debonair
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MenaJet Finally Flying?

Sat Aug 28, 2004 9:47 pm

Hi, found this on justplanes.com:

MenaJet, the new low cost airline based in Lebanon, inaugurated operations this past week with a flight from Beirut to Dalaman in Turkey. The airline currently operates a single Airbus A320-200.


Any idea about the registration and former operators??

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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Sun Aug 29, 2004 1:27 am

Yup, their first flight was on August 13 which departed Beirut (BEY) at 3PM to the Turkish resort of Dalaman.

It is currently operating charter flights, mostly for the travel agency Nakhal which offers vacation packages to a number of places in Europe and Turkey.

They have not started scheduled flights yet. They are still waiting for approval from the Lebanese government to begin scheduled flights. So at the moment they are nothing more than a charter airline.

The Lebanese government has a rule that lasts until 2012 in which MEA can be the only Lebanese carrier to operate scheduled flights. This is an outdated rule to protect MEA from before the government voted for an open skies policy in 2000. They are optimistic that the rule will be changed soon MenaJet will be able to operate scheduled flights, most probably only to places that MEA does not operate to.

They currently have one A320-200, F-OKRM:

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It is an ex-Ansett Austrlia (now defunct) aircraft.

She was built in 1996 and was in storage between March 2002 and August 2004. So in reality, it is less than 5.5 years old.

I do not know when they plan to get more aircraft. Perhaps one they are given approval to operate scheduled flights.

Visit their nice website for more information:
http://www.menajet.com

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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Sun Aug 29, 2004 3:05 am


ThanX very much for such a great and detailed answer!

well, lets hope the best, the remarks are not the best for such a young carrier!!  Sad

On a flight between Beirut and Madrid, they run out of fuel and made this unscheduled technical stop here at BCN.

and

TAxiing out for departure after about 4 hrs. of delay due to some engine problems....
 
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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Sun Aug 29, 2004 3:17 am

It didn't actually run out of fuel.

A light went off in the cockpit saying there was a problem (I forgot where, it was in the newspaper) and they just made a precautionary landing. Nothing was found to be wrong though.

menaJet is registered in France and in Lebanon, so it met the safety regulations of both countries.

The aircraft which had been sitting dormant for 2.5 years went through a major overhaul before being delivered to MenaJet.

There have been no incidents since. I guess it was just a faulty sensor.

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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 1:47 am

hi...
When it was originally launched, the airline was supposed to fly out of Sharjah... What made them change their minds?

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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:07 am

What their mind changes ?
They never wanted to ops out of SHJ. But according to themself they had this struggle to register the airline in lebanon.
SHJ is by the way the hub of Air Arabia the low cost airline of the airport of SHJ and its sheikh.

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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:09 am

Anybody know when it will be available to book online ?
The "coming soon" sign have been there for quite a while.
 
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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Mon Aug 30, 2004 1:01 pm

Leviticus,

When they are granted approval by the Lebanese government to operate scheduled flights.

As I said in my reply to Debonair, the Lebanese government currently has a law lasting until 2012 that prevents any other Lebanese-based carrier to operate scheduled flights. This is to protect MEA.

MenaJet claims they are confident that they will gain the approval. We'll just see...

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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 9:03 pm

I flew MenaJet last week,it was a very pleasant flight,the crew were very friendly.On the outbound flight,BEY-BJV,I asked the F/O about the airline's future,I asked him what would happen if the Lebanese Authorities don't grant them permission to operate as a scheduled airline out of Beirut,he kept answering me:" They have to,they must".Eventually I had a jumpseat for landing! Big thumbs up

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EurostarVA
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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Sun Sep 05, 2004 10:45 pm

Which airport is coded BJV? Are the crew lebanese or a mix of Arab nationalities?

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RE: MenaJet Finally Flying?

Mon Sep 06, 2004 4:57 am

EurostarVA

BJV=Bodrum Airport-Turkey
The cabin crew is Lebanese,but the flight deck crew seemed to be mixed.The F/O I talked with spoke a little Arabic,he preferred English,as for the captain,I don't know his exact nationality,but definitely not Arab.

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