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I am guessing that this may be the first trip report involving Sudan Airways - the national carrier of the Sudan. It is also the first trip report I have completed for quite some time. Sadly I just don’t seem to find the time to write about my flights these days.

This trip was arranged only a few days before I travelled and involved obtaining a visa in order to travel to Sudan. I planned to travel on Sunday 17th February and would normally have flown with Etihad Airways, who had a flight at around 0100 in the morning. However, my visa would not be ready for collection from the Sudan Embassy until around 1000 so the only other way of getting to KRT without flying from DXB or via DOH or BAH was with Sudan Airways who had a direct flight scheduled for 1630. I quite liked the idea of this as Sudan Airways is an airline most people would not normally get the opportunity to fly with, and is certainly another exotic carrier to add to my list of carriers flown.

Sudan Airways is one of a small number of carriers operating from Terminal 2 at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Other carriers currently using T2 include Air India Express, Shaheen Air, PIA, Sama Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Yemenia and most recently the new Nepalese low-cost carrier – FlyYeti.com. According to Amadeus the scheduled time of departure for my flight was 1630, so I headed to Terminal 2 at around 1315 to check-in. The terminal was pretty quiet, with only two flights scheduled to leave that afternoon. I headed through security and into the check-in area after a number of questions from one of the security personnel who seemed surprised that I was flying Sudan Airways when I worked for another carrier – particularly as my ticket was actually issued by Etihad Airways. I had to point out the flight number SD225 and explain that it was actually for Sudan Airways.

After passing through security I headed straight to the Sudan Airways check-in where there were four desks open. I was called to the front by a member of ADAS (Abu Dhabi Airport Services) staff and was promptly checked in. While I was checking in, another passenger asked if I would check-in some of his baggage under my allowance as he was clearly in excess of his allowance and I was not. I showed him my airline ID and more or less told him that he had chosen the wrong person and that it was a security issue. He smiled and backed away. About a minute later another passenger tried it on. He got much the same response. I was now in possession of a boarding card but not a seat number, as all SD flights out of AUH are apparently free-seating. This flight was actually routing DXB-AUH-KRT and I guess SD have basically chosen the simple option for check-in, particularly as the flight is checked in using different DCS systems in DXB and AUH. Still, I believe allocated seating is better from a product point of view – particularly for a full service flag carrier. Luckily I knew one of the staff who was supervising the SD check-in and he promised that I would have the chance to board first so I could get my window seat. As I placed my boarding pass in my pocket I noticed that it showed a departure time of 1530. I checked this against the FIDS screens which also showed 1530 and confirmed it with the ADAS representative. It seems SD have not kept Amadeus up to date with the correct scheduled departure times as my ticket which was issued just a couple of days earlier showed a scheduled departure time of 1630. It was a good thing I noticed, I thought to myself. I then headed back to the office.

After an hour or so back in the office my colleague gave me a lift to T2 again and I headed straight through Immigration to the gate area. It is actually a lot easier passing through T2 than T1 – particularly during the quieter periods. It is a minor inconvenience that T2 does not have the UAE-gate machines at Immigration, which means you can not avoid getting a stamp in your passport when passing through this terminal.

I took a seat in the departure lounge as a pretty new Turkmenistan Airlines B737-800 arrived on stand just outside the window. I have never knowingly met a person from Turkmenistan but they were generally easy to distinguish in the departure lounge from the Sudanis. I was one of the few people there who was neither.

After a while the gentleman from ADAS who I had spoken to at the check-in came to see me and explained that the flight would be arriving late from DXB but could not confirm exactly when. He went on to explain that Sudan Airways are known as ‘Sudden’ Airways, as they have a habit of appearing out of the blue. I know from seeing the FIDS screens on several occasions that SD have a pretty poor on-time record – often with delays of several hours. Luckily today the delay was not expected to be too significant.

I was very kindly invited to use the First/Business Class lounge, and as it was approaching departure time and there was still no sign of the aircraft I was certainly not going to decline. I headed to the lounge where I was soon drinking a cup of tea and relaxing.

