Review of Middle East Airlines flight Beirut Cairo in Economy

Flight ME304
Class Economy
Seat 28A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:05
Take-off 16 Mar 18, 08:30
Arrival at 16 Mar 18, 09:35
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Jamil_Itani
Published on 27th March 2018
Since its spring time, it is now time to use my air miles and visit my aunts in Egypt. Any direct flight to Beirut is about 1 hour of flying.

For my return trip Cairo - Beirut on Middle East Airlines - MEA click here:
https://flight-report.com/en/report/31325/Middle-East-Airlines-ME305-Cairo-CAI-Beirut-BEY

The most exciting part of my flight this time, is that I will be able to visit the Cedar Lounge at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport which was opened in 2005, and renovated in February 2018.

Well, here we are.. I arrived at the airport at 5:30 a.m three hours prior to my flight departure. Check-in and immigration counters & passport controls, we extremely efficient. I finished the whole process in less than 15 minutes and found myself heading to the Cedar Lounge



The Cedar Lounge entrance:

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The Cedar lounge is very large, and has a generous seating capacity. It occupies the upper part of the airport terminal,


The food at the lounge was extremely tasty, freshly made, and prepared according to the Lebanese cuisine standards. There were several choices from oriental breakfast to sandwiches and lite bites. There were several coffee and espresso machines, and a special dedicated bar for alcoholic beverages where the finest wines were served. Also there were several refrigerators for soft drinks.



The view from the lounge gives a pleasant view over the tarmac

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Well, it was time for boarding… Our plane will be MEA's newest A320-232 (T7-MRF) which was delivered in March 2016. Boarding was efficient and by queues according to your seat

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The cabin is neat and nice and has personal IFE for each passenger:

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Pushback and take-off were on-time and the our one hour journey to Cairo started.




Take-off was bumpy, yet it gave us astonishing views for the clouds layers:



30 Minutes into the flight, a light healthy breakfast was served comprising of cheese cuts, yogurt, juice, coffee, and tea. The cabin crew were extremely friendly and smiley and provided passengers with coffee/tea refills (It is a one hour flight, don't expect more) :P
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I spent most of the flight tracing the flight path on our inflight map displayed on personal IFE:

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Soon we started our descent towards Cairo from the Egyptian north coastline:

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The ancient city of Cairo:

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Preparing for our crosswind landing…. Coooool :)
In fact despite, bumpy approach, touchdown was soft as we landing at Cairo 25 ahead of our schedule


Landing video


We parked at Cairo International Airport new terminal 2. The terminal is clean, stuff are efficient yet rude
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Verdict

Middle East Airlines

9.8/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Meal/catering9.0

Cedar Lounge

10.0/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Services10.0

Beirut - BEY

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

Cairo - CAI

7.3/10
Efficiency7.0
Access6.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Another great flight with MEA... Thumbs up for the new Cedar Lounge at Beirut.

Information on the route Beirut (BEY) Cairo (CAI)

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