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Lebanon is a republic on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Southwest Asia. Lebanon's coastal location, high mountain backbone, and climate have greatly influenced the country's history, peoples, and economy. The coastal area of present-day Lebanon was settled more than 7001 years ago and later evolved as the heart of seafaring Phoenicia. Following centuries of Ottoman control, France ruled Lebanon under a League of Nations mandate after the Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War I (1914-1918). During World War II (1939-1945) Lebanon became an independent republic and for three decades prospered under a free-market economy. However, the country experienced increasing hostility among rival religious groups, especially between Christians and Muslims. These and other domestic tensions, intensified by foreign influences, erupted into the devastating Lebanese Civil War from 1975 to 1990. Beirut is Lebanon's capital, principal port, and largest city
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May 10, 2017

MEA (Middle East Airlines) restarted operations after a recent suspension [status change]

December 12, 2016

LebanonSky Aviation, a passenger charter carrier based at Beirut Rafic Hariri International, recently lost its AOC but hopes to restart [status change]

November 13, 2014

MEA (Middle East Airlines) status changed to 'Inactive' as airline suspended operations in early September [update]

Airline

Status Operating Dates

Air Liban  updated

Renamed 1956* - 1963

^ Comments : [MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07Jun1963 & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Took over LEBANESE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS in the same year. Renamed back to MEA in 2009. International and regional scheduled services]

^ Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA

Berytos Airways   

Inactive 2003* - 2008

^ Comments : Berytos Airways was established in 2003 & operated ad hoc charter flights

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Blue Sky Aviation   

Inactive 2006* - 2006

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Caledonian Airlines   

Unsure **** - ****

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CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport)  updated

Renamed 1945 - 1951

^ Comments : Local Christian interests established Air Liban, part owned by Air France, in the 1940s as Compagnie Générale de Transport (CGT) [MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07Jun1963 & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Took over LEBANESE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS in the same year. Renamed back to MEA in 2009. International and regional scheduled services]

^ Genealogy : CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport) >>MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA

Cirrus Middle East   

Inactive 2005* - 2007

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^ Genealogy : Cirrus Middle East >ImperialJet

EasyFly   

Renamed 2010* - 2011*

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^ Genealogy : >Emereld Jets

Emereld Jets   

Active 2011* - date

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^ Genealogy : Emereld Jets

Flying Carpet   

Renamed 2004* - 2009

^ Comments : Med Airways was founded in 2001 as Flying Carpet. Air charter, air taxi and air ambulance services

^ Genealogy : Flying Carpet >Med Airways

GlobeJet   

Inactive 2004 - 2007

^ Comments : GlobeJet was established in Dec2003 & started operations in Jan2004

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ImperialJet   

Active 2007 - date

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^ Genealogy : Cirrus Middle East >ImperialJet

Lebanese Air Transport   

Renamed 1961 - 1965

^ Comments : Lebanese Overseas Airways was formed as Lebanese Air Transport in 1961

^ Genealogy : Lebanese Air Transport >Lebanese Overseas Airways

Lebanese International Airways  updated

Renamed 1956* - 1963

^ Comments : Lebanese International Airways was formed with help from Pan Am, & it began scheduled flights in Jan1956. Operations ceased in Jan1969 [MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07Jun1963 & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Took over LEBANESE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS in the same year. Renamed back to MEA in 2009. International and regional scheduled services]

^ Genealogy : Lebanese International Airways >>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA

Lebanese Overseas Airways   

Unsure 1965 - 1966*

^ Comments : Lebanese Overseas Airways was formed as Lebanese Air Transport in 1961

^ Genealogy : Lebanese Air Transport >Lebanese Overseas Airways

Lebanon International Airways   

Unsure 1960* - 1960*

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LebanonSky Aviation   

Inactive 2016 - 2016

^ Comments : LebanonSky Aviation is a passenger charter carrier based at Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY). Recently lost its AOC but hopes to restart

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MEA (Middle East Airlines)  updated

Renamed 1946 - 1963

^ Comments : [MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07Jun1963 & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Took over LEBANESE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS in the same year. Renamed back to MEA in 2009. International and regional scheduled services]

^ Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA

MEA (Middle East Airlines)  updated

Active 1965 - date

^ Comments : MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07Jun1963 & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Took over LEBANESE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS in the same year. Renamed back to MEA in 2009. International and regional scheduled services

^ Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA

Med Airways   

Active 2009 - date

^ Comments : Med Airways was founded in 2001 as Flying Carpet

^ Genealogy : Flying Carpet >Med Airways

MenaJet   

Inactive 2004 - 2010

^ Comments : MenaJet was established in May2003 and started operations on 13Aug2004

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Middle East Airlines - Air Liban  updated

Renamed 1963 - 1965

^ Comments : [MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07Jun1963 & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Took over LEBANESE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS in the same year. Renamed back to MEA in 2009. International and regional scheduled services]

^ Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA

Peoples Airways   

Unsure **** - ****

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SkyLebanon   

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : SkyLebanon is a Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY) carrier hoping to start in 2016

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TMA (Trans Mediterranean Airways)   

Inactive 1953 - 2004

^ Comments : TMA (Trans Mediterranean Airways) was formed in 1953 by Mounir Abu Haidar & started operations on 30Jun1953.

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TMA Cargo   

Inactive 1953 - 2014

^ Comments : TMA Cargo shut down in Sep2014

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TransOrient Airlines   

Inactive 1993 - 1994

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Wings of Lebanon   

Active 2006 - date

^ Comments : Wings of Lebanon is a charter airline based in Beirut

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