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MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:53 am

I just got the new issue of MEA's in-flight magazine "CedarWings" and I found this article that made me feel so Patriotic that i flet that i HAD to share it with the rest of the world
The Daily Star (A Lebanese Newspaper- printed in English) published this article on Decmeber 12 and MEA put it in CedarWings. A Wonderful article!

the articles title was:
MEA FLYING HIGHER AND RETURNING TO IT FORMER GLORY
National Carrier Has Been Boosted by 9 New Airbus Planes/



'"We are finally arriving to the point of reaping the benefits of our 3 year business plan, whereby MEA can consider fleet acquisition. Our passengers desver and expect great things of us. By modernizing our fleet with the best product combined with the highest operating efficiency we are offering them the highest standards of comfort and technology and improving the air transport sector in Lebanon'
With these word, Mr. Mohammed El-Hout, chairman-Director General, proudly took delivery of the first of 9 new aircraft (6 A321-200 and 3 A330-200) that make up MEA's fleet today serving 22 direct destinations that are a gateway to 180 destination with it alliance with Air France.
Middle East Airline (MEA) much publicized and troubled history has been laid to rest, and the future is much brighter for the national carrier. Nine new airplanes have replaced the old fleet increasing the seating capacity by 20% and profits are expected to rise to 15 million in 2003, the second such achievement in almost 25 five years. (after a profit of 3 million in 2002) Originally established in 1945 by Saebey Salaam, the Lebanon base airline launched its first service between Beirut and neighboring countries of Syria, Cyprus, and Egypt. It wasn't long before the company also established services to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other important destinations in the gulf. In 1963, the merger with Air Liban allowed MEA to add even more new European and Middle East destinations to its world wide program, including principle towns and cites in Western Africa.
Despite regular closure of the Beirut International Airport during Lebanon's civil war between 1973 and 1990, the company managed survive renting out airplanes and seconding staff to other international carriers. With the return of normality in 1990 MEA not only succeed to re-established service to all it pervious destinations, but also strengthened it and improved its network to Europe and the Middle East.
In 1996 The Central Bank Of Lebanon took 99.3 ownership of MEA and it objectives aligned with those of other international carriers: to live up to the challenges posed by fiercely completive industry, in a increasingly less protected in environment (This was not in the next, but on my own note –aka Open Skies) From 1998 to 2002, MEA implanted its largest reconstructing ever, turning around the company from a huge annually losses (a $87 million loss in 1997) to a 3 million dollar profit in 2002.
The business plan also included the rationalization of MEA's network streaming its purchase of policy, cost reduction at all levels of the airline, the launch of the frequent flyer program and yield management systems, as well as a number of other measures destined to modernized and reconstructed the airline.
Such radicalization included to cancellation of long haul and costly flights such as Australia an Brazil, the reduction in the number of destinations from 45 to 22, and the shutting down of active plan form 13 to 9 and the management scrapped all Boeing 707 airplanes and leased nine Airbus planes in 2000, leading to a saving of $25 million a year. iN addition , MEA saved another $5 million by renegotiating maintenance contracts , and the purchase of fuel.
MEA also formed an alliance with Air France and uses Paris Charles de Gaulle as a hub for the national carrier to fly to 180 destinations including the US and South America and this network redesign has led to a better utilization of the MEA fleet.
Parallel to the changes deep within the structure of MEA the Lebanese government committed itself the building a new international airport capable of handling 6 million passengers a year, which also succeeded in making the country an ideal transit stop for flight to the gulf and the rest of the Middle East.
The chairman of MEA, Mohammad El-Hout., in a recent interview with The Daily Star projected that his company will generate an operating profit of $15 million at the end of 2003, thanks to the high tourist season and a reconstructing plan, El-Hout expects profits to surge in the future even further if the tourist season remains strong and regional situation remains relatively stable and expects impressive results for 2004.
According to El-Hout, MEA's image has been further boosted with the purchase of six new Airbus planes and the lease of there more (6 A321 and 3 A330). El-Hout who was appointed by the Central Bank and head of the airline six years ago, said he had the biggest challenge of his career: containing that losses and turning the company into a profitable intuition. He added that he is confident hat MEA can return to its former glory. ON FUTURE PLANS, EL-HOUT SAID MEA WILL BECON SIDERING NEW ALLIANCES IN AN ATTEMPT TO OPEN NEW ROUTES AND EXPNAD ITS PROFIT HORIZIONS'

As I said- Made me feel so patriotic.
The only reason I started to like aviation was not becasue of the jets the airports, but because of MEA. It is is the symbol of Lebanon, and in the summer of 2002 i said to myself that I wanted to know more on the international sybmbol of my nation and this lead me to the world of Aviation

Did you guys read that last part. New destinations!- Where are they?

