Middle East Airlines – Air Liban S.A.L. (Árabe: طيران الشرق الأوسط ـ الخطوط الجوية اللبنانية Țayyarān al-Sharq al-Awsaṭ – al-Khuṭūṭ al-Jawwiyyah al-Libnāniyyah), more commonly known as Middle East Airlines (MEA) (Árabe: طيران الشرق الأوسط Țayyarān al-Sharq al-Awsaṭ), is the national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon, with its head office in Beirut, near Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. It operates scheduled international flights to Asia, Europa, and Africa from its base at Rafic Hariri International Airport.
Middle East Airlines (MEA) is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The airline expressed its interest in becoming a SkyTeam associate member in early 2006 at a press conference in New York. En 28 Febrero 2011, MEA officially signed the partnership agreement with SkyTeam in an official ceremony in Beirut. En 28 Junio 2012, MEA officially joined SkyTeam to become its 17th member, as well as its second member airline in the Middle East. Middle East Airlines flies to 31 (25 year-round and 6 temporada) destinations in the Middle East, Europa, and West Africa. Copenhague, Düsseldorf, Medina, Bonito, Sarajevo, and Sharm el-Sheikh are the destinations that are served seasonally. MEA also operates charter flights to leisure destinations in various countries, serving cities such as Sharm El Sheikh, Sarajevo, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, and Rhodes. Moscú, Khartoum, Libreville, Luanda, and Madrid have been mentioned as possible future destinations, Madrid being a former destination since 1995. In a meeting on January 20, 2010, the Lebanese tourism minister announced a deal in which MEA will be allowed to resume flights to Madrid as soon as the logistical matters are resolved; Sin embargo, to date, there has been no update regarding this issue.
Middle East Airlines changed its frequent-flyer program to a 4-tier program- Blue Cedar, Silver Cedar, Golden Cedar, and President’s Club, respectivamente- in preparation for joining the SkyTeam airline alliance.
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