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MEA Voted "Best Airline Within The Middle East"  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4810 times:

.......and "Best Airline to Africa" according to a survey. Another survey ranked MEA's

CedarMiles frequent flyer program the second best among the world's top three international frequent flyer programs.

Below is the article from the June/July CedarWings issue:


MEA voted "Best Airline within the Middle East" and "Best Airline to Africa"

According to the Travel & Tourism Survey 2003, Middle East Travel and Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal readers have voted Middle East Airlines as their favorite airline to travel within the Middle East and best airline to travel to Africa. The award-winning companies were announced in the Survey on Travel & Tourism implemented by Middle East Travel and Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazines from May to December 2003.

Middle East Travel and Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal have circulation in the MENA region, and Europe. Survey answers came from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Bahrian, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Egypt in addition to United Kingdom, France, and other destinations in Europe. Survey answers have been recieved from 1,364 top managerial positions, decision-makers, and executives who are regular travelers. The Awards Presentation Ceremony took place on May 22, 2004 at the Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel in Beirut, and Mr. Nizar Khoury, Head of Commercial, was presented with the award.

Here is the article about the Cedar Miles frequent flyer program:


MEA Cedar Miles program ranked second amongst the world's top three international frequent flyer programs by InsideFlyer magazine

Randy Petersen, publisher of InsideFlyer magazine, commended MEA for all the work it has done to make Cedar Miles one of the most attractive Frequent Flyer Programs in the region. He informed MEA that InsideFlyer magazine has completed the final audit of votes during this year's Freddie Awards, with over 277,000 voters, and that the Cedar Miles program ranked second of the top three finalists among international frequent flyer programs in the best rewards category.

Mr. Petersen congratulated MEA on this honor, nothing that many programs around the world would love to hold this position and that the efforts of the program and its staff have effectively communicated the program's value to its members.

Mrs. Ayla Dame, MEA Head of Customer Services, and Ms. Sawssan Kaissy, Manager of Cedar Miles, shared this award nomination with all the Cedar Miles management and MEA Call Center staff "who helped us in elevating the services of the program to unprecedented levels of customer recognition and services. In addition, we dedicate our success to all the Lebanese around the world who show unsurpassed loyalty towards their national carrier."

The 16th Annual Freddie Awards were held in New York City on 29 April 2004. InsideFlyer magazine reviews programs and organizations annually, looking for efforts it feels are deserving of being honored. These honors take the form of three special awards - the Distinguished Achievement Award, the Industry Impact Award and the Rising Star Award. The winners were announced during the Awards Ceremony.

Middle East Airlines (MEA) is the national carrier of the Republic of Lebanon serving 25 destinations from its Beirut hub with a fleet of 6 brand new Airbus A321-200 and 3 Airbus A330-200s in a comfortable two-class configuration having an average fleet age of less than a year making it the youngest fleet in the world.

MEA's A321-200s are equipped with 31 Cedar Class seats and 118 Economy Class seats for a total of 149 seats.
MEA's A330-200s are equipped with 42 Cedar Class seats and 202 Economy Class seats for a total of 250 seats.

Cedar Class features a comfortable 49" pitch, 10.4" personal TV screens, and laptop power supply. Satellite phones will be added to the fleet starting in July. Cedar Class passengers may enjoy MEA's Cedar Lounge at Beirut International Airport with a wonderful view of the tarmac and at lounges at all destinations served by MEA.

Economy Class features a comfortable 32" pitch and 6.8" personal TV screens.

On the A330, 8 video channels and 12 radio channels are provided in all classes all in Audio/Video and Demand (AVOD) system. On the A321, 5 video channels and 12 radio channels are provided in a normal broadcast format in all classes. AVOD service will be added to the Cedar Class of the A321s starting in July.

The A321s are powered by International Aero Engines (IAE) V2533-A5 turbofans producing 33,000lb. of thrust each.
The A330s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B turbofans producing 72,000lb. of thrust each.

