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

Updates

 

14 Jun 2018

Air Lebanon is a planned passenger charter carrier based out of Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY) [added]

02 Feb 2018

Lebanese Air Transport (i) was known during 1965 as Lebanese Overseas Airways [updated], before it reverted to Lebanese Air Transport (ii) [added]

10 May 2017

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

Air Lebanon  added: 14Jun2018

Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Lebanon is a planned passenger charter carrier based out of Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Liban  last update: 23May2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1951 - 1963
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport) >Air Liban + MEA =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
Comments : Air Liban was founded in 1945 as Compagnie Gen6rale de Transport and took its present title in 1951. The company operated services between Beirut, Rome and Paris, Beirut and Khartoum, Kano, Lagos, Accra, Abidjan and Monrovia, and Beirut - Monrovia via Tripoli, Casablanca, Dakar and Freetown. Regional services link Beirut to Cairo, Aleppo, Nicosia, Jerusalem, Kuwait, Dhahran, Doha and Jeddah. Merged into MEA to create Middle East Airlines - Air Liban - [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]
Aircraft : DC.3 | DC.4 | C-6C | Sud Aviation Caravelle

Berytos Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2003* - 2006
Airline Code : -- : BYR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Berytos Airways was established in 2003 & operated ad hoc charter flights
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Blue Sky Aviation  last update: 01Mar2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2006 - 2009
Airline Code : -- : GIW
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Blue Sky Aviation had been a flying school with headquarters at Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY)
Aircraft : Ceassna 172 Skyhawk

Caledonian Airlines   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport)  last update: 23May2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1945 - 1951
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport) >Air Liban + MEA =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
Comments : Nil further at this time - [Air Liban was founded in 1945 as CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport) and took its present title in 1951. The company operated services between Beirut, Rome and Paris, Beirut and Khartoum, Kano, Lagos, Accra, Abidjan and Monrovia, and Beirut - Monrovia via Tripoli, Casablanca, Dakar and Freetown. Regional services link Beirut to Cairo, Aleppo, Nicosia, Jerusalem, Kuwait, Dhahran, Doha and Jeddah. Merged into MEA to create Middle East Airlines - Air Liban] - [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]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Cirrus Middle East  last update: 01Mar2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2006* - 2007
Airline Code : -- : JTI
Genealogy : Cirrus Middle East >ImperialJet
Comments : No further information at this time [ImperialJet was formed as Cirrus Middle East in 2006. It is a business and private charter carrier based out of Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY)]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

EasyFly  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2010 - 2010
Airline Code : -- ; ---
Genealogy : EasyFly >Emereld Jets
Comments : No further information at this time [Emereld Jets, a private and bussiness charter carrier, based out of Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY) was rebranded from EasyFly (2010-2010)]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Emerald Jets  last update: 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

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

Flying Carpet   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2004* - 2009
Airline Code : 7Y : FCR
Genealogy : Flying Carpet >Med Airways
Comments : No further information at this time [Med Airways was founded in 2001 as Flying Carpet. Air charter, air taxi and air ambulance services]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

GlobeJet  last update: 01Mar2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2004 - 2014
Airline Code : -- : GJA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : GlobeJet was established in Dec2003 & started operations in Jan2004. Wet lease and charter operator out of Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport
Aircraft : Lockheed L-1011-500 Tristar

ImperialJet  last update: 01Mar2018

Status : Active

Dates :

2007 - date
Airline Code : -- : JTI
Genealogy : Cirrus Middle East >ImperialJet
Comments : ImperialJet was formed as Cirrus Middle East in 2006. It is a business and private charter carrier based out of Beirut Rafic Hariri International (BEY)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lebanese Air Transport (i)  last update: 02Feb2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1961 - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Lebanese Air Transport >Lebanese Overseas Airways >Lebanese Air Transport
Comments : No further information at this time - [Lebanese Air Transport (i) was formed on 18Aug1958 on the strength of Presidential Decree # 20168 & started operations in Jun1961. It was known during 1965 as Lebanese Overseas Airways, before it reverted to its original title]
Aircraft : DC.4 | Antonov An-24B | DC-3

