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TMA Selling/leasing Its Aircraft?

Sat Nov 06, 2004 3:46 pm

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:

OD-AGO, old colors


OD-AGP, new colors


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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.

Regards
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L-188
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RE: TMA Selling/leasing Its Aircraft?

Sat Nov 06, 2004 4:27 pm

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?
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OD720
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RE: TMA Selling/leasing Its Aircraft?

Sat Nov 06, 2004 4:47 pm

Dear BA,

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.

Thanks and regards.
 
BA
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RE: TMA Selling/leasing Its Aircraft?

Sun Nov 07, 2004 5:26 am

L-188,

Sure, fishing is a big part of the Lebanese economy, but some freshwater fish from Alaska would be nice.

How about some salt water fish from the Mediterranean in exchange?  Big grin

Thanks a lot OD720.

Here is the photo you want me to host for you:



I agree it is not Airliners.net worthy. You should upload it to MyAviation.net and all the other photos that were rejected by Airliners.net. I and others would love to see them.

I would really be curious to find out what the fate of TMA's aircraft are. A
better question is what is the fate of TMA?

Anyone know how we can try to find out?

Regards
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
 
OD720
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RE: TMA Selling/leasing Its Aircraft?

Sun Nov 07, 2004 7:45 pm

Many thanks BA for posting the photo. I should learn to do that myself  Smile

No news of TMA at the moment. It is covered all over by uncertainty.

Regards.
 
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RE: TMA Selling/leasing Its Aircraft?

Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:36 am

TMA are offering 5 707-320Cs for sale or lease.

Data is :

Model, C/N, Engine, MTOW, Build Date, Hours, Cycles, Transaction type, Date

707-321C 19269 JT3D-3B 332500 1967-03 88547 27768 Sale/Lease Immediately
707-321C 19274 JT3D-3B 332500 1967-05 82969 26243 Sale/Lease Immediately
707-327C 19104 JT3D-3B 332500 1966-04 88579 26387 Sale/Lease Immediately
707-327C 19105 JT3D-3B 332500 1966-05 92560 27821 Sale/Lease Immediately
707-331C 19214 JT3D-3B 332500 1967-08 75150 26819 Sale/Lease Immediately


19724 is OD-AGP

19269 is OD-AGO
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