brightcedars
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MEA Inks Deal On MoU For 10 NEO's

Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:40 am

Following this MoU last Summer:

MEA Signs MOU For 5 X A320NEOs & 5 X A321NEOs (by MEA" class="quote" target="_blank">MEA Jul 15 2012 in Civil Aviation)

MEA has now inked the final deal (source in French):

http://www.lecommercedulevant.com/node/21495

5 A320s + 5 A321's + 8 options.

No engine choice has yet been specified.
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kamboi
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RE: MEA Inks Deal On MoU For 10 NEO's

Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:39 pm

Are these replacement for their current A320 & A321s or additions? I would like to see them add maybe 2 or 4 A350 to their current fleet for their far out destinations hopefully USA and Canada.
 
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RE: MEA Inks Deal On MoU For 10 NEO's

Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:28 am

I think it will be a bit of both, I expect a follow on order in the coming years when the regional situation allows. I would see this as a defensive order, about enough to replace the existing short haul fleet, knowing that MEA may grow beyond that with the right conditions.

I wouldn't be surprised to see MEA plan it's long haul renewal but a in few years, and I wouldn't bet on Airbus only.
Direct routes to the US and Canada may be envisaged, but that will need a lot of negociations as the Chairman said.

I would favor a (half dozen) B787-9 in MEA colors!
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RE: MEA Inks Deal On MoU For 10 NEO's

Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:46 pm

Quoting brightcedars (Reply 2):

I would like to see them adopt a new color scheme (livery) for their new orders. Although the current colors are "ok", they could do something way better.
 
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RE: MEA Inks Deal On MoU For 10 NEO's

Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:10 pm

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)
- Alec