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Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Fri May 23, 2008 11:41 am



Special Thanks go out to Hans Resch, Horolsky Alexandr, Lee D. Holden, Olivier Lamoral, Teemu Tuuri – FAP, and Werner Horvath for granting permission to use their respective pictures in the video above.



Syrian Arab Airlines is an airline with a rich history; one which is favored by most aviators such as ourselves, primarily because of certain special aircraft that our age of aviation seems to no longer accommodate. Yes, Syrian Air is our playground!

As they say, time does fly, but perhaps the other way around on Syrian Air. For as we moved forward in-flight, I found myself going back to an era of 1970’s aviation that I have totally missed out on. This I thought, is the true glamour of flight in its purest and most preserved form; forget Kingfisher or Virgin, what do they know?

You probably won’t find any other airline that flies the 747-SP, the Tupolev 134 and the Yak40 altogether on this day and age, and that is precisely why this interesting airline receives frequent business from your ever so obsessed aero-freak.

I invite you to step back in time with me, as we enter this Syrian special performance of what turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime....



Welcome to my 7th Trip Report.

The intention of this TR, was to cover the following flights on Syrian Arab Airlines:


  • DXB – DAM, B747-SP, Economy
  • DAM – LTK – DAM, YAK-40, Economy
  • DAM-ALP-DAM, TU-134, Economy
  • DAM-DXB, B747-SP, Economy

My previous Trip Reports can be found here:
CX: JFK-HKG-DXB In Y A346/772 (Lots Of Pics/Vids) (by Ronerone Aug 28 2006 in Trip Reports) Etihad: Pearl 2 AMM, Coral Right Back Pt 1 PixVids (by Ronerone Jul 4 2007 in Trip Reports) Etihad: Pearl 2 AMM, Coral Right Back Pt 2 PixVidz (by Ronerone Jul 5 2007 in Trip Reports) Cathay Delight: A Trip To Asia's World City (by Ronerone Oct 5 2007 in Trip Reports) Suvarnabhumi, The Etihad Way! (by Ronerone Jan 18 2008 in Trip Reports) Ultra-Competitive, Ultra-Long Haul: EY Vs EK (by Ronerone Mar 21 2008 in Trip Reports) This Is Royal Jordanian! (by Ronerone Apr 12 2008 in Trip Reports)


This is a joint-TR which includes a mixture between Sam Chui’s and my pictures. All his photos have been included here with his permission, and are indicated by his name on the bottom-right corner of each picture.


This trip was in the plans for over six months when Sam Chui had invited me to join him. As the sole purpose of this trip was to specifically fly the 74L, TU-134, and YAK-40, there was no doubt that Syrian Air was the the optimal choice. Apart from that, the actual selection was left for the timing of the trip. I had never thought of making it a point to fly such aircraft before, so once the decision was made, I realized that I had entered into a new dimension of ‘Aviator Obsessive Behavior,’ if I may.

After we mapped out our travel plans, we made our bookings on www.syriaair.com to discover that you can only do so much as make a reservation on their website. It is when I went to the RB office in Abu Dhabi that I learned that passport and visa details must be verified by an RB agent prior to issuing any ticket. After all that was cleared, I issued all our tickets, domestic as well as international portions. The roundtrip cost for the DXB-DAM sector was approximately AED 800, while a roundtrip domestic sector cost approximately AED 110.

The next step, which initially proved to be a challenging one, was the hotel selection. There was an Arab Summit that was going on in Damascus during the time we were going to be there, so all hotels were sold out. Furthermore, from the way I understood it, most hotels in Syria are not available for booking outside of Syria and instead, one had to go through the country’s national tourist authority through some means. In any case, the few hotels that were available for booking online were all showing as sold out. Furthermore, I also called a few hotels myself, and also arrived at a negative result. Since we had planned for an overnight stay in Aleppo, a hotel was easily found, however, we decided to take the risk of traveling without securing a room in Damascus, in hopes of finding one while we were there. Who cares? You only live once!


Thursday March 27th, 2008


I woke up around 8:30AM to shower, get dressed, and pack up my clothes, cameras, and other requisites. By 10:30AM I was all set to go, so I bid my goodbyes to my mother, who was so skeptical about my intention to fly with Syrian Air, and headed out to Dubai, where I was to meet Sam and a friend for a quick lunch before going to the airport.

On the way there I got lost for a good 15 minutes when I realized that I had taken the wrong exit. As stupid as I had felt at the time, this was due to the completion of certain construction works on a portion of the highway, that lead to the removal of a detour that I had gotten accustomed to. Nevertheless, I found my way back and by 12:30PM, I had arrived at the Lime Tree Café in Jumeirah, where we had lunch.

For anyone who is interested, the Lime Tree Café has some of the best sandwiches and desserts that I have ever had in my life.  checkmark 

At around 1PM, we had agreed to part ways in order to save time. I was to head straight to the airport to park my car, while Sam went to gather his belongings and catch up with me at DXB.

By 1:40PM, I had arrived at the DXB long-term parking. However, this proved to be one big hassle as it took me about 20 minutes till I actually found a parking spot. This of course, is in typical Dubai fashion!

I proceeded towards the departures entrance, which connects to the main terminal building through a tunnel of moving walkways.


DXB Long-Term Parking







Tunnel Connecting the Parking Garage to the Terminal Building





I arrived at Departure Entrance 3 to find a rather crowded terminal. Most of the passengers at the time happened to be traveling with me on Syrian Air to Damascus. As I had some time to kill, I thought I would wait by the departures area for a while and smoke a few cigarettes outside.