To all those who have a bad impression of Lebanon, you are entitled to your Opinion but you have no idea what your talking about.
Us, Lebanese Aviation fans, have talked and talked about MEA and BEY now we can reflect on what we have said.

May God Bless MEA in the years to come. - (I all ways put that in a big thread I put in on MEA)

toBEYwithMEAonTHE YOUNGEST IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:27 am

I think its great news for the airline!  Big thumbs up
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 5:09 am

Yes, former glory is coming back. We are moving from a courageous airline to a proud airline, with nothing to envy the best !

I feel that now that the consolidation is on the way, MEA must find ways to expand (either new destinations or frequencies, depending on the strategy).

But, it will face more challenge with the entry of LCC's in the M-East skies. Although they do not compete directly with MEA, they are a factor that should be taken into account.

I take the Airfrance case, where they are pressured by LCC's and charter flights. But with effective yield management, they are still able to grow. And they continue to make money on most routes, offering services adapted to the destinations (new business class, euroconcept in single aisle for business routes, la navette for rush hours on leisure destinations), but they can still beat the market.

For 89 euros, you can go to London if you book 30 days in advance, and myself got a CDG-BCN-CDG for 100 Euros !!! Not bad for a 2 hours flight and such a demanded destination like BCN !

Just to say that MEA, with good management, is an airline which has a great future and expansion will come in a few years time, putting Lebanon back under the spotlights.

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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:06 pm

Yes guys the Beirut Airport/MEA threads are getting a little bit annoying, everytime I check the forum there is a Beirut Airport or MEA thread in there. I understand national pride and all, but it's getting a little annoying.

I enjoyed the pics, interesting architecture. Very modern and expensive cars there lots of beemers, mercedes and even american cars. If fannatism and terrorism don't mess things up, Beirut will be a city I like to visit someday.

Greg how were the local people? are they nice or not really, when they know you are american?
 
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:19 pm

With all do respect MIAMIx707, nobody is forcing you to read the MEA or Beirut Airport threads. If they don't interest you, it's simple....don't read them.

I really don't see the problem here.

If fannatism and terrorism don't mess things up, Beirut will be a city I like to visit someday.

Beirut has been extremely stable since 1992. There have been no cases of terrorism since this time. There was one attempt to blow up a McDonald's restaurant, and one attempt to blow up the US Embassy. Both of which failed.

In my opinion, just these 2 incidents that never succeeded happening within a 12-year period is extremely good.

Email me if you want more tourism info. And I've got plenty of pictures of the coast. Lebanon is famous for its beaches and 5-star resorts are starting to pop up.

Greg how were the local people? are they nice or not really, when they know you are american?

I'm not Greg, but I visited Lebanon during the summer last year and saw Americans, British, French, Russians, Greek, Italiens, Swiss, Danish, and Polish and I can tell you my observations.

There was an American family (4 people) sitting in this one Lebanese sweets place by the coast. I could tell that they were quite happy and having lots of fun because they were pretty loud and roudy (they were getting a lot of attention as a result!). However, from my observations, the waiters were very friendly with them and gave them some desert for free (an Arab custom).

Another observation I made was in downtown in a restaurant. There was this British family (3 people). The waiter serving them got in a very nice and pleasant chat with them.

The Lebanese want tourism and are used to it. It's the primary source of economy.

Besides tourism and banking, Lebanon doesn't have anything else. There is no oil, no gold, no valuable natural resources really.

Exports are very little, mostly fruits and vegetables.

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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:45 pm

"i flet that i HAD to share it with the rest of the world"

Yes, you feel that you have to share EVERYTHING that happens with MEA and Beirut.

The "God bless MEA" is a bit strange, Greg is right.

