Review of Yemenia flight Amman Sana'a in Economy

Airline Yemenia
Flight IY647
Class Economy
Seat 25F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 07:30
Take-off 02 Mar 16, 04:30
Arrival at 02 Mar 16, 13:00
IY 3 reviews
Alosh
By 2761
Published on 4th April 2016
Welcome to the First En report for Yemenia - Yemen Airways in FLight-report.com


Yemenia is the national airline of Yemen founded in 1962 , based in Sana'a. It operates scheduled domestic and international passenger flights to destinations in Africa and the Middle East, as well as to Asia and Europe out of its hubs at Sana'a International Airport, and to a smaller extent Aden International Airport. Yemenia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization. As of 30 March 2015, the airline was forced to suspend all operations until further notice, mainly due to the current bombings in Yemen that also damaged Sana'a International Airport. Yemenia has recently started to operate scheduled flights to regional destination such as Amman and Cairo.

This my last part of my journey

part 1 - TK0063 KUL-IST with Turkish Airlines A333 -http://flight-report.com/en/report-13745.html

part 2 - TK812 IST-AMM with Turkish Airlines A332-http://flight-report.com/en/report-13795.html

part 3 - IY647 AMM-SAH With Yemenia - Yemen airways A320 - You are here !



after leaving the airport going in again for departure

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Yemenia counter

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AMM duty free

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going to gate 116



Boarding

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First class





Pushback

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atfrer take off

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Horrible break fast meal


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sunrise

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Landing in Bisha . Bisha is domestic airport in Saudi Arabia serving Bisha in Asir province

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since Saudi allies have started their operations in Yemen last year , Yemenia flights that departure or Arrive Sanaa Airport must land first at Bisha airport for security reasons. we stayed there in the plane for 3 hours. i saw them through the window taking the luggage out to inspect again by their security devices . They were counting the number of the passengers to compare with their records .they ckecked all passengers passports but they were focusing more on foreign passport holders . Using camera or mobile was not allowed while they were on-board

Taking off from Bisha Video - Full HD




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above the Red Sea

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Lavatory was messy


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Landing at Sanna airport Video - Full HD




Damaged Il-76


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another one still alive xD

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disembarking


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leaving the airport

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Verdict

Yemenia

5.3/10
Cabin6.5
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi0.0
Meal/catering4.5

Amman - AMM

8.0/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Sana'a - SAH

4.4/10
Efficiency7.0
Access3.5
Services3.5
Cleanliness3.5

Conclusion

finally arrived to my final destination after more than 30 hours travelling with no rest !

it was my pleasure to publish the first En report for Yemenia here . flight was too boring specially the duration we stayed in Bisha is upsetting. the crew were very kind and fully cooperative.

Meal was bad :< . there was no IFE as well .

Sanaa Airport is too messy , small and crowded . they still following an old way of transfering the luggage so , i have waited for more than one hour to get mine .

Thank you :)

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23 Comments

  • Comment 161257 by
    marathon SILVER 9719 Comments

    This is not quite the first report on Yemenia on this website, since one has been posted already in French, by a respected contributor. But this was a fifth freedom CGK-DXB flight, whereas this one is a first out of the hub in SAH, and actually the first report on SAH.

    The conditions of operation of IY that you describe in your introduction make this report even more unique.
    I would not criticize the quality of the pictures, obviously taken in discreet mode.

    Describing that Il-76 as damaged is a real understatement !

    Thanks for sharing !

    • Comment 337720 by
      Alosh AUTHOR 31 Comments

      Ops am sorry ! i had no idea about that cause i am browsing reports in En only already edited now

      the quality of pictures maybe not good because they were taken by mobile camera and as you mentioned in discreet mode but i think still acceptable . only 3 photos taken by Canon

      I didn't understand what you mean ? what description you think should be used ?

      Thanks for your comment !

    • Comment 337722 by
      marathon SILVER 9719 Comments

      I am not an administrator, but I believe that this is a fully acceptable report.

      You described very clearly the difficulty of operation of Yemenia.
      The Il-76 is completely destroyed (just a matter of vocabulary).

      Thank you again for taking pictures in these conditions, and for posting such an unusual report !

    • Comment 337723 by
      Alosh AUTHOR 31 Comments

      Oh i see ! yeah you are right

      You are most welcome :)

  • Comment 161258 by
    FFlyerCDG 3134 Comments

    Thanks a lot for this contribution.
    Probably the most unique one since a very long time here and, of course, not only because of the airline :-))

    CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

    But I really don't understand why you described the breakfast ashorrible !
    Maybe should you travel more on some European airlines ;-))

  • Comment 161265 by
    Sukhoi47 56 Comments

    Wooh, that's a very unusual report ! Congratulations on finding the guts to report this flight : even in discreet mode I doubt most of the contributors would have dared doing it !

