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744 MEA

Tue Apr 03, 2001 7:01 pm

Hello all,

Does anyone know something about 744 that MEA would have leased last summer ?


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RE: 744 MEA

Wed Apr 04, 2001 6:27 am

MEA wanted to lease a 7474? They currently don't have routes that require a 744. I doubt they even considered leasing one.
They sold their three 742 a couple of year ago.

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RE: 744 MEA

Wed Apr 04, 2001 7:06 am

Actaully i think they do. During the Islamic holidays, and all throught the year actaully, there is a need for a large aircraft to fly from the UK which has a massive arab subpopulation. I wouldnt be surprsied if they leased a 747-400 to fly special pilgrimage flights to damascus. Syrian do, and Emirates dont fly there from the UK. I think i heard something about a 744 being leased to MEA, to replace one of thier A310's, but i dont recall ever seeing one. Its not the kind of thing you miss you know?

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RE: 744 MEA

Wed Apr 04, 2001 7:14 am

I doubt it too. MEA has very close contacts with Airbus, and also the US Government is reluctant to have "their latest technology" airliners in states they don't have close ties with.
They will get some 2nd hand A300-600Rs, with about 300 seats it is a major expansion needed on routes like LHR-BEY or CDG-BEY. Chris, don't forget Damascus is Syria's capital, Beirut is of Lebanon, MEA's homebase.
Maybe they will lease in some 747s in the future for short periods, like holiday and hadj, but it is more likely that will be 747-200Bs or 300s of airlines like Atlanta Icelandic.
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