AdamHarvard
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Was Baghdad Airport Ever Used As A Stopover Point?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 10:41 am

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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RE: Was Baghdad Airport Ever Used As A Stopover Point?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 10:50 am

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

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RE: Was Baghdad Airport Ever Used As A Stopover Point?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 11:13 am

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.
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RE: Was Baghdad Airport Ever Used As A Stopover Po

Mon Apr 01, 2002 11:33 am

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.
 
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RE: Was Baghdad Airport Ever Used As A Stopover Point?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 11:48 am

Baghdad's airport is named Saddam Hussein Intl? Aren't there any important people over there besides him?
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RE: Was Baghdad Airport Ever Used As A Stopover Point?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 12:07 pm

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.
 
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RE: Was Baghdad Airport Ever Used As A Stopover Point?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 2:25 pm

No there aren't Jhooper.
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RE: Was Baghdad Airport Ever Used As A Stopover Point?

Mon Apr 01, 2002 3:13 pm

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.