Wednesday, August 8, 2007

No Frills For Some

There's a new airline operating in Iraq and given the mood of the times it's predictably a no-frills carrier. The weekly flight between Baghdad and Amman on Jordan offers no onboard service but it also, according to ABC News, offers no seats to anyone but Westerners. Expat Airways which operates an Antonov turboprop with 42 seats is the first in the world to offer seats based on a person's ethnic background. But this is not a Western only managed airline, the Jordanian Airforce are involved in its operation and it reflects that country's tight visa restrictions. Unlike other no-frills airlines prices are not so low - $450 one way for the 500 mile trip.

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