BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 58 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2232 times:
Trans Mediterreanean Airways (TMA) of Lebanon which used to be a significant cargo carrier in the 70's and 80's has dwindled down to almost nothing due to corruption.
Earlier this year, the Lebanese Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) pulled TMA's Air Operating Certificate (AOC) citing fears over B707Fs they operate. They never really gave a valid reason of why they pulled their AOC, it simply had to do with the fact that TMA's aircraft are old and they were worried that one day they would crash.
TMA had two B707Fs that were in flying condition and a number that were being canablized for spare parts.
Here are the two, I photographed in summer 2003 when they were still flying:
After doing some research, OD-AGP, the one in the new colors was leased to a Sudanese company called Sudanese States Aviation in September of this year.
I have absolutely no information on what they are doing with the 707. I find it odd that any airline would lease a 707 nowadays.
So far OD-AGO is still with TMA according to the records, however I assume they would like to get rid of it as well.
Does anyone have any idea what are TMA's intentions? Are they trying to raise some finances and reconstruct themselves in hope of being able to acquire newer aircraft, or are we eventually seeing the demise of this carrier? I fear the latter, although it sounds strange that they would lease out the aircraft...
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30133 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2199 times:
I remember when they used to fly through Anchorage. Of course that was well before the war.
I have to say that I really do like the older colors better.
Still too bad they aren't around. I am planning on taking a seafood logistics class.....You folks in Lebanon in the market for fresh wild salmon....non that nasty ass farm raised crap you get from Norway and Scotland?
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1928 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2192 times:
I saw both OD-AGO and OD-AGP in the airline's hangar on October 29th. I have a few photos taken as well but they are probably not A.net worthy. These were the only ones that seemed in flying condition, with the engines and landing gears in good shape. The rest, as you can see from my photos, are parked outside the hangar and are probably used for spares.
Please check your email and if you can, pleae post the photo in this thread.