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Palestinian Airlines ( al-khutut al-filastiniya) is an airline based in Egyptmarker that is wholly-owned by the Palestinian Authority.. Up until it stopped operations in 2001 the airline had scheduled international services from El Arishmarker, Egyptmarker to Ammanmarker, Jordanmarker and pilgrim charter services to Jeddahmarker. Its main base is El Arish International Airportmarker.

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

History

The airline was established on 1 January 1995 and started operations in June 1997 with a series of charter flights carrying pilgrims to Jeddah. The flights were originally slated to operate from Gaza, but due to an Israeli ban, the services operated from Port Saidmarker, in northern Egyptmarker. Scheduled services began on 23 July 1997, operating from El Arishmarker to Jordanmarker and Saudi Arabiamarker. Palestinian Airlines transferred its base to Gaza following the opening of the airport in November 1998. The airline was grounded in October 2000 following the start of the Al-Aqsa Intifada and was forced to move to El Arish International Airportmarker in December 2001, after destruction of the runway at its previous base, Yasser Arafat International Airportmarker, where it operated limited services. It is wholly-owned by the Palestinian Authority and has 398 employees (at March 2007).

Former destinations
Scheduled flights were operated to these cities: Abu Dhabimarker, Ammanmarker, Cairomarker, Dohamarker, Dubaimarker, Istanbulmarker, Jeddahmarker, Kuwaitmarker and Larnacamarker.

They had also planned on extending operations to Indiamarker and Pakistanmarker.

Fleet

The Palestinian Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of March 2008):



A Palestinian Fokker at El Arish International Airport

Previously operated

At August 2006 the airline also operated:

Palestinian Airlines had also ordered two DeHavilland Dash 8-300 and one Bombardier CRJ-200, seen here, that were never delivered to the carrier.

References

  1. Flight International, 3-9 October 2006


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