Check-In Area 3





FIDS







Departures Hall





I was suddenly approached by a guy who asked me where he needed to go to check-in for Syrian Air. I told him I was also on the same flight as he, and directed him to proceed to Area 3 for check-in. As seems to be the norm on all flights to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt, the man asked me if I could carry some of his extra baggage as my own, in an attempt to forego the extra baggage charge. I ‘regretfully’ declined and when he tried to persuade me, I told him that I was airport staff myself, and that this is strictly against the rules. He seemed to have respected my wish, thanked me, and proceeded inside for check-in.

At around 2:15PM, Sam had arrived. We then proceeded through security and into the check-in hall to find a long queue by the Syrian Air counters.


Syrian Arab Airlines Check-In









We stood in line and awaited our turn. As the passengers ahead of us finished checking-in, it was our turn. We handed our tickets and passports to your typical generic DNATA agent who showed little to no emotion as he took our tickets, checked our passports, and typed away at his computer.

The agent then informed us that Sam’s reservation had been cancelled, although he held a booking that has been obsessively reconfirmed time and time again. The Station Manager was then called for help in this situation. After making several phone calls, the RB Station Manager told us that he had reinstated Sam’s booking on this flight, however we would need to check with the local RB office in Damascus regarding the return booking, as that too was cancelled.

As that ordeal was taken care of, I asked the Station Manager if we could pay for an upgrade to Business Class. Unfortunately however he ‘regretfully’ informed me that Business Class on today’s flight is full. On the other hand, the check-in agent told us that Business Class today is ‘wide open’ but in order to get an upgrade, we had to go back out to the departures hall past security, and to the Syrian Air Office.

Next on the agenda was the assignment of seats. We tried our attempts at securing seats in the front row of the 747-SP (i.e. at the nose), but were unsuccessful as the seats were occupied. Our second attempts were at securing seats in the last row of the aircraft, but those too, were occupied. We thought we would then settle for two window seats, only to discover that all window seats have also been occupied. Confused to say the least, as all our backup seating plans have been unsuccessfully exercised, Sam poked his head around the counter next to the agent, to get a view of the seating plan on the monitor.

The flight today had a 100% load factor, so we had to settle for whatever was available. As such, a middle and an aisle seat have been assigned to us. As we had no luggage to check-in, the agent only printed our boarding passes and handed back our passports, and tickets.


My Boarding Pass





Before proceeding through immigration, we decided to go back out to the Syrian Air Office. The Airline offices at DXB are located one level below the main departures hall. We took the elevator to the lower level and began our search for the Syrian Air Office. There were many signs indicating the direction and room number of the RB office, in which we strictly followed. However, when it seemed like were just going around in circles, we realized that this office did not exist, and in fact, it was actually occupied by China Southern.

Giving up, we then headed back upstairs through security and straight to immigration and security again. After a long trek to the main terminal building, we arrived at the gate by 3:45PM. As we had little time till boarding, we decided to go inside the holding area. We handed our boarding passes to another DNATA lady who tore off the large portions of our boarding passes and handed back our stubs. Finally, the SP was in sight!


Syrian Arab Airlines B747-SP











Holding Area





While we waited in the holding area, we spotted a group of three guys taking pictures of the SP, and after taking one look at Sam, they instantly recognized him. Two of which are definite a.net members, Airsicknessbag and Johannes, and the third, I am unsure, but should not disclose any real names.


From Another Angle





By 4:15PM, five minutes after our scheduled departure time, we had not boarded the plane yet, let alone departed. As we waited for boarding, I watched out the window for any celebrity sightings.


China Airlines B762ER (B-2556) Arriving from Athens (I think)





Emirates B77W (A6-EBP)






At 4:40PM an announcement was made that our flight was delayed, and that the new departure time was 4:50PM. I’m not sure who would be daft enough to believe that they have yet to call for a full load of passengers to board a 747-SP through one aerobridge, have everyone seated and ready, close the door, get clearance to depart, pushback, taxi, and takeoff in only ten minutes. So, we decided to just watch out for more celebrity sightings.


Royal Jordanian Cargo A310-F





EK A345 & SV 772, Alongside the 74L





By 5:15PM, another announcement was made that there was to be a further delay. While no reason was specified, nor was a rescheduled departure time, we were invited to proceed to the food court for a free meal which consisted of juice and a sandwich. As such, passengers were allowed to leave the holding area but had to leave their boarding pass stubs with the DNATA staff.


Passengers Leaving the Holding Area





Shortly afterwards, I decided to go outside the holding area to smoke a cigarette. I arrived at the podium to find the DNATA agents extremely frustrated with the passengers who honestly were calmly requesting for more information on the status of the flight. I was actually surprised with this because if this was a flight to Amman for example, hell would have broken loose as passengers will not tolerate a situation like this. I left my boarding pass stub with the agent and was free to go.


Internet Kiosk at DXB





Moving Walkway







What A Lovely Surprise, The SQ Girls!





I returned back to the gate and tried to get my boarding pass stub back, however the rude DNATA staff were unwilling to give it to me because they were ‘busy’ sorting out the passengers who wanted to go out. I managed to squeeze my way through the crowd and pushed my way inside the holding area.


Drama At The Podium





What’s wrong with this picture?





That Same CA Aircraft, Turned Around & On Its Way To PEK





Sam and I then decided to go to the food court for a bite to eat. It was then when I overheard the Station Manager inform a group of passengers that there was a technical problem with the aircraft and that a part has been ordered from Emirates Engineering. I was surprised to know that EK Engineering had parts for the 74L.


