16 How can I participate in the ZMF? Apply as a member of the ZED-MIBA Forum (ZMF) The ZED-MIBA Forum is an umbrella organization made up of most carriers (all alliances, independent, freight) allows ZMF members to apply for personal and/or mandatory travel Participation in the ZMF does not mean that a member automatically has agreements with all other ZMF members who must evaluate individual members on the basis of their own business models, and Directive 16 Zonal Employee Discount (ZED) is a multilateral agreement for reduced-rate personal travel by airline staff and other travellers. Airlines may agree bilaterally to apply one of three fare levels (low, medium, high), available/underloaded and/or positive space/business booking status, as well as authorization to travel in economy and/or business class cabins. Since its inception, the organization has expanded to some 180 airlines around the world, as well as more than 70 subsidiaries. ZED/MIBA Forum member airlines represent more than 90 countries and 6 continents. The management of the ZED program was merged with the MIBA program in 2001. These programmes are governed by three separate agreements: ZED/MIBA Forum Agreement, ZED Agreement and MIBA Agreement. ZED is a multilateral agreement, an acronym for zonal reduction. Airlines can agree on three low, medium and high fares. Founded by seven airlines, it now has more than 170 separate companies. 6 Authorized Airlines An airline may consider itself either as a full member (as an airline providing scheduled air transport services for its members) or as an associate member (an airline that operates air services that are not available to members who are available to them under the exporting company`s own code (with the intention of including cargo, Charter airlines and regular airlines, To be eligible for membership in the ZMF, an airline must comply with Articles A.1 or A.2 of the Interline Staff Travel Agreement (other details S.17 – 18) Any participating airline may include its subsidiary, subsidiary or franchise (S/A/F) under a bilateral bilateral agreement.