Hi Amir, The ALP-EVN might not be as bad as you say since no Armenian carrier is serving ALP at the moment. I think the new company, Armavia will start on this route very soon. As far as I know, the demand is quite high during the summer season since Armenian used to add an additional flight at this...Jump to post
Services in BEY are not more expensive than those in Europe. I don't have any idea about Damascus.
BEY alongside Larnaca, have a superior geographical location than DXB for North American operations.
I was on a West European flag carrier a few weeks ago on an A320 and I was really disappointed with the inflight service. I know that some CIS carriers are doing a lot better with their Tu-154s and Tu-134s. The hot beer happened to me only ONCE on an Armenian Airlines Tu-154 flight and I strongly be...Jump to post
BEY-N America has a lot of traffic and a lot of the European carriers serving BEY rely on this like <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym>, <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym>, <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>, <acronym title="Alitalia (Italy)">AZ</acronym>..., On the ot...Jump to post
I've been on many <acronym title="Tunisair (Tunisia)">TU</acronym>-154 flights and as far as I remember, hot drinks were always available. Should say though, I did get a hot beer once! I was told the fridge was out of order. What the hell!!! One less cold beer wouldn't do no harm <img src="/di...Jump to post
Once the BEY-Americas non-stop gets the green light, there are a bunch of airlines that will want to operate flights, and PIA could actually be one of those.
I think BEY will be excellent for both carriers, but at the moment, the political atmosphere would not allow such operations. Only 10 days ago Air Canada's direct service to BEY was cancelled for no clear reason even though <acronym title="Air Canada">AC</acronym> was quite happy with the demand. I ...Jump to post
Hi Delta-flyer, The types you listed all suffered from lack of funding so maybe, if the RRJ gets past that difficult and critical stage, it may become a success story. There is an enormous need for RJs in Russia and the CIS but we all know that things don't move too smoothly in the ex-Soviet Union. ...Jump to post
Maybe the RRJ will find its way to the west in very small numbers. If we just assume that a major operator either in Europe or the US introduces a small number of the RRJs, like 5 or 7 and starts operating them for a few years, it will built some confidence over time and others may start ordering it...Jump to post
A lot of CIS carriers have scheduled services to Yerevan. CSA is a new comer to EVN. British Mediteranean and Austrian have scheduled services for some time now. Swissair also served until it went bankrupt. There were a number of other short-lived airlines like Jes Air (Bulgaria) and <acronym title=...Jump to post
As Backfire says, Boeing is involved in the Russian Regional Jet program, so they have some activity in the <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym> market. I think they would get actively involved in an <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym> program if there was a remote chance that Air...Jump to post
Syrian has been flying to EVN, Armenia for at least 5-6 years now. They started with a TU154 but currently operate 727 on the route.
MEA used to fly to EVN in the late 80s from BEY. They may restart in the future, it's in their long term expansion plans.
