MEA to Join SkyTeam
SkyTeam is actively working to strengthen its presence in the Middle East. The addition of MEA to the alliance network will enable SkyTeam to compete more efficiently, not only within the Middle East, but also to and from Western Africa.
SkyTeam in return offers MEA a complementary global network. MEA customers will be able to connect to the world through traffic flows from the SkyTeam hubs in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
MEA has continued to improve its products and services to customers ever since it successfully concluded a thorough restructuring plan, intended to modernize and restructure the airline. Key elements of this plan included fleet renewal and rationalization, increasing the density of the carrier's European, Middle East and West African network and improving product quality and consistency.
Mohamad El-Hout, chairman and director general at MEA, said: â€œBy joining SkyTeam, MEA being relatively a small airline, will now be able to provide its customers an extensive global network covering Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. MEA customers will benefit from SkyTeam members' loyalty program as well as ST members lounges at all airports worldwide.â€
Leo van Wijk, chairman of SkyTeam, said: â€œToday marks yet another confirmation of SkyTeam's growing global family. The Middle East is a strategic market for our alliance as we continue to extend the SkyTeam network to all corners of the globe.
â€œThe region has seen an impressive growth in traffic over the past decade and we want to engage actively in this expansion. I am convinced that MEA will develop into a significant and valuable player in Middle East aviation.â€
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