Middle East Airlines or MEA is the national flag carrier of Lebanon and is headquartered in Beirut. The airline commenced its operations in January 1946 and currently has scheduled flights to over 30 destinations in 21 countries across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its base at Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY). As of September 2022, the airline has a fleet size of 24 aircraft and has 10 more on order. MEA offers only two classes of travel on all flights: Business Class (which is called Cedar Class) and Economy Class. The colours and the use of the tree of the Middle East Airlines logo reflect the design of the flag of Lebanon.
Middle East Airlines has codeshare agreements with Aeroflot, Air Canada, Air France, Air Europa, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, TAROM, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.
MEA is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance.
Did you know? When you book MEA tickets through Alternative Airlines, you can pay for your tickets using the Lebanese pound. It's just one of the 160 currencies that you choose from! You can even buy MEA flights today and pay at a later date, here at Alternative Airlines.
As of February 2020, Middle East Airlines flies to 33 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Medina and Nice are destinations that are served seasonally.
|Armenia||Yerevan||Hamid Karzai International Airport (KBL)|
|Belgium||Brussels||Brussels Airport (BRU)|
|Cyprus||Larnaca||Larnaca International Airport (LCA)|
|Denmark||Copenhagen||Copenhagen Airport (CPH)|
|Egypt||Cairo||Cairo International Airport (CAI)|
|France||Paris||Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)|
|Germany||Düsseldorf||Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)|
|Germany||Frankfurt||Frankfurt Airport (FRA)|
|Ghana||Accra||Kotoka International Airport (ACC)|
|Greece||Athens||Athens International Airport (ATH)|
|Iraq||Baghdad||Baghdad International Airport (BGW)|
|Iraq||Basra||Basra International Airport (BSR)|
|Iraq||Erbil||Erbil International Airport (EBL)|
|Iraq||Najaf||Al Najaf International Airport (NJF)|
|Italy||Milan||Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)|
|Italy||Rome||Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO)|
|Ivory Coast||Abidjan||Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport (ABJ)|
|Jordan||Amman||Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)|
|Kuwait||Kuwait City||Kuwait International Airport (KWI)|
|Nigeria||Lagos||Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS)|
|Qatar||Doha||Hamad International Airport (DOH)|
|Saudi Arabia||Dammam||King Fahd International Airport (DMM)|
|Saudi Arabia||Jeddah||King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED)|
|Saudi Arabia||Riyadh||King Khalid International Airport (RUH)|
|Spain||Madrid||Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)|
|Switzerland||Geneva||Geneva Airport (GVA)|
|Turkey||Istanbul||Istanbul Airport (IST)|
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)|
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai||Dubai International Airport (DXB)|
|United Kingdom||London||London Heathrow International Airport (LHR)|
|France||Nice (Seasonal)||Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)|
|Saudi Arabia||Medina (Charter)||Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED)|
MEA has one domestic airport and it's the airline's hub airport based in Beirut.
|Lebanon||Beirut||Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY) (HUB)|
MEA operates a frequent flyer program called Cedar Miles to reward regular passengers with the airline.
Every time you fly with MEA or its partners you can collect Miles on your Cedar Miles account, which can be redeemed for free flight tickets on Middle East Airlines or any other airline partner. The further you travel, the more Miles you collect and upgrade your membership status from Blue to Silver then Gold and Platinum.
Cedar Miles can be earned and redeemed on all Middle East Airlines bookinga and on all flights operated by Air France, KLM, and Qatar Airways and can be earned on stays at Rotana Hotels, lounges and all Hertz car rentals.
Middle East Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam alliance. SkyTeam Alliance is a leading global airline network, with 20 member airlines. SkyTeam alliance was founded in 2000 and now consists of member airlines such as Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, China Southern, Alitalia, China Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM and others. SkyTeam Alliance network has nearly 15,445 daily flights, with 1,036 destinations in 170 countries. Check out our page on How to book flights in Airline Alliances to find out more.
The airline offers the following class options on its aircraft:
A330: 44 seats in Cedar Class (Business) and 200 in Economy Class.
A320: 24 seats in Cedar Class (Business) and 102 in Economy Class.
A321: 28 seats in Cedar Class (Business) and 132 in Economy Class.
Embraer Legacy 500: 12 seats in Cedar Class (Business)
Food and beverages are complimentary. Cold snacks are available on short flights, and warm meals on longer flights; if you are flying back from Europe or Africa, you will enjoy lunch and dinner. Make the most of duty-free shopping and the in-flight magazine. Economy offers in-flight entertainment through personal television screens and you can watch a range of movies and play a range of different games. The airline varied has special meals such as diabetic, vegetarian, vegan and children's meal packages, and all the airline's meals served on board are Halal.
The economy class is the value option, but you can still expect comfortable seating with padded headrests. With a seat pitch of 32in (81cm), the airline's seats are positioned in a comfortable manner.
Seats are provided with personal televisions and noise-cancelling headphones.
Enjoy complimentary fine cuisine, with Western and Lebanese influence. Different meals are provided depending on the departure time. Welcome drinks and hot and cold beverages are also served throughout the flight.
