since I have also been noticed by mozart as an "active poster" i would like to give my 30 lebanese lira.
I don't accuse Mozart of having any anti anything feelings. I think it is a good thing that MEA
is getting such attention on the forums, but as previously mentioned, it is the same handful of members contributing. Myself, OD720, BA
, MEA321,MEA310, Yegbey01 and others that have escaped my head somehow.
is an airline with a history that few other airlines can relate to. During the war, MEA
had to make several operational moves in order to keep the air service going, such as moving headquarters to Orly, refueling planes in Damascus or Amman, using Beirut Airport as a hotel etc etc. Despite the fact that other air carriers had pulled out months earlier when they thought it was unsafe, MEA
still managed to provide safe air flights going, adjusting schedules to accomodate for changes. Even when they could not use Beirut Airport , MEA
resorted to other measures such as using the infamous "Halate" airstrip.
In the midst of 15 year long civil war which saw Lebanon reduced to an unrecognizable shade of her old self, MEA
managed to survive, doing what was necessary to provide air service despite the fact that the country was in war, the airport was hardly usable and Israeli fighter jets destroyed a portion of the fleet.
Despite all this, MEA
survived and came out on top. To quote Wassim Chemaitelli
: More than airline, MEA
became a symbol for a country that refuses to die, like the ever-green cedar of its flag.
After the war ended, MEA
operated the 707s and 720s safely until 1997 or 1998 when they were finally replaced by A320/1s. For managing to survive the way that they did, MEA
deserves our respect. It is for all these reasons that I have a particular affection for MEA
, in addition to the fact that MEA
and I both had to experience the civil war and so we have a relationship in this manner as well. This is the case for many people also I am sure.
So, in short, there is much reason to respect Middle East Airlines and be excited about its future. To think that this airline, which as little as 10 years ago no one could have ever imagined it becoming a world player, is now in a position to expand, adding new planes and destinations is really something to be quite excited about.
Regarding the livery, yeah its not the greatest livery ever but it is simple and effective. Let's face it, as much as we may have liked the old livery, when the 707s were eventually retired and a new chapter in MEA
's history was started they could not have kept the same livery.
PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.