First/Business Class Lounge – AUH Terminal 2
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After departure time came and went it became apparent that nobody had any intention of keeping passengers informed, as the only other passenger in the business lounge – another Englishman - was not told anything while I was there. In fact, the lounge attendant rarely came into the lounge from the kitchen at all. It even seems that updating the FIDS screen was a task too large, as the time on this photo shows.

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Part of one of my previous airline jobs was keeping such systems up-to-date and even if I did not have any information at all on an aircraft’s arrival time, if I knew it was late I would take an educated guess at the ETA and calculate an appropriate ETD or NI (next information). I certainly would not leave the STD on the screens when that time had already passed. To me, this is nothing short of utter laziness on the part of those who update the screens at AUH. Disregard and indifference towards a ‘lesser’ user of the airport probably plays its part in this too. It was also a very quiet period, so there really was no excuse. Not what one would expect from an airport which wants to see itself as a world class hub.

At around 1720 – one hour and fifty minutes after STD, the other English passenger asked the lounge attendant what time we would be boarding and was understandably frustrated when he was told that the aircraft had just recently arrived. The FIDS screen still showed a departure time of 1530. It was just before 1800 before Premium passengers were invited to board – after the Economy passengers had been boarded, which is pretty standard at AUH. I headed out of the lounge before the two Business Class passengers were invited to board, and managed to catch a sneaky photo of the aircraft.

Sudan Airways A300-622R ST-ATA
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A few minutes later at around 1800, I boarded the bus with the two joining Business Class passengers and was soon making my way up the steps with them, having been informed that a Business Class seat had been arranged for me. That was good news – especially as Business was not full and I could take a window seat with a spare seat next to me. I placed my laptop bag in the overhead locker and sat in the right window seat in the last of the three rows.

Sudan Airways Business Class
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The interior looked a little dated, with no PTVs and Business Class seats that reminded me of the old SQ Business seats which are still installed on some of their former A340-300s currently operated by Gulf Air and Etihad. However, it was an upgrade and I was more than happy. A quick look through the seat pocket in front of me revealed that SD do not seem to have such a thing as an inflight magazine, as there were only safety cards and sickness bags present. The safety cards were extremely poor quality and looked like they were copied and laminated by a monkey. They did not look like they would be much use in case of an emergency. It seems a shame that SD can have their sickness bags made professionally but not their safety cards, of which there seemed to be two equally poor variations.












There were no other aircraft parked at Terminal 2, but the adjacent remote stands were occupied by French Air Force A310-300 F-RADC and Etihad Airways B777-300ER A6-ETC resting between duties.

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As we waited for departure, passengers were offered a selection of juices from a tray and I chose orange juice.

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Doors were closed at around 1830 and pushback commenced a few minutes later. I bet the FIDS screens in the terminal still showed 1530 – they certainly did half an hour earlier. The aircraft was pushed back for a runway 31 departure, which gave me a final view of the comparatively tiny Terminal 2.

AUH Terminal 2 (Airside)
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While we were pushing back a couple of the cabin crew members were making sure that their bags of duty free were snugly squeezed between the centre business class seats in the last row and the aft bulkhead. I had seen some of the crew members emerging from the terminal with duty free during the transit stop. Between them, they had a huge amount of duty free. I wouldn’t be surprised if they make more money from selling this than they do for flying. The male cabin crew wore a formal uniform with white shirt and lapels, whereas the ladies wore a very distinctive yellow and black uniform with a yellow hijab.

A few minutes later the aircraft was taxiing towards runway 31.

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While the aircraft was taxiing I had to make my mind up whether to photograph or film the take-off. I decided to take a few photographs, as we would be landing in the dark so I would not be taking photographs of the landing. The aircraft lined up on runway 31 and after a few seconds the take-off roll began.

Take-off from AUH
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As Tango Alpha climbed out the shadow of the aircraft quickly disappeared into the distance and the massive area to the right of runway 31 could be seen. This is the future site of the midfield terminal which will occupy the land between the existing runway and the new runway which could also be seen nearing completion.

