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:
OD-AGO, old colors
OD-AGP, new colors
Photo © Martin Boschhuizen - AirTeamImages
Photo © JetPix
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.