Some more celebrity sightings from the food court:



Our Aircraft Again





One Of My Favorite Liveries: SV 772ER (HZ-AKE)







TNT B747-4HAF/ER/SCD (OO-THB)





When we finished eating, we thought we would go back to the gate to see if there was any update on our flight. When we reached the podium we found that the DNATA agents had given up altogether and left the gate with our boarding passes with them. There was absolutely no staff on site, with no information on our flight available anywhere.

With the entrance to the holding area no longer manned nor restricted for entry, we walked inside and sat inside for an hour or so. At around 8PM, the aircraft was pushed back, and towed somewhere, presumably at the time, to a remote stand. As this was happening, all the passengers gathered by the window and calmly watched as their plane left them stranded. By that time, rumor had it that the needed spare part for the aircraft, along with two Syrian Arab Airlines Engineers were due to arrive from Damascus in three hours.

Shortly after, a Saudi Arabian Airlines 777 docked at our aerobridge. This was followed by an announcement requesting all passengers to exit the holding area in order to make way for the departing passengers on SV. Again, no other information was given. So we left the gate, and Sam wanted to check out the Airport Hotel’s spa facilities for a possible shower/massage etc.



DXB Duty Free





Airport Hotel









Apart from showers, all spa facilities at the hotel were fully booked for the evening, so Sam and I decided to go to the Marhaba Lounge to relax until whenever! On our way we stopped by the Information Desk to check on our flight, however they had no information or any update.



Marhaba Lounge



















Royal Brunei B767, from LHR With Continued Service to Bandar Seri Begawan





We were completely famished, so we helped ourselves at the buffet, which had a decent selection of hot and cold items. I especially liked the Sweet & Sour Chicken.



Food Offerings in The Lounge








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Fri May 23, 2008 11:42 am

Friday March 28th, 2008


At exactly midnight, I randomly thought to take a look at the FIDS to see what activity was on at the time. Finally, the screen was showing that our flight was scheduled to depart from Gate 39 at 12:30AM.


Updated Flight Information





We quickly gathered our belongings and proceeded to Gate 39. At 12:10AM we arrived at our extremely crowded gate.


Gate Information






There were two queues formed for entry to the holding area however, your key to get inside was the boarding pass stub. Many passengers, us included, do not know who has their boarding passes. Ten minutes later, a new Syrian Air Agent stood in a corner with a bunch of boarding passes in his hands. We all congregated around him and waited as he called out everyone’s name.





After we collected our boarding passes, we stood in line to get in and by 12:30AM we were inside the holding area, yet again! Suddenly at 12:40AM, the doors were opened and everyone got up in absolute madness to form a line for boarding. We took our places in line and by 12:50AM, we were inside the bus that will take us to the remote stand. By 1:05AM the bus had arrived by the aircraft.


Boarding, FINALLY!









We proceeded up the steps and at door 1L of this beauty we were greeted by the Captain himself, Abdul Droubi; yes, just like the good old days. By 1:10AM, we were on board.


Flight Information

Airline: Syrian Arab Airlines
Flight No.: RB516
Scheduled Routing: Dubai - Damascus
Scheduled Departure Time: 4:10PM
Actual Departure Time: 3:10AM+1 (pushback)
Scheduled Arrival Time: 5:25PM
Actual Arrival Time: 5:40AM+1
Equipment: Boeing 747-SP
Registration: YK-AHB (Arab Solidarity)


Before heading towards our seats, Sam wanted to have a chat with the Captain. We mentioned to him that we are on this flight just to fly the SP. He was very delighted to hear that, and when he found out that I spoke Arabic, he informed an ‘engineer’ of our intentions, who grabbed me by my arm, pulled me aside, and warmly welcomed me on board. He proceeded to converse with me about what I knew about aviation, in what later seemed like a ‘security assessment’ in some form. He was surprised to know that I had studied aviation. He also asked me why did I like the SP, in which I responded by saying that only two airlines use this old aircraft for commercial service. He proceeded to ask me which other airline flies this aircraft, and I smiled and said Iran Air. He then smiled and told me to enjoy the flight tonight with the SP. It was then when I realized that this guy was most likely an onboard security Marshall.

Simultaneously, Sam was chatting away with the Captain, and had asked him about the technical issue with the aircraft. Apparently the APU in DXB was too powerful for the SP that it damaged its landing gear. He proceeded to tell us that the required spare part was secured from Sharjah in which we presumably believed was from one of the grounded planes in SHJ (Kinshasa Airways maybe?).



The Faulty Part That Caused Our Delay





We had also asked the Captain if there was any chance we could sit in the front row. To my surprise, the captain immediately approached the Marshall, whispered something into his ear, then proceeded to the first row and had a few words with the passengers seated there. Minutes later, we had four seats on the front row all to ourselves.


Sam Looking Happy, and Me Looking Like A Zombie





All passengers were on board, however the door hadn’t closed and it did not seem like we were getting off the ground anytime soon. I noticed that a male cabin crew was offering water in the galley so I went a grabbed a cup of water.


Front Design, and an RB Cup Obsession Moment





At 1:55AM, a man suddenly started yelling at the captain telling him that they cannot go on treating the passengers like dirt and that they had a right to know what was going on and when we were going to depart. The captain yelled back at him and told him that whether he liked it or not, this plane will not takeoff until everything was in tact. He also told him that several other passengers had opted to offload themselves off the flight, and that he would be more than happy to offload him if he wanted to. He also proceeded to explain that Syrian Air wanted to deal with their technical issue themselves and did not want Dubai to interfere hence, they physically flew in two RB engineers from Damascus which added to the long delay. If I understood him correctly, he said that they wanted to go inside the aircraft, however RB is trying to stall them in an attempt to prevent this. How dodgy!


