Middle East Airlines Logo – Middle East Airlines is the airline ‘s national Lebanon , with its headquarters in Beirut . It operates scheduled international services in the Middle East , Europe and Africa , their base of operations is at the Rafic Hariri International Airport . Copyright, for the most part, the Central Bank of Lebanon (99.37%) and employs 2,310 people. He is a member of the Organization of Arab Air Transport and International Air Transport Association. In 2007, the airline alliance will join SkyTeam as an associate member through its partner Air France .
Middle East Airlines was founded on May 31, 1945 by Saeb Salam, with operational and technical support from BOAC , with three De Havilland Rapides DH.89A. Operations began on 1 January 1946 com a service between Beirut and Nicosia , followed by flights to Iraq , Egypt , Syria , and Cyprus . Two Douglas DC-3 were acquired in mid-1946. Pan Am acquired a stake and management contract in September 1949. Pan Am was replaced when BOAC acquired 49% shares of MEA in 1955. A Vickers Viscount was introduced in October 1955, while a cargo aircraft Avro York was hired in June 1957. On December 15, 1960, the first of four de Havilland Comet 4C was received. After the association with BOAC ended on August 16, 1961, MEA was merged with Air Liban on June 7, 1963, which gave Air France a stake. The full title was then Middle East Airlines Air Liban.
In 1963 he also took over Lebanese International Airways. The fleet was modernized with the addition of three Sud Aviation Caravelle in April 1963, three Boeing 720B in January 1966, a Vickers VC10 hired in March 1967, and several Boeing 707-320C in November 1967. The present name was adopted in November 1965 when the airline was completely merged with Air Liban. Although operations were interrupted by the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, MEA restarted its operations by purchasing a Convair CV-990A to American Airlines , which entered service on June 24, 1969. A Boeing 747-200B entered service in June 1975 to meet the Beirut-London route. The operations were interrupted again until 1990, when the political situation stabilized. Airbus A310-300 were purchased in 1993 and 1994, followed by an A321-200 and A330-200 , which replaced the A310. The airline was restructured in 2001.
On September 7, 2006, Israel ended its air blockade on Lebanon which lasted eight weeks. A Middle East Airlines flight from Paris landed at Rafik Hariri International Airport at 6:06 PM local time (3:06 PM GMT). MEA suspended regular flights programdos the September 11, 2006.