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MEA: getting to normal. (Middle East Airlines manages in war-torn Lebanon.)

Middle East Airlines' operations were severely disrupted by the war which raged across its homeland, Lebanon, earlier this year, but services are now getting back to normal, and its executives, under Chairman/President Salim Salaam are looking seriously at new equipment.

The main problem for MEA during the fighting was the closure of Beirut International Airport for 154 days between February and July. BIA has been closed before as a result of the plagued Lebanon in recent years, but never for this long. MEA dispersed its fleet for the period of the emergency, the majority of the aircraft being based an Larnace, Cyprus. The airline went into the international aviation marketplace and found as much use as possible for the aircraft, including a joint arrangement with Gulf Air under which an MEA Boeing 747-200B combi flew service between Bahrain, Bangkok and Manila, a service which continues today. …

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