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Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:23 am

From the French Lebanese newspaper, L'Orient le Jour:

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Douze nouveaux appareils pour la MEA

La Middle East Airlines est en passe d’accroître sa flotte, forte pour le moment de neuf appareils. Selon une source qui a requis l’anonymat, la direction de la compagnie nationale aérienne serait en pleine négociation pour l’achat de douze nouveaux avions. Il s’agirait de huit commandes fermes d’achat de quatre « narrow body » et quatre autres « wide body ». Pour les quatre appareils restants, il s’agirait encore d’option d’achats. Les nouvelles acquisitions deviendraient effectives en 2007. Par ailleurs, la direction de la MEA aurait signé quatre accords avec des consultants internationaux pour l’évaluation de ses actifs dans la perspective de la mise en Bourse de 25 % de son capital. D’après la source précitée, il n’y aurait pas encore de consensus politique pour une privatisation de toute la compagnie.
Hier, le PDG de la MEA, Mohammad el-Hout, a inauguré les nouveaux bureaux de réservation de la compagnie situés à Clemenceau Gefinor. L’inauguration a eu lieu notamment en présence du ministre du Tourisme, Joe Sarkis.


Summary:

8 firm orders of 4 narrowbody aircraft and 4 widebody aircraft plus 4 options.

Deliveries would start in 2007.

My guess is an order for 4 A320s and 4 A330s, but we'll see.

MEA currently operates 9 aircraft, 6 A321-200s and 3 A330-200s.

If MEA firms up its 4 options, they will have a total of 21 aircraft in a few years.

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They are also currently evaluating regional jets.

They have been in negotiations with Boeing over the 787 over the past summer.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
 
yegbey01
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:03 am

interesting indeed....but adding 8 planes in one shot...that's like almost doubling the fleet...where's the demand coming from all of a sudden?

I kind of wonder where they would deploy these aircarft to (especially the widebodies - A330s?)
 
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 12:19 pm

Quoting Yegbey01 (Reply 1):
interesting indeed....but adding 8 planes in one shot...that's like almost doubling the fleet...where's the demand coming from all of a sudden?

MEA is going to become a SkyTeam associate member next year and they have to expand their fleet to increase frequencies on their routes if they wish to be of value to SkyTeam.

Also, MEA has ambitions to become a full member and that means they need to become bigger. They finally realized that.
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:25 pm

Will the bombing of Beirut Airport affect their plans.
 
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:38 pm

Quoting Yegbey01 (Reply 1):
I kind of wonder where they would deploy these aircarft to (especially the widebodies - A330s?)

Where from is a better question today.
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:49 pm

According to rumors, there are at least 2 A319s in the narrowbody order.

Also, all 3 current A330s will be returned in favor of 4 new A330s. The new A330s will have different configuration than the current ones.
 
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:11 pm

Well, lets hope that what's going on in the region and in Lebanon won't go too far.

Israel imposes Lebanon blockade
 
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:20 pm

Wasn't there talk of a possible E195 order by MEA ?

I would guess 4 E195 and 4 A330s.
 
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:21 pm

I am afraid this won't happen for a while as Israel has bombed Beriut airport. While they will be using Cyprus, Damascus airports in the meantime, they won't be able to use BEY for the forseeable future.
 
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:37 pm

Nice to see MEA's continued resilience....
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:57 pm

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 8):
I am afraid this won't happen for a while as Israel has bombed Beriut airport. While they will be using Cyprus, Damascus airports in the meantime, they won't be able to use BEY for the forseeable future

Indeed, Cyprus press reports today that MEA planes will be using LCA as their temporary base until the problems in the area are sorted out.

During this time, maintenance will be carried out by Cyprus Airways Engineering.
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:01 am

Quoting OD720 (Reply 5):
According to

sorry for "re-routing" the thread, but is it already clear to what extent the runways got damaged ? and how long it will take to have them repaired ?
 
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Fri Jul 14, 2006 4:55 am

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 3):
Will the bombing of Beirut Airport affect their plans.

They need them as the rest of their fleet lies buggered at BEY!
 
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Fri Jul 14, 2006 6:32 am

I believe they have got 5 aircraft (A321) out of Beirut. Not sure but I assume the A330s are still stuck?
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RE: Middle East Airlines (MEA) To Buy 8 Aircraft (+4)

Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:13 am

why not A340-500 or A340-600 since they plan on flying to Canda, Brazil and hopefully the US? I would even consider the B787 since now lebanon is a friend of the US.