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MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Thu Apr 03, 2003 9:10 am

With MEA's fleet renewal and first year of profit since 1981, MEA will be increasing some frequencies and will start non-stop service to Dusseldorf (DUS). The summer seasonal Nice (NCE) service is not returning this summer.

The schedule below is effective June 1.

Beirut (BEY) - Lagos (LOS) - Abidjan (ABJ)
ME571 A332 Mondays

Beirut (BEY) - Lagos (LOS) - Accra (ACC)
ME575 A332 Thursdays

Beirut (BEY) - Kano (KAN)
ME573 A332 Saturdays

Beirut (BEY) - Amman (AMM)
ME312 A321 Daily

Beirut (BEY) - Athens (ATH)
ME251 A320 Thursdays
ME251 A321 Tuesdays, Saturdays

Beirut (BEY) - Abu Dhabi (AUH)
ME418 A320 Thursdays
ME418 A321 Daily except Thursdays

Beirut (BEY) - Cairo (CAI)
ME304 A321 Daily

Beirut (BEY) - Paris (CDG)
ME209 A321 Daily
ME211 A332 Daily
ME205* B777 Daily
ME207* B744 Thursdays (seasonal, operates between July 3 and Sept. 4)

Beirut (BEY) - Dammam (DMM)
ME442 A321 Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays

Beirut (BEY) - Dusseldorf (DUS)
ME221# A332 Wednesdays

Beirut (BEY) - Dubai (DXB)
ME428 A321 Daily

Beirut (BEY) - Frankfurt (FRA)
ME217 A320 Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Beirut (BEY) - Geneva (GVA)
ME213 A321 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Beirut (BEY) - Istanbul (IST)
ME265 A321 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays

Beirut (BEY) - Jeddah (JED)
ME368 A321 Daily

Beirut (BEY) - Kuwait City (KWI)
ME402 A321 Daily

Beirut (BEY) - Larnaca (LCA)
ME261 A321 Thursdays
ME261 A320 Daily except Thursdays

Beirut (BEY) - London (LHR)
ME201 A332 Daily except Mondays, Fridays
ME215 A332 Mondays, Fridays

Beirut (BEY) - Rome (FCO) - Milan (MXP)
ME235 A320 Mondays, Wednesdays
ME235 A321 Fridays, Sundays

Beirut (BEY) - Nice (NCE)
Not returning this year.

Beirut (BEY) - Riyadh (RUH)
ME422 A321 Mondays
ME422 A332 Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays

*Operated by Air France
#Dusseldorf (DUS) is a new route starting this summer
%Friday service to Dammam is summer seasonal only

Highlights
- New service to Dusseldorf (DUS) operating on Wednesdays on A330-200s.
- Abu Dhabi (AUH) increasing from 4x weekly to daily.
- Dammam (DMM) increasing from 2x weekly to 3x weekly.
- Frankfurt (FRA) increasing from 3x weekly to 4x weekly.
- Istanbul (IST) increasing from 3x weekly to 4x weekly.
- London (LHR) increasing from 5x weekly to daily.
- Daily Air France service upgraded from a mix of A330s, A340s, and 777s to daily 777 service.
- New summer seasonal Air France Thursday service on 747-400s.
- Routes operated on A300s and A310s will be replaced with A330-200s.

In 1998 MEA and Air France formed an alliance. As a result of this alliance, there are 3 daily flights between Paris (CDG) and Beirut (BEY) year-round. This alliance allows MEA passengers to connect on Air France flights to North America, Central America, and South America.

MEA currently has a fleet of 1 A300-600R, 3 A310-200s, 3 A320-200s, and 2 A321-200s. Last year, MEA placed an order for 6 A321-200s and 3 A330-200s. The 3 A330-200s will replace the single A300-600R, and 2 of the 3 A310-200s. The 6 A321-200s will replace the 3rd A310-200, the 3 A320-200s, and the 2 A321-100s.

The 6 A321-200s will be owned by MEA while the 3 A330-200s will be leased from ILFC.

The new A321s and A330s will be equipped with PTVs in every seat with multiple channels in both Front and Economy Classes.

Regards
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
 
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Thu Apr 03, 2003 10:16 am

Hi BA

Great to see MEA is adding new destinations & increasing a number of frequenices.

I will be much more happier when they return to Australia or at least some physical presence in Asia (excluding the MAS codeshare from Sydney to Beirut) to cater for the large amount of passengers now flying either Emirates or Malaysian into Beirut.

I will be in Beirut in May so I will try & take a few pics of their new aircraft interiors.
 
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Thu Apr 03, 2003 4:15 pm

I myself do wonder whether they will return to Sydney or not. The code-share with MAS ended after MAS suspended service to BEY after 9/11. After they restarted the service, the code-share agreement didn't restart.

As for Sao Paulo, the strong alliance with Air France was created to give MEA passengers connections to North America and South America. That's why CDG is served more than any other MEA destination. But you never know....

I would like to see MEA expand Africa service and add ZRH, AMS, MAD, and BRU.

Supposidly, they plan to add a couple new cities in 2004. Perhaps we will see a new aircraft order in 2004 as well?

Regards
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flyyul
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Thu Apr 03, 2003 4:23 pm

Does anybody see Montreal as a good fit for MEA

Mark
 
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Thu Apr 03, 2003 4:50 pm

Did they used to fly to KUL when did they stop
 
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Thu Apr 03, 2003 6:36 pm

I think they did BEY-KUL 3 x week - joint service with MH (2x with MH, 1 x with ME B747 continuing on to SYD). don't know when they stopped though...
 
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Thu Apr 03, 2003 6:46 pm

I'm looking forward to the ME 332's arriving at LHR.It looks great in ther c/s and the super RR Trent engines!

Rgds

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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Thu Apr 03, 2003 10:24 pm



According to AERO; Beirut-Geneva flights will be operated four times weekly (extra service on Mondays)
 Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Fri Apr 04, 2003 3:29 am

that's great news....

I hope MEA will consider other European airports in the near future if they want to expand any further.....

Like AMS, There is nothing wrong with some competition on some routes dominated by KLM.....some Middle East destinations in particular.....
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BA
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Fri Apr 04, 2003 9:30 am

The MAS code-share ended after MAS suspended service to BEY after 9/11. Then last April, MAS restarted the route, but the code-share agreement was never revived.

Was the MAS service to BEY non-stop? Currently the 2x weekly MAS service to KUL is with a stop in DXB.

Regards
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Fri Apr 04, 2003 4:13 pm

FLYYUL,

I can tell you that between 1983 and 1985, MEA flew to JFK via CDG 3x weekly on 747-200s.

I know that in the recent past, they have been wanting to return to the US, but since the alliance with Air France was formed, I think they have decided to focus on the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

Now that doesn't mean they won't ever serve North America. If they do decide to enter the North American market, I am sure YUL will be high on there list because of the large Lebanese population.

I think we will see MEA expand into Asia before crossing the big blue ocean again.

Regards
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RE: MEA's Summer Schedule, New Route And Frequencies

Mon Apr 07, 2003 2:00 am

Anyone think MEA will return to flying BEY-KUL-SYD?

I think if they decide to step into an entirely new continent, it would be BEY-KUL-SYD.

Regards
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