brightcedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2322 times:
I think it will be a bit of both, I expect a follow on order in the coming years when the regional situation allows. I would see this as a defensive order, about enough to replace the existing short haul fleet, knowing that MEA may grow beyond that with the right conditions.
I wouldn't be surprised to see MEA plan it's long haul renewal but a in few years, and I wouldn't bet on Airbus only.
Direct routes to the US and Canada may be envisaged, but that will need a lot of negociations as the Chairman said.
I would favor a (half dozen) B787-9 in MEA colors!
raffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2119 times:
It would be interesting to see MEA operate Boeing aircraft again - not sure it will ever happen though!
The long haul network has been greatly curtailed by Gulf competition (Emirates) who offer a lot of
capacity out of Beirut (777-300s). Turkish Airlines has also taken hold of a lot of transit passengers
via Istanbul. Routes that the airline previously enjoyed- Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney etc are
well covered by EK. Routes that would work are Montreal, New York and Sao Paulo year round.
All doable with their current A330s so no need to introduce another type.
The A321s and A320s that they have on order will increase their fleet slightly (by two) but they also
have another 8 as options. Also one more A330 on option
Another reason that the airline struggles to build a serious transfer hub is the instability of the country
and the international perception of the country to a lot of people (i.e, under the assumption that Lebanon
is not safe to visit)