With the new fleet, MEA introduced a new business class product named Cedar Class replacing the previous Front Class service. MEA also introduced a new Economy Class product. In addition, they introduced an aggressive new advertisement campaign all over Lebanon in magazines and billboard signs. Below is the magazine AD:


Below is the Cedar Class AD:


MEA maintains a partnership with Air France and Qatar Airways.

MEA code-shares on Air France's daily 777-200ER from Paris Charles de Gaulle. Together, the two airlines operate three daily flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle's Terminal 2F (MEA A321-200, MEA A330-200, Air France 777-200ER) conveniently timed for connections throughout Europe, Africa, and North and South America on Air France.

MEA code-shares on Qatar Airways' daily A320-200 flight from Doha providing convenient connections to the Far East on Qatar Airways.

MEA also maintains close cooperation and more than 80 interline agreements including Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines.

MEA provides convenient connections from Europe to destinations in the Gulf through its Beirut hub and offers convenient overnight stopover packages in Beirut. MEA and MEA partners use Gates 13 to 23 in Beirut International Airport.

Cedar Miles members may also earn points on MEA's partners Air France and Qatar Airways. In March, MEA teamed up with Lebanon's largest bank, Banque Audi to introduce a credit card for earning MEA Cedar Miles. Two cards are offered, the Silver card and the Gold card. Check out the web page for more details including promotions. Currently double miles are being offered to Athens, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi until June 15.

For more information on MEA's Cedar Miles frequent flyer program, check out the official web page:
http://www.mea.com.lb/cedarmiles/index.htm

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http://www.mea.com.lb

Beirut International Airport was rated the best airport in the Middle East after Dubai Int'l by Skytrax.
http://www.airlinequality.com
http://www.beirutairport.gov.lb

Watch out Emirates.  Smile

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1924 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4743 times:

What can I say, true class! And that Hisham's photo is excellent!

I always ask people's impressions of their flights with MEA and never hear anything negative, specially in these past few years.

BA,

Don't you think they will wet lease a plane by the end of the high summer season to cope with the high outbound traffic?


User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2147 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4743 times:

its me again!

can you tell me what makes the Cedar Program so great? is it that much different than others?

and is there really a laptop power supply in Cedar Class? i don't remember that being the case.

af022


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4726 times:

OD720,

Don't you think they will wet lease a plane by the end of the high summer season to cope with the high outbound traffic?

I don't think they will as it is probably too late now. It seems like they will stick with their 9 aircraft for the summer running them at the max.

AF022,

can you tell me what makes the Cedar Program so great? is it that much different than others?

Can't tell ya. I'm not a frequent flyer program expert.

and is there really a laptop power supply in Cedar Class? i don't remember that being the case.

Yep, I've seen them.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 4709 times:

Thanks for bringing us the good news BA.
Some of my family members flew with MEA on the LHR-BEY sector in Cedar Class and were very impressed by the service onboard,IFE and their Lebanese Tourism booklets and DVDs.

MEA310



M5 Fastest Sedan On Earth
User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1924 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 4682 times:

Wet lease can be arranged on short notice for a short period of time. I know an FA and he says it's already hectic and they fear that a slight delay might cause real problems in the next few months.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4604 times:

Keep us informed OD720.  Smile

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlinePropulsion From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 294 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4539 times:

A very impressive airline. I just hope that they adopt a far more interesting livery, although the fleet does look stunning in white with that green tree and multi-coloured MEA titles.


A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4519 times:

I agree Propulsion.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4515 times:
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Best airline to Africa? with 5 destinations? That's almost like calling a domestic baseball competition the World Series.....

Can't argue that the press looks impressive though.



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4512 times:

Andz,

You don't have to serve a bunch of destinations to be the best.

Some of the best hotels in the world are 5-room bed & breakfast hotels in Paris.

