Middle East Airlines (MEA) of Lebanon has taken delivery of the first of six
A321s scheduled for delivery during the year 2003 from Airbus. As part of a
ceremony held in Toulouse in the presence of His Excellency, Lebanese Minister of Transport Najib Mikati, the A321 was handed over to Middle East
Airlines Chairman Director General Mohamed El Hout by Airbus President Noël
Middle East Airlines already operates a leased Airbus fleet since the early '90s,
which the new aircraft will progressively replace. MEA will also integrate three
new leased long-range widebody twin A330-200s, due for delivery this year, as
part of its fleet modernisation plan.
The Beirut-based Lebanese flag carrier will operate its new A321 fleet on
non-stop routes to the Gulf and Europe, as well as within the Middle East
Middle East Airlines' A321s feature a luxurious seating for 31 passengers in
business class and 118 in economy, with personal television screens for
everyone. MEA's A321s are powered by V2533 engines from International Aero
Engines (IAE), featuring a quietness that meets tough new stage 4 noise standards.
"Middle East Airlines current healthy financial situation and fleet
modernization are the results of collective and combined efforts from the
airline's management and staff, as well as Lebanon's Central Bank and Government's Transport Ministry" said His Excellency Lebanese Minister of
Transport Najib Mikati.
Middle East Airlines Chairman Director General Mohamed El Hout also
added:" "Our main objective is to offer the most luxurious product to our
passengers. The last part of our successful re-structuring plan was fleet
modernisation, and Airbus was a winning choice. The A321 offers an optimized comfort for passengers as well as the lowest operating cost,
emissions and noise footprints in it's size category. It was a natural choice for
"We are very proud to be part of Middle East Airlines' future, to which this all
new Airbus fleet should profitably contribute" said Airbus President Noël
Designed to optimise passenger comfort and maximise cost savings, the
A318, A319, A320 and A321 form the world's most profitable and best-selling
single aisle-aircraft Family. The Family is in widespread service around the
world with some 120 customers and operators, including several airlines
within the Middle East.