Fascinating: EgyptAir’s Baghdad To Washington Flight

Do you know that there are nonstop flights from Baghdad to Washington… on EgyptAir… each three weeks? Neither did I!

EgyptAir’s Baghdad to Washington route

Each three weeks, Star Alliance member EgyptAir operates a flight from Cairo to Washington through Baghdad. That is along with the provider’s nonstop Cairo to Washington flight, which operates a number of instances per week. Particularly, this flight operates with the next schedule:

MS3051 Cairo to Baghdad departing 3:30AM arriving 6:55AM
MS3051 Baghdad to Washington departing 9:00AM arriving 3:00PM

MS3052 Washington to Baghdad departing 7:30PM arriving 2:10PM (+1 day)
MS3051 Baghdad to Cairo departing 3:40PM arriving 5:15PM

You’ll be able to monitor MS3051 on Flightradar24 right here, and monitor MS3052 on Flightradar24 right here.

EgyptAir’s Washington to Baghdad route

The flight to Washington operates on Mondays, whereas the flight to Baghdad operates on Tuesdays (once more, each third week). EgyptAir makes use of its flagship Boeing 787-9 for the route, that includes 309 seats, together with 30 enterprise class seats and 279 financial system class seats.

Why does EgyptAir fly from Baghdad to Washington?

EgyptAir’s service between Baghdad and Washington is a constitution flight, so it’s not bookable by most people. You received’t discover these tickets on sale on EgyptAir’s web site or on on-line journey companies, and for that matter the flight quantity is completely different than the standard ones that EgyptAir makes use of for lengthy haul service (it’s 4 digits quite than three digits).

What I haven’t fairly been in a position to determine is why EgyptAir operates this service:

  • Presumably that is meant to hold passengers and/or cargo between the capital of the US and the capital of Iraq; this might embrace contractors, diplomats, and many others.
  • I’m unsure why EgyptAir is working this service — maybe it’s as a result of EgyptAir was one of many few airways keen to function this, and/or provided one of the best value to the constitution operator
  • Sometimes US authorities staff and contractors should fly with US airways (both a US airline straight, or a codeshare from a US airline on one other airline), although I’d assume that’s not at play for this service

That’s all I do know, so I’d wish to open this as much as OMAAT readers — anybody have extra particulars about this intriguing constitution flight? Is the flight between Cairo and Baghdad empty and only for repositioning? Who precisely is taking this flight, and what social gathering is behind the constitution? Is it constantly full? I’m certain I’m not the one one who can be curious to know!

Apparently again in 2015, Iraqi Airways deliberate to launch nonstop flights from Baghdad to Washington. Unsurprisingly, that didn’t materialize.

Backside line

EgyptAir operates a constitution each three weeks from Baghdad to Washington, which should be one of the fascinating constantly scheduled providers to the US. Whereas I do know it is a constitution flight, and whereas it’s presumably meant to hold officers of some type between Iraq and the US, I don’t know a lot past that.

If anybody has extra intel on this service, I’d certain like to study extra!

What do you make of this EgyptAir Baghdad to Washington service?

(Tip of the hat to David)

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