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Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing 747-2L5B 1980  
User currently offlineDID747 From France, joined Apr 2005, 441 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3937 times:
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Why Libyan Arab Airlines did never receive the 3 ordered Boeing 747-2L5B on order (5A-DIJ, 5A-DIK and 5A-DIL), 2 were painted ( 5A-DIJ and 5A-DIK)?

then they were sold to Varig as PP-VNA, VNB and VNC...

Any nswer???


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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13273 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3921 times:

I believe that there were US sanctions in place back then which prevented Boeing from delivering the aircraft to LAA.

Pity; they would have looked great in LAA colours!

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 29179 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3785 times:

Funny you asked the same question already:

Libyan Arab Airlines 747s (by DID747 Apr 7 2005 in Civil Aviation)

Then there are several other discussions about the topic also:
1980 Libyan Arab Airlines 747 In Full Colours (by Babaero Mar 10 2009 in Civil Aviation)
Libyan Arab 747s (by Babaero Jul 19 2002 in Civil Aviation)

But yes it was an embargo on Libya which blocked the delivery of the planes. The embargo also blocked other sales including 767-200s to LAA also.

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User currently offlineDID747 From France, joined Apr 2005, 441 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3301 times:
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yes LAXintl, i come back sometimes with the same questions, then I try to obtain more answers...

kaitak, I will show photos there after scans...

User currently offlineoffloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 1198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

As Kaitak correctly stated, the US embargo halted the delivery of the aircraft. There was a big poster of the LN 747 in TIP airport for years, which as a kid was a total mystery to me as to why. The US embargo led to some serious cannibalization of parts to keep the 707s and 727s in the air through the 80's. It also kept LN from buying the A300/310s as, IIRC, there was no issue with Airbus selling the planes, LN just couldn't have the engines for them! LN did eventually get 2 ex-BCAL 310s by being rather sneaky, but that's another thread.

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