raffik
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MEA Flights To Najaf

Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:11 pm

Just wandering if anyone can help with this. Looking at tomorrow, MEA has the following flights out of Najaf, a destination they do not (until now) offer scheduled service to.
Seven flights, some just minutes after the other and all on A321s. Does anyone know what this is for?

ME 1327 Beirut 12:00 PM A321-200
ME 1333 Beirut 12:10 PM A321-200
ME 1329 Beirut 17:25 PM A321-200
ME 1335 Beirut 17:35 PM A321-200
ME 1339 Beirut 21:10 PM A321-200
ME 1343 Beirut 21:25 PM A321-200
ME 1331 Beirut 22:50 PM A321-200
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MEA330
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:49 pm

These flights are to transport Lebanese visitors to the Holy city of Najaf. Iraqi Airways also operates B767 and A321 flights on the Najaf - Beirut route during this week.
 
cedarjet
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:01 am

Lebanon has a large Shiite minority, for whom Najaf is a holy city. Iran, the biggest Shiite country, is running 747s there including their two SPs.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
777way
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:38 am

who is running 747s there? also yesterday marked the end of some special event for muslims related to Karbala incident, in particular shia's thats why the many charters.
 
behramjee
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:09 am

this is for the Shia Arabeen traffic movement for which there is huge demand to BAH DMM BEY PAK INDIA DXB KWI each respectively.

all these pax flew to NJF between 23-28DEC and return between 06-14JAN.
 
kamboi
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:09 pm

People used to travel overland by charter bus, but due to the events in Syria that's no longer an option. Also there has been recent kidnappings of pilgrims tour buses in Syria, so the government disallowed all overland travel, and hence the frequencies of flights to Najaf.
 
yegbey01
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:44 pm

Speaking of MEA, I am still trying to understand what they got out of the skyteam membership.

Only code share is with AF and Tarom. I would have thought they would collaborate more with AZ, maybe run flights to AMS or maybe CZ would bring flights back to BEY.
 
777way
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:40 pm

Quoting yegbey01 (Reply 6):
maybe CZ would bring flights back to BEY

I dont think they served beirut ever.
 
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:04 am

Quoting 777way (Reply 7):
I dont think they served beirut ever.

He means OK. (As in the airline, not OK as in Okay)
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
 
777way
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:34 am

OK? I see CZ so was wondering.
 
BA
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RE: MEA Flights To Najaf

Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:40 am

Quoting 777way (Reply 9):
OK? I see CZ so was wondering.

CZ is the two letter country code for the Czech Republic, thus the confusion.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran

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