Review of Middle East Airlines flight Frankfurt Beirut in Business

Flight ME 218
Class Business
Seat --
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 03:30
Take-off 18 Aug 13, 12:05
Arrival at 18 Aug 13, 16:35
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CaptainElie
By 6859
Published on 28th August 2013
Ladies And Gentleman , this is my first Flight Report .
Well this is the most recent flight I have done, I was coming back home to Lebanon from Germany
The Trip began at Strasbourg at 5:55 AM. The Lufthansa Bus was waiting for us to board inbound for Frankfurt .
There is the Boeing 747-400 operated by Air China upon my arrival :

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And then I went to some shops in the airport , checked in , and started spotting a bit before going to the lounge :



And a photo of the lounge , but not very expressive :P
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Our Aircraft was an Airbus A320-232 : OD-MRS !



It was 11:15 AM, it means It was time to board . I am a very frequent flyer with MEA, so I have the prestige not to wait on the long general boarding line, and I am also travelling on J-Class , So my line is the SkyPriority Line.
As I entered the Aircraft, one of the charming Cabin Crew Greeted us very royally , and each J-class passenger was led to his/her seat by a cabin crew (almost all ). The cabin was 55% loaded and I had Seat 5A and 5C just for me .

Legroom :
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Seats :
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welcome drinks tomato juice ( my choice )
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Here we are airborne. The Cabin Crew served us the drinks and nuts ( delicious lebanese nuts Castania )

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As soon as we reached our cruising altitude 37000FEET, the Appetizer were served :
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The main dish : It is made of Fish , Shrimps , Potatoes and zucchini .
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And finally Desert ( check out the MEA logo on the ice cream )
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Here over Bulgaria :
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IFE: great size for a 4 hours flight. The IFE has 24 Movies , 15 Television Series ,15 games, and a very large selection of music which are programmed by Virgin Radio :
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And here we are in Beirut :
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Verdict

Middle East Airlines

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

Lufthansa Business Lounge Opposite Gate B44 (Non Schengen)

8.5/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Services9.0

Frankfurt - FRA

9.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Beirut - BEY

9.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

On Time Performance : 10 because we were 35 minutes late because of a lost guy who couldn't find the plane , and we arrived 10 minutes early .
Crew : Very Friendly And always Smiling 10. Chatting with them was quite fluent !
Meal And Catering : as MEA changes like very 3 month their meals , and it is very very delicious , 10 + it is a la carte
Comfort : Very spacious seats , Recaro Seats , there is a massage feature on the seat , power outlets are also equipped. The most important thing is that you can sleep on this seat like a baby ! 10 .

Information on the route Frankfurt (FRA) Beirut (BEY)

8 Comments

  • Comment 85462 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4857 Comments

    Thanks for publishing your first FR! We went from no FRs on MEA in J to 2 in one day!
    Too bad there aren't actually any pictures of the lounge.
    The meal looks decent but what is it? You do not provide any desciption.
    I find your grading of the product to be a little bit over-generous. 10/10 for comfort means it is the absolute best business class seat in it's category on this route? Hmmm...SKYTEAMMATEO posted a FR yesterday that had actual flat-seats--I would imagine those are better that these seats.
    You say that these seats are flatbeds but they are clearly recliners not flatbeds. Nevertheless they do look comfortable.
    p.s. there are quite a lot of grammatical and spelling errors, could you please take some time to re-read your FR, Thanks!

    • Comment 280522 by
      CaptainElie AUTHOR 52 Comments

      Well sir my generosity is quite accurate as I flew turkish airlines A321 Tc-JRZ J-class , B777-300 Affaires AirFrance F-GSQC, LH3484 J-class D-AIZK , EgyptAir A330 SU-GDS Horus Class ( J class ) and I personally see MEA's J-class seats are way more comfy than the others I sited. The errors are corrected and MEA will be famous on FR soon ;)

    • Comment 280523 by
      KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4857 Comments

      Great thanks! LOL don't call me sir; I'm not that old haha. If you feel that this seat deserves a 10/10 than more power to you and it certainly appears to be a notch above the competition, but like I said in my original post, these seats in your FR are recliners. Wouldn't you grade the better seats like in SKYTEAMMATEO's FR as being 10/10 rather than these recliners? I don't know, just seems logical to me, but hey, to each his own.

  • Comment 85467 by
    CaptainElie AUTHOR 52 Comments

    hahahaha , The A320s and A321s are usually used on Short and Medium Haul Flights ( MAX 4hours ) but the A330-200 flies to 8hours flight to African Destinations Like Kano , Lagos ... The Recliners on the A320s are really great seats I can personally say they are equally relaxing as the 330s flatbed :)I flew all MEA's Fleet , I feel no difference in the J-Class even though they are different.

  • Comment 85504 by
    pititom GOLD 10168 Comments

    Welcome onboard !

    I trust you when you say the seats are confortable, but they do not look so !

    Beware the both your name and FF number are visible on the picture. Don't leave this information to the open public ;)

    Thanks for this report :)

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