msllsmith
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Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:11 am

Do any of you have any idea which US airlines are being contracted to evacuate US citizens from Beirut? Via?
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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:33 am

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.

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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:42 am

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.
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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:04 am

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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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:48 pm

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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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:29 am

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.
 
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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:36 am

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.
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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:37 am

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



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msllsmith
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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:02 am

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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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:10 am

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.
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msllsmith
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RE: Which US Carriers Used For Evacuation?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:26 am

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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