BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11135 posts, RR: 61 Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 16870 times:
MEA has evacuated its five stranded aircraft in Beirut airport to Larnaca, Cyprus.
This operation was undertaken by taking off from one of Beirut airport's long taxiways. No passengers were onboard any of the aircraft.
The aircraft are 4 A321s and 1 A330.
Pictures at Larnaca's airport:
In response to the evacuation, Israel has bombed the fuel tanks in Beirut's airport to ensure that such an evacuation doesn't happen again. Looks like they didn't think MEA would use a taxiway to evacuate its fleet.
Does anyone know the status of MEA's 2 A321s and 2 A330s that were NOT at the airport at the time Israel bombed it?
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
There was one A330 in BEY this afternoon. It was clearly in the frame when BBC journalist gave his live report. Is this the one that is in LCA now (I couldn't see the registration) or is it another one?
BA (Reply 7) : And for the record, Israel destroyed MEA's planes in 1968 and 1982.
At BEY, on December 28th 1968, the Israeli Air Force destroyed 8 MEA's aircraft : 1 B707, 3 Comets, 3 Caravelles, 1 Vickers Viscount (+ 1 leased VC-10), 3 from LIA (Lebanese International Airways - 2 Convair 990 + 1 DC-7), and 2 from TMA (1 DC-6 + 1 DC-4).
In 1982, MEA lost 6 B720 during the Isaeli invasion.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12329 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 16196 times:
As noted, a number of the aircraft of MEA are registered in France as they maybe owned by leasing companies. For Israel to destoy the aircraft of MEA could be effectively declaring war against France as well, not something they may want to do.
At least MEA's fleet is ok, but for the forseeable future, BEY is shut down, and as all access in/out of Lebanon is shut down including by sea and road. That cannot help MEA.
MainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2064 posts, RR: 6 Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 15332 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13): As noted, a number of the aircraft of MEA are registered in France as they maybe owned by leasing companies. For Israel to destoy the aircraft of MEA could be effectively declaring war against France as well, not something they may want to do.
Probably more like declaring war on an aircraft leasing company, and not France...?
MainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2064 posts, RR: 6 Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15109 times:
Quoting Planemanofnz (Reply 28): The main thing is that all MEA aircraft are safe and not destroyed. I wonder how long it will be untill Beirut Airport will be open for business again. Weeks, months, years?
Nothing's certain at the moment, but under normal circumstances it could be open before the end of next week. No doubt we'll find out what's proposed soon, BEY could operate with just one repaired runway, which is what will probably happen.
From today's arrivals information into LHR, if anybody's interested.......
BA162 TEL AVIV 1140 Due 1133 (early...nice)
BA6502 BEIRUT 1305 Cancelled
LY315 TEL AVIV 1335 No info
ME215 BEIRUT 1400 No info
Stylo777 From Turkey, joined Feb 2006, 2869 posts, RR: 12 Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15083 times:
Quoting SV777KiloAlpha (Reply 30): One A330 is parked on a remote stand at the north apron at OMDB/DXB. I saw it last night as I was leaving DXB to BAH. Sorry, I could not get the registration as it was night
ok my thoughts are approved. it is the wednesday evening flight ME 428 left BEY at 21:00 local for DXB.
So I guess the third one now stands in LHR or DUS 'cause these two are the only other oppurtunities which are served by an A330.
Middle East Airlines
ME 201 Rafik Hariri Int'l (BEY), Beirut, Libanon
Terminal W 08:10
Heathrow (LHR), London, Großbritannien
Terminal 3 11:15
332 5:05 Xe15
Middle East Airlines
ME 221 Rafik Hariri Int'l (BEY), Beirut, Libanon
Terminal W 06:15
Düsseldorf (DUS), Düsseldorf, Deutschland 09:30
332 4:15 3
FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7312 posts, RR: 61 Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15021 times:
Quoting SV777KiloAlpha (Reply 30): One A330 is parked on a remote stand at the north apron at OMDB/DXB. I saw it last night as I was leaving DXB to BAH. Sorry, I could not get the registration as it was night.
It must be F-OMEA or F-OMEC.
F-OMEB was the one in BEY, who left from a taxiway yesturday to LCA.
F-OMEC operated ME202 LHR-BEY on July12th, landing at BEY at around 7:30PM LT.
Raffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1640 posts, RR: 4 Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 13826 times:
Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 45): I feel kinda bad for the pilots asked to fly these aircraft to LCA...
How are they going to get back to see their family ?
There is no way back. I cannot get a line through to my father out there- the telephone lines must be down through the amount of people trying to get through to their loved ones from abroad. My father was making his way to the Syrian border yesterday, and I heard that it had been bombed. He could be dead
CYatUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 804 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 13669 times:
Quoting Kesflyer (Reply 17): The ports may be blockaded, so good possibility they are heading to Syria ( Lattakia or another port ) and then by road south to Lebanon.
Only a gues, however seems it coudl be viable.
Anyone in Cyprus have a clue ??
Cyprus Airways operated a special flight to Damascus last night and brought back the remaining Cypriots from Beirut. CyBC reported that the stranded people were transported from Beirut to Damascus in a convoy after diplomatic talks with Lebanon, Syria and Israel to ensure their safety. Along with the Cypriots, Cyprus Airways carried 40-50 Europeans.
ERT has also reporter that Olympic Airways are also operating a flight to Damascus tonight to bring back Greek and Cypriot citizens.