Brasuca From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 717 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2135 times:
Good question, but I doubt TAM would fly to Beirut via Paris. They don't consider opening new route(s) any sooner.
TAM already flies to CDG from GRU, so does MEA from BEY, therefore I don't think this is more than a code-shared flights' agreement.
In the present days there is no sufficient demand to justify a direct flight between Lebanon and South America. Maybe this is the first step to make apply for such route within some years.
JJMNGR From Brazil, joined May 2004, 1018 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2121 times:
We know that this agreement was near to be implememented but internally we did not receive too much information yet how it will work. Seems that TAM will fly CDG/BEY....but I prefer to get internal confirmation and than will return to you guys.
What we know more is what is written on the newspapers in general. I am in BUE now and will be back to Headquarter next monday and try to get more info to post.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1928 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2030 times:
There is no codeshare agreement nor JJ (TAM) is coming to BEY at this time. A close cooperation is signed so that passengers from ME and JJ will be transferred to the othre airline via CDG, like an interline agreement.
The ME CEO says that both airlines will benefit, the connection times are around 1.5-2 hours at CDG and use the same terminal.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1909 times:
The AF/ME cooperation will continue as normal. TAM will just offer additional options and flexibility for ME), Brazil">MEA passengers and vice versa.
Getting back to the topic. While there are 8 million Lebanese in Brazil, almost all of them are 3rd and 4th generation citizens and know very little about Lebanon and don't even know Arabic. Most lost contact with Lebanon.
This is what Mohammad El-Hout said when we met him on Tuesday. He said there simply isn't enough demand and that there are convenient connections through Paris and at competitive prices.
He did state however that flights to North America would be profitable and a wise choice in the coming few years, but politics are hindering them from happening.
Regarding Sydney, he said there is too much competition from the very subsidized airlines of the gulf such as Emirates and Qatar Airways.
They offer such cheap flights that ME), Brazil">MEA can no way match or undercut those prices. He basically called it unfair competition in which ME), Brazil">MEA is at the lower end, and he's right...
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