directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1626 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2528 times:
AFAIK, MEA never served these places.
I've never even heard of Sharib and I know the Rosetta Stone but didn't even know there was a city/town called Rosetta.
My guess is that the line was supposed to end at Alexandria, not Rosetta. Alexandria in 1953 was an important commercial hub for the region, and a popular tourist destination (at the time well served by frequent ships plying between Beirut and Alexandria).
As for Sharib-absolutely no idea. It's completely random. There's never been anything. It certainly isn't/wasn't a city/town, it wasn't some sort of spa and doesn't have any ruins.
wassch71 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 208 posts, RR: 18 Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
Abadan gained lots of importance as the terminal used to refine and export petroleun by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. MEA maintained an office / GSA there until the late seventies but never flew the route; that was done by European airlines which had fifth freedom between Beirut and Abadan such as SAS and BOAC.
The projected route in Upper Egypt looks random; the only domestic destinations served by Misrair at the time south of Cairo may have included Assiut, Aswan and Luxor none of which could correspond with that dot. Whomever wrote that dot however must have had vison; it is near Hurghada and in a way, MEA did fly that route decades later with charter flights...
directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1626 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
Indeed, Abadan was most definately an important destination at the time, but quite a few airlines had rights to operate Beirut-Abadan, plus MEA flew to Kuwait anyway.
In 1953, Hurghada did not have a single resort. In fact, I doubt it had more than a poorly funded clinic and a handful of bureaucrats running the place, if even that. Certainly MS didn't fly to HRG then and wouldn't do so for another 20 years at least.
In Egypt, MEA would have been better off providing service to Port Said, Suez, Alexandria even ahead of Luxor/Aswan. These cities were known for their historical monuments, but for a long time only had domestic flights, the same way everyone knows about the Taj Mahal in Agra but airlines choose to fly to DEL or BOM and then switch to a domestic flight.
Jerusalem in 1953 was part of Jordan, and yes MEA did serve them, providing up to three daily Vickers Viscount roundtrips between BEY and JRS. Of course this was suspended after the Six Day War. (courtesy of Wassim) http://wassch71.tripod.com/cedarjet94.html