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I think a case could be made for calling all of those countries you mentioned as volitile, and unstable if you use corruption, endless bureaucracy, crew security concerns ( which believe it or not is one of the bigger challenges getting it past the unions ), fuel cost/availability ( and here the mid eastern carriers have a huge advantage as they can tanker in all their return fuel, whereas european airlines can only tanker in a small fraction and will still need to top up the majority of their return fuel ).

Balance all of this next to using that aircraft to add a rotation to JFK or HKG just as an example and you will see why the Legacy carriers in europe tend to saturate routes before adding new ones. (KLM are the exeception to this)

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