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User currently offlineMEA From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 631 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1220 times:

The following article was extracted from the MEA website ;

"Upon expiry of the lease contract of two Airbus, A310-300, 1985 model, with total seating capacity of 372, two modern airbuses have been leased, with total seating capacity of 379. The first is an A320-300, '98 model, touched down at BIA ramp on March 7th, and the second, an A300-600, '95 model should be received on April 7, 2001.
It is relevant to add that the policy of fleet modernization was started and intended to continue until end of 2003."

Firstly, Airbus does not make an A320-300 so does anyone know what type of aircraft they are referring to, is it the A330-300?

Secondly, who were the previous owners of these aircraft?

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User currently offlineMEA From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1168 times:

Doen anyone have any info on MEAs fleet other then their outdated website?

User currently offlineHisham From Lebanon, joined Aug 1999, 701 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

The two new aircraft are A300-600R (A6-EKO) leased from ILFC and an A320 (EI-TLP) also leased from ILFC. I'm not sure which A310 were withdrawn but I think they're the two A310-300.

I wouldn't call getting an A300 modernization. But they could easily fill it on the Paris, London and Gulf routes.

Hisham.


User currently offlineKonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

well for an airline that still has a 707, it is a big improvement.

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6219 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1125 times:

The A300 dosent sound like a big modernization to me. But that will do for the routes they presently serve.
Chepos
Puerto Rico



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6219 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1126 times:

The A300 dosent sound like a big modernization to me. But that will do for the routes they presently serve.
Chepos
Puerto Rico



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineHisham From Lebanon, joined Aug 1999, 701 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1119 times:

MEA has stopped operating the 707 in 1998.

I heard they will acquire a second A300. Both are ex- Emirates now owned by ILFC.

Hisham.


User currently offlineEmirates777 From Tanzania, joined Feb 2000, 655 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1115 times:

Only one is ex-Emirates. It is A6-EKO, which is actually owned by ILFC but was leased to Emirates, it was returned in early April back to the lessor, and should now be in service with MEA.

The other Emirates A300-600Rs have gone to the following:

A6-EKC - Sudan Airways
A6-EKD - Tunis Air
A6-EKE - Tunis Air
A6-EKF - Lufthansa

All the above acft went to those carriers via Airbus, after Emirates sold them back to the manufacturer.

A6-EKM remains in service with Emirates.

Rgds
Emirates777


User currently offlineHisham From Lebanon, joined Aug 1999, 701 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1110 times:

Where does the other one come from then? it's owned by ILFC, but who did operate it before?

Hisham.


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4328 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1098 times:

There is no A320-300, of course it are A320-200s. They lease two aircraft, F-OHLO in January and F-OHLU in March. The identity of the last one is still unconfirmed but I believe it's cn 752 ex EI-TLO, because that one is also ex ILFC/TransAer and in the market for lease by early 2001, just like F-OHLO.

The mentioned aircraft will probably replace the older A310-200s, which were ex Singapore 1984/85 models and have less range and fuel efficiency than the A-300s which were built in in mid 90s. The A310-300s are of 1988. The ID of the second A300 is not confirmed yet but I suspect A6-EKM will be a good candidate.

And MEA and Chepos, remember airlines will always call their fleetchanges 'modernizations' etc. And actually you can call it as such, I can't believe I flew MEA's 1960 vintage 720B and their 1968 707s only 6 years ago. They will never issue a press release like 'well, we have bought some rattletraps straight of the scrap heap but that's good enough for you' My sister flew with Belgian charter Constellation 2 years ago and showed me the inflight magazine which stated she flew in a "727, one of the most modern and advanced aircraft now flying"



nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineMEA From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

MEA-707,

In relation to your last paragraph, I made no reference to the way the article was written. If you reread my post you will see that is an exact copy of the media release. I asked for clarification as to the aircraft type & where they were sourced from.

Have a nice day  Wink/being sarcastic


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