Gulf Air and MEA seal codeshare deal

Regional airline carriers team up to offer codeshare agreement between Lebanon and Abu Dhabi.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  May 29, 2005

Gulf Air and Middle East Airlines have concluded a codeshare agreement, which was first signed in Manama, Bahrain, in April. The agreement, which comes into effect in June was signed by Fareed Al Alawi, Gulf Air’s network vice president and Middle East Airlines head of commercial, Nizar Khoury, making provision for code shared flights between Abu Dhabi and Beirut, to be operated by Middle East Airlines. “This codeshare reinforces both airlines’ position on this important market and will allow us to offer our customers enhanced services. It is also in line with MEA’s vision of co-operation between inter-Arab carriers,” said Khoury. Al Alawi added that the agreement allows for joint marketing and initiatives, promoting travel between Lebanon and Abu Dhabi. “This agreement is in line with our objective to establish strategic partnerships and alliances to complement and add value to our network. By extending our relationships through alliances we are able to achieve cost savings through economies of scale and by optimising synergies. Customers also benefit by having access to a wider network of destinations with more choice,” said Al Alawi. “While membership of a global alliance continues to be a long-term goal, we are simultaneously strengthening and developing bilateral partnerships with members of all global alliances, and those that are non-aligned, to complement and add value to the Gulf Air network,” he added. The codeshare agreement for Gulf Air, comes after it signed commerical agreements last year with KLM, Garuda, Royal Jordanian and Egypt Air, with MEA also previously signing codeshare agreements with Air France and Qatar Airways.

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