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Iberia Launching Beirut Again?  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3833 times:

Sleiman began a three-day state visit to Spain on Monday. He is accompanied by Lebanon's defence, tourism and foreign ministers.

It is the first state visit by a Lebanese president to Spain since 1957.

During his visit Spain and Lebanon signed a tourism cooperation agreement which paves the way for Spanish flag carrier Iberia to begin operating direct flights between Madrid and Beirut.


Iberia launched 3x weekly service to Beirut in 2005, but I don't think it was successful.

MEA is planning to launch Madrid next year, so I wonder how this will affect their plans. I cannot in anyway see MEA entering a codeshare agreement with Iberia as this would conflict with MEA's partnership with Air France.

"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineFlyblue777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3680 times:


Would be nice have an MAD-BEY nonstop. What a great trip: time in Spain and time in Lebanon, connected by a nonstop.

I think IB would inherit a good amount of North American traffic in the US/Canada - Lebanon market, which is now essentially served only by AF, LH, and MEA.

Hope it goes through.

User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

BEY-BCN-BEY and BEY-MAD-BEY are really needed urgently, especially for increasingly popular tourist exchanges between Spain and Lebanon.

It is inconvenient to require a transit somewhere to travel between Lebanon and Spain. The only drawback here is a lack of premium traffic between the two countries, but otherwise it's great as IBERIA can connect Lebanese diaspora to Latin America where they are in the millions!

I recall the short lived MAD-BEY-MAD was briefly popular but had to be withdrawn following the Lebanon-Israel war in 2006.

Beirut is booming right now with unprecedented tourist inflow to the country, so it's hard to imagine IBERIA ignoring this market now. Another war is highly unlikely soon.

User currently offlineGomea From France, joined Jan 2004, 206 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3402 times:

Quoting BA (Thread starter):
I cannot in anyway see MEA entering a codeshare agreement with Iberia as this would conflict with MEA's partnership with Air France.

yes, but MEA can have agreements with other companies (non-code share). I believe there are such cooperation agreements with Virgin Atlantic.

MEA raising the Cedar far up in the sky
User currently offlineMayaviaERJ190 From Mexico, joined Jan 2008, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

There are more Spanish speakers in Mexico than there are in Spain. There are more Libanese in Mexico than there are in Spain. Since AeroMexico had have half of the market for years while IB was the only counterpart... Guess what? MX's MEX-MAD combined with a non-stop MAD-BEY within 1w (oneworld); They, them together, can do wonders. Time will tell... Mexico City and Beirut have always been closer than your own imagination. If I'd had to bet, I'd bet it all on this one.

My other plane is an A380.
User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1752 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3146 times:

Well....I think that BEY needs more service to Europe.

MAD, BRU, AMS, ZRH, DUS, would come to mind right now....SO I really hope that IB is considering resuming service to BEY.

I remember they were flying a red-eye from MAD arriving in BEY at about 6 AM and then returning at 7 or something.

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