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Etihad Airways to upgrade flights between Abu Dhabi and Beirut to Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLG (msn 39652) (Special Olympics Abu Dhabi World Games 2019) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 947832.

Etihad Airways will increase capacity between Abu Dhabi and Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, by upgrading the current daily Airbus A321 service to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from October 27, 2019.

The step up from narrowbody to widebody aircraft follows the announcement by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the immediate removal of a travel ban to Lebanon for UAE citizens. Lifting this restriction, imposed in February 2016, is expected to spur a significant increase in demand for travel between the two capitals.

Flight EY 535 will depart Abu Dhabi at 9:50am daily, arriving in Beirut at 12:30pm, with the return flight EY 538 leaving Beirut at 2:00pm and arriving back in Abu Dhabi at 7:35pm.  Etihad will operate the upgraded flights with two-class Boeing 787-9s, the newest aircraft type in the airline’s fleet. These jets are configured to seat 299 passengers in a mix of 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats, and feature product including the acclaimed E-Box entertainment system. The 787s will also provide a significant increase in cargo capacity.

Top Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLG (msn 39652) (Special Olympics Abu Dhabi World Games 2019) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 947832.

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Fly Baghdad touches down in Beirut, Lebanon

Fly Baghdad, Iraq’s first economic carrier, launched its first new nonstop flights between Baghdad and Beirut on December 21, 2017, with two regular flights per week, gradually increasing to daily flights in 2018.

The inaugural flight took off from Baghdad International Airport at 7:45 am, and was greeted at Rafic Hariri International Airport with the traditional water cannon salute (below).

The flight was accompanied by the airline Chief executive officer Mr. Ali Al-Hamdany, Head of sales, and representatives of travel and tourism companies, and it was welcomed in Rafic Hariri International Airport by the Head of Lebanese civil aviation Eng. Mohamed Shehabulddin, the head of Air transport department Eng Carl Rizk, the President of the research and study department Dr. Angel Awaad, and the president of New plaza tours Mr. Fawaz Fawaz, and representatives from the press and media.

Ali Al-Hamdany, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fly Baghdad, said: “The airline follows the low cost model that provides world class services at affordable prices.” The company will initially operate two flights a week to Beirut, to become three flights next month, then daily flights beginning of the new summer season. ” Al-Hamdany continued “The city of Beirut represents an important destination for the Iraqi traveler, both in terms of work, tourism and for residence, which makes it desirable destination for the Iraqi traveler”

“The Directorate at Rafic Hariri International Airport is happy to have a new service between Beirut and Baghdad through Fly Baghdad,” said the Director General of civil aviation, Eng. Shahabuddin. “We know that this will further strengthen the relationship between the Iraqi and Lebanese peoples, and tourism on various aspects between the two countries.”
“We have promised that the Iraqi brothers will come to Lebanon for tourism, especially that Lebanon opens its heart to all Arab peoples without exception,” he said. ” And this will strengthens the revenue of the Lebanese treasury and strengthens confidence in Rafik Hariri International Airport.

Al-Hamdany, in a previous interview with Reuters during the Dubai aviation conference last month talked about plans to expand the Fly Baghdad network to include Europe and India next year.

All photos by Fly Baghdad.

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ECAir is coming to Beirut

ECAir logo (LRW)

ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines (Brazzaville) has announced on June 2 it will add twice-weekly Boeing 757-200 service on the new Brazzaville – Beirut, Lebanon route.

Copyright Photo below: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines (PrivatAir) Boeing 757-236 HB-JJD (msn 25807) sits at the gate at Maastricht.

ECAir aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show


Air Serbia to start a new route to Beirut, Lebanon

Air Serbia (Belgrade) will launch a new daily Airbus A319 Belgrade-Beirut route on  June 1 per Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-131 YU-APC (msn 2621) lands at Stockholm (Arlanda).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Air Serbia/Vladimir Turo. The Airbus A319 fleet gathers at the Belgrade hub.

Air Serbia Airbus fleet at Belgrade hub (Air Serbia)(LRW)

Air Serbia to add six new destinations

Air Serbia (Belgrade) will launch flights to six new destinations in Europe and the Middle East.

Flights will commence new routes to Beirut (Lebanon), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Varna (Bulgaria) on March 30, 2014, followed by Kiev (Ukraine) and Warsaw (Poland) on May 29, 2014.

The new routes will increase the total number of destinations to 35, a growth rate of 20 per cent in comparison to the present number.

Air Serbia will offer daily services to Budapest, Kiev, Sofia and Warsaw, while Beirut and Varna will commence with three flights a week and increase to daily frequencies from June 2014.

Services to Kiev, Warsaw and Beirut will be operated with Airbus A319 aircraft.

Budapest, Sofia and Varna flights will be operated with Air Serbia’s (former Jat Airways) ATR 72 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Serbia’s Airbus A319-132 YU-APE (msn 3252) arrives at London (Heathrow).

Air Serbia: AG Slide Show