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Did MEA Get To Serve These Places?  
User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 7251 posts, RR: 4
Posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3327 times:

Map shows two unusual destinations Rosetta and Sharib in Egypt marked for future launch in 1953, did these ever come online like the rest, which are also marked as future routes.


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User currently offlinedirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1784 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3290 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.

User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 7251 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3140 times:

Wonder what they were thinking, map also has Abadan in Iran, why did this destination los eits signifigance many airlines used to fly there including Air India.

[Edited 2010-06-21 18:31:27]

User currently offlinewassch71 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 209 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3076 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...


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 7251 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3028 times:

Maybe Abadan wasnt meant to show Basra, did MEA fly there?

User currently offlineAIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2574 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

another interesting dot : Did MEA fly to Jerusalem???

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User currently offlinedirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1784 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2893 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.

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 5):

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)

User currently offlineOD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 5):
another interesting dot : Did MEA fly to Jerusalem???

It did. All airlines in the region used to fly there before 1967 when the West Bank was annexed to Jordan.

MEA also served Lydda (Lod) pre 1948. I don't know how old this map is.

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User currently offlinebrightcedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2852 times:

Off topic but irresistible! MEA is reopening BEY-BRU today! Imagine that I have a vuvuzela!  

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