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Most of the land around Abu Dhabi Airport is still desert, broken up by a few perfectly square clusters of villas.

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The aircraft continued to climb out over the many sandy islands which surround the city of Abu Dhabi – several of which are earmarked for development and will be linked to the current city and mainland by bridges.

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Cabin & window view



It was approaching dusk as we flew east over the Persian Gulf, and around the time we had passed Qatar and Bahrain and were entering Saudi Arabian airspace, the meal service began.

I had no idea what to expect in this respect from Sudan Airways, but was not disappointed. I had noticed that the aircraft was catered in Abu Dhabi, so guessed it would be at least of a reasonable standard. A plastic blue tray was placed in front of me with a Sudan Airways branded sheet and patterned ‘cloth’. Dinner was served on chinaware and consisted of a fresh salad, Arabic bread and a generous portion of hummous, and a starter of prawn cocktail, all of which was quite pleasant.

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With dinner I had a sprite which was served in a glass tumbler, as was a separate offering of water. After I had finished the starter, the female cabin crew member reappeared with the dinner trolley which consisted of several items which were served at passengers’ seats. There was a choice of three main items which included chicken curry and fish. I opted for the fish and was offered rice or vegetables to accompany it. I chose the vegetables.

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Dinner was actually very nice and the service reasonably friendly. The crew seemed to know what they were doing and performed the service with confidence, smiling regularly. I remember thinking to myself that if I flew this route regularly it would make a nice change occasionally from Etihad Airways, although Etihad’s product is of course much more up-to-date and their reliability is much better than Sudan Airways.

As I had dinner, I took some of the last photos of the flight, although I planned to take a couple of videos of the landing in Khartoum.

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After I had finished the main course, the crew reappeared with a sweet trolley and I was offered a slice of cake, a cheese and fruit plate and a tea or coffee. As always I opted for tea.

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The portion of cake was generous to say the least, and I felt rather full after I had finished it.

The sun had now set as we were making progress through Saudi Arabia.

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The moving map display on the forward bulkhead indicated the flight’s progress and not long after seeing the northern parts of Jeddah on the right hand side we had crossed the Red Sea and were passing over Port Sudan. By now the cabin lights had been dimmed and most passengers were reading or resting.




It was not too much longer before we started our descent towards Khartoum and were soon holding for a short while before the final approach. The white lights of the vast, flat city and its outskirts could clearly be seen below.



Landing in KRT


As the aircraft turned from the runway I could see that a handful of stored aircraft had been located to the far side of the runway. These included a couple of Ilyushin IL-76s as well as Boeing 707s with one each from Sudanese States Aviation and Trans Arabian Air Transport. The TAAT example (ST-AFD) has been stored for a least a couple of years but last time I was in KRT in 2006 the Sudanese States Aviation example which I presume is ST-ARI was still active. It is always sad to see another B707 removed from service.

Within a couple of minutes the aircraft arrived next to a company A310-300 in SD colours but without titles and passengers were disembarked via steps and driven to the international arrivals terminal. On the way past the domestic ramp I got a good view of two YAK-42s – one wearing Marsland Air colours and the other Air South of Ukraine. Presumably this machine was also flying for Marsland. I decided that during my stay in Khartoum I would look at the option of trying for a flight aboard a YAK-42.

It had been an interesting and enjoyable flight aboard Sudan Airways and I would certainly consider flying with them again on a short-medium haul sector. However, their lack of flat beds and IFE in Business Class as well as their inconsistent reliability will never make them first choice to Sudan. From an enthusiast’s point of view though, it was great to have flown with Sudan Airways and it is a flight I am extremely glad I have taken.

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As always I decided to take a look at the history of the aircraft I had just flown aboard. The oriental writing on the cabin signage had indicated that it had previously been operated by a far eastern carrier and this was backed up by a quick search on a.net.

The aircraft (c/n 775) first flew on 28th October 1997 and was originally delivered on 8th December of the same year to China Airlines where it was registered B-18502:

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It was then transferred to Sudan Airways on 11th April 2006 where it remains in service as ST-ATA:

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Many thanks for reading. Feedback is always appreciated.
 