The Angry Man





Cabin Pictures







By 2AM, the captain made an announcement requesting all passengers to calm down, and that we were waiting for clearance to pushback and depart. He also proceeded to inform us that Damascus airport will be closed for the Arab Summit by the time we arrive, so our routing has been rescheduled to Aleppo instead! Naturally, all Damascus bound passengers will be bussed to Damascus from Aleppo upon arrival. In our case, we had a hotel reservation that day in Aleppo, so this was good for us in one way however, the closure of DAM meant that all our Russian flying plans had to be scrapped.


Safety Cards





By 3:00AM, an announcement was made by the Captain that we had been given clearance, and that we were ready to depart. He requested all passengers to be seated with seatbelts fastened and tray tables stowed, in preparation for our 3 hours and 30 minute flight to Aleppo.

The fasten seatbelt sign was switched on, and by 3:10AM, the doors were closed. This was followed by the safety demonstration. This plane was over thirty years old and was preserved this way, so there was no IFE of any kind. This naturally called for a manual safety demonstration which is when I caught my first glimpse of a female RB Cabin Crew who decided to finally make an appearance.

She performed her demonstration during the Arabic portion however, come the English portion, she quickly dangled the oxygen mask then disappeared, leaving the rest of the announcement running.

We pushed back at 3:15AM, when the four engines finally powered into life. A quick taxi to Runway 12R and by 3:30AM, the plane took off in true Arab Solidarity. We achieved take-off roll in such a short time compared with other aircraft, due to what seemed like quite the powerful 74L. It was in fact, noticeably more powerful than its more recent family members.

When we reached cruising altitude, the fasten seatbelt sign was switched off and the cabin crew got up to prepare for the service. Moments later, the male crew opened the storage compartment that was in front of us and pulled out four sets of tray tables for our front row. He attached them to our seats and headed back to the galley.

Twenty minutes later, the female cabin crew appeared with the meal trolley. There was a choice between Chicken Biryani or Fish, in which Sam requested the Fish, and me the Chicken. As she placed our trays on our tables I was so thirsty that I asked her if there was any drink service. She cut me off and responded “Yes yes, it’s coming after this” (in Arabic).

Within no time, the male cabin crew appeared with a two-leveled trolley (same as the usual Newspaper trolley) nicely set-up with all Syrian-branded beverages, coffee, tea, water, an ice-bucket, and plastic cups. I had never seen this type of set up in Economy Class before, except in the retro airline ads and pictures.


Sam’s Fish





My Chicken





My Biryani was a little overcooked, but tasted alright however, the Fish had received rave reviews from both Sam and Airsicknessbag. As we finished our ever-so-late supper, our trays were promptly collected. By then, I was so tired that I fell asleep for the rest of the flight.

At around 5:15AM Syria time the seatbelt sign was switched on. An announcement was made requesting all passengers to return to their seats and fasten seatbelts as we had begun our descent towards Aleppo International Airport. The cabin crew made their few final preparations for landing and by 5:40AM, we had touched down at ALP.

As we taxied to the gate, the Captain welcomed us to Aleppo, apologized for the delay, and thanked us for flying Syrian Arab Airlines. Moments later, we were parked at the gate. The seatbelt sign was then switched off, and everyone got up to prepare to disembark.

We gathered our belongings, then Sam wanted to try to get a visit to the cockpit so we walked up the spiral steps, after all Business Class passengers deplaned and met the captain. As he asked us about our SP experience, the security Marshall approached me and asked me firmly in English “So, How is the SP??”

I told him it was a great experience and thanked him for everything. He smiled back and welcomed me to Syria.

When Sam had requested to visit the cockpit, they were quite skeptical about it however, they agreed to let him in but without taking any photographs.


Syrian Air Upper Deck Business Class Cabin





Spiral Staircase & Cockpit Door





We thanked the captain for his efforts in making our trip enjoyable and proceeded down the steps and out the door into Aleppo International Airport. Our flight had come to an end.


Arrival At Aleppo











I had backed out of flying back with Syrian Air on the return journey because I feared another major delay could cause me to skip a very important set of meetings I had to attend at work. Instead I took Royal Jordanian and flew ALP-AMM-DXB as per my previous Trip Report. Unfortunately I had to leave Sam behind a day earlier (Sorry Sam!).

All in all, I absolutely loved every bit of the trip. Service was definitely not an aspect for critique in this report, as it was solely for flying the 747-SP. Strangely I really enjoy my time when long delays happen, only as long as everything is within its safe parameters. Syrian Arab Airlines is your typical retro-managed government-owned entity where they call the shots, and not the customer. The overall experience reminded me of the good old days when Royal Jordanian was notorious of its nasty marathon delays, only to learn that in our case, this was a one-off incident as Syrian Air is generally quite punctual (is it?). In conclusion, this was one hell of an experience that I was glad it happened exactly the way that it did.


The remainder of the report will contain pictures taken while in Syria.


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Fri May 23, 2008 11:43 am

Sheraton Hotel Aleppo












View Outside The Hotel Room










Syrian Air Ticket Office










St. Simeon






























Citadel














This concludes my trip report. Thank you for reading it, I hope you enjoyed it, and your comments are always welcome. Thanks Sam for making this trip happen!


Regards,

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Fri May 23, 2008 1:29 pm

Excellent trip Report! Well done, nice pictures!
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Fri May 23, 2008 1:35 pm

Great report!

I actually suggested Syria as the place for our vacation this year, but my suggestion was met with such a ferocious "no" from my girlfriend that I had to back down  Sad
 
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Fri May 23, 2008 1:41 pm



Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
For anyone who is interested, the Lime Tree Café has some of the best sandwiches and desserts that I have ever had in my life.

