David B. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 6 Posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 812 times:
Notice on flight routes to Asia, they seem to fly around arab countries. Is this to avoid trouble? If the US can fly over hostile airspace like Iran for so many years, howcome Israel cant?
OD-BWH From Lebanon, joined Jan 2002, 398 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 678 times:
"At least they aren't trying to shoot down LY a/c over international water anymore."
have they shot any LY aircraft previously? I don't think so. Plz correct me if i'm mistaken.
MEA and all airlines departing Beirut head west, even if their intended destination is in the south. Why? simply b'coz they are not allowed to overfly the Israeli airspace. In return, El Al is not allowed to overfly any Arabian airspace (except Jordan and Egypt).
It's different how US aircraft pass thru the Iranian airspace!!! And I don't know if IranAir will be able to fly to the US soon...
Twaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 660 times:
more than just Arab airspace!
EL AL planes don't overfly the Arab nations of Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Oman. They also don't overfly the Muslim nations of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, as these countries have decided to not recognize the state.
In responce, Israel meekly returns the favor, although I think its far less of an inconvenience on the Arab side considering a jetliner could cross Israeli airspace in less than 10 minutes.
To answer Aaron's question, that is a mistake. Yemen threatened EL AL a few months ago warning them to keep their planes farther away. It was discussed in the military aviation when someone asked how many minutes it would take for Israel to destroy the Yemeni Air Force. The planes now fly closer to Eritrea.
Israeli planes can overfly Egypt and Jordan I believe but I don't think they have much reason to.
OD-BWH From Lebanon, joined Jan 2002, 398 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 626 times:
Aio86: i've checked their schedule to Cairo... it's included in the route map, but no flights were listed at all. I think flights are temporarily suspended.
LY772: Don't imagine anything, coz LY is not allowed to overfly these places.
Add to this, a small Lebanese Cessna was shot last year by the Israeli's, b'coz at approached the South borders... Actually it was shot miles away from the Israel, and it was still flying over the Lebanese airspace... I donno why, maybe they suspected in it aiming to destroy a skyscrapper or something!!! (note: this was prior to 9/11). So could you plz instead imagine an MEA having troubles near the Israeli airspace, and having to make an emergency landing there? Plz let me know before Mr. Sharon shoots it.