777way
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Did South African Serve Beirut?

Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:06 pm

As far as I know they only did TLV and DXB in west Asia, but just want to confirm if BEY was also in their network at any stage pre and post the dark period of their history.
 
odafz
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RE: Did South African Serve Beirut?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:19 am

No South African never served BEY . Passengers to South Africa would connect in ATH with Olympic airways, or make the whole trip to/from LHR/FCO then BEY. Nowadays it is much simpler either thru DXB (EK), DOH (QR) or CAI (MS)
 
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RE: Did South African Serve Beirut?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:14 pm

Quoting ODAFZ (Reply 1):
No South African never served BEY . Passengers to South Africa would connect in ATH with Olympic airways, or make the whole trip to/from LHR/FCO then BEY. Nowadays it is much simpler either thru DXB (EK), DOH (QR) or CAI (MS)

A few of them uses ACC, LOS, ADD, TK etc...
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wassch71
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RE: Did South African Serve Beirut?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:50 am

South African Airways did not fly to Beirut. However, BOAC's initial flights from London to Johannesburgh by Comet were routed during the fifties via Beirut ( I beleive the initial routing in 1952 was London-Rome-Beirut-Khartoum-Entebbe-Livingston-Johannesburg). BOAC and SAA had joint flights agreement between London and Johannesburg but SAA itself did not operate this particular routing as far as I know.

The only major African airlines I know of with a history of operating scheduled flights to Beirut are Egyptair, Sudan Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Libyan Arab Airways, Tunis Air, Air Algerie, Royal Air Maroc and Ghana Airways.
Nigeria Airways and Air Afrique had lonstanding codeshare agreements with Lebanon's Middle East Airlines from the early seventies to the late nineties for flights between Beirut and Kano, Lagos and Abidjan; although these were flown by MEA only as far as I know. There was something about Gabon Airlines flying to Beirut at one point but I am not sure it ever worked out.

There were other interesting scheduled flights from Beirut to Africa apart from the above mentioned BOAC route. I saw a 1955 first flight cover from 1955 of Sabena operating Brussels-Frankfurt-Beirut-Stanleyville-(now Kisangani)-Elizabethville (Lubumbashi) . Aeroflot had interestingly fifth freedom rights between Beirut and Bangui and Brazzaville on Tu 154 flights that were operated via Cairo and Khartoum per a 1975 timetable. Another interesting routing was Varig's Rio-Monrovia-Rome-Beirut flight flown by DC8 with fifth freedom flights in the sixties (I saw it in a 1966 timetable).
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777way
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RE: Did South African Serve Beirut?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:36 am

Thanks that was great information.
 
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RE: Did South African Serve Beirut?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:52 pm

Quoting wassch71 (Reply 3):
However, BOAC's initial flights from London to Johannesburgh by Comet were routed during the fifties via Beirut (I beleive the initial routing in 1952 was London-Rome-Beirut-Khartoum-Entebbe-Livingston-Johannesburg).

The BEY stop on the Comet 1 services to JNB was moved to CAI after the first few months of service, which saved about 300 miles.

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