Their breakfasts are great too, I ate there one morning when I was in Dubai back in January...fantastic!!

Excellent trip report! Sounds as though it was a bit of a nightmare overall, and what a shame that you didn't get to try the Russian jets, but it all made for a fascinating read nonetheless!

Unfortunately I couldn't see the last batch of photos, but that could be down to my laptop. It didn't spoil my enjoyment though, and I'll try having another look later!

Many thanks.

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Fri May 23, 2008 2:19 pm

Wow... I so agree with you that these lengthy delays make a good trip report! I was once flying from Bali-Jakarta, short flight of 90 mins but the radar equipment for ATC decided to fail that day and I was caught in the middle of the mayhem. A lot of us were starnded at the airport that evening with ATC working at a snail's pace to direct planes all over the skies of Indonesia.
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Fri May 23, 2008 3:15 pm

What a splendid read! Love how they have their marshal on board to question you!  Smile
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Fri May 23, 2008 3:17 pm

An excellent report once again, and truly a walk back in time. Those tray sets that fitted snugly into the holes in your armrest were so common in first row seats in economy. I remember seeing them onboard the 742s on KL and OA back in the 80s.

Good that you took the delays in your stride. The commotion onboard the aircraft would have jolted my nerves terribly especially since I speak no Arabic. It would have been terrible not to know what was going on.

Thanks again for sharing this TR with us.
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Fri May 23, 2008 4:31 pm

I flew on a Pan Am SP about 25 years ago. I really enjoyed reading your report. What an adventure. The pictures of Aleppo were wonderful. I hear it's a wonderful city. The meal looked good in the pictures. You had a picture of a crew with a light blue uniform. I guess it must have been Syrian Air? They did not offer the passengers a meal due to the delay?

One of the most enjoyable and funny reports I have read. Thank you.

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Fri May 23, 2008 4:45 pm

Hola Roni i Sam!

Excellent TR giving an insight in what seems to be an airlines still anchored in the glory days of aviation.

My God! I I would love to see that amount of food served in Intra-European flights lasting for 3 1/2 hours...

I am sure you had a great time. The pìctures of Aleppo add a cultural touch which is really well received.

Salut!

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Fri May 23, 2008 6:18 pm

Great pictures!!! Any shots of the cockpit by any chance?
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Fri May 23, 2008 6:38 pm

As usual . thanks for an excellent and informative trip report. ( mashkoor  Smile )

I agree with Lime tre cafe , the desert there is amazing !!

this trip report has been enjoyable to read , thanks again .

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Fri May 23, 2008 7:18 pm

Excellent Report Roni and fantastic pictures (yours and Sams) ... Shukran kteer!

Salam

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Fri May 23, 2008 9:05 pm

Wow what a trip.Excellent trip report.Very surprised that the captain flew that plain he must have exceeded hid allowed time.Still he seems like a nice guy.

Quoting TANS (Reply 4):
I actually suggested Syria as the place for our vacation this year, but my suggestion was met with such a ferocious "no" from my girlfriend that I had to back down

Tell your girlfriend she made a big mistake.SYRIA is a great place people are extremely friendly,a very safe country.Forget about politics.
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Fri May 23, 2008 10:53 pm



Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
Featuring Sam Chui

Speaking about Sam Chui , what happened to his trip report on Egyptair's first class posted about a week ago ? It just disappeared along with all the posts!!!!!

Excellent report , by the way .
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Fri May 23, 2008 11:34 pm

Nice report! I love the -SP! Are the palm, trees in DXB's terminal real?
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat May 24, 2008 5:46 am

Dear All,

Thanks for all your comments!

Quoting TANS (Reply 4):
my suggestion was met with such a ferocious "no"

Hi TANS,

Syria is a great country. Damascus is my favorite Middle Eastern city. Let's put it this way, it is as preserved as Syrian Air's SP's! Too bad we couldn't make it there this time around, however Aleppo is also nice.

I personally would recommend a trip to Syria. However, one should exercise caution with the food as reports of food poisoning are quite frequent. Syrian food is actually great, but it should be eaten in select restaurants and hotels.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
I so agree with you that these lengthy delays make a good trip report!

Hi Ryanair!!!,

haha, well i'm glad to know that im not the only one  Smile I actually thought that a thing like this could even be too much for a.net  Smile ... Good to know it isnt haha

Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):
You had a picture of a crew with a light blue uniform. I guess it must have been Syrian Air? They did not offer the passengers a meal due to the delay?

Hi Semsem,

The Cabin Crew that's looking at the FIDS in the picture showing the internet kiosks at DXB is actually Jazeera Airways Crew.

Syrian Air offered passengers a free meal at the food court that consisted of a small snadwich and juice. We were beyond hungry at the time, so we opted for a more hearty meal  Smile

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 11):
Any shots of the cockpit by any chance?

Hi SXDFC,

Unfortunately i do not have any shots myself, but i am not sure if Sam has? I will check.

Quoting Airlinefreak1 (Reply 12):
thanks for an excellent and informative trip report. ( mashkoor )

Airlinefreak1,

Salam! thanks for reading! Hope all is well.

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 13):
Shukran kteer!

Hi CO7e7,

3afwan Kteer CO7e7  Smile hehe

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 14):
Very surprised that the captain flew that plain he must have exceeded hid allowed time.Still he seems like a nice guy.

Hi SOBHI51,

You raised a good point that i missed out on mentioning in my report. How did the crew replenish their allowed flying time? They were sleeping on the plane the throughout the entire 11 hours of delay  Smile

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 16):
Are the palm, trees in DXB's terminal real?

Hi United_Fan,

The palm trees in DXB are not real  Smile


Thanks again for all your comments!

