QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1949 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2587 times:
Quoting Airxliban (Reply 3): No way is it happening now...the fleet is stretched out thin over the summer and they can't send a 332 over to YUL. Plus for security reasons I don't think it would happen now.
Didnt USA object to Lebenese carriers flying to Canada?? Plus, MEA is going to recieve new aircraft over this year.
AH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2396 times:
Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 1): If it's true, this calls for a celebration! Let's pop open a champagne bottle! This route is LONG, LONG overdue.
Definately overdue, if true. YUL is definately getting more attention from this part of the world, as it should. The amount of North/African and Middle Eastern immigrants in the Ottawa-Montreal-Sherbrooke/Quebec City area is huge.
For the longest time RAM had a virtual monopoly on the YUL-North Africa routes, but with MS, AH, and RJ adding to the mix it provides more choices, more competition, and better prices for the passengers.
Whether or not this news is true, a BEY-YUL route for MEA could definately work.
Bledi Heya Al Djazaeer! // Next Flights: AB MIA-DUS-ORY, AF ORY-MRS-ALG
OceansWorld From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2382 times:
Quoting AH332 (Reply 7): The amount of North/African and Middle Eastern immigrants in the Ottawa-Montreal-Sherbrooke/Quebec City area is huge.
I don't know about that, but when I went to YUL with KL three years ago, a large number of passengers were from these regions. My next seat neighbour was from Jordania, and those before me were from Algeria.
But before we'll see such route start, ME has to get more long-haul aircraft.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
Quoting FLYYUL (Reply 10): Does MEA have the right to fly to Canada? if Air Canada isnt allowed access to Beirut from Montreal, then how does MEA obtain this status.
I thinlk this thread is pure heresay
I agree. Even if this were true, it's May. Certainly by now many travellers have started making their arrangements for Summer travel. I don't doubt that if MEA wanted to start service they could have full planes by the end of July but they'd be losing out on a good chunk of the Summer travel season.
Furthermore, as FLYYUL states, Air Canada was denied the route authority at the 11th hour, I somehow doubt that MEA has gone this far through the application process to be approved the route without someone on here catching wind of it. And if they were only beginning the application process now, they'd completely miss the Summer. While I think YUL-BEY could be a succesful route year-round, it's always better to try and capture the peak season traffic, especially with new routes.
That said, YUL-BEA is a when, not an if. And when it starts, with whomever it start, it will be a success.
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