BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1379 times:
Yup, their first flight was on August 13 which departed Beirut (BEY) at 3PM to the Turkish resort of Dalaman.
It is currently operating charter flights, mostly for the travel agency Nakhal which offers vacation packages to a number of places in Europe and Turkey.
They have not started scheduled flights yet. They are still waiting for approval from the Lebanese government to begin scheduled flights. So at the moment they are nothing more than a charter airline.
The Lebanese government has a rule that lasts until 2012 in which MEA can be the only Lebanese carrier to operate scheduled flights. This is an outdated rule to protect MEA from before the government voted for an open skies policy in 2000. They are optimistic that the rule will be changed soon MenaJet will be able to operate scheduled flights, most probably only to places that MEA does not operate to.
Delta777jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1165 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1257 times:
What their mind changes ?
They never wanted to ops out of SHJ. But according to themself they had this struggle to register the airline in lebanon.
SHJ is by the way the hub of Air Arabia the low cost airline of the airport of SHJ and its sheikh.
MEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1172 times:
I flew MenaJet last week,it was a very pleasant flight,the crew were very friendly.On the outbound flight,BEY-BJV,I asked the F/O about the airline's future,I asked him what would happen if the Lebanese Authorities don't grant them permission to operate as a scheduled airline out of Beirut,he kept answering me:" They have to,they must".Eventually I had a jumpseat for landing!
MEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 13 Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1124 times:
The cabin crew is Lebanese,but the flight deck crew seemed to be mixed.The F/O I talked with spoke a little Arabic,he preferred English,as for the captain,I don't know his exact nationality,but definitely not Arab.