MenaJet makes maiden flight

MenaJet, the long-planned Lebanese airline, has made its maiden flight, carrying 155 holidaymakers from Beirut to the Turkish resort of Dalaman.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  August 15, 2004

MenaJet, the long-planned Lebanese airline, has made its maiden flight, carrying 155 holidaymakers from Beirut to the Turkish resort of Dalaman. The flight, which was undertaken for the Lebanese tour operator Nakhal, took place just hours after the airline received its first aircraft, an A320. “MenaJet’s debut flight today marks the commencement of an exciting new chapter within the aviation sector in the region. MenaJet, which will initially focus on flying to high-density destinations in the region, will gradually expand its routes to cover other destinations as well,” said Captain Riad Mohammed Mikaoui, chief executive officer, MenaJet. Plans for MenaJet were originally announced over a year ago, when the company said that it would operate low-cost schedule services out of Sharjah. However, a number of challenges, including the launch of the government-backed low-cost carrier, Air Arabia in Sharjah, forced MenaJet to radically alter its plans; hence the move to Beirut and the decision to initially focus on the charter market.

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