If Syrian can order Airbus despite American sanctions, why can't Iran Air do it with the same kinds of sanctions then? As far As I know, most Arrbus aircrafts have over 10% US content, which would make it increasingly diffucult for the Syrians to purchase Airbus...
As for the French, they do mean business this time. Otherwise, why bother working on a UN resolution along the US against Syria? Britain also has shown deep concern over Syria's interference with the democratic process in Lebanon.
, you're making it sound like MEA
and Syrian Air are actually going to have some sort of agreement eventhough neither airline has shown interest or even mentioned anything about it!!! Let's just wait and see if a regional airline is going to materialize first before talking about full co-operation between the 2 national carriers...
And actually they really don't target different markets. The Syria and Lebanon markets are quite similar. Both cater to serving their home markets.
It's true that both airlines do cater to their "home" markets. However, MEA
has been catering more and more to tourists, especially from the Gulf region, a market which Syrian Air also competes for. Not to metion MEA
's reliance on the "business" traveller (just by looking at their aircraft seat configuration) as well as cargo in and out of the "Lebanese" market. It's interesting that you mentioned "home" markets above. In all honesty, do you think the Syrians would allow MEA
to carry passengers and cargo out of Damascus to CDG
or Geneva for example??? Wishful thinking my friend!!!!
Cost structures are different yes, Syrianair right now is pretty inefficiently run
Not only that, but also wages are quite a bit lower in Syria than in Lebanon; so is fuel and other airline-related purchases. Not to mention the heavy subsidies that Syrian Air receives from its government. Quite obviously, all of the above scenarios would put MEA
at a complete disadvantage...
but that will be changing soon.
How can you be so sure? Acquiring new aircraft doesn't automatically mean that Syrianair is going to become efficient. There are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration before jumping into such conclusion.
Anyway, I do wish both airlines good luck...
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