Review of Middle East Airlines flight Jeddah Beirut in Economy

Flight ME369
Class Economy
Seat 31
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 02:10
Take-off 24 Jan 14, 22:25
Arrival at 24 Jan 14, 23:35
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Jamil_Itani
By 2099
Published on 24th March 2015
Initially I was planning to stay in Saudi Arabia for a period of 10 days to have my inner peace by visiting the holy places of Muslims in January 2014,

Flight report ME368 Beirut – Jeddah is found here:
http://flight-report.com/en/report-8193.html

However, after 48 hours of my arrival, I received a phone call urging me to come back to Beirut for a job interview. I immediately approach MEA, and found that the night flight on this Friday is almost empty and will be operated by the airline’s A321 (OD-RMI).

I reached King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah 3 hours before my flight time. I had immediately performed my check-in, and headed to the First Class Lounge (not listed above) which I have access privileges to it using my Platinum MasterCard issued by Banque Audi S

The lounge at King Abdul Aziz Airport offers generous food, great desserts, and plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and delicious coffee.




I then headed towards the duty free shops to buy my mother her birthday gift. A variety of golden bracelets (24 K pure) can be found.

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As mentioned earlier, our plane is OD-RMI received by the airline in 2004. This aircraft was later repainted in MEA retro-colors and it is expected to be phased out of the fleet in late 2016, especially when the airline starts receiving its A320 and A321 neo planes.

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Upon boarding, I took seat 31A which is an emergency exit seat offers a large legroom. Moreover, most of the aircraft seats were empty. The seats of the A321 are still neat and nice despite the age of the aircraft. They have an IFE PTV for each passenger.





Now it is time for pushback. The flight details are as follows (Jeddah GMT + 3, Beirut GMT + 2):
Schedule Duration : 2 hours and 25 minutes
Actual Flight Time : 2 hours and 10 minutes due to favorable norWrite down your text between these tagsth winds
STD / ATD : 22:15 / 22:25 (due to traffic)
STA/ ATA : 23:40/ 23:35
Flight Level : 36,000 feet
Flight Path : OEJN A424 PMA B544 MODAD UL768 FIRAS A21 KTN R655 LEBOR STAR OLBA

This flight flies towards north of Saudi Arabia, Jordanian Airspaces, over Syria, then banks west to arrive fly over Lebanese airspaces.

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After reaching our flight level of 36,000 feet, service was initiated as follows:
- Distribution of ear phones
- Distribution of food menus (two choices usually chicken or fish)
- Complimentary drinking services (including large variety of alcoholic drinks)
- Distribution of meal trays
- Coffee & tea service
- On board sales (duty free)

As usual, meal offered is extremely generous. I had opted for the chicken choice as I hate fish. My meal is offered with tuna salad, water goblet, cheese, butter, and a large variety of warm bread. My main dish is formed of two chicken breasts cooked in lemon mustard sauce served with cooked potatoes and steemed vegetables. The meal was accompanied by tomato juice, and a cherry tarte cake

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The meal was extremely delicious and realllllllly yummy. Coffee and tea services followed.

I slept for the remaining of the flight, and didn’t watch any PTV until we reach Beirut.

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We had collected our bags, passed through Beirut customs, and existed the airport in less than 10 minutes









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Verdict

Middle East Airlines

10.0/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Meal/catering10.0

Saudia Alfursan Lounge

9.0/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering9.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Services9.0

Jeddah - JED

5.1/10
Efficiency7.5
Access6.5
Services2.5
Cleanliness4.0

Beirut - BEY

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Another great flight with MEA, however really the staff at Jeddah airport should do something about their attitude towards passengers

Information on the route Jeddah (JED) Beirut (BEY)

2 Comments

  • Comment 147770 by
    Rl 777 810 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this FR with us!

    The meal on this flight impressed me. The portion was generous for a flight of this length.

    Overall it seems like you had a great flight with ME.

    See you!

  • Comment 147778 by
    PortAxe 88 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report with us! MEA seems to deliver a great medium-haul product indeed.

    There's just one aspect of this report which could be improved and it's the lack of explanation.

    You don't mention why your departure airport scored so low, what did the staff do to you? What was wrong with the duty free? You also don't mention why the crew got a perfect score or why the IFE scored a 10 (a lot of content? Size? Speed?)

    It would be a shame not to highlight what made certain aspects of the flight exceptional, that's the beauty of it!

    Waiting for your next report!

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