I don't see MEA fit to become a significant part of SkyTeam unless they reinstate flights to Bahrain, Doha, Muscat and maybe Yemen. Otherwise, what's the point if AF cannot book passengers to those locations (that it doesn't serve) via Beirut? They might book them via Amsterdam (KLM) but that would show that KLM, ironically, has more Middle Eastern coverage than Middle East Airlines !
I really disagree. MEA
doesn't need to serve many destinations in the Middle East in order to be a useful Skyteam carrier.
Please keep in mind that MEA
already provides connections for Air France from Paris to Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, and Dubai.
Air France already serves Kuwait, Jeddah, and Dubai. However, the MEA
feed provides additional possibilites for Air France, thus this benefits Air France passengers and Air France itself.
doesn't need to grow quickly. You are asking too much of MEA
. They will grow when needed and only to places they need to serve.
Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, and Sanaa are already well served by other carriers and MEA
doesn't need to serve them.
serves these destinations, they will fail miserably. Don't forget EurostarVA, that MEA
used to serve ALL
those destinations you listed, but they were simply unprofitable and as a result MEA
was losing millions. If MEA
starts serving those markets again, they will start losing millions again.
I am very optimistic about MEA's SkyTeam plans but I think that they must be more aggressive in their quest. I personally think they just have a few more routes to add (and maybe a bit more frequencies) to allow them a meaningful entry into SkyTeam.
Again, I disagree. If MEA
grows too much, they will start to suffer as they were before. MEA
is aiming to have high frequencies. They are plenty sufficient to provide connections. MEA
doesn't need more frequencies on the Middle East destinations they serve. They serve them more than sufficiently. MEA
serves all Middle East destinations higher than its competitors with the exception of Dubai.
BEY-BAH-DOH (3-4 weekly initially)
BEY-MCT-Colombo(uhh code) (3 weekly)
Maybe in the future, not for a couple years. MEA
served BEY-DOH-CMB until 1998.
BEY-CAI (3 or 4 extra frequencies to feed traffic from CDG)
CAI is served plenty enough. Daily A321 is more than sufficient for the route. Don't forget that Egypt Air operates the route on a daily basis as well.
I've flown BEY-CAI several times and it's never full. Maybe 60-70%. The frequency it's served at is perfect.
BEY-DMM (more frequencies will be used to travellers as this airport is not
served well as DXB is).
Starting November 1, MEA
is increasing BEY-DMM from 2x weekly to 3x weekly. That's plenty enough.
Is it already DECIDED that MEA will join Skyteam? By when? It would be great news!!
Yes, in two years.
Given the lack of choices for expansion, and given that other airports like Dubai, Jeddah, Amman are decently well-served by European carriers, it remains to be seen how MEA can carve a promising role for it in SkyTeam.
Yes, the destinations MEA
serves are already served by Skyteam, but that's still irrelevant. The point is MEA
would be providing additional feed (more options) to Skyteam customers.
I have a feeling also that MEA
joining Skyteam would mostly be for the benefit of MEA
as well. Air France which helped out MEA
throughout the 90's is the one that invited MEA
and I feel they invited them to further strengthen MEA
. In the future as MEA
gets more passengers through Skyteam, they can expand and add new routes to the Middle East, but not
joins Skyteam, I think you will start to see them expand quite a bit. But before that, I see them only doing minimal expansion if any at all.
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