Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2007 posts, RR: 15 Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 964 times:
If Emirates bought ME - which, based on what was said above, sounds rather hypothetical - then maybe EK would finally join an alliance: EK and ME both in Skyteam!
Also, maybe EK would not fully acquire ME, but what if EK bought 49%, and the rest staid with a Lebanese-owned fund or something like that. This relationship could then develop into something like SQ-VS (hardly any commercial/marketing links, an almost purely financial stakeholding), something like LH-BD (distinct brands, but in the same alliance and systematic code-sharing), into something like EK-UL (turning a so-so airline into a premium player, with some commercial cooperation).
Or maybe - although less likely - ME could be taken over by Lebanese investors and then enter into a cross-shareholding with EK.
In any case, right now I am less worried about who could invest into ME. I would first like to see them on a stable and sustainable growth path, i.e. grow the network and the fleet, establish a premium reputation, and like this make itself more attractive to potential investors. A final thought: given the strong seasonality of ME's business on many routes, the ideal investor would be one that has a seasonal business as well, but in winter - great complementarity. Which would be such an airline?
Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2007 posts, RR: 15 Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 891 times:
toBEYwithMEA, I am afraid you are right, otherwise I would have come up with one already... Even outside the region I cannot think of any airline whose peak is in Northern Hemisphere winter, unless maybe some small commuter airline flying to some ski resorts. But that would be no good for MEA...
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7312 posts, RR: 61 Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 828 times:
MEA will never be sold to EK. First because there is no interest for EK to buy MEA... and because even privatized, Lebanon needs a national airline, and MEA will remain in the hands of private Lebanese investors, and will remain THIS national airline. Member of SkyTeam
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7702 posts, RR: 55 Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 740 times:
Emirates aren't going to buy MEA. I think MEA are doing fine, the fleet is gradually expanding and new long haul routes are being considered ie Brazil (presumably via W Africa) and if Air Canada aren't allowed to serve Lebanon, why can't MEA serve Canada (with an AC codeshare)? Wasn't the supposed reason for AC not being allowed to fly last year a function of the aircraft apparently being unsafe while on the ground at Beirut? Therefore, why not operate the flight with MEA metal?
I wouldn't take Greg's comment too seriously. They're one of the best airlines in the world for comfort, service, food, you name it. 149 seats on an A321 says it all. I don't think MEA fly within Texas so I doubt Greg knows what he's talking about.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz