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About Middle East Airlines
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.
Privileges When Booking Middle EastAirlines:
Middle East is a member of Sky TeamAlliance. As a result, the Airlines can reach more destinations and provide distinctive services.
Passengers can easily manage their booking through Middle East Airlines online booking.
Comfortable travel experience as the airline keeps modern airplanes and regularly updates the provided services.
Shopping on board the aircraft.
Pre-selection of seats during booking process.
Complimentary meals and drinks on board for all the passengers.
The loyalty program, CedarMiles, gives clients variety of privileges, includingaccumulating free miles.
Middle East Airlines and SkyTeam Alliance
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:
Access to more than 900 stations worldwide.
Customers have a unified international ticket to travel around the world with any of the Alliance airlines.
Support inflight amenities and entertainment.
Smooth connection between flights to ensure seamless travel experience.
Access to more than 500 waiting lounges around the world.
Check-in priority upon arrival at airport.
Additional baggage free of charge.
Priority for boarding the aeroplane.
Priority of confirming waiting list bookings
In addition to these privileges, Sky Team Alliance qualifies MEA Airlines for other advantages based on destinations and the class of the ticket.
Business Class(Cedar) Business class cabin on board Middle East features luxury and space. Business class passengers are offered outstanding inflight amenities and on-ground services. The seats are spacious and comfortable. The passengers are offered complimentary delicious meals of Lebanese and European cuisines and refreshing beverages. Further, they enjoy watching entertainment AVOD displayed on personal screens. On the ground, business class passengers are granted access to airport waiting lounges. They are privileged with wonderful services such as wireless internet, meals, beverages and a quiet zone for business men to follow-up their business activities.
Economy Class: Seats on Economy class on board Middle East Airlines are comfortable. On the back side of each seat, personal screens are installed to display entertainment materials so that passengers spend pleasurable time during flights.In addition, the passengers are serviced distinctive meals and drinks.
MEA has a fleet of 20 modern aircrafts, all of Airbus model:
Number of Aircraft
Airbus A330 - 200
Airbus A321- 200
Airbus A320 - 200
BusinessClass(Cedar) the passengers on this class are allowed two to 3 pieces of checked baggage and the weight of each piece may not exceed 23 kegs. In addition, the passengers are allowed to carry 10 kegs as the maximum carry-on luggage to the passengers’ cabin.
Economy Class: The passengers on this class are allowed one piece of checked baggage weighing between 23 to 35 kegs (based on destination).Economy class passengers are also allowed 10kgs of carry-on baggage to the passengers’ cabin.
Travellers with infants are entitled 10 kgs of extrachecked baggage.
Middle East baggage policy may vary depending on the final destinations, hence travellers are recommended to check out their baggage limit during the booking process to avoid any in-convenient consequences.
Care services for clients with special needs
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.
Distinctive waiting lounges
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.
Entertainment on Board
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.
Shopping during Flight
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.
Online Booking Procedures and Issuance of Boarding Pass:
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 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.