The seats in business class are spread out in one single large cabin. Seats are equipped with individual reading lights, and adjustable panel control, Lie flat in fully reclining seats, with a pillow and blanket provided. Middle East Airlines cedar class seat pitch is 42-48in (106-121cm), and the seating arrangement is set in a 2-2 configuration
Middle East Airlines offers a broad range of options for in-flight entertainment. Movies and TV shows are available to watch on board. You can also listen to music and play games.
Wi-Fi is available on board so you can stay connected above the clouds. This means you can surf the web, check your emails and send messages mid-air. Wi-Fi is currently only available on MEA flights using the Airbus A321neo. The first 10MB is free to use and is ideal for simple messaging Apps. If you'd like to use more data, you can purchase the Surfing Plan for $7 USD which gives you 100MB or purchase the Premium Plan for $12 USD which gives you up to 180MB of data.
Middle East Airlines allows you to carry one piece of hand luggage of up to 10kg / 22lbs. This baggage must not exceed the overall dimensions of 115cm and should have a dimension of 56cm x 40cm x 25cm (22in x .15in x 9in).
If you're flying in Economy Class between Beirut and the following destinations, you are allowed 23kg / 50lbs of free checked baggage on MEA flights:
Athens, Brussels, Geneva, London, Milan, Nice, Paris, Rome
Economy Class passengers flying between Beirut and the following destinations are allowed 30kg / 66lbs of free checked baggage:
Istanbul, Amman, Abudhabi, Al Najaf, Baghdad, Cairo, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Erbil, Jeddah, Kuwait, Larnaca, Riyadh, Yerevan
35kg / 77lbs of free check baggage is allowed when flying in Economy Class between Beirut and the following destinations:
Abidjan, Accra, Kano, Lagos
When flying in Economy Class between Beirut and the following destinations, you are allowed 35kg / 77lbs of free checked baggage on Middle East Airlines bookings:
Dusseldorf, Copenhagen, Frankfurt
When flying in Business Class between Beirut and the following destinations, you are allowed three pieces of checked baggage, with a maximum weight of 23kg / 50lbs per bag on MEA flights:
Athens, Brussels, Geneva, London, Milan, Nice, Paris, Rome
When flying in Business Class between Beirut and the following destinations, you are allowed 2 x 30kg / 66lbs of free checked baggage on Middle East Airlines flights:
Istanbul, Dusseldorf, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Amman, Abudhabi, Al Najaf, Baghdad, Cairo, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Erbil, Jeddah, Kuwait, Larnaca, Riyadh, Yerevan
When flying in Business Class between Beirut and the following destinations, you are allowed 60kg / 132lbs of free checked baggage on MEA flights:
Abidjan, Accra, Kano, Lagos
You can check in for your Middle East Airlines flight by visiting the MEA online check-in page and entering your flight details. Online check-in opens 24 hours before scheduled flight departure time and closes three hours before.
You can check in for your MEA flight by visiting the Middle East Airlines check-in desks at the airport. Airport check-in opens three hours before scheduled flight departure time and closes at least 45 minutes—one hour before.
You can also check in for your Middle East Airlines flight through the MEA's mobile application which can be downloaded from MEA's website. Through the app, you'll also be able to access your flight details and boarding pass.
MEA provides a number of special services to its passengers. Please see below the following services it offers:
If you require wheelchair assistance at the airport, you must inform PIA of this at the time of the Middles East Airlines booking. You can request this service by getting through to the airline's offices; or the Alternative Airlines customer service team if you have booked through our website. For more information on this please see our wheelchair assistance page.
If you want to know more about passengers' services please check out our page or you can find more on this on the MEA passenger service page such as stretchers, visually impaired, and hearing impaired. The airline provides priority seating for passengers with a disability and will do their utmost best to find you a suitable seat that is suited to your needs.
Unaccompanied minors (UM)
Children between the ages of 5 and 11 years travelling unaccompanied: a special Unaccompanied Minors handling is obligatory, and a special fee applies. On request, unaccompanied minor handling can be offered by MEA against a charge for minors between the age of 12 and 16.
Pregnant mothers beyond 34 weeks may be accepted to fly only if they provide a written certificate from attending a physician that confirms they are fit to fly.
Transportation of live animals
Pets that weigh 7kg / 15lbs or less may be accepted in the cabin and placed under the seat in front of the passenger. The weight of the pet and container shouldn't go above 10kgs provided that the overall size of the container is H= 24 cm, W= 24 cm and L= 40 cm and that they are reserved in advance. Pet Soft Cage is permitted.
As of September 2022, the MEA airlines fleet consists of:
Middle East Airlines also have some aircraft on order including 2 x Airbus A321neos, 4 x Airbus A321XLRs and 4 x Airbus A330-900s, all of which should be delivered and in service by 2026.
Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY) is the main airport of Beirut and the hub for Lebanon's national carrier, Middle East Airlines, as well as Wings of Lebanon. The airport is named after the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafic Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005. The airport has three runways and can handle nearly 7 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from Beirut include Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Germania.
March 28th 2022
Middle East Airlines has recently announced its new SPA (Special Prorate Agreement) agreement with Greek airline, Sky Express. This means that passengers can now book direct flights between Beirut and Athens, as well as fly to popular Greek islands including Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and Corfu.