Beirut-based Middle East Airlines has committed to four Airbus A330neo aircraft to modernize its midhaul fleet.
There has been no official announcement, but MEA’s annual statement indicated “commitments” for 11 Airbus A321neo and four A330neo aircraft. The 11 A321s have already been formally acknowledged by Airbus, but the A330 order was news. When asked by Flight Global, the carrier confirmed that it would take delivery of two new A330s in 2021 and two in 2022.
MEA already operates five A330s, featuring Rolls Royce Trent engines. The new A330neos will also feature Rolls Royce engines. Good news for travelers: the new planes are rumored to have a 1-2-1 configuration in business class with lie-flat seating. The current A330s feature angled lie-flat 2-2-2 seating in the forward cabin.
Middle East Airlines currently only serves short to midhaul destinations in Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. Wouldn’t a longhaul to New York be great? With an A330neo, this would now be easier than ever before.
Looks like I am going to have to review Middle East Airlines again. I very much enjoyed my A320 and A330 flights earlier in the summer as well as the renovated Cedar Lounge in Beirut. Next time I visit Beirut, I plan to take my family and spend a few days there. Perhaps an update to my Four Seasons Beirut hotel review?
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