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FORMED IN 1964 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1965. NATIONAL CARRIER. A K A JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES. DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER AND CARGO, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 2555
Libya (Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) was established in 1951, covers an area of 1,759,540 sq km, its population is 6 million, its capital city is Tripoli, and its official language is Arabic.
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DECEMBER 1992: ACCDT: LIBYAN AIRLINES (LAA) 727-2L5 (21050) COLLIDED WITH MIG FIGHTER AT TRIPOLI = ALL FATALITIES 13 ((FC) - (CA))/144.
MARCH 1994: FIVE (JAT) PERSONNEL FROM TUNISAIR (TUN) ARE ASSISTING WITH 727 "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK.
THERE IS A UNITED NATIONS (UN) BAN ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO & FROM LIBYAN AIRSPACE.
APRIL 1998: 3,798 EMPLOYEES
APRIL 1999: 3,798 EMPLOYEES. SITA: TIPZKLN.
MAY 1999: AFTER LIFTING OF EMBARGO, MOHAMMED OBSEM, CHAIRMAN MET WITH F RAYAN, CHAIRMAN OF EGYPTAIR (EGP) FOR REOPENING OF SERVICE TO EGYPT.
1 A310-200 (CF6-80A3), EX-AIR ALGERIE (ALG).
OCTOBER 1999: $1.5 BILLION, LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) 20 ORDERS A320'S, 2 A330'S, & 2 A340'S, BASED ON LIFTING OF USA EMBARGO.
NOVEMBER 1999: 1 AVRO RJ100 DELIVERY. 1 707-331C (19214, OD-AGS), TRANS MERIDIAN (TMA) WET-LEASED.
DECEMBER 1999: RESUMES SERVICE TO LONDON, ZURICH, ATHENS, & FRANKFURT. A310'S WILL BE USED FOR MIDDLE EASTERN ROUTES SUCH AS OMAN, DAMASCUS, & EGYPT.
1 A310-222 (318), AIR DJIBOUTI (DJB) WET-LEASED. OPERATING 3 727-200'S FOR DOMESTIC & AFRICAN ROUTES. 1 727-228 (20411), MAHFOOZ (BMV) LEASED. 2 +1 ORDER A320-231'S, TRANSAER (TSD) WET-LEASED (2ND A310), EX-ROYAL JORDANIAN (RJA), & 3 F28'S, EX-MERPATI (PNM), (FSA) LEASED, FOR DOMESTIC SERVICES.
JANUARY 2000: 1 A320-231 (428, EI-TLG), (TSD) WET-LEASED.
MARCH 2000: POSSIBLE IL-96-300'S, AND TU-204-100'S.
APRIL 2000: 3,798 EMPLOYEES.
MAY 2000: 1999 = 450,000 PASSENGERS. PROJECTS >1 MILLION PASSENGERS FOR 2000: 850,000 DOMESTIC; 400,000 INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS.
MERGES WITH AIR JAMAHIRIYA, OIL INDUSTRY SERVICES, WHICH WILL KEEP SAME NAME, BUT (LAA) OPERATIONS.
JULY 2000: RESUMES SERVICE TO CAIRO, AND ALEXANDRIA.
AUGUST 2000: 727-228 (20470), MAHFOOZ (BMV) LEASED. A310-222 (318) RETURNED TO AIRBUS (EDS) (AIFS). A310-203 (306, JY-AGW) ROYAL JORDANIAN AIRLINES (RJA) WET-LEASED.
OCTOBER 2000: TRANSAER (TSD) WENT OUT OF BUSINESS. A320 (428) RETURNED TO TRANSAER (TSD). 1 IL-76M (093416501, 5A-DZZ) FOR (LAA) CARGO.
DECEMBER 2000: A310-203 (295) RETURNED FROM ROYAL JORDANIAN (RJA).
JANUARY 2001: RESUMES FLIGHTS TO SFAX, TUNISIA, AFTER 8 YEARS.
MARCH 2001: NOUVELAIRE (NOU) HAS BEEN OPERATING SOME SERVICES ON BEHALF OF LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES (LAA) TO LONDON (LHR) (A320'S).
AUGUST 2001: PLANS TO OPERATE 2 AN-124-100'S (19530502761 & 19530502792) FOR LIBYAN AIR CARGO.
JANUARY 2002: 1 AN-124-100 (19530502761, UR-82066), ANTONOV LEASED FOR LIBYAN AIR CARGO OPERATIONS.
MARCH 2002: IN APRIL 2002, CODE SHARE WITH AIR LIBERTE (ALB) TO PARIS.
October 2002: 1 A310-304 leased from MidWest Airlines (MWA), to cope with extra traffic.
August 2003: Signs with Kharkov State Aviation Production Enterprise for 5 orders An-140 airplanes.
September 2003: B AE 111-414EG (158) delivery, after overhaul at Medavia's facility at Luqa airport in Malta. The airplane was previously operated on corporate charters by Ibis Air, South Africa, with Gambian registration.
