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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September 7, 2016SkyLebanon is a Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY) carrier hoping to start in 2016 [added]

November 13, 2014

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

Airline

Operating DatesStatus

Air Liban

1956* - 1963Renamed

^ Comments : MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07JunMEA & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Renamed back to MEA in 2009

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

Berytos Airways

2003* - 2008Inactive

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

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Blue Sky Aviation

2006* - 2006Inactive

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Caledonian Airlines

**** - ****Status?

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CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport)

1945 - 1951Renamed

^ Comments :  

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

Cirrus Middle East

2005* - 2007Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Cirrus Middle East >ImperialJet

EasyFly

2010* - 2011*Renamed

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^ Genealogy : >Emereld Jets

Emereld Jets

2011* - dateActive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Emereld Jets

Flying Carpet

2004* - 2009Renamed

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

^ Genealogy : Flying Carpet >Med Airways

GlobeJet

2004 - 2007Inactive

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

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ImperialJet

2007 - dateActive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Cirrus Middle East >ImperialJet

Lebanese Air Transport

1961 - 1965Renamed

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

^ Genealogy : Lebanese Air Transport >Lebanese Overseas Airways

Lebanese International Airways

1956* - 1963Renamed

^ Comments : Lebanese International Airways was formed with help from Pan Am, & it began scheduled flights in Jan1956. Operations ceased in Jan1969

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

Lebanese Overseas Airways

1965 - 1966*Status?

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

^ Genealogy : Lebanese Air Transport >Lebanese Overseas Airways

Lebanon International Airways

1960* - 1960*Status?

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LebanonSky Aviation

2017 >Planned

^ Comments : LebanonSky Aviation is a start-up passenger charter carrier based at Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY)

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MEA (Middle East Airlines)

1946 - 1963Renamed

^ Comments : MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07JunMEA & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Renamed back to MEA in 2009

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

MEA (Middle East Airlines)

1965 - 2014Inactive

^ Comments : MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07JunMEA & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Renamed back to MEA in 2009

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

Med Airways

2009 - dateActive

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

^ Genealogy : Flying Carpet >Med Airways

MenaJet

2004 - 2010Inactive

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

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Middle East Airlines - Air Liban

1963 - 1965Renamed

^ Comments : MEA was founded on 31May1945 & operations started on 01Jan1946. Merged with Air Liban on 07JunMEA & was known as Middle East Airlines - Air Liban. Renamed back to MEA in 2009

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

Peoples Airways

**** - ****Status?

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SkyLebanon

2017 >Planned

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

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TMA (Trans Mediterranean Airways)

1953 - 2004Inactive

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

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TMA Cargo

1953 - 2014Inactive

^ Comments : TMA Cargo shut down in Sep2014

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TransOrient Airlines

1993 - 1994Inactive

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Wings of Lebanon

2006 - dateActive

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

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