Middle East Airlines is the national flag carrier of Lebanon. It is considered one of the first few Arab airlines since its inception in 1945. It is headquartered in the city of Beirut and operates out of its main aviation base at Rafic Hariri International Airport. Middle East Airlines is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO). Today, Middle East flies to 32 destinations in 24 countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. It owns a modern fleet consisting of 20 airplanes.
Founded in 2000, Sky TeamAlliance has become the second largest alliance of airlines in the world. The total allied airlines is 20, including Middle East.This Alliance gives MEA Airlines clients many privileges:
In addition to these privileges, Sky Team Alliance qualifies MEA Airlines for other advantages based on destinations and the class of the ticket.
MEA has a fleet of 20 modern aircrafts, all of Airbus model:
Middle East provides special services to serve customers with special needs such as physically challenged, infants, pregnant women and minors. This category of travelers are offered utmost care to ensure that they have equal opportunity with regular passengers to travel safely and easily.
Striving to serve clients to its full potential, MEA Airlines offers waiting lounges for eligible customers. Business class passengers (Cedar) and subscribed passengers in the loyalty program, Cedar Miles, are granted access to airport waiting lounges to spend memorable moments during their layover time. Waiting lounges are well equipped with travel based services such as a quiet zone for relaxation and following up with business activities, meals, beverages, TV screens, a wide range of magazines, newspapers and screens showing scheduled arriving, departing and cancelled flights.
MEA offers a vast varieties of AVOD genres to all passengers irrespective of their ticket class such as movies, television shows, music and radio channels just to name a few.
Middle East Airline offers shopping on board at competitive prices for passengers to purchase the latest products from a wide assortment of goods exempted from customs. A sale magazine on every seats shows the available goods and price. The goods include famous brands, along with MEAexclusive products such as jeweler, watches, perfume, hardware, and cosmetics.
Travellers with Middle East Airline can book their tickets online. They can select their preferred seats while booking too. Further, they can check-in online and print out their boarding passes which are available for confirmed bookings within a period ranging between 24 to 3 hours before the scheduled time of departure. A second option for issuing boarding passes is to approach Middle East Airlines check-in counters inside the airport before the scheduled flight departure time.
Middle East Airlines was founded.
Middle East Airlines leased out its aircrafts and crews to international airlines due to the Lebanese civil war. These rental agreements helped to minimize the civil war aftermath on the company.
Middle East re-established its presence after the end of the civil war in Lebanon. The airline’s route to Europe, the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf evolved gradually.
Middle East Airlines adopted a project for comprehensive restructuring in order to correct the financial situation recovering the huge lossof 87 million dollars in 1997 to profitsof 50 million dollars in 2004.
Middle East Airlines capital grew up to $ 367 million.
MEAgross profit amounted to 92 million dollars, and it carried 1,375,000 passengers.
Middle East joined Sky Team Alliance officially on 28 June of the same year.