Trvlr and Floris, I'm no supporter of Hezbollah but to be fair, they never targetted civilians as <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> puts it clearly. In fact, 8 Israeli civilians were killed since 1982 (to present) because of Hezbollah activity. This is according to the BBC <acronym title...Jump to post
Hi Cedarjet, The problem is not with the skills of the Lebanese pilots, it's related to their job situation and the two parties are not being able to come to terms. On the other hand, there are lots of westerners who work and live here and they go on with their daily lives like everyone else. Touris...Jump to post
As far as I know, they are hiring foreign pilots since there are problems with the local Lebanese ones. Very little is known about their operations at the moment but as you say they are chartering a DC-8 for some of their operations. I'm not sure what happened to their A310, that was subleased from ...Jump to post
Hi MEA310, As I told you earlier, my friend Chadi knows a good deal about air traffic over Lebanon and Beirut. He emailed me with the details and I find it relevant to post it here. I hope he will be made a member on this forum. Best regards. Here's his email in full: Hi Vatche, Concerning the topic...Jump to post
Hi again Sonic, At present, the Lebanese Air Force operates few helicopters mainly the Italian built <acronym title="Air Berlin (Germany)">AB</acronym> 212. As far as I know, the Hunter fighters are grounded. There are also some <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> capabilities. But...Jump to post
Hi MEA310, There has been some change of course in the past few months for airliners over Beirut. Our friend Chadi knows better about this but unfortunately he is not a member of this forum. I live in Dbaye and I can see the aircraft heading directly (almost 90 degrees) to the coast and then make a ...Jump to post
That's an excellent website Unique, thanks a lot.Jump to post
It should be blamed to negligence, either in maintenance or flight crew errors. Remember the A310 incident? There are many individuals in the CIS who went for quick money by operating a single plane or two without having all the staff to start an airline in the first place. I think these were the on...Jump to post
Hey Cedarjet, Hemus Air is Bulgarian operating between Sofia and Beirut with a Tu-134. <acronym title="Air Zimbabwe">UM</acronym> Air is Ukraine Mediteranean Air and as the name suggests, it's based in the Ukraine. <acronym title="Air Zimbabwe">UM</acronym> Air also operatres seasonal charters betwe...Jump to post
Hi <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>, You're threads are excellent, as usual. Armenian Airlines is already bankrupt and Beirut is currently served by Armenian International Airways. You can get a scan at: <a href="http://www.armenianairways.com" target=_blank>http://www.armenianairways.c...Jump to post
Hi Airmale, Austrian is the only other major West European airline who currently flies to EVN (Yerevan) besides British Med. Others have operated before. There was another thread about 2 weeks ago about it: <a href="http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1084083/6/" target=_...Jump to post
It is safe for Americans to travel to Lebanon, I've had many American friends visiting me over the past few years and they loved it.
There is a travel advisery for US citizens but there is no ban. You can check out the US embassy web page in Beirut for further details.
There is definetly a market in the Middle East for no-frills, but the Middle East is not EU. There are many issues and most importantly, many arab countries need enterance visas to travel to which doesn't help much to the cause. If they plan to fly to Beirut in the future, maybe Beirut Int'l Airport...Jump to post
Air Wings of Armenia <br><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/051395/L/" target="_blank">View Large</a> <a href="/open.file/051395/M/" target="_blank">View Medium<br><IMG SRC="/photos/small/5/9/3/051395.jpg" ALT="Click here for bigger photo!" bor...Jump to post
This is good news to Both CSA and Armenia. I think SkyTeam might benefit from it. Regards. Czech News Agency (CTK) CTK Business News Wire May 6, 2003 22::1 (Central European Time) CSA CONTINUES WITH EXPANSION <acronym title="President Airlines (Cambodia)">TO</acronym> THE EAST -- PRESS PRAGUE, May 6...Jump to post
Hi Salim, Check this out, a real beauty. <a href="http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.cgi?98324" target=_blank>http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.cgi?98324</a> By the way, Chadi's photos of the same plane in Beirut can be found in <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>'s postings. Best reg...Jump to post
I've heard it a lot too myself, it's like an unpublished fact. I think, when politics are right, it wouldn't matter Airbus or Boeing for MEA's US operations. Or maybe they play clever, they buy an old 737 from the desert and promise for more Boeings to come. <img src="/discussions/graphics/smi...Jump to post
Hi <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>, Do you think MEA's US opertaions are related to buying Boeing products? I've heard this so many times but honestly, I don't see these two being related. What do you think? Why should the US put conditions on MEA? In any case, I hope this is not true.Jump to post
Well, Emirates flies both types. But it seems that Emirates doesn't follow the natural course of evolution.
Who knows, it might happen. The 777 is such a fine plane, a real beauty.
I'm sure though, Airbus would campaign heavily against such a plan if it ever comes to light. Don't you think?
Just to let you know, the A330 arrived today at 5:59 pm local time and a friend of mine who was at the airport says that it performed several touch and goes on rwy 18.
There are no news now of new orders.
I don't have the exact dates BA but I believe that the 5th A321 is due for June and the 6th (last) A321 of the current order for the end of this year or early next year.
The third A330 is due June too.
Maybe Salim knows better.