All it means is voters found MEA to be the best carrier to go to Africa, meaning they enjoyed the service, comfort, amenities, etc. more than any other airline when they fly to Africa.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineEuroLeb From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4466 times:

Andz,

I kind of agree with you. However, I think the report meant MEA was voted as the best airline to serve Africa FROM the Middle East region NOT the best airline in the world to serve the continent.

BA,

First Welcome back! Have u had a chance to comment on MEA's A-321/330 amazing videos? Those videos are featured on the airline's German website; here they are again:

http://www.meagermany.de/webger/pagesger/specialoffers/news.htm

Also, does anyone have an idea why MEA has websites in English, German and Italian, but not in French? I quite curious to know to the reason...



Calgary is my home...
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4422 times:

Thanks EuroLeb. They're great videos.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4626 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4392 times:

I love these threads on MEA!

The reason why?

The passion shown in talking about the airline. In threads I get route maps, advertising, aircraft pictures and a heap of information!

Due to these threads specifically, I know more about MEA than any other airline outside of Australia.

Well done! I wish there were more threads like this! Can't wait to fly MEA to Beirut sometime!

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4343 times:

Glad to see its working ClassicLover.  Smile

MEA may be a small airline, but as I've always said, you don't need to be big to be of high quality. MEA doesn't get the recognition that it deserves.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4342 times:

Glad to see its working ClassicLover.  Smile

MEA may be a small airline, but as I've always said, you don't need to be big to be of high quality. MEA doesn't get the recognition that it deserves.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4330 times:

Survey is flawed as Israel was not included in the Middle East countries polled.

Possibly rename the survey, "Best Airline within the Arab Middle East"


User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4317 times:

Haveric, many, if not all, Arab carriers have the edge over EL AL (this has nothing to do with politics and all to do with product quality). Whether its EK, QR, EY (Etihad), GF, MS, RJ, ME and SV.


EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineMEA321 From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4306 times:

I agree with Horus,

EL AL is not a very good airline in terms of service and comfort. They spend a lot of their emphasis on security which in itself is a discomfort before even getting on the planes.

A lot of what I have heard about EL AL by Israelis and non-Israelis is bad. Aboard their planes, there isn't that warm welcoming feeling that you would otherwise see on world class carriers. Plus I heard their food is bad.

The only good thing I can say about EL AL is they have nice planes and a nice c/s. Otherwise, they stand no chance against most arab or asian carrier.



MEA321
User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

HORUS and MEA -- you both missed the point. The survey did not bother to survey flyers from Israel. As Israel is part of the Middle East, it was thus improperly left out of the survey area.

This is particularly important because many Israelis and visitors to Israel cannot fly the other airlines mentioned in the survey because they have an Israeli stamp in their passport.

This has nothing at all to do with the quality of El Al. You can't have a survey of the best airline in North America and leave out surveying Canadians juts because Air Canada is in bankruptcy...


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4265 times:

Haveric,

Read what the survey says again. It's talking about the best airline to fly within the Middle East. El Al doesn't have any Middle East destinations from its Tel Aviv hub except for its domestic flights which I think is only Eilat.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineSleak76 From Kuwait, joined Nov 2000, 345 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4252 times:

El Al doesn't have any Middle East destinations from its Tel Aviv hub

Hmmm.. their website (www.elal.com) mentions one weekly service to CAI during Jun-Jul period.

18JUN 09JUL ....5.. 0050 (TLV) 0220 (CAI) LY 443 738/757/73G
20JUN 11JUL ......7 1940 (TLV) 2110 (CAI) LY 443 73G/738



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4236 times:

Sleak76,

Yes, but Egypt isn't considered part of the Middle East. It's considered part of North Africa.

However since Egypt is quite similar along with the other Middle Eastern countries, the term MENA region has been used often lately which stands for "Middle East & North Africa."

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4235 times:

Sleak76,

Yes, but Egypt isn't considered part of the Middle East. It's considered part of North Africa.

However since Egypt is quite similar along with the other Middle Eastern countries, the term MENA region has been used often lately which stands for "Middle East & North Africa."

