A lot of what you guys are saying is wrong about cultural links being the cause, etc. Boeing has sold many aircraft to ME airlines in the past, and today it still does, even if not as much as Airbus does. This is probably because Airbus offers better options for the short and medium haul sector in the ME than Boeing, but I dont think its got anything to do with politics.
is considering B787s and used to operate B722s, Emirates flies B777s on a large scale, Saudi Arabian has a lot of Boeing aircraft, Syrianair operates B722s, RJ
is considering B737s and used to operate L1011s and B727s before they renewed their fleet with Airbus, Gulf Air flies B767s, EgyptAir flies B772s, B737s, and other American made aircraft. Hell, even Iraqi Airways used to operate B732s and B722s but no Airbuses before the Gulf War.
Basically, virtually all Arab carriers operated Boeing at one time or operates Boeing today, starting from small ones such as Oman Air with their B738s to Qatar Airways who used to operate 727s to Royal Air Maroc who still operate a lot of Boeing aircraft. Boeing might not be as popular today due to Airbus providing better options, but a lot of American aircraft have been operated in the past. The Arab airlines are just going with whoever has whats best for them (with the exception of SV
, who go for planes depening on political pressure), and whoever gives them the best deal.
This is an easy one. 'Cause Airbus is not American. They HATE anything American in the Middle East.
You are very mistaken. All Arab governments have close links with the US, and we use A LOT of US made products here in the Middle East. I am typing on an American-made keyboard right now, my MP3 player is American, I have an American car parked im my garage. Don't make that assumption, because it isnt correct.
Just to add to your list:
Oman Air: B738
Qatar Airways: B722
Saudi: Also operates MD90
Iraqi: Also B722, B707
Royal Jordanian: Also Tristar
Air Algiere: B738
Royal Air Maroc: B737s, B767s
Palestinian Airlines: B722s
Lybian Arab Airlines: B722s
These are off the top off my head, so theres plenty missing. These are either being currently operated or were operated in the past, so its not a complete list and its not the state most Arab airlines are in today.
The different Iranian airlines also operate large amounts of Boeing aircraft such as 747s, although they are mostly old aircraft.
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