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Kuwait and MEA to codeshare on the Kuwait City – Beirut route

First Airbus A320 with Sharklets, revised flag emblem

Kuwait Airways and Middle East Airline have announced a new strategic partnership, which will see Kuwait national carrier’s code, KU added to Middle East Airline flights and Lebanon national carrier’s code, ME added to Kuwait Airways flights operated between Kuwait City and Beirut.

The Bilateral Code Share Partnership will commence on March 25, 2018.

Kuwait Airways operates 11 weekly flights on the route with Airbus A330/A320 aircraft and Middle East Airlines (MEA) operates 13 weekly flights with its Airbus A320 fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Kuwait Airways Airbus A320-214 WL F-WWBY (9K-AKE) (msn 6350) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 925047.

Kuwait Airways aircraft slide show:

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Bottom Copyright Photo: MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-214 F-OMRB (msn 5152) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910515.

MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-214 F-OMRB (msn 5152) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910515.

 

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MEA unveils its entirely renovated Cedar Lounge in Beirut

MEA has issued this statement about its new Cedar Lounge in Beirut:

The New Cedar Lounge extends over an area of 3000sq.m. with a capacity of 450 seated passengers.

The approach of the new design complements the contemporary traveler, whereby seating is more defined in its zones according to the needs of each type of visitor, (individual zone, family zone, etc…) as well as being equipped with the latest state of the art technologies, and finest designer furniture selection.

The space is now able to accommodate almost double the number of persons, in several determined zones, namely; a family zone, a business area, a general seating area, a dining zone, a smoking zone, a kids’ area, a spa with beauty services and massage therapy, and a central sky-lit more casual communal green space linking all the zones together.

To keep the traveler connected, the seats are equipped with USB charging ports and power outlets, all the zones are equipped with several large screens of the latest resolution and smart technology, as well as other screens indicating departure times visible to every area.


Smart technologies are not only found in the screens, the lounge hosts a sensor-equipped dimmable lighting system technology which changes color according to the amount of light coming in from the outside. Letting alone the eminent designer fixtures selected to light up the spaces.

The lounge would not be complete without its distinguished food, attainable from two large buffet bars served by a large newly-equipped industrial kitchen. The buffet bars spread out would amount to around 25 linear meters of food. In addition, beverages are obtained from 4 coffee stations, and 2 alcoholic beverage bars spread out evenly across the lounge.

Bottom Copyright Photo (all others by MEA): MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL T7-MRF (msn 7006) LHR (SPA). Image: 941133.

MEA aircraft slide show:

MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL T7-MRF (msn 7006) LHR (SPA). Image: 941133.

 

Cyprus Airways moves closer to Air France after the Central Bank rejects MEA’s takeover bid

Cyprus Airways (Larnaca) is moving closer to Air France (Paris) with an expanded code-share program. Air France-KLM is helping the airline with its reorganization. The carrier today made this announcement:

Air France and Cyprus Airways are building on their existing cooperation to now offer a total of 20 daily code-share flights.

This new agreement offers travellers a wider choice of seamless travel solutions. Passengers travelling on Air France’s extensive international network are now able to connect to and from Cyprus at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

Flight options between Larnaca and Paris are also enhanced through several daily connections via Athens, in addition to the five weekly nonstop flights operated by Cyprus Airways. Customers can now take advantage of the domestic flights operated within Greece by Cyprus Airways, offering easy connections via Athens, between Paris, Rhodes and Heraklion.

Thanks to this new code-share agreement, Air France will now offer flights operated by Cyprus Airways: Larnaca-Paris, Larnaca-Athens, Athens-Heraklion and Athens-Rhodes. Cyprus Airways will also offer flights operated by Air France between Athens and Paris.

To better serve passengers on both airlines’ code-share flights, Cyprus Airways has conveniently moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. Terminal 2 is also used by Air France for its own flight operations. Moreover, passengers on both Air France and Cyprus Airways flights can collect points for their frequent flyer programmes, Flying Blue and Sunmiles, with each airline on all code-share flights.

This expanded relationship follows the bank rejection of all overtures by MEA-Middle East Airlines (Beirut) to either acquire a share or all of Cyprus Airways. The Central Bank, which controls the majority shares of MEA, rejected the plan by MEA to buy into troubled Cyprus Airways which is undergoing an reorganization. The bank did not want the airline to take on this added risk.

Read the full report from The Daily Star: CLICK HERE

Meanwhile Cyprus Airways’ pilots are supporting the restructuring plan being designed by Air France-KLM.

Video: 65 Years of Cyprus Airways:

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 5B-DCK (msn 2275) approaches the Larnaca base for landing.

Air France: AG Slide Show

Cyprus Airways: AG Slide Show

MEA signs a firm contract for 5 Airbus A320neo and 5 A321neo aircraft

MEA A321-200neo (08)(Flt)(Airbus)(LR)

Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) (Beirut), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a firm contract for ten A320neo Family aircraft (five A321neo and five A320neo aircraft). This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which was announced on July 12, 2012.

Image: Airbus.

MEA-Middle East Airlines: AG Slide Show

MEA signs MOU for five Airbus A320neo and five A321neo aircraft

Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) (Beirut), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for five A320neo and five A321neo aircraft plus eight options. MEA will announce its engine choice at a later date.

MEA currently operates four A330-200s, four A321s and nine A320s.

Image: Airbus.

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Middle East Airlines (MEA) joins the SkyTeam Alliance

Middle East Airlines-MEA (Air Liban) (Beirut) yesterday (June 28) was welcomed into SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. MEA becomes the 17th member. The flag carrier of Lebanon, MEA becomes SkyTeam’s second Middle Eastern member, offering customers from the region access to an extensive global network.

MEA flies to 30 international destinations throughout Africa, the Middle East and Europe. MEA’s membership of SkyTeam makes it easier for customers to travel to and from Lebanon, whether it’s for business or leisure. This especially benefits the large Lebanese communities living in the US, Canada and Brazil, who will be able to connect via the major hubs Paris CDG and Rome. Beirut is served by SkyTeam members Alitalia, Air France, Aeroflot, Saudia and TAROM, providing additional connections via their hubs in Europe and the Middle East.

China has become an increasingly important trade partner for the Middle East. With members China Airlines, China Eastern and China Southern, the SkyTeam network opens up increased opportunities for commerce in the Greater China Region.

Copyright Photo: Wingnut.

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Airbus delivers A320 MSN 5000 to MEA

Airbus (Toulouse) today (January 20) delivered the A320 with manufacturer serial number (MSN) 5000 to Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA). The aircraft was delivered from Airbus in Hamburg, Germany and is powered by International Aero Engines V2500 engines.

MSN 5000 completes the deliveries of MEA’s total order for seven A320s. It marks a significant milestone for Airbus and the A320 Family going into 2012, as production rises from 38 to 40 per month during the first quarter of the year, and orders for the new A320neo reaffirm Airbus’ single-aisle Family as the most modern, fuel efficient in their category. MEA operates one of the most modern fleets in the region with four A330-200s, six A321 and including MSN 5000, now seven A320 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Please click on the photo for additional information.

MEA Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Copyright Photo: Airbus.