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MEA To Montreal?  
User currently offlineMeacedar From Lebanon, joined Oct 2006, 753 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2420 times:

Just heard from Mr. Hout that MEA will be starting BEY-Montreal in the summer. I am not sure if I heard correctly, but can anyone confirm?

MEACEDAR

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User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

If it's true, this calls for a celebration! Let's pop open a champagne bottle! This route is LONG, LONG overdue.


If there is a will, there is a way
User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

I doubt it even though haven't seen an interview or anything related. This would be major, definitely not this year.

User currently onlineAirxliban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4512 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

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.


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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1851 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2340 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.



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User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4980 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

No way that could possibly happen.... the reason why Egyptair and Royal Jordanian fly to YUL is to feed BEY.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

Quoting Meacedar (Thread starter):
Just heard from Mr. Hout that MEA will be starting BEY-Montreal in the summer. I am not sure if I heard correctly, but can anyone confirm?

The earliest such a flight could start is in late 2008 or 2009 when MEA starts receiving its new A330s.

Quoting FLYYUL (Reply 5):
No way that could possibly happen.... the reason why Egyptair and Royal Jordanian fly to YUL is to feed BEY.

MEA does not coordinate its operations with Egyptair or Royal Jordanian, so it's irrelevant that they serve YUL to feed BEY.

Also, AF and LH offer much better connections and at higher frequencies than MS and RJ.



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User currently offlineAH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

Hi,

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.

Cheers,
Imad



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User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4980 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 6):
MEA does not coordinate its operations with Egyptair or Royal Jordanian, so it's irrelevant that they serve YUL to feed BEY.

Also, AF and LH offer much better connections and at higher frequencies than MS and RJ.

What I meant to say, is that demand for BEY is so big, that carriers fly to YUL in order to provide feed opportunities. MS carriers more BEY than local CAI traffic.

LH offers poor cnx to BEY, given the late departure ex.FRA... hence AF being the dominant market share leader.


User currently offlineOceansWorld From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2135 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.


User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4980 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

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


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1871 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.

LH423



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