Singapore-based BOC Aviation has delivered the first two of five new Airbus A321neo aircraft on lease to Middle East Airlines (MEA). The Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM-equipped aircraft were sold and leased back by the carrier, Airfinance Journal understands.
MEA has taken delivery of three A321neo aircraft this year, excluding the BOC Aviation transaction. The first two units were delivered to the Lebanese flag carrier in July, and a third followed in October.
MEA has placed direct orders with Airbus for 15 A321neos, including four A321XLRs.
In addition to the five-aircraft deal with BOC Aviation, MEA has also agreed to take four A321neos from China’s ICBC Leasing via sale and leaseback transactions.
Beirut-based MEA also has four A330-900 widebodies on order for delivery from 2022.