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Syrian Air
السورية
Syrian Air.png
IATA
RB
ICAO
SYR
Callsign
SYRIANAIR
Founded 1946
Hubs
Frequent flyer program Syrian Air Frequent Flyer
Fleet size 7
Destinations 49
Headquarters Damascus, Syria
Key people Mrs. Ghaida Abdullatif, Vice Chairman - Director General & CEO
Website www.syriaair.com

Syrian Air (Arabic: السورية‎), previously known as Syrian Arab Airlines (Arabic: مؤسسة الطيران العربية السورية‎), is the flag carrier airline of Syria, based in Damascus. It operates scheduled international services to over 40 destinations in Asia, Europe and North Africa, as well as domestic services. Its main base is Damascus International Airport.

Syrian Air is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

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History

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1946 – 1961

Syrian Airlines was established in autumn 1946, with two propellers and started to fly between Damascus Aleppo and Der Alzour and Kamishli the airline expanded during the fifties to include Beirut, Baghdad, and Jerusalem, then Cairo and Kuwait then Doha, in addition to flights during hajj.

In 1952 the airline was provided with three Douglas DC-3s and in 1954 with four CC4,and in 1957 four Douglas DC-6s in the name of United Arab Airline.

1961 – present

The airline was established by the Government of Syria in October 1961 to succeed Syrian Airways which had been established in 1946.[1] The new Syrian Arab Airlines took over the routes previously controlled by Syrian Airways and United Arab Airlines. The latter had been a short-lived airline formed by the merger of Syrian Airways and Misrair in January 1961 during the union of Syria and Egypt.

Airbus A320-232 at Vienna Int. Airport

Syrian Arab Airlines began operation with three Douglas DC-6, two Douglas DC-4 and three Douglas DC-3s, serving both domestic and international routes to the east. In summer 1963, Syrianair begin its expansion to the west, starting with Rome and Munich, then London and Paris. Sud Aviation Caravelle 10B3 joined the fleet in October 1965. In 1976, the airline acquired a Boeing 727-200 and 747SP.

In the 1970s, because of the closer political ties between Syria and the Soviet Union, Syrianair acquired Soviet aircraft. This included an Antonov An-26, Ilyushin Il-76 and Yakovlev Yak-40 in the 1970s and Tupolev Tu-134B-3 and Tupolev Tu-154M in the 1980s.

A joint service with Royal Jordanian to New York was opened in July 1978.

When the United States imposed sanctions on Syria, updates to Syrianair were interrupted until October 1998, when Airbus A320-200 were bought.

As of August 2006, Syrianair was in negotiations to purchase three Ilyushin Il-96-400 long-range aircraft and four Tupolev Tu-204 medium-range aircraft.[2 ]

As of October 2008, the airline retained the use of one of its two old Boeing 747SPs for flights to Dubai, but this model is now thought to have joined its sister in the Damascus airport storage area.

The airline is wholly owned by the Syrian government and employs 5,325 staff.

Dr. Sami Khiyami, currently Syrian Ambassador in London, England, is a former senior figure within the Airline.

Destinations

Code Share

Syrian have code share agreements with the following airline:

Fleet

As of January 2010, the Syrian Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:

One aircraft is operated by Jordan Aviation and, during peak times like the Hadj season, additional aircraft are leased. 3 Syrian Air A320 aircraft are grounded until maintenance checks can be carried out, which are not possible under current economic sanctions. As a result, the airline is considering leasing several Tu-204 aircraft to continue operations until the A320s can be returned to service. It has also been suggested that Syrian Air are looking to purchase ATR-72 aircraft as a replacement for their Yak-40 and Tu-134B aircraft. [6]

References


SyrianAir
السورية
File:Syrian
IATA
RB
ICAO
SYR
Callsign
SYRIANAIR
Founded1946
Hubs
Frequent flyer programSyrian Air Frequent Flyer
Fleet size19 (+7 orders)
Destinations49
HeadquartersDamascus, Syria
Key peopleMrs. Ghaida Abdullatif, Vice Chairman - Director General & CEO
Website: http://www.syriaair.com

Syrian Arab Airlines (Arabic: مؤسسة الطيران العربية السورية‎), alternative name Syrianair (السورية) is the flag carrier airline of Syria, based in Damascus. It operates scheduled international services to over 40 destinations in Asia, Europe and North Africa, as well as domestic services. Its main base is Damascus International Airport.

Syrian Arab Airlines is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

Contents

History

1946-1961

Syrian Airlines was established in autumn 1946, with two propellers and started to fly between Damascus Aleppo and Der Alzour and Kamishli the airline expanded during the fifties to include Beirut, Baghdad, and Jerusalem, then Cairo and Kuwait then Doha, in addition to flights during hajj.

In 1952 the airline was provided with three Douglas DC-3s and in 1954 with four CC4,and in 1957 four Douglas DC-6s in the name of United Arab Airline.

1961-present

The airline was established by the Government of Syria in October 1961 to succeed Syrian Airways which had been established in 1946.[1] The new Syrian Arab Airlines took over the routes previously controlled by Syrian Airways and United Arab Airlines. The latter had been a short-lived airline formed by the merger of Syrian Airways and Misrair in January 1961 during the union of Syria and Egypt. ]] ]]

at Vienna Int. Airport]]

Syrian Arab Airlines began operation with three Douglas DC-6, two Douglas DC-4 and three Douglas DC-3s, serving both domestic and international routes to the east. In summer 1963, Syrianair begin its expansion to the west, starting with Rome and Munich, then London and Paris. Sud Aviation Caravelle 10B3 joined the fleet in October 1965. In 1976, the airline acquired a Boeing 727-200 and 747SP.

In the 1970s, because of the closer political ties between Syria and the Soviet Union, Syrianair acquired Soviet aircraft. This included an Antonov An-26, Ilyushin Il-76 and Yakovlev Yak-40 in the 1970s and Tupolev Tu-134B-3 and Tupolev Tu-154M in the 1980s.

A joint service with Royal Jordanian to New York was opened in July 1978.

When the United States imposed sanctions on Syria, updates to Syrianair were interrupted until October 1998, when Airbus A320-200 were bought.

As of August 2006, Syrianair was in negotiations to purchase three Ilyushin Il-96-400 long-range aircraft and four Tupolev Tu-204 medium-range aircraft.[2][3]

As of October 2008, the airline retained the use of one of its two old Boeing 747SPs for flights to Dubai, but this model is now thought to have joined its sister in the Damascus airport storage area.

The airline is wholly owned by the Syrian government and employs 5,325 staff.

Dr. Sami Khiyami, currently Syrian Ambassador in London, England, is a former senior figure within the Airline.

Destinations

Code Share

Syrian have code share agreements with the following airline:

Fleet

The Syrianair fleet consists of the following aircraft as of June 2009:[4]

Syrian Arab Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 7 150-179 1 Leased from Royal Jordanian
Ilyushin Il-76M 2 (Leased) Cargo
Tupolev Tu-134B 1
Yak-40K 1
Ilyushin Il-96-300 (1 order)
Ilyushin Il-96-400 (2 orders)
Tupolev Tu-204 (4 orders)

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