Middle East Airlines (Air Liban)

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In 1945, Middle East Airlines was established and launched its first service from Beirut to the neighboring cities of Syria, Cyprus, Egypt then Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other destinations in the Gulf. In 1963, after the merger with Air Liban, MEA added new European, Middle Eastern and West African destinations to its worldwide network.

Despite closure of Beirut International Airport during Lebanon’s civil war between 1975 and 1990, MEA managed to survive by leasing aircrafts and seconding staff to international airline companies. With the return to normality in 1990, MEA succeeded in reinstating service to all its previous destinations, strengthened and improved its network to Europe, Middle East and the Gulf.

At the onset of the July 2006 war, Rafic Hariri International Airport-Beirut was the first target to be hit by the Israeli air raid. During the aggression which lasted from 12 July 2006 till 16 August 2006, MEA operated regular flights from / to Damascus International Airport and later via Amman Airport defying the imposed air blockade (17 August 2006 till 7 September 2006).

The war circumstances required immediate and exceptional decisions that would enable the carrier to continue to serve its passengers and preserve the highest safety and maintenance standards in order to remain bearer of the Cedar of Lebanon to all areas of the world.

In 2007, MEA Chairman-Director General Mohamad El-Hout announced the carrier’s capital increase, from 279 billion L.L to 550 billion L.L (US $ 367 Million), as well as the purchase of 8 aircraft: 4 A 330’s and 6 A320’s.

As always, MEA offers its customers very luxurious services both on ground and on board, reflecting the Lebanese culture and hospitality.

MEA’s philosophy has always been staff-oriented. Their most important asset has always been the employee. This philosophy is reflected in their Human Resources policies and practices and was the major contributor to the continuity of the company during periods of crisis. This was manifested in solidarity among employees, loyalty, commitment, dedication and that feeling of belonging which helped the company survive years of civil unrest, and repeated long periods of Beirut International airport closure.


Middle East Airlines (Air Liban)
P.O.BOX: 11-206, Airport Road
Beirut, Lebanon 1107-2801

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00961 1 629999

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