BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2992 times:
With the acquisition of 6 brand new A321s (owned) and 3 A330-200s (leased) to replace it's fleet of 3 A320s (leased), 2 A321s (leased), 3 A310-200s (leased), and 1 A300-600R (leased), MEA has launched a brand new business class service and new economy class.
The new business class is called Cedar Class and replaced it's previous business class product named Front Class which was on MEA's older fleet.
MEA first introduced it's new Cedar Class and Economy Class services when it recieved it's first of 6 brand new owned A321s back in February.
MEA now has recieved 5 of it's 6 A321s and all 3 A330s.
The last A321 just came out of the plant and is doing flight testing and last minute touch ups and should be delivered sometime next month.
Here are some close up shots of the seats and the cabain also on the A321:
The A330's have the exact same seats and set up except the frame around the TV screens is white instead of dark blue as you can see in the Cedar Class advertisement that I posted above.
Here is the interior of the new Economy Class:
As you can see, economy passengers also get personal TV screens, except these are 6.8 inches and are fixed to the back of the seat infront of you. Also, in Cedar Class, passengers can check out video games. Video games are not available in economy but economy passengers enjoy the same number of TV programming as the Cedar Class passengers. Again, on the A330 the economy seats are exactly the same except the frame around the TV screens is white.
MEA's A321s are configured with 36 Cedar Class seats and 118 Economy Class seats for a total of only 149 seats, that's the typical A320. For comparison, JetBlue's A320s are equiped with 169 economy class seats. MEA's A321s have a very comfortable configuration with tons of leg room in both Cedar class and economy.
MEA's A330s are configured with 42 Cedar Class seats and 208 Economy seats.
Below you will see MEA's current main advertisement showing up in magazines, TV commercials, and large advertisement bulletin all over Lebanon.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
KQ777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 125 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2875 times:
Wow! That is so great. I saw a MEA A330 at LHR when I was boarding a Virgin flight to NY, and while I had never lilke the c/s in photos, in looked GREAT in person. Is MEA planning on increasing their longhaul flying anytime soon? Would love to see them at JFK, Chicago. or Detroit!
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2860 times:
Is MEA planning on increasing their longhaul flying anytime soon?
The CEO of MEA stated that they will research the feasibility of relaunching service to Sao Paulo, Brazil (large Lebanese population living there).
There has also been some talk about Montreal and Sydney recently. But we'll have to see. MEA has been very quiet about expansion and anytime the press asks the CEO if MEA has plans to expand, he goes on ranting saying MEA is always looking at different options.
Would love to see them at JFK, Chicago. or Detroit!
I'd love that too, but that's not going to happen. The US has a ban on MEA flying to the US and on US carriers flying to Lebanon because 230 marines were killed in 1983 during the Civil War. They can't seem to learn that in war people die.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4495 posts, RR: 54 Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2852 times:
Cedar class is very nice I can say from my 20 min experience bey-lca. It is much better than the old front class to be sure. I loooove the A330's.
I think there is some type of a legal situation and because of this MEA cannot fly into the usa...they used to fly the 742s to New York via paris (i think it was paris) a long time ago. Perhaps someone knows why they can't fly to America? I know Air Canada planned a route to beirut from montreal but they had to cancel it because the canadian government wouldn't allow it.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4653 posts, RR: 42 Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2813 times:
In a previous QR-GVA discussion someone said that GVA-YUL-GVA desperately needs an airline to fly it nonstop and since GVA is so popular with Arabs + YUL being flooded with a huge Leb community and Arabs too...a twice a week or even 3 times a week Beirut-GVA-YUL-GVA-BEI with their new A 332s would prove to be very successful and maybe AC too would want to codeshare on this route!
7E7 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 159 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2801 times:
MEA indeed, July-September MH flights to BEY were either fully booked out, or with long waiting lists.
Seeing that the pricing is approx $2000AU for return ex MEL/SYD (though 17-1800 isn't uncommon) makes you wonder why on earth other airlines aren't attempting a connection to BEY (GF jumps to mind, QR, ME and SQ?!).
