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Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?  
User currently offlineMsllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 9
Posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

Do any of you have any idea which US airlines are being contracted to evacuate US citizens from Beirut? Via?


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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

US citizens are being sent to Larnaca, Cyprus per CNN. Not sure which carrier...or if it's even an airplane. The ways in and out of Beirut and Lebanon are unsafe in all directions, so I'm not sure how they plan on getting US citizens out unless they can get them to Jordan or go through Jordan to get to TLV.

UAL


User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

Reports are that a Greek ship was chartered and will arrive tomorrow to ferry out ~700 people at a time...It will be escorted by an American warship.

User currently offlineMsllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

Yes, I can see that my question was, perhaps, premature. But today some US citizens have finally started being evacuated to Cyprus, and I'm wondering about a number of things: What is the capacity of the airport there (?); What means are being set up to handle the increase of US citizens to leave and return to the US(?); and finally, the question which prompted this thread, will the US DOD charter a/c to go in and facilitate their return? I can't imaging the US gov't just stranding US citizens with no assistance to return to the US. On other occasions where mass evacuations have been necessary, there are the airlines (which really WANT these contracts) are under contract with the US DOD to do this sort of thing.

Has anyone heard if this will be happening, and if so, which ones are being readied to do it?



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Depending on what happens, they may activate MATS or MAC to airlift the refugees to the mainland. Since so many are evacuating to Cyprus, it may make more sense to use the military airlift capacity to get the folks out of the danger area.


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

Considering the airport isn't exactly open for any sort of operations (kind of hard to land planes on severely damaged runways), folks are being evacuated via ship or helicopter. Plus I doubt any airlines would be willing to risk sending any of their a/c into a war zone to pick up passengers.

User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1395 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 5):
I doubt any airlines would be willing to risk sending any of their a/c into a war zone to pick up passengers.

That wasn't the case when we were evacuated from the civil war in El Salvador. American Airlines sent two jets to evacuate Americans living there.



LooneyToon
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1395 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 5):
I doubt any airlines would be willing to risk sending any of their a/c into a war zone to pick up passengers.

No, but they can send them to Cyprus tho  Smile



Lee



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User currently offlineMsllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

Well this is finally getting some reaction...... I'm also thinking Cyprus. I've been touching in with all the news networks and wondering at the kind of dead end of evacuation..... get them to Cyprus and then what?

Undoubtedly there are some people who might be "cash poor" to put it another way and would not have the resources to move further and rather than become "homeless Americans" in Cyprus would need some assistance.

As I said earlier, there are US carriers who are specifically hired by the DOD to evacuate people in this sort of situation.

Eventually, someone on this line will get a clue about the "who's and what's" of this,

I will be interested to find out what the solution will be.



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User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 6):
American Airlines sent two jets to evacuate Americans living there.

need to make a correction. It was actually two Continental Airlines jets.



LooneyToon
User currently offlineMsllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

Actually I just saw an OMNI DC10 at BWI..... they have military contracts. So I guess I just got part of the answer.

For a while it looked as though we might abandon our citizens.... but it just didn't make sense..... Also, the "pay your way voucher" being waived was a good thing as well.



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