Travellin'man From United States of America, joined May 2001, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1984 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.
It is not enough to be rude; one must also be incorrect.
Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 24996 posts, RR: 85
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1980 times:
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.
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1849 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.
Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1810 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.