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

Latest updates

Country aircraft registration code = OD

10May2017

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

12Dec2016

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

13 Nov 2014

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

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline

Air Liban  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1956* - 1963
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
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]

Berytos Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2003* - 2008
Airline Code : -- : BYR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Berytos Airways was established in 2003 & operated ad hoc charter flights

Blue Sky Aviation   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2006* - 2006
Airline Code : -- : GIW
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Caledonian Airlines   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport)  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1945 - 1951
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport) >>MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
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]

Cirrus Middle East   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2005* - 2007
Airline Code : -- : JTI
Genealogy : Cirrus Middle East >ImperialJet
Comments : No further information at this time

EasyFly  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2010 - 2010
Airline Code : -- ; ---
Genealogy : EasyFly >Emereld Jets
Comments : [Emereld Jets, a private and bussiness charter carrier, based out of Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY) was rebranded from EasyFly (2010-2010)]

Emereld Jets  last update: 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2011* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : EasyFly >Emereld Jets
Comments : Emereld Jets, a private and bussiness charter carrier, based out of Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY) was rebranded from EasyFly (2010-2010)

Flying Carpet   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2004* - 2009
Airline Code : F8 : FCR
Genealogy : Flying Carpet >Med Airways
Comments : Med Airways was founded in 2001 as Flying Carpet. Air charter, air taxi and air ambulance services

GlobeJet   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2004 - 2007
Airline Code : -- : GJA
Genealogy : xx
Comments : GlobeJet was established in Dec2003 & started operations in Jan2004

ImperialJet   

Status : Active

Dates :

2007 - date
Airline Code : -- : JTI
Genealogy : Cirrus Middle East >ImperialJet
Comments : No further information at this time

Lebanese Air Transport   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1961 - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Lebanese Air Transport >Lebanese Overseas Airways
Comments : Lebanese Overseas Airways was formed as Lebanese Air Transport in 1961

Lebanese International Airways  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1956* - 1963
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Lebanese International Airways >>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
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]

Lebanese Overseas Airways   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1965 - 1966*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Lebanese Air Transport >Lebanese Overseas Airways
Comments : Lebanese Overseas Airways was formed as Lebanese Air Transport in 1961

Lebanon International Airways   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1960* - 1960*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

LebanonSky Aviation   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2016 - 2016
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : LebanonSky Aviation is a passenger charter carrier based at Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY). Recently lost its AOC but hopes to restart

MEA (Middle East Airlines) (i)  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1946 - 1963
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
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]

MEA (Middle East Airlines) (ii)  last update: 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

1965 - date
Airline Code : ME : MEA
Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
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

Med Airways   

Status : Active

Dates :

2009 - date
Airline Code : 7Y : MED
Genealogy : Flying Carpet >Med Airways
Comments : Med Airways was founded in 2001 as Flying Carpet

MenaJet   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2004 - 2010
Airline Code : IM : MNJ
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : MenaJet was established in May2003 and started operations on 13Aug2004

Middle East Airlines - Air Liban  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1963 - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
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]

Peoples Airways   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

SkyLebanon   

Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : SkyLebanon is a Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY) carrier hoping to start in 2016

TMA (Trans Mediterranean Airways)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1953 - 2004
Airline Code : TL : TMA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : TMA (Trans Mediterranean Airways) was formed in 1953 by Mounir Abu Haidar & started operations on 30Jun1953.

TMA Cargo   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1953 - 2014
Airline Code : TL : TMA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : TMA Cargo shut down in Sep2014

TransOrient Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1993 - 1994
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Wings of Lebanon  last update: 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2006 - date
Airline Code : L4 : WLB
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Wings of Lebanon is a charter airline based in Beirut (Operates passenger charter flights including regular services linking Beirut with Baghdad)