It would be interesting to see MEA
operate Boeing aircraft again - not sure it will ever happen though!
The long haul network has been greatly curtailed by Gulf competition (Emirates) who offer a lot of
capacity out of Beirut (777-300s). Turkish Airlines has also taken hold of a lot of transit passengers
via Istanbul. Routes that the airline previously enjoyed- Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney etc are
well covered by EK
. Routes that would work are Montreal, New York and Sao Paulo year round.
All doable with their current A330s so no need to introduce another type.
The A321s and A320s that they have on order will increase their fleet slightly (by two) but they also
have another 8 as options. Also one more A330 on option
Another reason that the airline struggles to build a serious transfer hub is the instability of the country
and the international perception of the country to a lot of people (i.e, under the assumption that Lebanon
is not safe to visit)