CedarMiles frequent flyer program the second best among the world's top three international frequent flyer programs.
Below is the article from the June/July CedarWings issue:
MEA voted "Best Airline within the Middle East" and "Best Airline to Africa"
According to the Travel & Tourism Survey 2003, Middle East Travel and Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal readers have voted Middle East Airlines as their favorite airline to travel within the Middle East and best airline to travel to Africa. The award-winning companies were announced in the Survey on Travel & Tourism implemented by Middle East Travel and Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazines from May to December 2003.
Middle East Travel and Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal have circulation in the MENA region, and Europe. Survey answers came from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Bahrian, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Egypt in addition to United Kingdom, France, and other destinations in Europe. Survey answers have been recieved from 1,364 top managerial positions, decision-makers, and executives who are regular travelers. The Awards Presentation Ceremony took place on May 22, 2004 at the Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel in Beirut, and Mr. Nizar Khoury, Head of Commercial, was presented with the award.
Here is the article about the Cedar Miles frequent flyer program:
MEA Cedar Miles program ranked second amongst the world's top three international frequent flyer programs by InsideFlyer magazine
Randy Petersen, publisher of InsideFlyer magazine, commended MEA for all the work it has done to make Cedar Miles one of the most attractive Frequent Flyer Programs in the region. He informed MEA that InsideFlyer magazine has completed the final audit of votes during this year's Freddie Awards, with over 277,000 voters, and that the Cedar Miles program ranked second of the top three finalists among international frequent flyer programs in the best rewards category.
Mr. Petersen congratulated MEA on this honor, nothing that many programs around the world would love to hold this position and that the efforts of the program and its staff have effectively communicated the program's value to its members.
Mrs. Ayla Dame, MEA Head of Customer Services, and Ms. Sawssan Kaissy, Manager of Cedar Miles, shared this award nomination with all the Cedar Miles management and MEA Call Center staff "who helped us in elevating the services of the program to unprecedented levels of customer recognition and services. In addition, we dedicate our success to all the Lebanese around the world who show unsurpassed loyalty towards their national carrier."
The 16th Annual Freddie Awards were held in New York City on 29 April 2004. InsideFlyer magazine reviews programs and organizations annually, looking for efforts it feels are deserving of being honored. These honors take the form of three special awards - the Distinguished Achievement Award, the Industry Impact Award and the Rising Star Award. The winners were announced during the Awards Ceremony.
Middle East Airlines (MEA) is the national carrier of the Republic of Lebanon serving 25 destinations from its Beirut hub with a fleet of 6 brand new Airbus A321-200 and 3 Airbus A330-200s in a comfortable two-class configuration having an average fleet age of less than a year making it the youngest fleet in the world.
MEA's A321-200s are equipped with 31 Cedar Class seats and 118 Economy Class seats for a total of 149 seats.
MEA's A330-200s are equipped with 42 Cedar Class seats and 202 Economy Class seats for a total of 250 seats.
Cedar Class features a comfortable 49" pitch, 10.4" personal TV screens, and laptop power supply. Satellite phones will be added to the fleet starting in July. Cedar Class passengers may enjoy MEA's Cedar Lounge at Beirut International Airport with a wonderful view of the tarmac and at lounges at all destinations served by MEA.
Economy Class features a comfortable 32" pitch and 6.8" personal TV screens.
On the A330, 8 video channels and 12 radio channels are provided in all classes all in Audio/Video and Demand (AVOD) system. On the A321, 5 video channels and 12 radio channels are provided in a normal broadcast format in all classes. AVOD service will be added to the Cedar Class of the A321s starting in July.
The A321s are powered by International Aero Engines (IAE) V2533-A5 turbofans producing 33,000lb. of thrust each.
The A330s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B turbofans producing 72,000lb. of thrust each.
With the new fleet, MEA introduced a new business class product named Cedar Class replacing the previous Front Class service. MEA also introduced a new Economy Class product. In addition, they introduced an aggressive new advertisement campaign all over Lebanon in magazines and billboard signs. Below is the magazine AD:
Below is the Cedar Class AD:
MEA maintains a partnership with Air France and Qatar Airways.
MEA code-shares on Air France's daily 777-200ER from Paris Charles de Gaulle. Together, the two airlines operate three daily flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle's Terminal 2F (MEA A321-200, MEA A330-200, Air France 777-200ER) conveniently timed for connections throughout Europe, Africa, and North and South America on Air France.
MEA code-shares on Qatar Airways' daily A320-200 flight from Doha providing convenient connections to the Far East on Qatar Airways.
MEA also maintains close cooperation and more than 80 interline agreements including Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines.
MEA provides convenient connections from Europe to destinations in the Gulf through its Beirut hub and offers convenient overnight stopover packages in Beirut. MEA and MEA partners use Gates 13 to 23 in Beirut International Airport.
Cedar Miles members may also earn points on MEA's partners Air France and Qatar Airways. In March, MEA teamed up with Lebanon's largest bank, Banque Audi to introduce a credit card for earning MEA Cedar Miles. Two cards are offered, the Silver card and the Gold card. Check out the web page for more details including promotions. Currently double miles are being offered to Athens, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi until June 15.
For more information on MEA's Cedar Miles frequent flyer program, check out the official web page:
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