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Home > About Us > Chairman's Message

Chairman's Message

We Promised and We Delivered


“You are in the heart of our decisions,

It gives me great pleasure to address you in this fist issue of Cedar Wings for the year 1998, in my new capacity as Chairman of Middle East Airlines.


I am not a total stranger to MEA, for I have for the last two years been delegated by the main shareholder, the Lebanese Central Bank, together with a team of specialists, to follow up on the plans for the restructuring efforts at MEA. It is, therefore, quite appropriate to share with you our goals and plans.


MEA is a Lebanese achievement and as such is a source of pride to all the Lebanese. During its half-a-century of existence, it never failed to serve Lebanon and its people, wherever they are. During the war, MEA kept its Cedarwings afloat when all airlines abandoned Lebanon, providing an open passage between Lebanon and the world and offering numerous services to the Lebanese stranded abroad. And in doing so, MEA paid dearly.

MEA came out of the war, tarnished, aged, exhausted and not equipped properly to cope with the aggressive competition.


It lagged behind and lost its leadership role. Fortunately, it retained its supremacy in its maintenance and safety standards.


A bold and courageous decision had, therefore, to be made to save MEA and to regain our customers’ loyalty, trust and support. A quantum leap was needed. Restructuring efforts were initiated and strongly supported by the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Riad Salameh. A new Board, with a highly determined and skilled team, was formed and an ambitious plan was charted to meet the challenge of the rebirth of MEA – to be once more a source of pride for Lebanon and the Lebanese.


To win this challenge, we have shifted our focus to you, our valued passenger, aiming at retaining and regaining your loyalty by keeping you in the heart of our decisions and actions, for we are fully aware that without you, without your support and trust, there will be no MEA.


You are the reason for us to be,

In spite of all the hard work that awaits us, we are confident that with the determination and will of the new Board members, with your support and loyalty and with our dedication to improve the quality of our services to you, we shall overcome all obstacles and we will win the challenge.”


This was my message to you 20 years ago upon taking office as Chairman of MEA Board of Directors.


Today, 20 years later, I say:

You will remain the reason for us to be. We have succeeded thanks to the unity and solidarity of MEA Board of Directors, the dedication of MEA employees and the loyalty of its passengers. We were therefore able to improve our ground and in-flight services. Today your national carrier owns one of the most modern fleet in the world, thus retrieving its leadership role.


Today, 20 years later, I say: we promised and we delivered.


Mohamad A. El-Hout
Chairman - Director General
Middle East Airlines - Air Liban