Venezuelan Airline Launching Flights To Syria

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Um… wow, now this is an exotic flight!

Conviasa, the national airline of Venezuela, will shortly be resuming nonstop flights between Caracas, Venezuela, and Damascus, Syria. The route will operate for the month of March 2020, with flights kicking off on March 2, 2020 (I’m not sure if the route will continue beyond that, or what, but as of now the schedule only shows flights through the end of March).

The ~6,600 mile flight will be operated once weekly using the airline’s only A340-200. The flight is blocked at 12hr30min eastbound and 15hr westbound.

Tickets are now on sale for this flight, which will operate with the following schedule:

Caracas to Damascus departing 4:00PM arriving 10:30AM (+1 day)
Damascus to Caracas departing 10:30AM arriving 7:30PM

The plane will sit on the ground in Damascus for 24 hours, presumably so that the crew can rest and then fly back with the plane, rather than having to spend more than a week in Syria.

Tickets on this flight are now bookable for March 2020, and roundtrip fares are a steep ~$1,700. Interestingly Conviasa’s A340s are in a one cabin configuration, featuring just economy seats. Given that this flight is presumably motivated by political reasons, I’m a bit surprised that the people who may be behind this flight would “settle” for economy.

Or maybe this flight isn’t at all about what’s in the cabin, but rather what’s in the cargo hold?

This isn’t the first time that the airline has served the route, as they also flew it back in 2012.

Conviasa operates a fleet of about 18 planes, including one A340-200, one 737-200, and 16 Embraer 190s.

This will be the only route the airline operates outside of North & South America.

This isn’t the first “unusual” flight we’ve seen to & from Venezuela. Back in April 2019, Iran’s Mahan Air operated a flight between Tehran and Caracas with an A340-600. At the time there were discussions of regular flights being operated, though nothing seemed to come of that.

So yeah, I love reviewing unique airlines on exotic flights, but I think I’ll be sitting this one out (and not just because there’s no first or business class).

(Tip of the hat to @fotograaf, featured image courtesy of Andres Ramirez)

Comments
  1. Should make it easier for the Venezuelan elite to continue to loot the country of any valuables before eventually fleeing.

  2. Iran Air used to operate from Tehran to Caracas with a 747-300. There is a video review from someone years back that actually flew on it. It appeared to have 30 passengers total and a full cargo hold. Wink Wink.

  3. Its an 26 year old plane that first were delivered to AirFrance and last have been owned by Iran air…

  4. @D. Lebowski
    I think after many decades of a massive decline, anyone with a bank account has taken all of their money out by now. Sad country with sad situation.
    I was going to type Doral-esuala (doral + venezuela) in Miami…… but I think the mega money from Venezuela goes to MIA and JFK and many other banks which are more secured than the mess in Venezuela. They had so much and they lost it. The hit to Lottery in 1980 and spent it!

  5. “Or maybe this flight isn’t at all about what’s in the cabin, but rather what’s in the cargo hold?”

    Yep, after the plague of socialism scraped us from almost everything, now they are looting the gold. That’s what they are going to transport mainly. Most of it for Russia (given that Syria is Putin’s backyard).

    While making the ecocide of destroying the Amazon forest, destroying ‘el arco minero’.
    interestingly no first world eco-activist is mentioning any of this, at all.

  6. Credition- what does this have to do with socialism? Using your logic are Sweden, Norway, Finland (just to name a few) stupid since they are socialist? They have a higher standard of living than we do here in the USA. I understand…. you couldn’t hold yourself from injecting your politics in a forum that is focused on travel.

  7. That’s what happens when you place ridiculous sanctions and interfere with regions you have nothing to do with. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right? And it frustrates the U.S. to no end!

  8. @Creditian, I suppose you’d also rather work 7 days a week and have no health care at all? Maybe educate yourself before opening your mouth and sounding really stupid yourself?

  9. Wow, can’t wait for your review. Obviously you wouldn’t have brought this up unless you intended to try it, and I must admit I’m proud of you. This is truly showing that you’re willing to review different experiences.

  10. Dennis: The decline of Venezuela started way, way, WAY before the sanctions.

    Stuart: Conviasa used an Airbus 340 for that flight. I saw it once (and took a picture actually) at the airport in CCS

  11. Lucky: you are doing the right thing by not reviewing that flight. Everything could be fine or you could have an experience similar to the Angola (Was it Angola?) flight. Stay safe.

  12. Looks like from your great circle map that the flight will have limited if any time overflying any countries – which certainly limits the need to ask anyone for permission to operate it or provide any information on what/who is onboard.

  13. Ben – I would very definitely give this one a miss. After what happened yesterday In Baghdad, you might also have the excitement of being kidnapped during the stopover in Damascus! Your ‘hotel’ probably wouldn’t be worth reviewing.

  14. The relations of the Syrian regime reach back when Chavez was president and not his bus driver replacement. I remember seeing Assad and Chavez dine together in 2010 in Damascus. At the height of his presidency Chavez bought alliances which run until now.

  15. Poor Venezuela. I remember when the country was so wealthy Air France flew a Concorde between Paris and Caracas…

  16. Indeed, the Venezuelan money goes to the US … which is the only OECD member state not applying the rules in tax and money laundering … so really no need to send it to exotic destinations such as Syria. More likely: Drug and weapons.

    Also I’m not sure if there are really no F/J seats. Possibly they have already been sold or reserved by government(s).

  17. Didn’t SyrianAir used to fly this route with the 747SP? I swear I read a TR several years ago on a.net before it got overrun by teenagers and racist trumpers.

  18. Direct flights to and from Mad Dictators summits I suppose……
    Any plans for a scheduled Washington diversion I wonder.

  19. The flight makes sense for the following reasons :
    -Drugs to Syria in return for arms and ammunition ( from the Russians )
    -Escape routes for Venezulean politicians and Syria rulers ( Assad )
    -Access to the America continent for terrorrists from the Middle East who will eventually enter USA as poor Venezuleans escaping political injustice with new identities.
    -Both countries are anti American
    – No international security checks on cargo and passengers .

    Unlikely that ordinary citizens of these 2 countries will be able to afford these prices , and anyway , the seats will be used for the drugs and ammunition , so seats will be scarce .

  20. I visited Venezuala in 1975 and Syria in 2004. Both beautiful countries , very sad how they are now .

  21. My other posting was deleted by webmaster . Do you have a policy of censoring postings ?

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