From Beirut, Lebanon and across the world at SkyTeam Hubs worldwide from Atlanta to Beijing the SkyTeam is welcoming Middle Eastern Airline (MEA) as the second Middle Eastern carrier into the Alliance. MEA is the second airline to join the Skyteam in this region in 2012 after Saudia joined the SkyTeam on May 28th and becomes the 17th pledged member to the rapidly growing alliance.
From the Media Release:
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.
MEA is a SMALL Middle Eastern Airline with only 16 jets that travel between Beirut and 31 Destinations, mainly in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The addition of MEA to the SkyTeam does not add any destinations to the SkyTeam global network, but it does open up more earning opportunities for flights and and from the Middle East and allows for more options for Skymile redemption in both business and economy class.
Starting today MEA Cedar Mile frequent flyers and SkyTeam Frequent Flyers can earn miles on reciprocal flights. A Delta Skymile earning chart based on class of Service has not been published on Delta.com for MEA flights, however the website still hasn’t been updated to include Saudia either. I would expect an updated earning chart within the next few weeks. However until then, information can be found by calling Delta and starting today, Skymile members can book and redeem flights across the MEA system.