionally the British, French and Spanish governments had all leased aircraft to carry refugees from Djerba to their home countries, primarilly Egypt. They showed a picture of refugees boarding what appeared to be a PK A310.
Two of the three British aircraft involved in this airlift were, apparently a 148 seat Titan 737 and a Thomas Cook 752.
DJE to CAI is 1,236 miles so these aircraft operating on this route should be able to make two or two and one half round trips a day.
blueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3469 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1769 times:
Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 11): How on earth is Egypt Air handling all those extra flights without compromising its network?
It doesn't take that many aircraft because they operate short hops with tight turns all day long. Besides, the Egyptian revolt led to a drastic drop in passenger numbers for EgyptAir to a point that they were talking about grounding a third of their fleet not too long ago.
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1264 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1527 times:
There was a news report on HR Info, a german news station, which made somehow fun in the German government which sent 3 ships which were able to rescue 450 people in total, while the vessel "Mubarak" right next to it was about the evacuate much more, not speaking about Egyptair and all the other carriers. Egypt - which has much more work in their own country at this time - is able to rescue so many of their citizens and would with no trouble have rescued the 450 people rescued by the German... But the German government needs some good publicty to show to their people at home since the minister of defence just dismissed...
Back to topic... Incredible logistics being made by two countries which are both still somehow in revolutionary turnaround (Tunisia - which has to take care of all the refugees - and Egypt -which assists their citizens in getting home). Egyptair has flown around 60000 passengers for a week or more now back to Egypt.
Very interesting to see what is leaving from Djerba tomorrow:
Air Arabia, Kenn Borek Air (what are they flying by the way, I thought they had only very old props), MSC, Nesma Airline, airberlin, Nouvelair, Orient Thai to Dhaka (!!) - I heard bangladesh authorities were not taking care of their citizens, so this is good news, Midwest Airlines, Vietnam Airlines...
Would be a spotters paradise if the situation wouldn't be so sad...