Regards,
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat May 24, 2008 6:51 am

wow, great report, i'm so envious! i want a 74L! it's the only kind of 747 i haven't flown on, alas, i guess i'll have to hope that either politics change or maybe in my next life i'll be reborn as a european, anyway, great report and pics.
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Sat May 24, 2008 7:31 am

Roni, Sam - fantastic!

What a read and great pictures, just superb, wish I'd been there!

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
we decided to take the risk of traveling without securing a room in Damascus, in hopes of finding one while we were there. Who cares? You only live once!

- So true!

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
I asked the Station Manager if we could pay for an upgrade to Business Class. Unfortunately however he %u2018regretfully%u2019 informed me that Business Class on today%u2019s flight is full. On the other hand, the check-in agent told us that Business Class today is %u2018wide open%u2019

- The confusion is interesting.

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
While we waited in the holding area, we spotted a group of three guys taking pictures of the SP, and after taking one look at Sam, they instantly recognized him. Two of which are definite a.net members, Airsicknessbag and Johannes

- Such a small world in aviation circles!!

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
We had also asked the Captain if there was any chance we could sit in the front row. To my surprise, the captain immediately approached the Marshall, whispered something into his ear, then proceeded to the first row and had a few words with the passengers seated there. Minutes later, we had four seats on the front row all to ourselves.

- How nice of the Captain.

Whilst the overall trip fell apart due to the delay, at least you got the 74L flight uner your belt.

The lack of information during the delay was shockingly poor, though your not flying for customer service.

I find it quite amusing that once you explain why you are flying to the staff & sky marshall, you are actually accomodated for, try this in the States and your quite likely to get questioned by the fed's!

Loved the pictures at the end, are they all from Aleppo?

Thanks again guys.

Kind Regards

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat May 24, 2008 7:56 am

Superb report with great pics, enjoyed reading a lot!

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
He proceeded to tell us that the required spare part was secured from Sharjah in which we presumably believed was from one of the grounded planes in SHJ (Kinshasa Airways maybe?).

It should be J2-SHF (allegedly once destined for Daallo Airlines), previously registered 9Q-CWY with Kinshasa Airways.


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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat May 24, 2008 12:03 pm

Hi Roni,

once again great stuff by you and Sam. I myself flew with RB in March and April from DAM to LTK (Yak40, Yak40K), ALP (Tu134) and DXB (747SP). When looking at the fantastic pictures you guys took I remember that for me it really was a hazard taking any pictures at all on the planes or on ground. The FA on the SP leg to DXB (I was travelling in C) told me that is forbidden to take pictures on RBs planes and that (I quote) "it´s forbidden in DXB as well so don´t embarrass yourself". Of course I took some pictures and vids (when the security guy next to me fell asleep) but I haven´t had the time to do it properly nor did I have the leisure to take as much time as I needed for the right angle etc. Is it because of my lack of Arabic (I try my best though) or what is the story here. How do you guys approach the FAs? Same goes for pictures on Sahas 707. TUGMASTER started a threat about Sahas 707 the other day and attached a very nice shot of the tail of the 707. There are also some nice pictures taken by Sam in the database. When I flew with Saha I of course did communicate with the FAs but taking pictures was another story. They looked away a few times but in general referred to the security in front of the cabin and said NO. For future trips in such rather "photo unfriendly environments" I would really appreciate any suggestions of you guys.

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Sat May 24, 2008 12:10 pm

What can I say !!! The best Trip report I have read in a long time. Amazing ... I would love to do such a trip. The delay would not bother me at all. More time on the SP. All the photos were excellent. I just love the interior of the RB SP. Soon the days will be gone when we will see such interiors. History !!

Thanks for an amazing report and it looked so much fun.

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat May 24, 2008 1:23 pm

Hi all...

What a great read and writing by Roni, I knew this TR will be very HOT  Smile Thanks for all your generous feedback and thanks Rone for making this trip possible by purchasing ticket in advance and co-ordinate everything from the beginning to the end.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 11):
Any shots of the cockpit by any chance?

Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo from Syrian Air SP cockpit. I do have other SP cockpit photo (alas Iran Air)...

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 19):
Loved the pictures at the end, are they all from Aleppo?

Hi Mark, thanks for your generous remark. All photos at the end are from Aleppo. We didn't make it to Damascus.....

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
It should be J2-SHF (allegedly once destined for Daallo Airlines), previously registered 9Q-CWY with Kinshasa Airways.

I believe this is the source where the spare part is located.

Quoting ClipperBerlin (Reply 21):
How do you guys approach the FAs? Same goes for pictures on Sahas 707.

Well, I think with a combined luck and low profile, you can achieve more than you think. On some occasion, I just take the photo first, didn't bother to ask. On Saha, the security personnel became very friendly with me , and even suggested taking photos for them, and a visit to the cockpit during flight and engine start. On Syrian Air, they didn't let me take pic of cockpit and I was slightly disappointed....it can be better....but I am happy of what I've got.

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 15):
Speaking about Sam Chui , what happened to his trip report on Egyptair's first class posted about a week ago ? It just disappeared along with all the posts!!!!!

Hi MSYYZ

You can see the report from the link in my profile. It was removed due to linkage to my commercial website.



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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat May 24, 2008 2:49 pm

Great report - looks like you guys had an interesting experience.

As much as I love the SP I think the delay and pi**ed off passengers would have been a bit too much for me!

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
We achieved take-off roll in such a short time compared with other aircraft, due to what seemed like quite the powerful 74L. It was in fact, noticeably more powerful than its more recent family members.

