At that time, the Beirut - London route was served by 3 carriers, MEA, British Airways, and British Mediterranean.
British Airways operated the Beirut route 2x weekly on 767-300ERs. At that time I believe British Mediterranean served the route 5x a week or maybe even daily. I'm not realy sure. I'm not sure how much MEA served the route. Ever since British Airways started the service after the war, it was a complete money loser and in 1997 they decided to call it quits. They signed an agreement with British Mediterranean to become a British Airways franchise carrier, and British Airways dropped its own 2x weekly flight.
Since then, British Mediterranean has grown from a fleet of 1 A320 to 5 aircraft (3 A320s, and 2 A321s) and has expanded it's network as shown below:
Since the signing of the agreement, British Mediterranean dropped it's own livery and adopted the British Airways livery.
Madhatter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 weeks ago) and read 3304 times:
BA currently flies to Larnaca 11 x weekly on a 763. I wouldnt have thought they'd swap this to British Mediterranean as its not in the Middle East although that isnt only where British Mediterranean operate obviously. And also considering theyve just run all their Middle East flights though Larnaca Id have though it was kind of an important airport operation there??
Ba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8267 posts, RR: 56 Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3286 times:
BMED is BA's only long haul franchise partner.
I actually know the Marketing Director.BMED are more than happy with the arrangement with BA,fleet expansion will continue as they grow routes and frequencies,but the largest plane they plan to operate is the A321-200.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11135 posts, RR: 61 Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3251 times:
I made a discovery about Larnaca (LCA). It's right now 11x a week because the Kuwait City (KWI) stops in Larnaca (LCA) on the way to make a crew change. This is only a temporary move due to the war.
After looking at the schedules, once Kuwait becomes a separate flight, Larnaca (LCA) will be reduced to daily 757 service then eventually later will become 8x weekly (2 flights on Saturday) A320 service (British Airways service, not British Mediterranean).
Before the war messed everything up route operated 4x weekly on 763. I guess now British Airways wants to bump up frequencies on the Larnaca (LCA) route.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
Madhatter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3216 times:
Just checked the BA website and its showing 11 x weekly 763 service from LHR. They have European flight numbers and not the Kuwait flight numbers (157?) and plus Kuwait is a 777 service and these are operated by 763s.
This continues till the start of the Winter Schedule when it goes back to daily BA662/663 service operated by a 752. This summer schedule has been the largest its been to LCA for a while. Last summer I recall it was only 9 x weekly on a 763 so things must be booming in LCA then?