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Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:01 pm

Interesting and detailed trip report. Thank you for sharing this exotic experience with us.

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Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:13 pm

Nice report! I flew through KRT in the middle of the night on my way from ADD to FRA and unfortunately couldn't get out or see much. I'd really like to visit the Sudan, genocide and abysmal government notwithstanding.
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Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:49 pm

All I can say is "Wow." My great grandfather lived in Khartoum so it is a city that always fascinated me. Now please go back and film a "day landing." Just kidding. Apparently the economy is doing well thanks to oil etc. Could you post some pictures of Khartoum? Was it an interesting city to visit? I still remember in the 60's often seeing in London their Comet 4s.
 
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Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:02 pm

Great TR!

That safety card is so confusing - it's completely muddled up - on 1 version the 'B'-type exit doesn't even show the handle or any arrow for how to open it!

Also the lifejacket instructions look like you have to throw it in the air and wiggle around until it's magically inflated.

I can't criticize the 'A'-type exit operation, though, as I have seen this identical drawing on Spanair's card (looks like the door hinges, rather than translates) and it looks like somebody at SD just traced the drawing!!

Fascinating insight into this airline and a type that is becoming less and less common - thanks!
 
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Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:29 pm

Hi Ian,

fantastic report that provided a very detailed view into a really exotic airline. I agree with you, flying Sudan Airways on this route is a great experience from an enthusiast's point of view, even if Etihad's product might probably be superior.

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Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:42 pm

Excellent TR as usual!

Nice to get on this airline and plane, something that most spotting/flying enthusiasts will never manage.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
I am guessing that this may be the first trip report involving Sudan Airways - the national carrier of the Sudan

- I think you could well be right.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
Sadly I just don't seem to find the time to write about my flights these days.

- Shame as you reports are some of the best on the planet.

That safety card is of a really poor quality, quite amazing it's so bad actually.

I've no idea what I expected for your meal service in Business Class, but I was actually impressed with it, better than I had expected it to be.

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Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:47 pm

Hi!

That was a very interesting report indeed, and I'm happy that you found some time to write it  Wink Pics are very good, and show a very good service level for this carrier, I think. Thanks for sharing!
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Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:24 pm

Thanks for sharing..I thoroughly enjoyed your report.
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Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:09 am

Great and very detailed trip report

Nice with a trip report from such a rare airline. Helps you to understand how different aviation is around the world

Thanks for posting.
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Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:58 am



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
The aircraft (c/n 775) first flew on 28th October 1997 and was originally delivered on 8th December of the same year to China Airlines where it was registered B-18502:

Ah, I see! When I first read your TR, I thought the business class seats look so much like China Airlines'!  Smile Nice pictures by the way!
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Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:42 am

What an absolutely fantastic TR. I have been wanting to read a report on SD for a while and you totally made my day!

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Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:41 am

High-quality report with great pics, interesting to read about SD. While the airline lacks any kind of IFE, the catering seems to be ok.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
It seems a shame that SD can have their sickness bags made professionally but not their safety cards, of which there seemed to be two equally poor variations.

Different airlines, different priorities...  Wink

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
As we waited for departure, passengers were offered a selection of juices from a tray and I chose orange juice.

That juice looks like a diluted concentrate.

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It was then transferred to Sudan Airways on 11th April 2006 where it remains in service as ST-ATA:

So you got the newest out of SD's A300-600 fleet. According to ATDB ST-ATA was damaged in 08/2007, but I couldn't find any details. Btw - Sudan Airways also operates the A300-600 prototype: ST-ASS (MSN 252), built in 07/1983. Previously active as F-WZLR and F-ODTK.


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Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:09 am



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Btw - Sudan Airways also operates the A300-600 prototype: ST-ASS (MSN 252), built in 07/1983. Previously active as F-WZLR and F-ODTK.