Remember back in 2000, paying $1135AU return inc. tax with max stay 6months, boy that was dirt cheap
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4495 posts, RR: 54 Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2763 times:
Behramjee=in answer to your question
today's beirut international airport was opened in 1998 and it is not the same place as in the 1980's or 1990's. It is a modern facility with duty free, airconditioning (of course), jet ways galore, organized immigration lines and everything you would expect out of a modern airport. i don't think they have spotting lounges as such, but there is a big windowed area in front of the middle apron which makes it easy to take pictures. They recently opened a runway from the sea. Its a nice place now...a far cry from the swiss cheese holed terminal in the 1980's.
other highlights: the trans mediterranean cargo terminal and a couple of 707's lying around.
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2705 times:
As I am too lazy to wake up early to catch AF B772 at 8:30AM CDG-BEY (AF566), I usually fly MEA A321 at 10:25AM (ME210) and I just LOVE IT !
The new "Cedar's Class" is great and has nothing to do with the former "Front Class". Both seats in Business and Economy are comfortable with a large pitch (the A321 is only 36J/118Y), and PTV.
The Crew is young, friendly and smiling (and not only with me because I am also an Airline Crew and they know me by now on the line...).
MEA used to be a great and modern airline before the war (The first airline to introduce the B747 in the Middle East ), they now aim to become the "NEW" EMIRATES of the region and are on the good way to succeed with huge facilities at BEY airport and the great improvements made by MEA these last years.
I hope they will soon join SKYTEAM (it was scheduled for 2004.. )
If you have any chance to fly MEA, don't hesitate ! They worth it and Lebanon deserve it !
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2660 times:
Well, StarFlyer, it's a little bit out of the topic, but anyway...
The "war" ended in 1990/91 after the Taef agreement, and a new repartition of the political power according to the religion (It sounds very strange to us, but it's the biggest problem there ).
The country is calm now, Beirut is a great city, recovering from 16 years of a tragic war. It is safe to go to Lebanon, as this country has many many different sides to discover : Ski resorts in the mountains in winter, Cedars forest in the north, nice beaches, great ancient sites with beautifull Roman ruins (Baalbek, Anjaar, etc...) Great bars, pubs, disco and entertainment life, especially on the week-end (Acid, BO18, Mint, Y bar etc...). The people there are among the friendliest in the world and you will receive a great welcome everywhere.
Politically, the presence of the Syrian Occupation Army is less and less evident, though Syria is in fact behind all the big decisions of the Lebanese government.
Don't want to give too much details, as it is not the right place, and I don't want to open polemics with anybody...
AA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2529 posts, RR: 30 Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2545 times:
I flew this year on MEA from BEY to CAI- very nice service, and the planes were clean and quiet. I like the A321s much more than the A320s that they used to have. The seats are new and much more comfortable. MEA is destined to become one of the Middle East's TOP airlines ! And anyone who is wondering about visiting Lebabon, just GO, it is a wonderful place, safe, modernizing, good shopping, and food that is unparalleled anwhere else in the world!! They have completley rebuilt and fixed up the "solidere" area of Beirut, it now has numerous outdoor cafes, shops and a gallery of photographs of the area as it looked when it was completley obliterated by the civil war, and the area as it is now, completley new, yet designed with the same charm that it once had. Very touching indeed.
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
M.E.A to join SkyTeam is around for 2 years now. Don't forget that AF owns about 30% of M.E.A. There is a strong code-share agreement and partnership between AF and EA Middle East Airlines (Lebanon)">ME, the cooperation is very tied in many field.
One of my best friend is working for AF in BEY. I've got also many friends working for M.E.A. They meet regularly to prepare the integration of M.E.A in Skyteam, when the reorganisation will be complete, and M.EA. privatized.
BEY is due to become the main HUB, the "entry gate" for Air France and Slyteam Airlines in the Middle East.