Review of Middle East Airlines flight Beirut Istanbul in Economy

Flight ME267
Class Economy
Seat 25F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:50
Take-off 16 Sep 16, 17:40
Arrival at 16 Sep 16, 19:30
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eryorulmaz
By SILVER 557
Published on 7th October 2018
THIS REPORT IS A PART OF THE FLASHBACK SERIES

Hi & Welcome to this report on my FLASHBACK SERIES. In this series of flights, I would share reports from flights that I've flown before registering this website. Just a quick reminder that I am the same human being with "turkishflyer1" on flyertalk so the reports posted can be the same as posted there.

This report would include my return flight from my Lebanon trip in 2016. The inbound sector was already posted 2 years ago and now it's time to share the BEY-IST flight experience. This flight is a short flight which dures 1 hours 30 minutes with an Airbus A320 aircraft.

Regular up to date reports would be continued to be shared shortly after the flight date.

Flights that I plan to share:

TK 9 Istanbul to Los Angeles ( Business ), Boeing 777-300ER / May 2012 ( arriving Oct 2018 ), Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul
TK 10 Los Angeles to Istanbul ( Business ), Boeing 777-300ER / May 2012 ( arriving Dec 2019 ), Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles ( old TBIT )
TK 2312 Istanbul to Izmir ( Economy) , Airbus A340-300 / December 2012 ( click ), Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Domestic
TK 2333 Izmir to Istanbul ( Economy ), Boeing 737-800 / December 2012 ( click ), Comfort Lounge International
LH 1305 Istanbul to Frankfurt ( Economy ), Airbus A319-100 / February 2013 ( arriving Nov 2018 ), Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul
LH 456 Frankfurt to Los Angeles ( Economy ), Boeing 747-8I / February 2013 ( arriving Nov 2018 ), Lufthansa Senator Lounge Z Frankfurt
LH 457 Los Angeles to Frankfurt ( Business ), Boeing 747-8I / February 2013 ( arriving Dec 2018 ), Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles ( old TBIT )
LH 1300 Frankfurt to Istanbul ( Economy ), Airbus A320-200 / February 2013 ( arriving Dec 2018 ), Lufthansa Senator Lounge B Frankfurt
XQ 9065 Istanbul-SAW to Izmir ( Economy ), Boeing 737-800 / August 2015 ( click )
XQ 9264 Izmir to Istanbul-SAW ( Economy ), Boeing 737-800 / August 2015 ( arriving Nov 2018 ), Comfort Lounge Domestic
LH 403 Newark-EWR to Frankfurt ( Economy ), Boeing 747-8I / August 2016 ( arriving Jan 2019 ), Lufthansa Business Lounge Newark
LH 1298 Frankfurt to Istanbul ( Economy ), Airbus A320-200 / August 2016 ( arriving Jan 2019 ), Lufthansa Business Lounge B20-28
ME 266 Istanbul to Beirut ( Economy ), Airbus A320-200 / September 2016 ( click )
ME 267 Beirut to Istanbul ( Economy ), Airbus A320-200 / September 2016 ( you are here )

List subject to change due to photo availability, dates are estimated and changes can occur.
As these flights are reported you would be able to click on the sector to see the FR. Not reported flights would be written in italic.



As this is a flashback report no route&trip overview wouldn't be provided as some exceptions can occur.

ONLINE CHECK-IN



I have completed my online check-in 24 hours before scheduled departure time. Seats were already pre-reserved and I hadn't changed them.

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4 hours before takeoff, our aircraft was assigned and it would be T7-MRD, which is in the Skyteam livery, was arriving from Malpensa before our flight.



BEIRUT REFIQ HARIRI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - BEY



There is a security check to enter the check-in area as officers check passports before scanning baggages.
This checkpoint took 20 minutes to pass.

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Check-in:

MEA had plenty of desks so I haven't had a wait for handing my checked baggages and receiving my boarding pass.