October 2003: A300B4-620 (354, TS-IAY), Nouvelair Tunisie (NOU) wet-leased.
July 2004: A320-212 (025, TS-INJ), Nouvelair (NOU) wet-leased.
October 2004: Prime Minister Shukri Ghanem, says Libyan Arab (LAA) will be privatized, but the Libyan state does not intend to buy new airplanes.
October 2006: Libyan Arab Airlines (LAA) as the Libyan flag carrier, operates scheduled, passenger and cargo, jet airplane services domestically and to points in Europe.
(IATA) Code: LN - 148. (ICAO) Code: LAA (Callsign - LIBAIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Libyan government (100%).
Owns: Libyan Air Cargo (LCR) (100%).
Alliances: Air Malta (MLT).
Main Base: Tripoli International Airport (TIP).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Beida; Benghazi; Ghat; Kufrah; Misurata; Sebha; & Tripoli.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Agades; Alexandria; Algiers; Amman; Cairo; Casablanca; Damascus; Dubai; Frankfurt; Istanbul; Kiev; London; Malta; Rome; Sfax; Tunis; Vienna; & Zurich.
May 2007: The Libyan government said it will invest $1.2 billion to modernize the fleets of its two national carriers, Libyan Airlines (LAA) and Afriqiyah Airways (AQY). According to the Arab Air Carriers Organization, Libyan officials plan to buy up to 12 Airbus (EDS) airplanes and remain in negotiations with Boeing (TBC).
June 2007: At Paris Air Show, 7 orders A320s, 4 orders A330-200s, and 4 orders A350 XWBs.
3/2 orders Bombardier CRJ-900s worth an estimated $108 million at list prices. "This purchase represents the launching of our fleet renewal program. The CRJ-900 airplanes was selected because we believe it is the type of regional jet that can meet the requirement of domestic and regional routes in our network," Libyan (LAA) Chairman, Tarek Arebi said. The carrier currently serves 27 destinations.
August 2007: CL-600-2D24 (15055), delivery.
September 2007: CL-600-2D24 (15120, 5A-LAA), delivery.
November 2007: CL-600-2D24 (15122, 5A-LAC) delivery.
December 2007: Libyan Airlines (LAA) signed a firm contract for four A350 XWBs, four A330-200s and seven A320s, sealing the carrier’s initial commitment from June.
The announcement on 10 December coincided with a state visit to Tripoli by French Prime Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy.
CL-600-2D24 (CRJ-900) (15122, 5A-LAC), delivery.
June 2008: Amadeus reached 10-year agreements with 12 Arab Air Carriers Organization-affiliated airlines for distribution activities in their home markets. Six members, who have partnered with Amadeus for the past seven years, will be joined by another six, when their current distribution agreements expire at year end. Accounting for 66% of the reservations made by travel agencies in the (MENA) region, the 12 airlines are Air Algerie (ALG), Afriqiyah Airways (AQY), EgyptAir (EGP), Etihad Airways (EHD), Kuwait Airways (KUW), Libyan Airlines (LAA), Qatar Airways (QTA), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA), Sudan Airways (SUD), Syrian Arab Airlines (SYR), Tunisair (TUN), and Yemen Airways (YEM).
January 2009: CL-600-2D24 (15214, 5A-LAD), delivery.
February 2009: CL-600-2D24 (15216, 5A-LAE), delivery.
June 2009: Libyan Airlines (LAA) CEO, Mohamed Ibsem said that the union of his carrier and Afriqiyah Airways under the Libyan African Aviation Holding Company (LAAHC) umbrella likely has paved the way for a merger of the state-owned carriers. (LAAHC)'s initial strategy is to position Libyan as a legacy carrier serving the domestic market and certain international routes and the Afriqiyah (AQY) brand as either an international airline hubbed at Tripoli or, potentially, a low-cost operation. "The intention is to make one carrier, which could happen in the coming year. But we might have different functions," Ibsem said. He compared the potential new model to that of Qantas (QAN), which operates both the mainline and Jetstar Airways (IMU). "That may be the idea," he said, without confirming any specific intentions.
(AQY) has been attempting to transform Tripoli into a hub between Africa and the rest of the world. It currently flies to seven European, two Middle Eastern and 14 African destinations and will add service to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Brazzaville, Manila, Dhaka, Beijing, and Guangzhou this summer. (AQY) operates five A320-200s and two A319-100s and has both short- and long-haul Airbus (EDS) airplanes on order.
