4xRuv
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Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:24 am

Translating press release:

Arkia, an Israeli airline, has signed an SPA agreements with Qatar airways.
This is the first agreement any Israeli carrier has ever signed with a gulf country.
The agreements will allow Israeli passport holders to fly to most of Qatar Airways, combined with IZ flights.
Israeli passengers will fly TLV-AMM with IZ ATR-72, after 45 min they will continue with QR to DOH, and form there to 20 destinations in east Asia and Africa.
In addition, Qatar has changed its foreign policies, and Israeli passport holders will be able to transfer through Qatar airport without the need of a visa.

This "procedure" is supposed to be updated in all the ticketing systems.

end of translation.

WOW, I didn't know it would happen so soon. Hopefully, soon we will be able to visit Doha, and not only connect there.

[Edited 2005-11-15 17:36:59]
 
B742
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:27 am

Good to see Arkia and Qatar Airways link up with eachother!  Smile

Does El Al plan to do the same with another Gulf carrier at any point?

Rob!  wave 
 
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:28 am

My guess was that Emirates may have been the 1st airline in the Persian Gulf to do it. I was mistaken.
I don't work for COPA Airlines!
 
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:50 am

this is a very positive step.

it makes economically sense for arkia and QR but it is also a big political sign!
 
semsem
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:22 am

I always wanted to fly on Qatar Airways. It looks like a great airline. Many already fly to Asia on Royal Jordanian.

I think Qatar is on the Miles and More LH program. There are already rumours that LY will hook up with them next year.
 
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:28 am

Great news. Well done - common sense is prevailing.
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:31 am

Very nice to see such a step forward.
Are Israelian citizens also allowed to enter Qatar ?
Exceptions confirm the rule.
 
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:32 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Does El Al plan to do the same with another Gulf carrier at any point?

Since Arkia and LY are basically the same company these days i'd think LY might follow soon...

IM
 
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:55 am

Quoting IMatAMS (Reply 7):
Since Arkia and LY are basically the same company these days

They are competitors, with no specific relations between them.
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:44 am

Quoting RedChili (Reply 8):
They are competitors, with no specific relations between them.

Only the same owner
 
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:05 am

Quoting 4xRuv (Reply 9):
Only the same owner

Knafaim had to sell its shares in Arkia when they bought a controlling stake in El Al, so it's not the same owners.
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:41 am

A342 only diplomats may enter Qatar. Private individuals cannot.
 
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:17 pm

A good precedent is being set for the rest of the region...Bravo

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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:49 pm

QR should start flying to TLV nonstop by themself. Itr would be a goldmine for them.

If current laws prevent that, they could start with a onestop via Amman.
 
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:40 am

Qatar Airways denied signing a deal with Arkia:
http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1132148492.html
However, this statement is ambiguous as it also says that their Jordanian GSA may have been working on that...It also does not comment on lifting the visa requirement for transit through Doha.
Whatever...
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:55 am

Quoting Wassch71 (Reply 14):

 weeping  You just broke my dream in pieces. For a fraction of a second, I thought piece in the Middle East finally came and everybody are free to travel just like in EU.

Hopefully, that day will come soon  crossfingers 
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semsem
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:45 am

It is being done through the "back door" through a Jordanian Agent. Nothing wrong with that.
 
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RE: Arkia Signed SPA Agreement With Qatar Airways

Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:01 am

Quoting Semsem (Reply 16):
It is being done through the "back door" through a Jordanian Agent. Nothing wrong with that.

As you say, a "back door" deal so that QR and Qatar in general don't lose face in the Arab world. Still, I'm glad they're willing to go this far! It's a positive step in any case.
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