Middle East Airlines facts for kids
Middle East Airlines opened for business on May 31, 1945. It was opened by Saeb Salam, with support from BOAC. MEA's work started on January 1, 1946 with flights between Beirut and Nicosia. Then its airplanes started to fly to Iraq, Egypt, Syria, and Cyprus. The company bought two Douglas DC-3 planes in mid-1946.
On September 7, 2006, Israel ended its 8-week long air blockade on Lebanon. A Middle East Airlines plane from Paris flew to the Rafik Hariri International Airport at 6:06 p.m. Lebanese time (3:03 p.m. GMT). MEA resumed its normal flight timetable on September 11, 2006.
Middle East Airlines flies its planes to these countries and their cities (since June 2006):
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Images for kids
A Middle East Airlines Boeing 747-200 in 1984
Middle East Airlines office in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, Paris
The 5000th Airbus A320 built, delivered to Middle East Airlines, taking off from Beirut Airport
An MEA aircraft was destroyed during a confrontation between the Israelis and the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1982
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