HISTORY: MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES - AIR LIBAN S.A.L. more commonly known as Middle East Airlines (MEA), is the national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon, with its head office in Beirut, near Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport. It operates scheduled international flights to Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its base at Rafic Hariri International Airport. Middle East Airlines was founded on 31 May 1945 with operational and technical support from BOAC. Operations started on 1 January 1946. After the association with BOAC ended on 16 August 1961, MEA was merged with Air Liban on 7 June 1963, which gave Air France a 30% holding, since relinquished. The full title was then Middle East Airlines – Air Liban. The current name was adopted in November 1965 when the airline was completely merged with Air Liban.
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