Lebanese Air Transport (ii)  added: 02Feb2018

Status : Active

Dates :

1965 - date
Airline Code : LQ : LAQ
Genealogy : Lebanese Air Transport >Lebanese Overseas Airways >Lebanese Air Transport
Comments : [Lebanese Air Transport (i) was formed on 18Aug1958 on the strength of Presidential Decree # 20168 & started operations in Jun1961. It was known during 1965 as Lebanese Overseas Airways, before it reverted to its original title
Aircraft : DC.3 | An-24B | L1049H Constellation

Lebanese International Airways  last update: 24Apr2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1950* - 1969
Airline Code : -- : LIA
Genealogy : Lebanese International Airways >>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
Comments : Lebanese International Airways was formed with help from Pan Am in 1950 as a charter operator. Flew regular Beirut-Kuwait services for a time. In 1953 the company was acquired by the Arida brothers each having a 40% holding. It began scheduled flights in Jan1956. Operations ceased in Jan1969 after the destruction of the majority of its fleet after an Israeli attack on Beirut airport - [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]
Aircraft : Convair CV.990 Coronado

Lebanese Overseas Airways  last update: 02Feb2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1965 - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Lebanese Air Transport >Lebanese Overseas Airways >Lebanese Air Transport
Comments : LOA operated two DC-3s on behalf of the Anglo-Indonesian Oil in 1965 - [ [Lebanese Air Transport (i) was formed on 18Aug1958 on the strength of Presidential Decree # 20168 & started operations in Jun1961. It was known during 1965 as Lebanese Overseas Airways, before it reverted to its original title]
Aircraft : DC.3 | DC.4

Lebanon International Airways   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

MEA (Middle East Airlines) (i)  last update: 23May2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1946 - 1963
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
Comments : Air Liban was founded in 1945 as Compagnie Gen6rale de Transport and took its present title in 1951. The company operated services between Beirut, Rome and Paris, Beirut and Khartoum, Kano, Lagos, Accra, Abidjan and Monrovia, and Beirut - Monrovia via Tripoli, Casablanca, Dakar and Freetown. Regional services link Beirut to Cairo, Aleppo, Nicosia, Jerusalem, Kuwait, Dhahran, Doha and Jeddah. Merged into MEA to create Middle East Airlines - Air Liban - [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]
Aircraft : DC.3 | DH Comet 4C | Vickers Viscount

MEA (Middle East Airlines) (ii)  last update: 23May2018

Status : Active

Dates :

1965 - date
Airline Code : ME : MEA
Genealogy : MEA + Air Liban =>Middle East Airlines - Air Liban >MEA
Comments : Nil further at this time - [Air Liban was founded in 1945 as CGT (Compagnie Generale de Transport) and took its present title in 1951. The company operated services between Beirut, Rome and Paris, Beirut and Khartoum, Kano, Lagos, Accra, Abidjan and Monrovia, and Beirut - Monrovia via Tripoli, Casablanca, Dakar and Freetown. Regional services link Beirut to Cairo, Aleppo, Nicosia, Jerusalem, Kuwait, Dhahran, Doha and Jeddah. Merged into MEA to create Middle East Airlines - Air Liban] - [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]
Aircraft : A.300-600R | A.310-200 | A.320-200 | A.321-200 | A.330-200 | B.707 | B.720 | B.747-200 | Sud Aviation Caravelle

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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

MenaJet   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2004 - 2010
Airline Code : IM : MNJ
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : MenaJet was established in May2003 and started operations on 13Aug2004. International scheduled and charter tour flights out of Sharjah International. Sole aircraft mothballed
Aircraft : Nil at this time

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 : Nil further at this time - [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]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Peoples Airways   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

SkyLebanon  added: 2017 + last update: 05Jan2018

Status : Unsure if still planned

Dates :

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

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.
Aircraft : Nil at this time

TMA Cargo   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

TransOrient Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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