Middle East Airlines – Air Liban S.A.L. More commonly known as Middle East Airlines (MEA) ), is the national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon, with its head office in Beirut.
Middle East Airlines was founded on 31 May 1945 by Saeb Salam and Fawzi EL-Hoss with operational and technical support from BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation). Operations started on 1 January 1946 using three de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapides on flights between Beirut and Nicosia, followed by flights to Iraq, Egypt and Syria. Two Douglas DC-3s were acquired in mid-1946. Pan American World Airways acquired a stake and management contract in September 1949.
The current name was adopted in November 1965 when the airline was completely merged with Air Liban.
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