In Lebanon, Middle East Airlines (MEA) has announced plans to buy five European Airbus A310s worth 350 million dollars (about 150 million pounds sterling).
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 6: REPORTER: "Would you like to make a general comment on the MEA situation?"
NASR: "Well, yes, I must say that I am extremely happy that we have taken this step because it demonstrates the confidence which we all have in the future of the company and the future of Lebanon. The bankers who are financing such a large project, the shareholders of MEA, the employees of MEA and the management of MEA, all of them have demonstrated very clearly that they have confidence and faith in the future of their country and of their company."
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Background: In Lebanon, Middle East Airlines (MEA) has announced plans to buy five European Airbus A310s worth 350 million dollars (about 150 million pounds sterling). The Beirut-based airline said it also had an option to buy fourteen more of the twin-engined planes.
SYNOPSIS: The decision was announced on Monday (24 November) after the airline's directors had considered bids from Airbus Industrie and its rival for the order, the U.S. Boeing Company, which offered its new 767. The first five planes are scheduled for delivery between 1983 and 1985.
MEA has been hit badly by the years of civil strife in Lebanon which have disrupted the whole country's economy. The new order is being financed by several European financial institutions and banks, which, as MEA Chairman Assad Nasr told newsmen, reflected new confidence in the future of the company and the country.