Middle East Airlines agrees to order 10 neos

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Published: July 12, 2012

Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) on Thursday announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for five Airbus A320neo and five A321neo aircraft plus eight options. Engine selection has not yet been announced.

“MEA is focused on continuing to grow and improving its profitability at the same time as offering its passengers a very luxurious service,” MEA chairman-DG Mohamad El Hout said. “Adding the A320neo to our fleet means we can achieve all of these goals while benefitting from a 15% fuel saving and cost effectiveness,” he said.

The MOU brings to 14 the number of neo orders announced at the Farnborough Airshow, following Monday’s purchase agreement from Arkia Israeli Airline for four A321neos ( ATW Daily News, July 9 ).

MEA, which joined the SkyTeam Alliance in late June ( ATW Daily News, June 29 ), operates an all-Airbus fleet of four Rolls Royce Trent 772-powered A330-200s, four International Aero Engines (IAE) V2533-powered A321-200s and nine IAE V2533-powered A320-200s.

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