    Everything seemed pretty normal until the mandatory stop in Bisha. Then one is reminded of the current situation in Yemen.
    Impressing that Yemenia still manages to operate under these conditions and that the destination has not fallen in the hazardous operations category, where only specialised companies accept to operate !

    Overall a nice product on that A320 (much better than what was presented in the French report) : seats are reasonably comfy, pitch is decent, no service issue, catering that seems decent.

    Of course, if the meal made you sick, you should sanction it, but I think one can assume it was a one-off issue.

    I doubt that IL-76 is even usable for parts XD
    Hopefully, other planes seem to have avoided it's fate !

    Once again thanks for the report ! I hope the situation in Yemen will better soon ! Moreover, you could then post us more Yemenia FRs :)
    See you soon on FR !

    • Comment 337738 by
      Alosh AUTHOR 31 Comments

      Wooh, that's a very unusual report ! Congratulations on finding the guts to report this flight : even in discreet mode I doubt most of the contributors would have dared doing it !

      Thanks , am glad to hear that ! actually it was risky specially after landing in Sanaa if any of the securities or soldiers noticed me sure i would be in real trouble

      Everything seemed pretty normal until the mandatory stop in Bisha. Then one is reminded of the current situation in Yemen.
      Impressing that Yemenia still manages to operate under these conditions and that the destination has not fallen in the hazardous operations category, where only specialised companies accept to operate !

      Yeah i thought they will suspend their operation until the war finish but fortunately they are not ! however the price is double now .

      Overall a nice product on that A320 (much better than what was presented in the French report) : seats are reasonably comfy, pitch is decent, no service issue, catering that seems decent.

      Of course, if the meal made you sick, you should sanction it, but I think one can assume it was a one-off issue.

      Indeed ! every thing was okay no issues , maybe I'm the only one who had been effected by that meal !

      I doubt that IL-76 is even usable for parts XD
      Hopefully, other planes seem to have avoided it's fate !

      Lol yeah i got same doubts . there were some others had the same fate :( .. The presidential aircraft B747-SP Reg : 7O-YMN had been totally destroyed by an air strike In Aden International airport in the south of Yemen

      Once again thanks for the report ! I hope the situation in Yemen will better soon ! Moreover, you could then post us more Yemenia FRs :)
      See you soon on FR !

      thank you very much for your comment !

  • Comment 161268 by
    Pilpintu 757 Comments

    Oh, my! This was a fantastic report! Not only because of the exotic location, but all the tension that you had to go through! At first I wondered why you had taken most of the photographs vertically, but now I see that you had to go stealth most of the time in order to not raise suspicion. If I saw armed soldiers gettinng on my plane and asking to see our passports I would piss my pants.

    What was in your breakfast? I can see something brown that doesn't look very appetizing.

    Yeah, that IL 76 looks a little... weathered. lol

    Thanks for sharing this experience. I'll be waiting for more!

    • Comment 337740 by
      Alosh AUTHOR 31 Comments

      Oh, my! This was a fantastic report! Not only because of the exotic location, but all the tension that you had to go through! At first I wondered why you had taken most of the photographs vertically, but now I see that you had to go stealth most of the time in order to not raise suspicion.

      Yeah exactly !

      If I saw armed soldiers gettinng on my plane and asking to see our passports I would piss my pants.

      actually no one of them were armed on-board in they are not soldiers , they presented themselves as the Saudi authorities and they were wearing the official Saudi dressing

      What was in your breakfast? I can see something brown that doesn't look very appetizing.

      it was omelet eggs , hotdogs and mushroom the brown

      Yeah, that IL 76 looks a little... weathered. lol

      lol xD

      Thanks for sharing this experience. I'll be waiting for more!

      you are most welcome ! thanks for your comment :)

  • Comment 161274 by
    Rl 777 809 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this FR with us!

    You need some real guts to make an FR of a flight like this one, a very interesting and unique FR.

    I'm sorry to hear that you got stomach ache after the breakfast.

    Could that be the IL-76 that was destroyed by an air-strike a year ago?

    Have a good one, see you!

    • Comment 337744 by
      Alosh AUTHOR 31 Comments

      Thank you for sharing this FR with us!

      You need some real guts to make an FR of a flight like this one, a very interesting and unique FR.

      well , I'm glad to hear that , thank you :)

      I'm sorry to hear that you got stomach ache after the breakfast.

      thanks :)

      Could that be the IL-76 that was destroyed by an air-strike a year ago?

      I think so , because this one also destroyed by an air-strike :(

      Have a good one, see you!

      Thanks for your nice comment !

  • Comment 161295 by
    tommo 15 Comments

    Thank you for this flight report! I wasn't even aware that IY was operating again and that SAH was open. All the best to you. I hope you're safe in Yemen!

  • Comment 161298 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5501 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this exotic report, as you say, the only report on IY in English!
    This is what's great about Flight-Report.com, you get to see what it's like to fly on airlines and go to destinations, you may never have to opportunity to experience.

