(MEA) is expected to receive 10 new Airbus 321 planes as of 2019 to beef up its current fleet, the chairman of the national carrier Mohammed El-Hout said on Thursday.
More routes and better service
In order to meet the need of passengers, the new planes will be equipped with modern equipment and WiFi. An expected increase of the number of satellites will allow MEA to offer a better internet service. MEA and Turkish Airlines (TK) signed a codeshare agreement, which will be effective as of May 15. Routes between Lebanon and Turkey will be covered. In addition, the customers of both airlines will be able to expand their travel opportunities. The passengers of both airlines will have more travel options between Lebanon and Turkey. TK will operate three daily flights on the sector Istanbul-Beirut-Istanbul, while MEA will be operating two daily flights. The signing ceremony took place in MEA headquarters in Beirut. Hout and TK’ deputy chairman and CEO Bilal Eksi signed the agreement in the presence of senior officials from both sides. Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey. It is also a member of Star Alliance, has a fleet of 337 aircraft flying to 299 destinations. Middle East Airlines is the national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon. It is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It has a fleet of 18 aircrafts and travels to 32 destinations.