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Une liaison Montreal-Beyrouth? | Nathaelle Morissette | Nouvelles

 

Un vol direct entre la métropole québécoise et la capitale du Liban: voilà le rêve que caresse le maire de Montréal, Denis Coderre, qui classe cet enjeu parmi ses priorités.

 

C'est ce qu'il a affirmé au quotidien libanais L'Orient-Le Jour au cours d'une visite là-bas en septembre.

 

Air Canada a déjà entrepris des démarches pour obtenir les autorisations nécessaires.

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C'est si je ne me trompe pas a cause d'un senateur americain d'origine libanaise qui a imposer un moratoire sur les vols vers Beyrouth a cause surtout du Hezbollah tres present au Liban. L'ironie dans tout ca c'est l'hypocrisie envers l'arabie saoudite et dans le moindre mesure le Quatar qui supporte des groupes djihadiste. On n'interdit pas les vols vers ces 2 pays.

De ce qu'on m'a dit, c'était les États Unis qui faisaient pression sur le gouvernement canadien pour ne pas repartir cette route pour raisons de sécurité, pas longtemps après le 11 septembre
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...a cause surtout du Hezbollah tres present au Liban../

 

 

En fait, le Hezbollah controle tous les acces a l'aeroport... C'est pas tres reposant, disont...Mais ils ont ete gentil face aux usagers de l'aeroport, jusqu'a maintenant :shhh:

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The Montreal-Beirut route is an elusive prize that Air Canada very much wants to win.

Fueled by the lobbying of Montreal’s large Lebanese expatriate and immigrant population, Air Canada has been pursuing the regulatory requirements to begin operating the route, Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said at the IATA AGM in Cancun.

“We started the regulatory process in 2003,” Rovinescu said. However, geopolitical events intervened, and the carrier itself did not have the right equipment to make the route viable. “We are now at the stage where it looks like we can put the pin in it,” he said.

Part of the challenge of operating the route is ensuring right-level security screenings in Beirut, Rovinescu added. Air Canada is working with its Star Alliance partner Lufthansa, which operates in Beirut, to learn how to address these concerns.

The route would not be viable without the advent of the Boeing 787, he said. The aircraft is the right size and offers operating costs that make the route feasible. Air Canada’s network has been “transformed” by the 787, he said. Several routes, including Montreal–Algiers, Algeria; Vancouver–Melbourne, Australia; and Vancouver–Taipei, Taiwan, would not have made commercial sense without the aircraft, Rovinescu said.

Air Canada is halfway through its widebody aircraft fleet transformation. Before 2007, the carrier had a mix of Airbus A330s and A340s, and Boeing 767s. The 767s mostly have been transferred to its leisure carrier rouge, while the mainline carrier is reinventing its widebody aircraft fleet with a mix of Boeing 777s and 787s. It will keep “some” A330s, Air Canada president-passenger airlines Benjamin Smith said.

The carrier is expecting deliveries of nine further 787s on top of the 37 it already operates. After the last 787s are delivered, the widebody aircraft fleet plan will be complete, Smith said.

Madhu Unnikrishnan [email protected]

 
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Si cette liaison voit le jour, Montréal deviendra une importante plaque tournante pour le trafic Amérique du Nord - Liban. Il faudra définitivement qu'Air Canada lance Montréal-Détroit en même temps (c'est la région métropolitaine de Détroit qui accueille la plus grande communauté libanaise (et arabe) aux États-Unis)

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