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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:19 pm

yep lol I don't share everything I see or do in MIA, FLL, MCO or where I'm from but oh well to each his own.

With all do respect MIAMIx707, nobody is forcing you to read the MEA or Beirut Airport threads. If they don't interest you, it's simple....don't read them

BA,

If they didn't interest me at all, then how did I see the pictures? I think you should be less quick to jump into conclusions and judge. It probably stems from before, that you took my MEA livery opinion to the heart. But I hold no grudge man, and by the way it was nice of you to offer some tourist information by e-mail

regards

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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:39 pm

My point is nobody should complain about these posts because nobody is being forced to read them.

That is my point. If you are interested, great. Feel free to read them. If you want to reply, go ahead, if you don't want to reply, you don't have to.

Nobody is watching you browse the internet and telling you what threads to read and reply to (at least I hope not).

I have no problem with your opinion on MEA's livery. But in that thread a while ago, you were being harsh and disrespectful. Anyways, that's ancient history and I completely forgot about it. Life moves on.

Like I said, feel free to email me. Traveling to Lebanon is very easy. A visa can be obtained from the airport upon arrival for most countries. Email me for a list of those countries.

You cannot enter Lebanon if you have an Israeli visa or stamp in your passport whether valid, unvalid, used, or unused.

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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:53 pm

Well done to the people sticking up for Lebanon!

There is a large Lebanese community in Sydney, and over the years I've had many lebanese friends. It's certainly a country I would visit and not have any fears for my safety in.

To those making disparaging remarks about the people who talk about MEA - get over yourselves.

All the information is very interesting! It's nice to hear about MEA a lot. It makes a change from hearing about US Airways, United and all the other carriers in the US going bankrupt all the time.

Besides, we Aussies go on about Qantas all the time and no-one complains...

Wonder why that is? Maybe some people think middle east = terrorism and give people from there a hard time for no reason. Who knows!

MEA people - keep the information coming! ToBEYwithMEA, thanks for sharing that article with us!

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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 4:20 pm

I think it's to do with the fact MEA flies these young airliners PROFITABLY, while (ahem) certain other airlines with fleets in the high hundreds are flying ageing fleets and are making looses in the hundreds of millions. That's what I meant about the green eyed monster. Having some Lebanese background in me, I feel proud of them too!
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 4:22 pm

I have to agree with those saying that this is a forum and if you're not interested in a post then don't read it. I for one enjoy reading about MEA and airlines from other parts of the world. There are enough posts on this forum about Delta, Southwest and other U.S. carriers. Although I'm an American, I actually find carriers like MEA more interesting than the monoliths that dominate the American skies.

Also I really enjoyed the pictures of Beirut and hope I can someday visit. I'm glad that Lebanon is doing well and I can only hope that their will be peace and prosperity for the Lebanese people and MEA. Also I'd love it if MEA could someday begin flying to Lisbon.
 
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 4:24 pm

Now I would be happy if MTA would get their house in order.

I miss their green 707 freighters comming through ANC.
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:11 pm

Actually I see nothing wrong with all these MEA posts, they're very interesting. IMO Beirut is a beautiful city...

Wonder why that is? Maybe some people think middle east = terrorism and give people from there a hard time for no reason. Who knows!

Actually you're very wrong. Greg is open minded and has actually been outside of the USA, so using the race card is irrelevant.
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:53 pm

L-188,

I'm sure you meant TMA (Trans Mediteraneane Airlines). Unfortunately, they have big financial problems and have grounded all their aircraft.
 
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Fri Apr 02, 2004 10:12 pm

Okay maybe the blessing thing was out of hand. (I got it from a TV show on MEA)

This topic was not ment to end up like this. I thought that I should post it because it was in the DAILY STAR which is a major newspaper.

I people don't want to read these then don't. A.net has lebanese fans I we uasly talk about the airline. if you have a problem then heres a thought! Don't read! Now that a idea!
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sat Apr 03, 2004 12:42 am

I'll stick with agreeing with the others.Those who are annoyed with these "flowing" MEA/BEY topics,just don't bother and read.Those of you who replied wasted time doing so on a thread that does not interest you.

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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Gl

Sat Apr 03, 2004 1:07 am

When can we expect MEA to place an new order with Airbus for more A32Xs/A330s?
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sat Apr 03, 2004 1:34 am

Horus

I believe we should expect a new order from MEA whenever they will announce new routes with good frequency,or even strengthen their current destination's frequency.