I only found that out when looking into the history of ST-ATA actually. I beleive both 'TA and 'TB are active, but doubt that ST-ASS will see service again. On my previous visit to KRT in 2006 I took this photo of her and she was not looking too good:
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I could not see 'SS on the ramp this time, but there was a SD Airbus deep inside the hangar which I am pretty sure must have been her.
 
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Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:30 am



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 13):
I beleive both 'TA and 'TB are active, but doubt that ST-ASS will see service again. On my previous visit to KRT in 2006 I took this photo of her and she was not looking too good:

Thanks for the update. The plane really doesn't look encouraging...


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Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:45 am

Hello

It looks like they are keeping the Airbus A300 in excellent condition! The business class seats look a little out dated, however I think for a five hour or less flight they would be fine and that food looks very nice indeed. It’s a shame they don’t have any PVT’s, maybe they should look at issuing hand held DvD players on longer sectors – something we do at British Airways as a back up when our PVT’s go tech.

How did you find the cabin crew? I can see from the safety card it looks quite unclear and outdated, was the safety demo done on the cabin’s screens or done by the crew?

Happy Flying

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Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:23 pm

I really enjoy your reports. You reports always stand for quality and even more for airlines and aircrafts most of use probably will never fly. Thank's for sharing your trips with us.
 
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Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:52 pm

Really enjoyed your report, SD was an airline I was not familiar with, so this was a great pleasure to read!


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Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:53 pm

Very enjoyable trip report : an exotic airline, exotic route, and a load of very good photos.

The business class product of SD seems outdated when compared to current top-notch airlines, but based on your report, I still find it surprisingly good.

Those safety cards do not make good impression, though...

It would be nice if you had a couple of pictures from Khartoum to include.

Thanks again, and if you manage to find some time, please keed those reports coming !

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Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:45 am

Thanks for sharing. I learned a lot about SD. The safety cards were slightly disturbing, but the flight seemed enjoyable non the less. Great video and in flight pictures.

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Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:29 pm

Amazing report. I really enjoy reading about exotic airlines.

Question:

What nationality were the pilots? Did they make any announcements?

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Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:32 am

Awsome TR

The pics and videos are really good.

First Sudan Airways TR I read in A.net.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
The safety cards were extremely poor quality and looked like they were copied and laminated by a monkey

Wow, the are really really poor. You cant make out what they want to show you almost.

I thought that Sudan Airways would be much worse, but it seems to be a really good carrier.


Thank you for sharing

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RE: Sudan Airways A300-600 AUH-KRT [+pics/vids]

Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:58 pm

Hi UK_Dispatcher,

That was an excellent report! Definitely a brilliant surprise here!

Service on SD seems quite alright from your report actually, and flying on an ancient A300 must have been brilliant!

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
To me, this is nothing short of utter laziness on the part of those who update the screens at AUH.

I think Serco have something to do with updating the FIDS? .. However i am not too sure about that. In any case, it is silly that it doesnt update the timings!

Thanks a lot for sharing! Hope to see more of your TRs soon!

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RE: Sudan Airways A300-600 AUH-KRT [+pics/vids]

Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:54 pm

Awesome, unique report. The fish looked really good, I wouldn't have gone with peas though Wink
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Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:17 pm



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 22):
I think Serco have something to do with updating the FIDS? .. However i am not too sure about that. In any case, it is silly that it doesnt update the timings!

SERCO are responsible for the formatting and maintenance I believe, but I think ADAS are in charge of the information - delays, gates, next info, etc.....
 
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RE: Sudan Airways A300-600 AUH-KRT [+pics/vids]

Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:56 pm

Excellent TR and pics!!! Its up there with IR DAM-CCS IMHO !! I have never seen a Sudan Airways TR.

Thanks for the report

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RE: Sudan Airways A300-600 AUH-KRT [+pics/vids]

Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:02 pm

Great t/r ! I love reading your reports !

I always though of Sudan Airways as no-fly carrier.
 
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Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:32 am



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 24):
but I think ADAS are in charge of the information

Go figure! That explains the laziness then  Smile haha
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RE: Sudan Airways A300-600 AUH-KRT [+pics/vids]

Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:41 am

excellent trip report matey .
as usual , very enjoyable to read .

regards

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