operate a hub-and-spoke system, and it is an efficient one. Flights are few, but it's still a hub-and-spoke system. They are far from being sporadic. MEA
was sporadic before 1998 during the 707 days when they operated a bunch of 1x weekly routes.
It is true that most airports in the Middle East are served well by AZ
, and KLM, but the idea is to provide passengers even more options.
I think MEA
will be most valuable to Delta. It will greatly expand Delta's realm into the Middle East.
I don't think Skyteam carriers will pull out of BEY. The flights are profitable.
Air France started with A310s and now is flying daily 777s. Czech Airlines is now flying 4x weekly 737-400. Alitalia is now flying 8x weekly A320. They all do very well.
I don't think MEA
will pull out of MXP
. The idea of an alliance/partnership is for airlines to cooperate with each other. That's why you see both Air France and MEA
jointly operating CDG
-BEY and code-sharing with each other.
recently increased FCO
frequency from 3x weekly to 4x weekly, so they must be happy with it.
Alitalia is increasing Beirut from daily to 8x weekly A320 soon.
Aeroflot is increasing BEY from 2x weekly (non-stop inbound, one-stop outbound via DAM) to 3x weekly non-stop (non-stop on both inbound and outbound) TU
Perhaps because of Aeroflot's planned entrance into Skyteam?
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