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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

Middle East Airlines (MEA), the national carrier of Lebanon, will put into service its first of four new A330-200s on Saturday June 21st operating the red-eye Paris flight (ME 209/ME 210) and then the Riyadh flight (ME 422/ME 423) in the evening.

The aircraft, to be registered F-OMED, is currently in Toulouse doing flight tests. It is the first aircraft in MEA's new modified livery:

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MEA will receive the remaining three A330-200s in 2009 which will replace MEA's existing three A330-200s which are leased from ILFC.

MEA also has six A320-200s on order as well as three options. The first three will be delivered 2009 with the first one arriving in January and the remaining three will be delivered in 2010.

MEA currently has a total of nine aircraft consisting of six A321-200s and three A330-200s all delivered in 2003. In 2010, MEA will have sixteen aircraft consisting of six A320-200s, six A321-200s, and four A330-200s.

On May 28, MEA relaunched services to Doha, Qatar. The service currently operates only 4x weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) on A321-200s but will increase to daily starting June 18.

Starting June 21, as a result of the delivery of the new A330, MEA will increase Paris Charles de Gaulle from 1x daily A321-200 and 1x daily A330-200 to 2x daily A330-200. MEA also codeshares on Air France's daily 777-300ER flight.

Starting July 1, MEA will increase Abu Dhabi from 5x weekly to daily on A321-200s.

Dammam, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Jeddah, and Kuwait will all see summer seasonal frequency increases and MEA will operate flights to Copenhagen, Nice, and Cologne/Bonn for the summer season. For detailed schedules, see the following PDF:
http://www.mea.com.lb/MEA/TimeTable/QRS2008.pdf

With the arrival of the new A320s starting next year, MEA is planning to increase frequencies on a number of routes including Frankfurt, Cairo, Amman, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

MEA is also planning to launch services to Moscow and Khartoum and is currently studying other possible destinations.

As a result of the end of the 18-month political crisis in Lebanon, MEA is predicting a 20% increase in passengers for this year compared to last year.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24876756/

[Edited 2008-05-30 19:48:42]


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineATLFlyer323 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2854 times:

wow good summary, thanks.

For some strange reason I have this attraction towards MEA. They are like the little engine that could, not big, not flashy, but they work their butts of to stay alive.

~Brandon



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User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

Thanks for the information BA.

How exactly will the current A330's be phased out? Will F-OMEA leave the fleet once F-OMED arrives? Or will they keep the currently leased A330's until the newly ordered A330's arrive?

MEA310



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2470 times:



Quoting ATLFlyer323 (Reply 1):

For some strange reason I have this attraction towards MEA. They are like the little engine that could, not big, not flashy, but they work their butts of to stay alive.

If you're interested in learning more about MEA and what they had to go through since their founding in 1945, this is a great website with lots of nice photos:
http://wassch71.tripod.com/cedarjetpages.html

Quoting MEA310 (Reply 2):
How exactly will the current A330's be phased out? Will F-OMEA leave the fleet once F-OMED arrives? Or will they keep the currently leased A330's until the newly ordered A330's arrive?

The current three A330s will be returned to ILFC one by one with the delivery of the last three A330s next year.

F-OMED, which will be delivered in a few weeks, will not replace any aircraft. MEA will have a 10-aircraft fleet starting this summer.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4847 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

Hello,

Would you be having any idea who will get these 3 A 332s once they are returned to ILFC?

Thanks


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2394 times:



Quoting Behramjee (Reply 4):
Would you be having any idea who will get these 3 A 332s once they are returned to ILFC?

I do not, sorry.



"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 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2342 times:



Quoting BA (Thread starter):
Middle East Airlines (MEA), the national carrier of Lebanon, will put into service its first of four new A330-200s on Saturday June 21st operating the red-eye Paris flight (ME 209/ME 210) and then the Riyadh flight (ME 422/ME 423) in the evening.

The aircraft, to be registered F-OMED, is currently in Toulouse doing flight tests. It is the first aircraft in MEA's new modified livery

Any news about the interiors? I think they should present an updated cabin, especially in J Class.



A300, A319, A320, A321, A332, A333, A343, A346, A388, B734, B738, B744, B772, B773, F70, MD11
User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

Any talk about more Africa service? These rumours seem to crop up now & then.

Quoting BA (Thread starter):
On May 28, MEA relaunched services to Doha, Qatar. The service currently operates only 4x weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) on A321-200s but will increase to daily starting June 18.

I thought I heard they didn't do well on this route before. Why the change?


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2191 times:



Quoting OD-BWH (Reply 6):
Any news about the interiors? I think they should present an updated cabin, especially in J Class.

