Middle East Airlines took delivery of its first A330-200 directly purchased from Airbus. The Trent 700-powered aircraft is part of an order for four placed in 2006 that will replace MEA's three leased A330s. It also operates six A321s, has six A320s on order and eventually wants to operate a fleet of around 16 aircraft, although Chairman and DG Mohamad El-Hout told ATWOnline that it "may look at some regional aircraft as well." MEA plans to transport 1.25 million passengers this year, up ...

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