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Palestinian Airline Resumes Flights From El-Arish  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5504 times:

After so many years being grounded Palestinian Airlines have launched services again not far from the border crossing with Egypt. Hopefully in future they can operate out of Gaza Airport.

Palestinian airline resumes flights

The Palestinian national carrier, grounded since 2005, has resumed operations with flights between Egypt’s El-Arish and Amman, its director general told AFP on Thursday.
“We started yesterday from Amman to El-Arish and from El-Arish to Amman,” Palestinian Airlines director general Zeyad Albad said.

“We are going to have flights from El-Arish to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) soon too, and we are trying to set up some new routes to Turkey and the (United Arab) Emirates,” he said.

Albad said the resumption of flights was intended to make life easier for Palestinians travelling from Gaza through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt.

El-Arish, in northern Sinai, lies around 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Rafah crossing.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-artic...east_May132.xml&section=middleeast

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User currently offlineCentre From Canada, joined Mar 2010, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5377 times:

Best of luck to them.
Too bad Gaza airport got destroyed.
They have a nice livery though, too bad those airplanes never got delivered.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Pales...d=8f3e1f243ab3591ad646402a7cc66662

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Pales...d=8f3e1f243ab3591ad646402a7cc66662



I have cut 4 times, and it's still short.
User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5169 times:

The airline states it has Fokker 50, a 727 and an A320. I don't recall they ever had Airbus. I know that the 727 is probably stored in Amman Queen Alia Airport.

Anyways, the key for Gaza to reopen is Palestinian civil reconciliation and unfortunately that seems elusive. We can only hope. Furthermore, a new airport to be built in the West Bank between Jerusalem and Jericho will eventually become the airline's main hub and the gateway to Palestine.


User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2840 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4904 times:

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 2):
I know that the 727 is probably stored in Amman Queen Alia Airport.

Yes, it's still there, stored inside the corrosion corner in full colours. Saw it earlier this year.


User currently offlinekl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5308 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4834 times:

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The Palestinian national carrier, grounded since 2005, has resumed operations with flights between Egypt’s El-Arish and Amman, its director general told AFP on Thursday.

Is there an open skies agreement that allows foreign airlines to operate out of Egypt?? I assume that this will officially still be seen as an israeli carrier right, as a palestinian state officially dont excist. Not to throw politics into this, but I wonder how it works.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4565 times:

Quoting Centre (Reply 1):
They have a nice livery though, too bad those airplanes never got delivered.

Indeed quite a nice livery.

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 3):
Yes, it's still there, stored inside the corrosion corner in full colours. Saw it earlier this year.

Yes its been there ages I took this on my last trip to AMM :

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BDAMM/320_800x600.jpg

Quoting kl911 (Reply 4):
Is there an open skies agreement that allows foreign airlines to operate out of Egypt?? I assume that this will officially still be seen as an israeli carrier right,

Not sure maybe its a special arrangement due to the unique situation. Palestinian Airlines is certainly not an Israeli carrier its Palestinian. The aircraft would have foreign registrations.


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4360 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4429 times:

The Fokker 50s are Egyptian registered, SU-YAH and SU-YAI, no prices for guesses which vain leader even bothered to squeeze his initials into the registration. Probably it's seen as an Egyptian airline officially to avoid issues.


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