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MenaJet Finally Flying?  
User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2468 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1690 times:

Hi, found this on justplanes.com:

MenaJet, the new low cost airline based in Lebanon, inaugurated operations this past week with a flight from Beirut to Dalaman in Turkey. The airline currently operates a single Airbus A320-200.


Any idea about the registration and former operators??

THANX


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1656 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 This is an outdated rule to protect MEA from before the government voted for an open skies policy in 2000.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.

They currently have one A320-200, F-OKRM:

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It is an ex-Ansett Austrlia (now defunct) aircraft.

She was built in 1996 and was in storage between March 2002 and August 2004. So in reality, it is less than 5.5 years old.

I do not know when they plan to get more aircraft. Perhaps one they are given approval to operate scheduled flights.

Visit their nice website for more information:
http://www.menajet.com

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2468 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1642 times:


ThanX very much for such a great and detailed answer!

well, lets hope the best, the remarks are not the best for such a young carrier!!  Sad

On a flight between Beirut and Madrid, they run out of fuel and made this unscheduled technical stop here at BCN.

and

TAxiing out for departure after about 4 hrs. of delay due to some engine problems....


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1627 times:

It didn't actually run out of fuel.

A light went off in the cockpit saying there was a problem (I forgot where, it was in the newspaper) and they just made a precautionary landing. Nothing was found to be wrong though.

menaJet is registered in France and in Lebanon, so it met the safety regulations of both countries.

The aircraft which had been sitting dormant for 2.5 years went through a major overhaul before being delivered to MenaJet.

There have been no incidents since. I guess it was just a faulty sensor.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineOD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1566 times:

hi...
When it was originally launched, the airline was supposed to fly out of Sharjah... What made them change their minds?

OD-BWH



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User currently offlineDelta777jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1317 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1534 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.

rgds



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User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1532 times:

Anybody know when it will be available to book online ?
The "coming soon" sign have been there for quite a while.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

Leviticus,

When they are granted approval by the Lebanese government to operate scheduled flights.

As I said in my reply to Debonair, the Lebanese government currently has a law lasting until 2012 that prevents any other Lebanese-based carrier to operate scheduled flights. This is to protect MEA.

MenaJet claims they are confident that they will gain the approval. We'll just see...

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1449 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! Big thumbs up

MEA310



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User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

Which airport is coded BJV? Are the crew lebanese or a mix of Arab nationalities?

Thanks



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User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1401 times:

EurostarVA

BJV=Bodrum Airport-Turkey
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.

MEA310



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