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Travel documents

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Passport Control:

The passport check, which is just after the check-in area, was crowded and I have cleared this checkpoint in 15 minutes in the "Other Nationality" lane.

After the passport check, this FD 738 was visible

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ME aircraft at the terminal

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Then it was time for the security check. This checkpoint was cleared in 5-10 minutes. Just a quick note that one of the security guards was very rude to passengers while inspection.

After the security check, this LH A320 appeared.

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As well as this AZ A320

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And, here comes our aircraft

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The aircraft which took me from Istanbul to Beirut ( OD-MRO ) was there too.

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Gate Area:

Boarding was on time and priorities were respected.

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The aircraft was partially visible from the gate.

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ME267 BEIRUT to ISTANBUL-IST



Seat:

The seat was comfortable and the legroom was OK. Each seat was equipped with PTV's but the entertainment system wasn't activated for this flight.

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Pushing back

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Passing by another ME A320

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While pushing back, the safety video was shown to passengers

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As we took of,

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And the seatbelt signs had been turned off, the meal service begun.
The tray had mini sandwiches, a chocolate yoghurt, orange juice and water. The meal was good for a flight with a short distance.

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Like the previous flight, the entertainment system opened for 1 minute and then automatically closed.

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IFE:

As the entertainment system wasn't active, there was the Cedar Wings magazine and the Duty Free Catalogue available at the seat pocket.

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Also, the safety card was present.

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Descending:

Photos as we started to descend

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Bursa YEI airport

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Istanbul Anatolian side

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Princess Islands

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IST is visible

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Florya park

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And landed, EK122 to DXB was taxiing to the runway

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KE A330 getting ready for his flight to Seoul

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More photos



And we arrived to gate 216, next to this TK A321 which was preparing for his flight to Khartoum

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ISTANBUL ATATÜRK AIRPORT - IST



Passport Check:

I was lucky today, because the checkpoint wasn't that crowded and I have cleared this checkpoint in 5 minutes.


Baggage Claim:

Our baggages arrived safely at carousel 9, 10 minutes after we arrived to the belt.

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So, this trip has also came to an end.
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Verdict

Middle East Airlines

7.3/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment6.0
Meal/catering8.0

Beirut - BEY

6.0/10
Efficiency6.0
Access5.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness7.0

Istanbul - IST

7.5/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

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4 Comments

  • Comment 468701 by
    Kolia GOLD 519 Comments

    What a shame to see that the IFE was OFF during the flight ! Even with ACA even on short flights the IFE is active, is this is quiet comfortable especially to get the map :D thanks for sharing !

    • Comment 468816 by
      eryorulmaz SILVER AUTHOR 23 Comments

      Hi Kolia and thank you for stopping by,

      It was really annoying that the IFE was off but at least overhead monitors were showing the route map. North American carriers like AC usually opens their IFE system on all of their flights, but unfortunately ME doesn't. It was my second airline which I had this situation. The other airline that I had the IFE off is Turkish Airlines which they don't open their IFE system on their domestic flights and there is no overhead monitors on the newest TK shorthaul aircraft so there is no access to the route map there.

      So, thank you for your comment and take care.

  • Comment 468725 by
    KL651 TEAM 4089 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    Decent service, closer to a European airline than a middle eastern one.
    Wonder what the service is 2 years later...

    • Comment 468814 by
      eryorulmaz SILVER AUTHOR 23 Comments

      Thank you for your comment KL651,

      It is true that they are closer to an European airlines instead of a ME carrier. Unfortunately, their service level can't be compared to the ME3's.
      As I could say to this route (IST-BEY), Middle Eastern has probably improved their service because they are now carrying almost the same amount of passengers with Turkish Airlines after starting their 3rd and 4th daily flight this summer. Also, some flights are operated by A330 aircraft instead of the A320 series aircraft which would make a difference on the flight experience, especially on Business Class.

      So thank you again and take care.

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