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MEA Decides Against Sao Paulo Route  
User currently offlineMEA321 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 14
Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2319 times:

According to MEA chairman Mohammed Hout, Middle East Airlines will not re-open a direct route between Beirut and Sao Paulo. This comes after some speculation that MEA was doing a feasibility study about the BEY-GRU route.

Hout said that profitability was not proven to be satisfactory, however MEA will soon be offering great fares from Beirut to the United States and Rio de Janeiro thanks to an agreement with major international airline companies.

He also re-emphasized that MEA will be joining skyteam in 2004.

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User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1752 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2262 times:

I think they will rely more and more on AF which is great. MEA should concentrate on being a regional player rather than opening up routes that could be too risky and could result in losing money.

Good decision!

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

I heard this a few weeks ago. Mohammad El-Hout said that the yields on this route are simply too low at the moment. I agree with him.

Good to hear about MEA joining Skyteam in 2004. Where did you hear all this information?


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMEA321 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2196 times:


LBC reported on Monday, November 3rd about MEA letting go of the Sao Paulo route and the rest of the information which I stated in the first post. They said a lot of other things but I don't remember exactly what. They usually have their TV broadcasts put on their website, so I will go back and check if it is there.

Something I forgot to add in the initial post is that MEA is offering tickets to the U.S. as low as $690 and to Rio de Janeiro as low as $800. That is quoted from Lebanonwire.com. Again those prices are made possible through agreements which have been negotiated with other (unspecified) airlines.

User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1928 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

I think it's best not to fly to GRU at present. They should concentrate on YUL instead if there's any intention for going long haul.

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