Middle East Airlines (MEA), the national carrier of Lebanon, has signed a codeshare agreement with SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français), the French National Railways. The codeshare agreement will come into effect on Sunday, July 02, 2006.
This codeshare agreement will facilitate the transfer of passengers to/from MEA's Paris Charles de Gaulle flights to/from 15 cities in France via SNCF's TGV (Train à Grand Vitesse) high-speed train network.
The 15 stations are as follows:
St. Pierre des Corps/Tours
TGV trains that MEA codeshares on will carry an ME 90XX flight number.
The TGV is a high-speed train that travels at speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph). It serves many destinations throughout France as well as Switzerland and Italy.
More information can be found here:
"This agreement is very important for MEA. Further to this bilateral agreement with SNCF, MEA will be able to meet the increasing demand of its Lebanese customers heading to the French provinces” - Nizar Khoury, MEA Head of Commercial
"This partnership contributes to strengthening the presence and eminence of the TGV at the international level. SNCF is pleased to join MEA in this partnership, which will bolster the already strong ties between France and Lebanon." - Mireille Faugère, SNCF Voyages France Europe Director
MEA and Air France have had a close partnership and codeshare agreement since 1998. The two airlines currently jointly operate three daily flights between Paris and Beirut. MEA operates a daily A321-200 flight and a daily A330-200 flight while Air France operates a daily 777-300ER flight. A total of 709 seats are offered daily between the two airlines.
For the summer season, MEA's A321-200 flight is upgraded to an A330-200 on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays to provide additional capacity.
MEA also operates twice weekly A321-200 service to Nice on Mondays and Thursdays during the summer season.
Early next year, MEA will join the SkyTeam Alliance as an associate member through its partner, Air France.
Middle East Airlines (MEA), which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, is the national carrier of Lebanon based at Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport and serves 1.2 million passengers annually to 26 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and West Africa with a modern fleet of six Airbus A321-200 and three Airbus A330-200 aircraft. It's current airline partners are Air France and Qatar Airways.
Photo © Vatche Mitilian
Photo © Vatche Mitilian
[Edited 2006-06-06 22:14:41]