Political Analysis

Yemeni Airlines Back Home after Mandatory Ceases

National Yemen


By the editor

The Yemenia airline airbus A330 returned home early Saturday morning after five hours of compulsory cease at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France. Sources at the Yemeni airlines office whom prefer not to be mentioned, told National Yemen the real story behind the scenes.

One side of the story is the ongoing dispute between the Yemeni government and the French oil company, Total, and the second issue is financially linked to the extended delay of Yemeni installments payment to the manufacturer Airbus.

The Yemenia airline transferred on the same night over $6 million to the benefit of the manufacturer. The source denied the news that the Yemenia was banned from flying because of the French court charged the Yemenia with manslaughter over a crash in 2009 off the Comoros Islands that killed 152 people. Yemenia airline suffers hard times to get its money return from the ministry of finance to clear its commitments with the first party, spare parts companies and fuel suppliers which was another reason for the Yemenia’s airline halt in Charles de Gaulle airport.

Politics and the government’s misuse of Yemenia’s management plans left the national carrier in a hard position to neither compete nor expand. Recently the Yemenia airlines was awarded the certificate of European union inspections and the exams includes all airports of Yemen, this certificate helps Yemenia against the French court calls for charging Yemenia over a 2009 crash off the Comoros Islands. The carrier is not included on the current European Union list of banned airlines.

Officials from Yemen have previously said the plane had undergone a thorough inspection and conformed to international standards.

Eerily of this month the French authorities say the Airbus A310, which set off from the Yemeni capital, should not have been allowed to fly, the AFP news agency reports.

Many of the passengers were travelling to the Comoros, but had begun their journey in Paris or Marseille on another jet operated by the national airline of Yemen, before boarding flight IY626 in Sanaa. There was just one survivor – a teenage girl who was rescued from the sea.