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MEA To Sell A321s, Evaluating A320neo And 737 MAX  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5585 times:

MEA is planning to replace its A321s that it has had in its fleet since 2003 with brand new leased A320s.

MEA sold two of its six A321s last December to Turkish charter Atlasjet. These were replaced by 2 new A320s delivered this year. They will sell another two A321s this year to be replaced by two more new leased A320s leaving only two A321s which I presume will be sold next year.

Interestingly, the latest A320 and the remaining two to be delivered this year are all leased and are powered by CFM56 turbofans instead of IAE V2500s like on the rest of MEA's owned A320/A321 fleet.

The decision to lease rather than buy the latest batch is due to upcoming new offerings by Airbus and Boeing, the A320neo and 737 MAX. The leases are only for six to eight years after which they will be replaced by either the A320neo or the 737 MAX of which MEA is currently evaluating both.


I don't really trust Wikipedia, but the MEA page mentions that they are considering adding another A330. I haven't been able to find any evidence to back this statement:


MEA will join SkyTeam next week.

"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineOLBA From Lebanon, joined Jun 2011, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

Which aircraft will be painted in the skyteam livery?

User currently offlineOD-BWH From Canada, joined Jan 2002, 406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4506 times:

The article says: 'Mohammad Hout as saying "We have leased this aircraft for a period stretching from six to eight years, and this step is part of our general policy to expand this fleet,"'

They're merely replacing the A321s with smaller A320s. How is that considered fleet expansion?!

A300, A319, A320, A321, A332, A333, A343, A346, A388, B734, B738, B744, B772, B773, B788, F70, MD11, CRJ700
User currently offlineOLBA From Lebanon, joined Jun 2011, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4491 times:

While driving in Beirut a couple hours ago, I saw a billboard that said "skyteam welcomes MEA". When will the first aircraft be painted?

User currently offlineraffik From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1741 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 4037 times:

I would be surprised if MEA ordered Boeings.. but never say never! As for the fleet renewal, some of those A321s were starting to look tatty. Not surprised they are getting rid. I guess they don't want all of their assets tied up at the minute.
The A320s will be easier to fill also. Not heard about any A330 additions. Perhaps expansion?

- Alec
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