Lebanese SkyTeam member Middle East Airlines (MEA) has announced plans to purchase four Airbus A330-900neos, with options on a further two.
MEA confirmed the aircraft purchase during a Lebanon-UK Business and Investment Forum in London on Dec. 12.
“As part of its widebody fleet renewal, the Lebanese carrier Middle East Airlines – Air Liban (MEA) has decided to purchase four new and two option Airbus A330-900neo powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines due to deliver in 2021,” the airline said in a statement.
MEA made the announcement in London, because it has signed a TotalCare engine maintenance agreement with UK-based Rolls-Royce, covering the A330-900neo’s Trent 7000 powerplants.
“The contract covers long-term engine maintenance services, throughout the operation of the engine with MEA, the purchase of spare engines and supply of parts,” MEA said.
MEA operates five Trent 700-powered Airbus A330s, which will be progressively replaced by the A330-900neos. The airline also has 13 A320s, with 11 A321-200neos on order.
Beirut-based MEA serves 32 international destinations in Europe, the Middle East and West Africa.