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Was Baghdad Airport Ever Used As A Stopover Point?  
User currently offlineAdamHarvard From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Before the advent of 744's, A340's e.t.c.....aircraft flying between Asia and Europe would refuel in the middle east, e.g Bahrain, Abu Dhabi e.t.c....Was Baghdad Saddam Hussien Intl. ever used as such a stopover point?

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User currently offlineBaec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

Why would Baghdad be a stopover point for any flights..?? Not necessary.....


User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34613 posts, RR: 70
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 2098 times:

Baec777, yes, it was nesecary. Many Europe-Asia flights could not be done non-stop as before the advent of the 747-400 and A340. However, it is my understanding that the most popular stopover for airlines going Europe-Asia (at least Japan) was Anchorage.

User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Just a peak at a 1976 OAG shows that only SAS DC-8s transited Baghdad...to Bangkok, Manila

Further south in Bahrain, British, Qantas, Singapore had flights east and west.

PIA, KLM, Sabena, British and others made an intermediate stop at Dubai on certain routings.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

Baghdad's airport is named Saddam Hussein Intl? Aren't there any important people over there besides him?

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineBluemeatball From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

I realize that this means going back a ways but I flew on a BOAC flight from LHR to BOM in Jan of 1961 on a Comet 4C that would have stopped in Baghdad but because of fog we diverted to Basra, Iraq. The flight was London, Frankfurt, Cairo, Baghdad, Bombay.

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 2046 times:

No there aren't Jhooper.
Anyone that remotely looks like they're gonna upstage him gets shot!  Smile

User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

Don't think any carriers transited Baghdad from the late '70' onwards.

I know JAL used to have a NRT-ATH DC-10 milkrun service (it stopped everywhere and was the slowest way from NRT to ATH!) and Baghdad may have been a stop at one time, but I'm not 100% sure.

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