Middle East Airlines (MEA) has placed a contract for International Aero Engines to support the V2500 engines that power its Airbus A320 fleet. The long-term deal covers turbofans on six aircraft covered by firm orders and three more that the Beirut-based carrier has optioned. The operator took delivery of the first of these V2500 SelectOne-powered aircraft in January 2009. MEA also has operated a fleet of six Airbus A321s since 2002, also equipped with the IAE powerplant.
The V2500 is available in seven different thrust settings, from 22,000 to 33,000 pounds, to power the Airbus A319, A320 and A321 family of aircraft as well as the Airbus Corporate Jetliner. There are more than 5,500 V2500s in service or on firm order with more than 180 customers around the world.