I flew aboard an Iran Air 'SP a couple of weeks ago and the take-off roll lasted 30 seconds - it is an amazingly overpowered machine when there are hardly any passengers on it. Did any of you ascertain from the crew how long the 747s will remain in service? It seems they still are, but rumour has it that they'll be gone later this year - no doubt joining their many old RB fleetmates in the Damascus Airport boneyard.
 
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat May 24, 2008 4:22 pm

How long does it take by car / bus from Aleppo to Damas? I am guessing at least 5 hours? I hear that the ancient city of Palmyra is wonderful.
 
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat May 24, 2008 8:29 pm

Roni,

What a wonderful TR again !!!
It was like flying the trip myself - very well done, including the great shots taken by Sam and you...

Too bad, you had to skip the YAK40 and TU134 flights, due to the 12 hour delay  Sad

Was able to make a trip to Syria in March and flew the YAK40K and TU134B3...excellent flights (on time !!!), and Florian: I was able to make some pictures INSIDE the cabin of both planes (approved by security-guy) but NOT from the plane...
Also both on the YAK40 and TU134, I was able to visit the cockpit, but again NO pictures  Sad

I found the people extremely friendly and helpful and can highly recommend a trip to Syria, both for flying 'exclusive' aircraft and seeing the great- and ancient sights of DAM and ALP.

So, Roni, when will you re-try the "Russians" ?
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat May 24, 2008 9:33 pm



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 17):
Hi United_Fan,

The palm trees in DXB are not real Smile

Nice looking fakes,though. I love that Syrian SP model. It might come up missing if I was there  Smile (just kidding!)
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sun May 25, 2008 6:41 am

Hey Roni,

Awesome trip report, its sad these Specials are now a thing of the past, amazing pics by you and Sam especially of Aleepo city,

Really enjoyed going through every bit of it and i am so pleasantly jealous of the two of you to get a chance on the SP..


Have a good one,

What are your respective next trips

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Sun May 25, 2008 8:15 am

Hi karan

According to Airline Route news Blog.

Syrian Arab Airlines has brought back Boeing 747SP to scheduled service to cope with the summer travel demand.

The 747SP currently operates:

Damascus - Dubai on Day 46 till 23AUG08
Damascus - Kuwait on Day 3 till 20AUG08

There still good opportunity.

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sun May 25, 2008 8:36 am

Great report!
DXB should be ashamed of those screens I see the actual Syrian info displayed with the the BA and EK symbol, and an Emaar advertisement all in one screen. The airport itself look great but it kind of gives me shopping center vibes.
 
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sun May 25, 2008 12:10 pm



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 24):
Did any of you ascertain from the crew how long the 747s will remain in service?

Hi UK_Dispatcher,

When we were traveling, we did not learn of anything related to the SP being pulled out of service with RB. It was only a week after our trip where a couple of threads on this topic were running on a.net, in addition to a few articles stating the same.

However, it was still vague, as even though it was supposed to be pulled out of service, there have been several RB SP sightings.

As Sam mentioned above, RB decided to bring back the SP during the summer months during the high peak season. Too bad DAM-SHJ-DEL is no longer operated with the SP. An interesting 5th freedom route as that would suit the SP so well  Smile

Quoting Semsem (Reply 25):
How long does it take by car / bus from Aleppo to Damas? I am guessing at least 5 hours?

I believe it should take about 5 hours. I cannot imagine having to take that bus ride after an 11 hours delay and a 3.5 hour flight. I'm so glad we were 'dumped' right outside our hotel's doorstep  Smile

Quoting MH017 (Reply 26):
So, Roni, when will you re-try the "Russians" ?

Hi MH017,

Thanks for reading!

I want to do the Russian flying soon. I must get on that lovely YAK  Smile

Quoting ThereAndBack (Reply 30):
DXB should be ashamed of those screens I see the actual Syrian info displayed with the the BA and EK symbol, and an Emaar advertisement all in one screen.

Hi ThereAndBack,

I think those screen displays are just burned out or something. It looks ugly actually as the colors of the displayed screen fade into the previous display.

Thanks all for your comments!

Regards,
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sun May 25, 2008 2:58 pm



Quoting MH017 (Reply 26):
I was able to make some pictures INSIDE the cabin of both planes (approved by security-guy) but NOT from the plane...
Also both on the YAK40 and TU134, I was able to visit the cockpit, but again NO pictures

I agree with you that it was no problem taking pics of the cabin of the Yak and the Tu, whereas taking pictures on ground was almost impossible. I took one picture of the Yak in LTK when a tree gave me some shelter but didn´t risk anymore. To some extend nobody seems to care (if you don´t ask !) and as you pointed out correctly, Syrians are very friendly, but the flight deck and the plane seems to be another story. When taking a picture of the terminal in LTK security walked up to me and told me to stop it. As soon as the guy found out that I am German he started chatting in German to me as he has studied in East-Germany. But further pictures still were forbidden. On the SP I took some nice shots of the engines and nice take-off video but found it very difficult to take pictures of the cabin, as Sam did. But than again it was my fault to ask the rather impolite FA. I guess you need to have some kind of luck and the right people (FAs and security) on board.
 
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sun May 25, 2008 3:12 pm

Great and detailled report. Must have been a real adventure  Smile
 
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Sun May 25, 2008 5:59 pm

Hi ClipperBerlin,

Regarding the photo-taking, as stated above, it is basically your luck at taking pictures. Just be persistent, but very subtle and careful, and you will get all the pictures u want.

