Vatican Airways


“- coffee, tea, holy water?”

“Air Bigot”

“How bad the name Virgin Airlines has already been taken”

“You can join the Heavens High Club”

These were the first comments on websites about the following news:

“The Vatican is bringing the faithful nearer to heaven – by setting up its own charter airline to fly pilgrims to shrines and holy sites across the world.

The planes will be leased Boeing 737s painted in the Vatican colours of yellow, blue and white, and will have the slogan: ‘Looking for your face, Lord’ painted on the fuselage. The debut charter flight later this month will fly to the shrine of Lourdes in France.

Mistral Air plans to shuttle Catholic pilgrims around the globe to holy sites, including the shrine of Fatima in Portugal and the shrine of the Madonna of Guadalupe in Mexico.

‘The spirit of this new initiative is to meet the growing demand by pilgrims to visit the most important sites for the faith’ Father Cesare Atuire at the Vatican pilgrimage office, the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, told La Republica.

The aircraft will be operated by Italy’s postal service.”

Nice initiation. I wonder though how Italy’s postal service will manage such a business, but I have no doubt there is a demand for this type of service. The quotes from the comments were the funnier ones, there were some more cynical comments as well. I hope I did not hurt anyone’s feelings with them. They just show how weird it is for people that a state governed by the church starts such a business. Religion and business are conflicting according to many people. And those who say the painting “Looking for your face, Lord” on the fuselage is really weird are right. We can however acknowledge that Vatican as a state and the church are not the same entities. Besides that it is now common and accepted that Vatican, the state even has its own football championship. Anyway, I am happy that nowadays the catholic church is open for such initiatives.

By Szafi
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5 Responses to “Vatican Airways”


  1. 1 szafi August 16, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Another quote:

    “in the back part of the aircrafts there is the ladies’ toilet, the men’s toilet and the confessional room” πŸ™‚

  2. 2 szafi August 16, 2007 at 9:54 am

    “The uniforms are white, with a huge cross on them”

  3. 3 szafi August 21, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    An interesting and very useful discussion is going on about this post on Lycos IQ.
    Sorry, it will be a long url:
    http://iq.lycos.co.uk/qa/show/49237/The%20Vatican%20has%20set%20up%20an%20airline%2C%20%28first%20flight%20later%20this%20month%29%2C%20to%20fly%20pilgrims%20to%20sacred%20shirines%20like%20Lourdes%20at%20cheap%20rates.%20Apparently%20it%20will%20be%20called%20Mistral%20Air.%20Can%20anyone%20think%20of%20a%20better%20name%3F/
    I like it very much. Thank you w.j.flywheel!
    Actually I simply like the name PrayAir πŸ™‚
    And one more thing came to my mind: it will operate turbopope planes. πŸ˜€ Ok, sorry for that. πŸ™‚


  1. 1 Vatican’s Mistral Air Took Off On Monday « Airline world Trackback on August 29, 2007 at 12:26 pm
  2. 2 Vatican Airways: Sorry, No Holy Water On Board! « Airline world Trackback on August 30, 2007 at 1:29 pm

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