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Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:27 am

Hi,

I was just wondering. What airlines are planning to start regular scheduled service to Iraq? And, with civil unrest still going on, when will this happen? Any of you have any predictions?

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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:39 am

Didn't British Airways start a flight from London-Heathrow International Airport to Baghdad International Airport?
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:42 am

British Airways said they would as soon as it's safe, and I *think* KLM and AF did too. (That's a BIG think)
 
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:46 am

I tried to search for LHR-Baghdad flights on BA.com, and got this message:

"British Airways does not currently fly to Baghdad"

Security in the area is still not stable enough to justify the risk of commercial flights. Plus, the limited commerce in the area doesn't justify the expense. Airborne and other cargo carriers have flown supplies in, and some commercial airlines may have run charters, but that's it.

I would think that BA, KLM, Royal Jordanian, and Emirates would be among the first airlines to fly to Baghdad. The oil industry will support most of the original flights.
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:48 am

Northwest was awarded a route to Baghdad through Amsterdam, but I think it will be quite a while before we see any such service.
 
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:56 am

LOT was also awarded the right to fly to baghdad but never commenced the service due to security concerns.
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 4:12 am

Virgin Atlantic have said in the past that they wish to serve Basra in the south of Iraq once they deem it as safe.
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 4:18 am

There is a fairly large tourist/pilgrim market that visits the holy shrines in Najaf and Karbala. Currently most such pax fly to Amman and are bussed into Iraq.
However, I doubt that any of the majors will be flying to Iraq anytime soon.
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 9:49 am

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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 9:53 am

LOT stated flying to Basra througth Beirut. That service was short lived because of the tensions in Iraq.

Eventually, there will be flights from DXB, AUH, DOH, AMM, BEY in the middle east.

The European carriers won't jump in right away
 
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 10:07 am

Given the sensitivity of security and the probability of something happening once insurgents know of scheduled pax flights. I doubt that we'll see any kind of regular commercial service in Iraq-until the probability of something happening is reduced to nil.
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 11:26 am

Ok I am not sure if Delta has the legality to do it but, here in East Tennessee there is a pretty big Iraqi population especially here in Knoxville so a service from ATL to LGW to Iraq would be a good idea. The routing would have to be TYS ATL Europe possible also FRA to Iraq.

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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 11:42 am

The US airlines that were awarded rights were NW, UA, Kalitta, World Airways, DHL, and Continental. BA, LH, and KLM were among the European carriers awarded route authority to both, Baghdad and Basra. I believe that the US carrier will only codeshare and not physically have aircraft flying there.
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 11:46 am

NW was planning a DWT-Baghdad with a stop in AMS.

KLM plnned a thrice weekly to Baghdad and I believe NW was planning two weeklies.

Also, SAS was awarded rights to both Basra and Baghdad.



 
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 12:01 pm

SK was also given access to Iraq. They all, at least SK, decided that Iraq was to dangerous to fly into. After several airlines were shot at, they all withdrew. IN the future, they will all return. Access was only given to a few airlines Iraq after occupation of Iraq.
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 12:11 am

Jetjack74, What are you talking about?

Or are you just yanking our chains?
 
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 1:21 am

Does anyone know which airlines, if any, fly into Baghdad....scheduled or non-scheduled.

I believe that DHL is providing scheduled freight service.

Kuwait Airways, and Qatar Airways both are non-scheduled service. However information is so scarce that its hard to determine this.
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RE: Which Airlines Will Provide Service To Iraq?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 1:21 am

When (and if) the region stabilizes, a Detroit - Baghdad flight makes sense, as the largest Iraqi population in the United States is in the Motor City. But as I stated above, I think commercial airline service to Iraq is not something we're going to see anytime soon.