When we were taking pictures during our trip, it didnt really annoy the staff however, i noticed it caused a little bit of friction amongst the passengers actually. The reason for this, is that they thought we were reporters and they didnt feel comfortable with us taking pictures that showed all the chaos and commotion. I kept overhearing passengers say things like "Now the whole world will think that this is how our airline operates everyday" etc. in Arabic.  Smile


During boarding, DNATA staff tried to stop Sam from clicking a few pictures, but we didn't care, and evidently, they didnt either because they really didnt try hard enough to stop us.

I think the best way, is to just take pictures when u think people aren't looking, and just do not make any eye contact with anyone. Unless u are told to stop, just simply carry on. It's very touch-n-go.

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:28 pm

Well I was just wasting some time on the forum and I believe this was the last report at the bottom of the page ... and it's the first time I've seen it - goodness knows how I managed to miss it ... I must have been flying somewhere and away from any internet access.

Fantastic report and photos ... I love the old Boeing SPs, and like others here I feel it's a shame the golden days of flying are behind us ... The wallpaper in the cabins was a little kitsch (I really don't know what other word to use) but I loved it nonetheless Big grin Good old Syrian Air.

The velvet seats upstairs also made me laugh ... jesus, have they changed ANYTHING since that plane rolled out of the factory!?  Smile

I also love the Middle East and have been fortunate enough to have visited Damascus - compared to Dubai, it has much more character and of course, history.

Thanks for the report.
 
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Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:45 am

Craaaaaaaaazy trip report especially the unexplained portion of the eventually more than 10 hour delay and the 'souk'-like scene before departure with the angry passenger. For you and your friend it may have seemed surreal given that you really wanted to fly the SP but I'm sure it was not for the Damascus bound passengers. How far from Aleppo to Damascus by bus? That fish looked too good to be true by the way.
 
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Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:10 pm



Quoting CityofAthens (Reply 35):
I love the old Boeing SPs, and like others here I feel it's a shame the golden days of flying are behind us

Totally agree!

Quoting 5YKQW (Reply 36):
How far from Aleppo to Damascus by bus?

I believe it's a 4 hour drive. Not too sure however.


Thanks a lot for reading, and for your comments.

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:00 pm

Roni- what a wonderful and explicit TR - I will travel back to Syria with my wife in October (there are direct flight from Marseille to Damascus on Syrian Air )
The delays and problems you experienced are part of travels in the ME- I'm used to it ,but for for the "newcommer" to the region that might look like a no-go event,since usually people plan their trips very sharp without taking into account the Middle East factor ..  Wink  Wink

To me the Levent remains my preferred travel-destination,although the political impacts can change situations nearly from one day until the other (..just today there were still fightings going on in Tripoli ,Northern Lebanon,between Sh'ija and Sunni fractions..)
But those who have spent some time in Syria,Jordan or Lebanon usually want to return for always the same reasons-that's the attitude of people is much more positive than portrayed in media reports despite the conflicts.
Trip-reoports like yours make a.net such a great place to spent time and learn..
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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:11 pm

Hi Roni!

Hmm for some reason I just manage to 'stumble' upon this TR of yours. A really great and interesting read from you as usual and great to see that you thouroughly enjoyed your trip, although with the tons of delays! I for one am not so brave like you and rarely venture out of the normal airlines ahahahahha

Anyway I also just posted my TR to Seville in Spain and I also just got back from Osaka with MH in J, will post that one soon. Anyway, here is the link to my current latest TR. Long Haul! Jakarta-Seville TG-F, MH/LH-J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jul 25 2008 in Trip Reports)

Cheers!!

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Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:08 pm



Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 38):
The delays and problems you experienced are part of travels in the ME- I'm used to it

You are right. I am used to them too, especially during the days when RJ was notorious for its marathon delays.

As for Syria, well i would hope to go back there again (and again) real soon.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 39):
I for one am not so brave like you and rarely venture out of the normal airlines ahahahahha

Hi Herbert!

I am usually the same, as i prefer to stick with the few airlines that im used to. However, i get the occasional 'must-try' airline, or 'must-fly' aircraft hehe.

Thanks guys for your comments!

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:44 pm

Am I late or am I very late? Big grin Almost like RB

Roni, do I have to say how much I love your TRs?  Wink

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
Syrian Arab Airlines is an airline with a rich history

It really is. A friend of mine also runds a website about the airline's history, so you can take a look here
http://www.geocities.com/wassch71/syrianair/history0.html

Quoting Ronerone (Thread starter):
For as we moved forward in-flight, I found myself going back to an era of 1970’s aviation that I have totally missed out on.

Those were the days, but let's face it, it is not bad today ,too.

What I really like in RB planes is how they present the beauties of their country. It might be outdated by some standards, but I like it.

I also like the photos from Aleppo and RB office. It reminded me of their office in Budapest, which was closed and deserted, but all the stuff were still inside, so I spent quite some time watching in.

Not to forget, lovely video and music. I really love Arabic music.

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:14 am



Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 41):
Roni, do I have to say how much I love your TRs?

Mr. Aleksandar!

Thank you for your consistent support my friend  Smile It's greatly appreciated!

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 41):
A friend of mine also runds a website about the airline's history, so you can take a look here

Wow! thanks for that. Seems quite informative!

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 41):
Not to forget, lovely video and music. I really love Arabic music.

Hehe .. this is Syrian Air's anthem actually.


And by the way, after this trip, i immediately purchased an RB 74L model  Smile

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:45 am

Very nice report! That's a very long delay and very unfortunate that you missed out on the Tu-134 and Yak-40 as well.

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RE: Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui

Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:04 pm



Quoting The777Man (Reply 43):
Very nice report! That's a very long delay and very unfortunate that you missed out on the Tu-134 and Yak-40 as well.

Hi The777Man,

Thanks for reading. The Russian flying is still a must-do on my list, so hopefully sometimes soon it'll happen.

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