    That being said, the passenger experience onboard this IY A320 does not seem particularly appealing. The cabin looks old and run down, though the seats look plush and comfortable, as these older style seats often are. It's not luxurious, but then again, with the situation in Yemen, luxury isn't really a priority. So with everything that's happened the past year, IY gets people from point A to point B safely and that's definitely commendable.

    I imagine that the security must be very strict on these flights and it is incredible that you were able to do a Flight Report at all! You were rightly very discrete about it--very smart.

    It's a shame the meal was not good, as it looks like the portions were generous and it looks tasty, but as always, looks can be deceiving.

    Thanks again for this inside look into a mysterious world!

    • Comment 337785 by
      Alosh AUTHOR 31 Comments

      Thanks for sharing this exotic report, as you say, the only report on IY in English!
      This is what's great about Flight-Report.com, you get to see what it's like to fly on airlines and go to destinations, you may never have to opportunity to experience.

      yeah that is why i was insisting to share it.

      That being said, the passenger experience onboard this IY A320 does not seem particularly appealing. The cabin looks old and run down, though the seats look plush and comfortable, as these older style seats often are. It's not luxurious, but then again, with the situation in Yemen, luxury isn't really a priority. So with everything that's happened the past year, IY gets people from point A to point B safely and that's definitely commendable.

      well said . no matter if there is no luxury as long we reach our destination safely

      I imagine that the security must be very strict on these flights and it is incredible that you were able to do a Flight Report at all! You were rightly very discrete about it--very smart.

      further more i was wishful to board the plane before the others because if the passengers saw me it will be another issue like these situations every one seem to be cautious.

      It's a shame the meal was not good, as it looks like the portions were generous and it looks tasty, but as always, looks can be deceiving.

      sure ! appearance does not reflect the reality sometimes .

      Thanks again for this inside look into a mysterious world!

      you are most welcome ! thank you for your comment :)

  • Comment 161312 by
    KL651 TEAM 4511 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    Good that IY was able to resume some of its operations in spite of the ware still going on there.

    Why does the flight have to stop in KSA? Yemen is a sovereign country, there shouldn't be a need to stop in an intermediate country.

    The catering does look heavily processed, and it's also served at a weird hour in the middle of the night...

    • Comment 337786 by
      Alosh AUTHOR 31 Comments

      Thanks for this FR.
      Good that IY was able to resume some of its operations in spite of the ware still going on there.

      ofcourse it is only the way to travel to Yemen by air

      Why does the flight have to stop in KSA? Yemen is a sovereign country, there shouldn't be a need to stop in an intermediate country.

      True ! but that will not be for long time it is only temporarily because the government of Yemen currently is in Saudi Arabia and manages every thing from there . they have given the allies a green light to do whatever they see suitable which result the mandatory landing in Bisha

      The catering does look heavily processed, and it's also served at a weird hour in the middle of the night...

      It was already morning around six o'clock

      Thanks for your comment :)

  • Comment 161360 by
    SKYTEAMCHC GOLD 8556 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report on an airline that is not very well known by many readers on this site.
    I dont' know the food tasted ( you say horrible) but at least it's a full breakfast and not so many airline serve this kind of tray anymore.
    The cabin looks a bit plain to me but Yemenia is not an a comeption for the best cabin award I guess !

    • Comment 337824 by
      Alosh AUTHOR 31 Comments

      Thanks for sharing this report on an airline that is not very well known by many readers on this site.

      Yeah and that is why i began my report with introduction for the airline .

      I dont' know the food tasted ( you say horrible) but at least it's a full breakfast and not so many airline serve this kind of tray anymore.
      The cabin looks a bit plain to me but Yemenia is not an a comeption for the best cabin award I guess !

      Yemenia is categorized by skytrax as 2 stars airline so ofcourse it will not be a competitor!

      Every thing including seats are meeting with that level and maybe even more !

      Thanks for your comment :)

  • Comment 161361 by
    pitcain747 93 Comments

    I don't see anything horrible about the breakfast served onboard ! at least You got something on such a short flight ! Fly some European or American so called 'service airlines and you'll get peanuts !!!

    • Comment 337827 by
      Alosh AUTHOR 31 Comments

      Maybe other airlines catering is worse ! but i'm not here to compare . 7 hours flight i don't think it's considered as short flight ! however i have tried other airline before for the same route the catering was more better . Moreover this breakfast it made me sick.
      Maybe i'm the only one who was effected and the others were satisfied one-off issue I just wanted here to show the real flight rating as i experienced .

      Thanks :)

  • Comment 161603 by
    jish.b SILVER 285 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR!

    I didn't hear much of Yemen Air, but thanks to this FR, I have a fair idea. Pretty interesting FR!

    Food looks terrible! But the stay in Bisha is kinda puzzling..?

    Looking forward to more from you!

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