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Palestinian Airline Resumes Flights From El-Arish

Sun May 13, 2012 12:06 am

After so many years being grounded Palestinian Airlines have launched services again not far from the border crossing with Egypt. Hopefully in future they can operate out of Gaza Airport.

Palestinian airline resumes flights

The Palestinian national carrier, grounded since 2005, has resumed operations with flights between Egypt’s El-Arish and Amman, its director general told AFP on Thursday.
“We started yesterday from Amman to El-Arish and from El-Arish to Amman,” Palestinian Airlines director general Zeyad Albad said.

“We are going to have flights from El-Arish to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) soon too, and we are trying to set up some new routes to Turkey and the (United Arab) Emirates,” he said.

Albad said the resumption of flights was intended to make life easier for Palestinians travelling from Gaza through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt.

El-Arish, in northern Sinai, lies around 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Rafah crossing.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-artic...east_May132.xml&section=middleeast
 
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RE: Palestinian Airline Resumes Flights From El-Arish

Sun May 13, 2012 1:16 am

Best of luck to them.
Too bad Gaza airport got destroyed.
They have a nice livery though, too bad those airplanes never got delivered.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Pales...d=8f3e1f243ab3591ad646402a7cc66662

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Pales...d=8f3e1f243ab3591ad646402a7cc66662
I have cut 4 times, and it's still short.
 
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RE: Palestinian Airline Resumes Flights From El-Arish

Sun May 13, 2012 4:32 am

The airline states it has Fokker 50, a 727 and an A320. I don't recall they ever had Airbus. I know that the 727 is probably stored in Amman Queen Alia Airport.

Anyways, the key for Gaza to reopen is Palestinian civil reconciliation and unfortunately that seems elusive. We can only hope. Furthermore, a new airport to be built in the West Bank between Jerusalem and Jericho will eventually become the airline's main hub and the gateway to Palestine.
 
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RE: Palestinian Airline Resumes Flights From El-Arish

Sun May 13, 2012 8:26 am

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 2):
I know that the 727 is probably stored in Amman Queen Alia Airport.

Yes, it's still there, stored inside the corrosion corner in full colours. Saw it earlier this year.
 
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RE: Palestinian Airline Resumes Flights From El-Arish

Sun May 13, 2012 8:43 am

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The Palestinian national carrier, grounded since 2005, has resumed operations with flights between Egypt’s El-Arish and Amman, its director general told AFP on Thursday.

Is there an open skies agreement that allows foreign airlines to operate out of Egypt?? I assume that this will officially still be seen as an israeli carrier right, as a palestinian state officially dont excist. Not to throw politics into this, but I wonder how it works.
 
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RE: Palestinian Airline Resumes Flights From El-Arish

Sun May 13, 2012 11:02 am

Quoting Centre (Reply 1):
They have a nice livery though, too bad those airplanes never got delivered.

Indeed quite a nice livery.

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 3):
Yes, it's still there, stored inside the corrosion corner in full colours. Saw it earlier this year.

Yes its been there ages I took this on my last trip to AMM :

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BDAMM/320_800x600.jpg

Quoting kl911 (Reply 4):
Is there an open skies agreement that allows foreign airlines to operate out of Egypt?? I assume that this will officially still be seen as an israeli carrier right,

Not sure maybe its a special arrangement due to the unique situation. Palestinian Airlines is certainly not an Israeli carrier its Palestinian. The aircraft would have foreign registrations.
 
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RE: Palestinian Airline Resumes Flights From El-Arish

Sun May 13, 2012 12:13 pm

The Fokker 50s are Egyptian registered, SU-YAH and SU-YAI, no prices for guesses which vain leader even bothered to squeeze his initials into the registration. Probably it's seen as an Egyptian airline officially to avoid issues.
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