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MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Wed Aug 14, 2002 10:01 pm

Middle East Airlines (MEA) of the Lebanon has placed an order with Airbus for six A321s, becoming a new customer for the type. The order confirms an announcement by the airline earlier this year, when it said that it would acquire A321s as part of a fleet modernisation that is the last part of its re-structuring plan.

MEA will take delivery of five A321s between January and May 2003, and a sixth in early 2004. The aircraft will be powered by International Aero Engines V2533s, which feature quietness that meets tough new Stage 4 noise standards.

MEA’s A321s feature luxurious seating for 31 passengers in business class and 118 in economy, with personal TVs for everyone.

MEA already flies an all-Airbus fleet comprising A320s and A321s, as well as A300s and A310s, on non-stop routes to Europe - as well as within the Middle East and to Africa.

The newly ordered A321s replace leased A320s, A321s and A310s in the MEA fleet. They will be complemented by three leased A330-200s, all of which will be delivered in the second quarter of 2003, which will replace leased A300s and A310s.

The best-selling Airbus A320 family is in widespread service around the world with some 120 customers and operators, including several airlines within the Middle East. It is the consistent winner in independent surveys of airline and passenger surveys.

Passengers love the A320 family’s more spacious cabin and greater comfort, which includes wider seats in economy, while its modern design and attractive economics make it a firm favourite with airlines and financiers.

Firm orders for the A320 family now approach 3,000 aircraft, of which 1,800 have already been delivered.

A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE SYSTEMS.

source: http://www.airbus.com
 
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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Wed Aug 14, 2002 10:33 pm

PTV's in A321's? Now that's not something you see all the time, i guess the A321's will be deployed on longer routes to Europe, as to the reason why there's PTV's for all?

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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:21 pm

PTV's for all is a good marketing strategy to entertain passengers on MEA's routes which are primarily in the 2h 30 min - 5 h range. If they downsize from A310 to A321 on some routes it means they must keep the passengers entertained  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Personally, I wouln't fly MEA on a 4 h A321 flight if there is no form of infllight entertainment system. Way to go MEA !!

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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Thu Aug 15, 2002 7:59 am

EurostarVA,

Would you fly any other airline for 4 hours if they didn't have PTV's?

I've heard that MEA offers excellent inflight service & they're A321s will have 149 pax as opposed to approx. 187 which is the standard among most European airlines.
 
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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Thu Aug 15, 2002 10:23 am

MEA,

If I have a choice between flying onboard a new MEA A321 and a standard Gulf Air A320, I would pick MEA (assuming Gulf Air does not provide personal TV's).

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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Thu Aug 15, 2002 10:43 am

So you would still choose Gulf Air's "cramped" A320's with about 130 seats if they had PTV's over MEA's A321's with only 149 seats, come on you can't be serious?
 
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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Thu Aug 15, 2002 11:33 am

MEA, have you made it your mission to advertise for Airbus? Quoting verbatum their own touting of their airplanes shows an undeniable bias on your part. Your credibility will be enhanced by not parroting the manufacturer's own hype. Speak of the merits of the aircraft in your own words, it will sound a lot less tacky. I don't make a habit of quoting Being press releases when I speak of their planes because it's a cheesy tactic. And I'm not anti-Airbus, at least not when it comes to the aircraft, themselves. This is not to offend you, just to show you that others will assume you're an Airbus stooge if you resort to posting their rhetoric. Just a little constructive criticism. Thank you.
 
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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Thu Aug 15, 2002 11:47 am

AvObserver,

Obviously you have some issues, deal with them.

Where did I say the airbus product was better then Boeing's? In what part of my post was a promoting Airbus?

I was asking EurostarVA why he would choose GF over ME given that ME seems to offer a better product.

I suggest you re-read my post & save your so called "constructive criticism" & post it in a topic that calls for it.

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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Thu Aug 15, 2002 3:05 pm

PTV's ON MEA?! Can a code share with JetBlue be far behind? Big grin TC
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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Fri Aug 16, 2002 4:50 am

Hey EurostarVA,

Just to let you know, 2 days ago I flew on a BA A321 from LHR to BEY;
& it's a 4h15min flight,& with no personnal PTVs.
So refresh your thoughts  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Fri Aug 16, 2002 6:03 am

MEA,

I dont understand your posts? I said in my post that I would CHOOSE MEA
over Gulf Air because MEA offers PTV's and yes, good leg room. Maybe you got confused reading my reply?

MEA310,

Yes this is why I would choose MEA over BA !!

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RE: MEA Orders 6 A321 With PTVs

Fri Aug 16, 2002 7:18 am

Ah, EurostarVA you'd choose MEA, I am happy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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