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Gulf Air Announces Kabul  
User currently offlinebehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4850 posts, RR: 44
Posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

Gulf Air officially announces new 4 weekly flights to Kabul, Afghanistan.

The press release can be read here: http://www.ameinfo.com/259971.html

Launch date is 15th June 2011 and the schedule is as follows:

GF 0742/ Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun/ Bahrain/ 11:15 hours/ Kabul/ 15:50 hours/ GF 320
GF 0741/ Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun/ Kabul/ 16:50 hours/ Bahrain/ 18:45 hours/ GF 320

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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5129 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

F I N A L L Y! I wonder why it took so long for them to announce KBL. I am also eager to see if they add more secondary cities in other parts of the Mid East. The E-Jets give them an unique aircraft to handle these. One thing surprising has been the lack of expansion to CIS.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 3028 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

Given the current state of internal issues that Bahrain has, I am surprised they are announcing anything.

User currently offlineLuftyMatt From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 2):
Given the current state of internal issues that Bahrain has, I am surprised they are announcing anything.

Exactly! Let alone KBL. Just what market is this aimed at?



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User currently offlineimiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

Quoting LuftyMatt (Reply 3):
Exactly! Let alone KBL. Just what market is this aimed at?

Just to hazard a guess, could they be targeting NGOs?

Just found the approach plate. Definitely one of the more interesting airports one could fly into!

Kabul ILS Runway 29


User currently onlineyellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6348 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 2):
Given the current state of internal issues that Bahrain has, I am surprised they are announcing anything.

War zone to War zone traffic 



When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No-one has ever collided with the sky.
User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 6075 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2418 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 1):
F I N A L L Y! I wonder why it took so long for them to announce KBL

GF in particular? or would this enthusiasm apply to any Gulf flag carrier if they were starting KBL, I would have expected Saudia to be the first, ofcourse originally it was meant to be Qatar Airways in 2004.


User currently offlineditzyboy From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2383 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 1):
The E-Jets give them an unique aircraft to handle these.

Is it not a 320? It seems to be indicated as such in the original post.


User currently offlinepeterinlisbon From Portugal, joined Jan 2006, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2373 times:

I think it's good for Bahrainis that want to go somewhere more peaceful for the weekend.

User currently offlineLuftyMatt From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

Quoting imiakhtar (Reply 4):
Just to hazard a guess, could they be targeting NGOs?

I'm sorry who? Can you elaborate?

Quoting peterinlisbon (Reply 8):
I think it's good for Bahrainis that want to go somewhere more peaceful for the weekend.

hahaha genius

[Edited 2011-03-23 16:55:01]


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User currently offlinebehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4850 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

Yes the flight is being operated with an Airbus A 320 with 16J + 120Y configuration.

FYI, the immigrant Afghan community spread across the world is as follows:

UAE 500,000
USA 300,000
UK 130,000
GERMANY 110,000
CANADA 48,000
KUWAIT 45,000
HOLLAND 39,000


User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 3028 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

Quoting behramjee (Reply 10):
FYI, the immigrant Afghan community spread across the world is as follows:

UAE 500,000
USA 300,000
UK 130,000
GERMANY 110,000
CANADA 48,000
KUWAIT 45,000
HOLLAND 39,000

How many in Australia?


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 6075 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1875 times:

Ironically they have suspended Beirut and all Iraqi and Iranian services.

User currently offlineFly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1046 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Quoting LuftyMatt (Reply 9):

I'm sorry who? Can you elaborate?

Seriously? Well... Red Cross, United Nations, diplomatic traffic, afghan vfr traffic which does exist, private security companies, hmmm quite a bit more!


User currently offlinehuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1117 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 12):
Ironically they have suspended Beirut and all Iraqi and Iranian services.

So perhaps they might as well send their spare aircraft elsewhere...



It's huaiwei...not huawei. I have nothing to do with the PRC! :)
User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 6075 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 1515 times:

Afghanistan also has a very large and disgruntled Shia population, the reason why GF have suspended Beriut and the other places is the same.

BEY is 40% Christian with the Muslim populace mainly Sunni if I'm not mistaken, so if they felt unwelcome there due to the minority Shia angst, KBL seems bizarre to fly to.


User currently offlineLuftyMatt From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 1496 times:

Quoting Fly2yyz (Reply 13):
Seriously?

Yeh, why would'nt it be? I still don't know what NGO's are. Not an abreviation I've heard before.



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User currently offlineFly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1046 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Non governmental organizations = NGO

Though there is a decent shia minority in Afghanistan, it is not as in Bahrain where much of the government is Sunni and the people are mostly Shia. I would say though its not about picking up ethnic/religious sect traffic, more so actually connecting traffic internationally....

Safi once had the non stop to FRA, but connects people through DXB today. With FlyDubai helping to put more bums onto Emirates flights, I would say GF just wants a bit of the action!


User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2984 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 1427 times:
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Does Gulf Air have a sub brand airline called Gulf Traveler?


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 6075 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

Gulf Traveller was absorbed into GF after Oman quit the group four years ago.

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