By David Ingham
The purchase of six A321 planes, equipped with low noise engines and TV screens in every seat, is part of Middle East Airlines' fleet upgrade programme.
Middle East Airlines (MEA) of Lebanon has placed an order with Airbus for six A321s. The airline first announced earlier this year that it would acquire A321s as part of a fleet modernisation programme.MEA will take delivery of five A321s between January and May 2003, and a sixth in early 2004. The aircraft will be powered by International Aero Engines V2533s, which meet new ‘Stage 4’ reduced noise emission standards.MEA’s A321s will feature seating for 31 passengers in business class and 118 in economy, with personal TVs for every passenger.MEA flies an all-Airbus fleet, including A320s, A321s, A300s and A310s. The new A321s replace leased A320s, A321s and A310s in the MEA fleet. They will be complemented by three leased A330-200s, all of which will be delivered in the second quarter of 2003, which will replace leased A300s and A310s.