Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) announced (19-Jan-2011) it would sign an agreement on 28-Feb-2011 to officially launch the process of joining SkyTeam in 2012. Welcoming MEA to become a full member is a "significant step" towards enhancing the global network of the alliance and coincides with SkyTeam actively working to strengthen its presence in the Middle East. MEA's entry into the alliance will provide increased access to/from the Middle East and western Africa. Over the past 12 months, the alliance has added a number of carriers as new members. In 2010, China Eastern and subsidiary Shanghai Airlines, China Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Aerolíneas Argentinas all confirmed their future membership in SkyTeam. In Jan-2011, Saudi Arabian Airlines was the first member from the Middle East to announce its membership. [more]
SkyTeam to welcome Middle East Airlines as future member
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