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4233 times:

BA, Egypt is considered a part of the Middle East as well as North Africa.

Sleak76, their timetable show 2x weekly flights. One is usually with 737-700 and the other 757-200.



EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
25 BA : Horus, As I stated, Egypt is considered part of the MENA region which stands for Middle East & North Africa. However it by itself is not in the Middle
26 OD720 : Middle East doesn't have real borders so the interpretation of this region may vary slightly. I don't know if Egypt is physically in the Middle East b
27 Horus : BA, without turning this into another Lotus debate, Egypt is considered a part of the Middle East. But it is true that there is some confusion about w
28 Post contains images BA : Horus, We had this debate in Geography class. It is considered part of the MENA region, but not the Middle East. A quick search on Google brings this:
29 Post contains images Horus : Here is another map too from www.world.yale.edu/graduates/graphics/middle_east.jpg So I guess like you said we have to agree to disagree
30 Sleak76 : BA True its part of MENA just like Syria is part of what is called the Levant countries (but is still part of the middle east). Egypt is considered pa
31 Post contains images Sleak76 : BA ...term MENA is often used to include it Incorrect. MENA is used when the whole Northern Africa is included, as your original post shows. Countries
32 Haveric : BA, regardless of whether Egypt is in the Middle East, the survey should have included Israel, regardless of where its national carrier flies to. It i
33 L410Turbolet : BA and Horus, Haveric's point was the relevance and reputation of such surveys. You have dozens and dozens of surveys all around the world, which may
34 AF022 : this is so boring. another great thread that degenerates into blather. why didn't EK score well? is it because their intra-MENA flights aren't that gr
35 BA : Fine Haveric, I'm going to give you a straight forward answer. I was hoping it wasn't going to have to come to this. Haveric, I don't know what the in
36 AF022 : i totally agree EK is over-rated, but the traveling public is like pavlov's dog, slobbering all over EK. i thought is was sacreligous to not put EK on
37 M404 : Congratulations MEA. The pride you have is amply evident in all the postings on A.net and obviously carries through in your work. Well done. The first
38 Haveric : I see.... if I point out an obvious flaw with the survey, then I'm bringing politics into the thread? It should be renamed Arab-only Airline Survey, o
39 UA744KSFO : Haveric, Do you think that we here in the US would include Cubana in a survey of North American airlines? I highly doubt it. I, for one, understand yo
40 Yegbey01 : Let me say something here......Mr Haveric It's often that you see surveys done supposedly in North America but the reality is that they would only inc
41 Haveric : Please, my dad is Mr. Haveric. You can just call me "H" Well, those surveys that say "north america" and leave out Canada are then clearly wrong, I ne
42 BA : UA744KSFO, I'm sure you'll have a great time in Lebanon and on MEA. Haveric, The point is you knew the reason why Israel was excluded from the survey,
43 Post contains images AirxLiban : this is the most ridiculous discussion i have ever seen in my life. this survey could have been "best airline within the solar system" and it still wo
44 ToBEYwithMEA : So is MEA going to wet-lease or not? whats it going to be A321 or A330
45 OD720 : ToBEYwithMEA, They will do so if they see the need. I think they will need one by end of August and September.
46 L410Turbolet : BA, my point is that your excitement about MEA is great, however seems to be somewhat childishly uncritical. I am a fan of CSA. CSA got some "Airline
47 EuroLeb : L410turbolet, You said the following: "Simply because the survey is manipulated and biased from the very beginning by eliminating certain airlines on
48 Horus : Not only that, but also this service is seasonal as far as I know! Euroleb, EL AL's services to CAI are year round and vary between 2-4 weekly flights
49 L410Turbolet : According to the Travel & Tourism Survey 2003, Middle East Travel and Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal readers have voted Middle East Airlines as their favorite
50 Sleak76 : L410Turbolet Quote of yours: it's only a very sad example of how Arabs politicize everything I don't think that's a fair sentence to throw in this thr
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