It'll have 44 Cedar Class and 200 Economy Class seats versus 42 Cedar Class and 208 Economy Class seats on the existing A330s. In a previous discussion, it was stated that Cedar Class will consist of one section instead of two sections like on the current A330s.

I am curious about the interiors as well, but based on the number of seats, I don't expect anything amazing.

Quoting AF022 (Reply 7):
I thought I heard they didn't do well on this route before. Why the change?

You're right, last time it didn't do well. The difference this time is the timing which isn't very close to Qatar Airways' flight like the last time they operated. I guess they are hoping it will do better now that it will depart later.

Quoting AF022 (Reply 7):
Any talk about more Africa service? These rumours seem to crop up now & then.

They are planning to launch Khartoum and are also studying other African markets, but I haven't heard of any specifics.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMEA330 From Lebanon, joined Aug 2002, 288 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

New MEA interior will have :

Flat seats in Business
A new revolutionary seat in economy. The seat will slide instead of reclining on the passenger in the back.
Latest IFE product from Panasonic


User currently offlineBEYauty From Lebanon, joined Aug 2005, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

Congrats MEA, and the best of success. Can't wait to fly them again, hopefully soon from AUH, now that they will have increased frequency.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1990 times:



Quoting MEA330 (Reply 9):
New MEA interior will have :

Flat seats in Business
A new revolutionary seat in economy. The seat will slide instead of reclining on the passenger in the back.
Latest IFE product from Panasonic

Sounds nice. Any idea on the interior of the A320? I assume it will be very similar if not identical to the A321s.



"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 12, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1893 times:



Quoting MEA330 (Reply 9):
A new revolutionary seat in economy. The seat will slide instead of reclining on the passenger in the back.

This would be the GREATEST idea in Y Class ever.



A300, A319, A320, A321, A332, A333, A343, A346, A388, B734, B738, B744, B772, B773, F70, MD11
User currently offlineBrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

Good news, let's hope the political (gov. makeup, elections '09) and economical (related to political stability and eventual terrorist interference) environments will allow for a full deployment of this growth plan.

With 6 added A320s I'm pretty sure we can expect frequency increases on some key routes and use of the A321 on some other routes, as well as revenue management per flight since the aircraft are interchangeable. I wouldn't be surprised to see flights planned as A321 and being operated as A320 and vice-versa. Or will the A320s not have such a generous layout as the A321s boast?

And here's hoping for at least a weekend flight BEY-BRU or BEY-AMS nonstop by MEA in the coming 2 years with this expanded fleet. It would do us well.

Any clue whether MEA would actually retain the leased A332s should the economy go thru the roof? I mean it's Lebanon we're talking about, we all know the potential. Any clue whether the USA might allow direct flights any time soon? I'm sure ME would be the operator of choice and that would require some hardware.



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User currently offlineRamzi From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1564 times:



Quoting MEA310 (Reply 2):
How exactly will the current A330's be phased out? Will F-OMEA leave the fleet once F-OMED arrives? Or will they keep the currently leased A330's until the newly ordered A330's arrive?



Quoting BrightCedars (Reply 13):

Any clue whether MEA would actually retain the leased A332s should the economy go thru the roof? I mean it's Lebanon we're talking about, we all know the potential.

My humble opinion marks this a considerable possibility. I don't think they will have a problem finding places to fly them.

Quoting BrightCedars (Reply 13):
Any clue whether the USA might allow direct flights any time soon? I'm sure ME would be the operator of choice and that would require some hardware.

Doubt it. So long as a pro Iranian armed party exists in Lebanon there will be no direct flights to the US. However in the no so distant future we may witness for example a BEY-LHR-JFK flight, similar to Pakistan does. And even the A321 can do that iirc, if not, then definitely the 330s.

I have one question, is there any word on renewing the interiors of the A321s? The A330s are being change and the new ones will come with new interiors, the 320s will come with new interiors, so it would make sense for the 321 to be renewed as the 320s phase in...



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User currently offlineOD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1551 times:



Quoting Ramzi (Reply 14):
I have one question, is there any word on renewing the interiors of the A321s? The A330s are being change and the new ones will come with new interiors, the 320s will come with new interiors, so it would make sense for the 321 to be renewed as the 320s phase in...

I think the A330's and A320's will come with what Airbus defines as the next gen. interiors. Those will be the same as the A380 interior. Quite spacy and beautiful. The A321's will look dated unless the interiors get fully refurbished.



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User currently offlineHUYfan From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1413 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

The A321 cannot do LHR-JFK.

Could scrape the Eastern edge of Canada(Newfoundland) but not much more.

Regards

Mike


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