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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sat Apr 03, 2004 3:08 am

ToBEYwithMEA,

No need to excuse for writing 'may God bless MEA". If you feel that way, you have every right to express it. Just like chief Chimp, across the atlantic finishes each one of his speeches in a similar fashion. All these threads about MEA have made me very curious about the airline and the country. Keep them coming. Those who dont like them, dont have to read them, very easy to skip a thread, even posts from certain users (you know who you are) can be treated that way. As for MEA and BEY, I hope to see SNBA flying to BEY (like the SABENA) or MEA flying to BRU again.
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sat Apr 03, 2004 3:29 am

BA:

Do you think its appropriate to have your anti-Israel cartoon on your id page?

Do you think its appropriate for Lebanon-with its rich history-prior to its creation as a modern country-to exclude Jews and Israel's.

Tourism is a great thing for both the vistee and the visitor-I'd like to visit Lebanon and Syria for that matter.

Are you a Maroninite? In any even how is that community doing in Lebanon these days. My city has a large, prosperous Marionite community and our Mayor who has friends across religious and racial divides is one-I have lunch at his church every Wednesday-People of all religions and races are not only allowed to come for lunch but are welcomed as friends.
 
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sat Apr 03, 2004 4:34 am

Ultrapig, MIAMIx707
If you don't mind STICK TO THE TOPIC AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY THAN DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. This is a topic reflecting the national carrier of the state of Lebanon. Not Bashing BA's cartoon. e-mail him or open a new thread. (personally I think it is a very funny joke, nice catch BA!)

To all Lebanese Aviation Fans,
I have made a list of what we have talked about
1. MEA entry into Skyteam
Any news. Seems like its going down in November

2. MEA flying into Sao Paulo.
I have no idea whats going on with it.

3. MEA and Chopenhagen
Summer route to be added on along with DUS and Nice

4. MEA and Qatar Airways
Code-share agremeent on BEY-DOH

what else?



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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sat Apr 03, 2004 4:35 am

ToBEYwithMEA,

akalna khara on #2

On #1 it seems as though entrance is delayed but they say that MEA might enter as a full partner instead of just an associate or something.
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sat Apr 03, 2004 4:50 am

AirxLiban

akel el khara mnih!!
I think it's better for MEA now not to open Sao Paolo,a big possibilty the route won't generate any profits,and the government is in debt and can not cover the losses.

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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:58 am

Airxliban

 Big grin 'akalna khara' Big grin

Look on the bright side, the airline is growing (slowly but surely)
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:58 pm

Yeah, that was it, TMA....my bad.

Like I said I wish they would get their house in order.
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Gl

Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:36 am

ToBEYwithMEA,

hey, nothing wrong with patriotism or enthusiasm for an airline. What I like about your posts is that they are FOR something and not AGAINST something (as are, for instance some of the Boeing-Airus threads). Keep it up!

Regarding your question, "what else? [have we talked about?]"

I think over the past couple of months we also had the following topics:

- MEA to expand its African network, possibly due to political pressure, after UTA crash
- the one topic that runs like a red line through all the others: will MEA get another A330 for the summer to serve all destinations it wants to serve?
- a comparison of Emirates and MEA by BA
- the "weird" timings of MEA's CDG flights/of AF's flights in summer
- plus many threads on BEY airport and also some on TMA

Anything I forgot?
 
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Glory

Sun Apr 04, 2004 4:40 am

for some reason two of my posts were deleted. I guess they are really cracking down on what is relevent and non relevant.

we also spoke about if Air France would send an A380 to BEY.
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RE: MEA Flying High And Returning To Its Former Gl

Sun Apr 04, 2004 4:43 pm

AirXLiban; they cut out that ugly dispute !
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better than establishing long-haul flights MEA should re-expand their MidEast-network and their Europe-network to its former size. People are ready to change planes once but not twice. Look at all the destinations served by Emirates in Europe. All these destinations also should be served by MEA. And I recently checked up the MEA destinations on the Arabian peninsula. Rather shocking. Looking like the destination-list of a medium-sized European airline but not of what used to by one of the two most important Arab airlines.