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Afghan Airline Returns To The Skies  
User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

Interesting BBC article about the only Afghan airline's test flight. Sorry if this has been posted before I checked the first page and it appears as if it hasn't.

I'm glad they will be opperating again, maybe someday Ariana Afghan can get some fine Airbus and Boeing aircraft rather then those Russian made aircraft.  Big grin

This article was posted to BBC today by the way.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/south_asia/newsid_1691000/1691388.stm

....Serge

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User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2191 times:

I'm surprised this is happening so soon BTW...

...Serge


User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

hhmmm.

This is really great for the airline, i know they have had alot of trouble and to keep going through this..

Did they not have A320's?

Or am i thinking of Adria Big grin


User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

hahahahaha, A320s  Laugh out loud (now showing on the drop down TVs, "Pentagon bombing tapes of aircraft that weren't as lucky as the one you are on".

On a serious note, here is what came up on the a.net search for their different aircraft:


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Tupolev Tu-154


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Boeing 727-228/Adv


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Boeing 727-155C


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McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30


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Boeing 727-173C

...Serge


User currently offlineTravellin'man From United States of America, joined May 2001, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

There was a great article in the LA Times maybe a week ago about how Al-Qaeda used Ariana to move people, guns and drugs around the Middle East. Fascinating, albeit depressing. I'm sure they'll get new planes, and if not brand new, then something close to it, and at a good price.


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User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25693 posts, RR: 85
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2093 times:
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Hi, Serge - re: Russian planes.

I was lucky enough to fly twice on an IL 62, with Aeroflot and with Interflug. It was one of the most comfortable aircraft I have ever flown - a very smooth ride. I felt completely "safe" on that plane.

Admittedly, the seats were something that only Stalin could love, but, at least on Interflug, the service was outstanding.

I wish a few more airlines were buying Russian aircraft. I'd love to fly on that Tupolev (154?) that looks like the 757.

Cheers



aeternum nauta
User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2069 times:

Cool... I hope to fly on a Russian aircraft sometime--I never have yet.  Sad

I meant no disrespect  Smile

...Serge


User currently offlineTwa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3129 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2063 times:

I flew an IL-62 as well. in business class on Aeroflot. my first flight. I was 7 but i remember thinking how these were the most comfortable seats i'd ever been in.

I flew Moscow-Shannon-Chicago


twa902 chicago



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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6640 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

I saw an Ariana 727 in Dubai once. Got a lovely photo of it with the sunrise in the background. It was the same aircraft that was hijacked to London a few years later : YA-FAY.

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

Great! wish them success Smile


.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

They might make a fastcomeback like Libyan Arab but Libyan Arab wasn't that bad compared to Ariana. MEA was way better off that them. But it looks like the EU and airbus will step in and help out. look on how quick those new Airbuses found a home with Libyan.


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

I think that we are overlooking the fact that Afghanistan has many airlines:

Ariana Afghan Airlines

Aryana Airlines

Bakhtar Afghan Airlines

Bakhtar Alwatana

Balkh Airlines

Bamiyan Airlines

Pamir Air

Ariana Afghan is not the only airline.


User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

Firstly, ILS. You will notice that Ariana Afghan Airlines is the only airline which has operated in Afghanistan in the last few years. The rest were merged into Ariana many years ago, or just ceased operations completely. Balkh Airlines, from memory, was an airline set up by the northern warlords.

As to the aircraft which they will operate.

The reason Airbus was able to place A320s with Libyan Arab was because, even though Libya had just come out of sanctions, they still had money to "burn".

Afghanistan on the other hand does not have an economy which is reliant on oil or other natural resources, and as such is quite poor.

As I have suggested before, the most likely fleet for a rejuvenated Ariana Afghan is a fleet of second hand aircraft made up of Tu-154M and other Soviet types.


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

You must be joking. Ariana Afghan might be better than Northwest, but I can't see travel to that part of the world for years to come.


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