I believe because of the old colonial ties between France and Lebanon. There hasn't been much restriction if any on MEA
operations in CDG
has been given priority in timings and use the modern Terminal 2F in CDG
. I also believe that MEA
is guaranteed the use of a jetway now and they no longer have to park on the ramp periodically.
Of course, this may have changed with the closure of Terminal 2E as a result of the collapse last summer.
currently has a daily A321-200 departing from Beirut at 2:05AM and a daily A330-200 departing from Beirut at 8:05AM.
acquires the 4th A330-200 they intend to order soon, they will upgrade the 2:05AM departure from Beirut to an A330-200. So they will operate Beirut service as 2x daily A330-200 instead of 1x daily A321-200 and 1x daily A330-200.
The Germany - Lebanon market simply cannot be compared to the France - Lebanon market, but it is under served.
I can't really confirm it, but I heard that Frankfurt - Beirut is MEA
's highest average loadfactor route, at least it was maybe for a while.
This is why they have been desperately seeking to increase flights to daily, at least for the summer time.
) is another very very successful and profitable route for MEA
. They have once or twice subbed in the A330-200 instead of the A321-200 a few months ago because of high loads.
Switzerland isn't part of the EU though, so this won't affect them. Although I don't think MEA
wants to increase Geneva service, at least it wasn't mentioned.
They will need more aircraft if they want to increase frequencies on multiple European destinations.
flies to FRA
, both 3x weekly A321-200. In the summer, they both increase to 4x weekly A321-200.
I hope that one day MEA
will de-link its single triangle route, BEY
. I don't see it happening until they acquire more aircraft though.
I think it may be a wise choice if MEA
and code-shares with Alitalia on the route which operates 9x weekly A320-200 non-stop service (daily late night flight and weekend morning flight). That way MEA
could focus on FCO
and Alitalia could code-share on it.
This would make even more sense now that MEA
will become a Skyteam associate member next year...
Beirut is in the need of more widebody gates. There are already plans being made to expand the airport by adding 7 gates, all of which would accomodate widebodies, yet the airport has just reached half it's capacity! The issue is simply a lack of widebody gates. Beirut is seeing a surge of widebody aircraft in the summer. Apparantly this summer they had some difficulty.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran