Informational MEA is getting 15 new planes starting 2019 and to offer free(?) WIFI on board

Jo

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In an interview with LPS, Mohammad el Hout answered the below questions

LPS: Knowing that MEA maintains a young average fleet age of 6-7 years, will the current fleet be substituted by the new one?
MH: MEA sells or returns any plane that overlaps 13 years of service, regardless of the fact that planes are manufactured to fly for over than 20-30 years. All our ODs that are older than 13 years will be sold, and all our T7s older than 13 years old as well will be returned back to the leaser. We are expecting 15 new planes, 11 Airbus A321neo and 4 wide-bodies. Either Airbus A330-900neo or Boeing 787-9. Deliveries will start from 2019 until 2021.

LPS: Will MEA start flying to the American continent or Eastern Europe.
MH: We had close studies regarding routes to the American continent, however with medium loses in the beginning. We asked our government to help us cover these loses, however they sadly didn’t agree. As for Eastern Europe, we might be taking some stations into consideration.

LPS: Is MEA leaning more towards the Airbus A330-900neo or the Boeing 787-9?
MH: To be honest the Airbus A330-900neo has an advantage over the Boeing 787-9 as our pilots and cabin crew are used and type rated on such an aircraft. However, the final decision will be taken next month!

LPS: Will you designate a terminal for MEA?
MH: Actually the new terminal at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport will be designated to MEA and its partners only.

LPS: Would a low-cost airline be possible as MEA’s subsidiary?
MH: Mostly all Airlines that started as low-cost are currently operating as Hybrid airlines. Take fly dubai, Jazeera Airways, and FlyNas as an example. They all started as a low-cost yet later on included Business Class, meals, etc... In addition, MEA is competing with low-cost airlines ticket prices coming from France, Turkey, and Dubai, with MEA providing better service at lower prices sometimes.

LPS: Do you think of opening any Domestic routes in Lebanon?
MH: To be fully honest we are not thinking of one now.

LPS: As the very first page in Lebanon, one of our goals was to build a spotting area at Beirut Airport, would you help us do so?
MH: It is a great idea! I will actually let Dar Al Handasa and His Excellency minister of labor and public transpiration Youssef Fenianos take it into consideration. I follow your page frequently and I am amazed by the work you are doing! I deeply encourage this specific suggestion.

LPS: Any job vacancies at MASCO?
MH: To all of your followers, MASCO will be recruiting in 2 months!

LPS: Would the simulator at your training center be public?
MH: All western countries have their eyes wide open over Lebanon when it comes to stability and security, and as you know, 9/11 attacks were executed by terrorists who were trained on simulators. Therefore, opening the simulator might trigger some backfire at our Company.

LPS: Will WiFi be provided onboard MEA’s new planes?
MH: WiFi will be available on all our new planes. 15 free minutes will be provided to our economy passengers. We are still in negotiations whether to provide our Business Class passengers with free WiFi during the entire flight or make a minimal cost.
Mr. Mohammad El-Hout told us that Airbus will deliver their 10,000th Airbus A320 to MEA in 2021!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/LebanesePlaneSpotters
 
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  • Jo

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    Middle East Airlines - Air Liban headquarter and Beirut Rafic-Hariri International Airport Expansion.

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    opium

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    The new terminal should be designed to receive the wide bodies and double deck aircrafts like the B777s and A380s, since the old one cannot cope with these types.
    I am not against MEA having their own terminal. But this is not a priority now.
    MEA should renew the interiors of the current operated A320s and replace the old entertainment systems. Which will lower the weight and enhance the passengers experience, especially that most of the Lebanese travelers, especially the ones going to UAE and Qatar are not considering MEA as a priority airline now.
     
    #5
    In an interview with LPS, Mohammad el Hout answered the below questions

    LPS: Would a low-cost airline be possible as MEA’s subsidiary?
    MH: Mostly all Airlines that started as low-cost are currently operating as Hybrid airlines. Take fly dubai, Jazeera Airways, and FlyNas as an example. They all started as a low-cost yet later on included Business Class, meals, etc... In addition, MEA is competing with low-cost airlines ticket prices coming from France, Turkey, and Dubai, with MEA providing better service at lower prices sometimes.

    Source: https://www.facebook.com/LebanesePlaneSpotters
    LOL, no.

    MEA is always more expensive than Emirates or Etihad, let alone FlyDubai or Air Arabia.
     
    #6
    Please do flights to Cherkasy in Ukraine, if you decide to fly there. Our airport could do with a fresh renovation, and I could get something on the Ukrainian side going to allow Lebanese visa-on-arrival if they enter from this port, hehe
     
    #7
    Instead of expanding Beirut airport why don't they build another airport in the North? As usual the North, Bekaa and the South are neglected and only projects are done in Beirut and Mount Lebanon.