Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2146 posts, RR: 13 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4367 times:
Why aren't any of the Middle Eastern airlines in an alliance? I guess that many people have knocked on the door of Emirates, but other than some codeshare agreements (AF-ME, QR-LH), not a lot have come out of it.
I coiuld imagine a couple of memberships:
Star: Gulf or Emirates (but not both), definitely Qatar because of their existing ties with LH
oneworld: Emirates or Gulf, depending on who goes to Star, maybe Turkish (old ally of Swissair BTW)
Skyteam: ME), Brazil">MEA from Lebanon (existing link with AF)
Which still leaves people like Kuwait, Egyptair, El Al, Jordanian and maybe also Saudi Arabian, which don't have any existing ties, but which could fill some gaps on the map, no?
Gulfair From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4332 times:
It makes sense for Gulf Air to join OneWorld as they have already formed codeshare agreements on domestic flights between Sydney and Melbourne domestically in Australia, as well as on QF's flights from SYD to SIN to connect with their GF149 service to BAH.
But as GF are returning to Australia in their own right in November (BAH-SIN-SYD-SIN-BAH, I dont really see this happening now. Maybe we will see a GF A330-200 in Australia?
GF are advertising in Australia the best connections between Australia and Greece, their proposed flight from SYD - BAH only has a 1 hour connection time for the flight to Athens, maybe QF could use their brains and codeshare on this, as they have no flights to Greece at all, and considering OA pulled out of MEL and SYD a couple of years ago due to high operating costs and long flights (from SYD-MEL-BKK-ATH)
Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2146 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4288 times:
Yep, I remember those ME), Brazil">MEA flights to Sao Paulo, glorious time. They also had BEY-ORY-JFK with a 747 for many years, but that stopped by the late 80s I believe. Now they can't do it, because I think there still is a travel ban by the US State Department for US citizens to go to Lebanon - at least there used to be until recently
My personal wish would be for ME to become a shooting star like EK or QR, but that is simply by affection for that country and that airline. Glad to hear they will join Skyteam
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7375 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4269 times:
It will take time before ME become a "shooting star"... you don't erase so easy the consequences of a terrible 20 years war.
As most of the French people, I have special feelings for Lebanon, it's my "second" homeland. This country has a HUGE potential of development and can hold the leading place in the region...if its neighbors would let it !
M.E.A began restructuring in the early 90's, after the war ended. It must be said that they NEVER fired anybody during the war period and never stopped flying to/from LCA when BEY airport was closed, or leased by Air France or Air Inter, as most of their a/c were parked at ORY for protection from bombings...
The Airline restarted operations fully from BEY in the early 90's with an aging fleet of few remaining B707 and B720 !!!! and 3 B747-200.
They operate now, only 10 years after one of the most modern and youngest fleet in the world with Airbus A320/321 and A332.
to correct you : US citizens can travel in Lebanon without problems...! M.E.A stopped its BEY-ORY-JFK flight because THE AIRLINE is not allowed to land in the U.S for "security" reasons...while PIA is... !!!