Ibsem said that hub strategy might be shot-lived. "In my opinion, that model has been tried by many airlines and is losing its value. We cannot all be hub airlines," he said. Carriers that have been successful using that strategy, like Singapore Airlines (SIA), had geographic advantages, he claimed. "Because Libya's geographic position is probably not the best to create a hub model and Africa is not that big a generating market, I think we have to concentrate on the strong Libyan market." (LAA) is working hard to improve its image and service. "We have to upgrade our human resources. We need a lot of money to bring the airline to international standards," he admitted. "But our [work] is a bit tougher because we have some criteria to meet, paying particular attention in terms of safety and quality." (LAA) has passed the (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
(LAA) has seven A320s on order plus three options, in addition to four A330s and four A350s on firm order. The first A320 will be delivered in 2010 and the A330s should arrive by the end of 2011. "Regarding the A350, we feel there is some demand in the Far East and on the North Atlantic because it is linked with the oil industry and I think we have to offer some service," Ibsem said
(LAA) carried 900,000 passengers last year. "We are small. At the moment, we operate mainly domestically and within the region" with four A320s, two A300-600s and four CRJ-900s, he said. (LAA) is emerging from a tough period during which it suffered as the result of international embargos against Libya. "It was very difficult. We had very little to go on and had to create everything ourselves. But now we make a new start," he said, adding that combining with (AQY) also might pave the way for alliance membership.
August 2009: Libyan Airlines signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with OnAir to install mobile and in-flight Internet service on its seven new A320s, which it expects to start taking next year.
October 2009: Libyan Airlines (LAA) signed a contract with ATR for the purchase of two ATR42-500s valued at $35 million. The airplanes, to be delivered later this year, will be configured with 48 seats and powered by (PW127M) engines.
December 2009: ATR42-500 (802, 5A-LAG), delivery.
May 2010: OnAir announced an agreement with Libyan Airlines (LAA) to install full Swift Broadband Mobile OnAir and WiFi Internet in-flight passenger communications services aboard (LAA)'s fleet of new A330s. (LAA) expects delivery of the first A330 in June 2011. (LAA) last year selected OnAir to outfit its single-aisle fleet with its mobile solutions, and expects delivery of four of the seven A320s this year.
August 2010: An Egyptian Nile Air (NLA) A320-232 (3219, SU-BQC), was observed visiting London Heathrow Airport (LHR), arriving on a Libyan Arab (LAA) service from Tripoli.
September 2010: Afriqiyah Airways (AQY) and Libyan Airlines (LAA) expect to receive government approval to merge by October 15, the Arab Air Carrier Organization (AACO) reported.
Libyan African Aviation Holding Company Chairman, Sabri Shadi said the two carriers plan to spend €4 billion/$5.4 billion on new airplanes by the end of 2012. (LAA) CEO, Mohamed Ibsem said last year that the union of Afriqiyah Airways (AQY) under the Libyan African Aviation Holding Company umbrella likely has paved the way for a merger of the state-owned carriers.
Libyan Airlines (LAA) took delivery of the first of seven new A320s.
Bombardier said that Libyan Airlines (LAA) signed a firm order for three CRJ-900 NextGen airplanes valued at $131.5 million at list prices. It also took options on three more CRJ-900NGs. (LAA) currently operates three CRJ-900s and two CRJ-900NGs in a two-class configuration with seven business class (C) and 68Y economy seats. (LAA) Chairman, Sabri Shadi said in a statement that the order "is a part of the [airline's] continuing fleet renewal program. The CRJ-900NextGen airplanes will provide lower operating costs, increased passenger comfort and reduced environmental impact."
According to its website, (LAA)'s fleet also includes two A300-600s, two A320-200s and two ATR42-500s. It has seven A320s, four A350s and four A330s on order. It operates domestic flights as well as services to destinations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
According to the Arab Air Carrier Organization (AACO), (LAA) is on the verge merging with Afriqiyah Airways (AQY), also based in Tripoli. Both carriers are state owned.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President, Gary Scott commented that this is the third CRJ-900 order placed by the carrier since 2007, confirming "that the CRJ-900 and CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft are meeting its expectations and business requirements."
Bombardier's CRJ firm order book stands at 1,706 including 259 CRJ-900s and CRJ-900NGs. As of July 31, 1,597 CRJ series airplanes had been delivered including 234 CRJ-900s/CRJ-900NGs.
A320-214 (4405, 5A-LAH), delivery, ex-(F-WWBX).
October 2010: SEE ATTACHED 7 ORDERS A320 - - "LAA-A320-2010-10."
November 2010: A320-214 (4490, 5A-LAJ), ex-(D-AUBI), delivery.
December 2010: Lufthansa (DLH) Consulting signed agreements with Libyan Airlines (LAA) and Afriqiyah Airways (AQY) to check the current airline safety status and provide a twice-weekly safety and quality assessment program and methodology. It will also implement a pilots (FC)’s upgrade program, administering a computer-based theoretical test and simulator assessment to pilots (FC) at both airlines, to recommend a training program. The two airlines are certified (IATA) Operational Safet Audit (IOSA) and ISO 9000 companies.
January 2011: CRJ-900 NextGen (15256, 5A-LAL), delivery.
March 2011: Libyan airspace has been closed to all commercial flights, when the United Nations (UN) Security Council passed a resolution to enact a no-fly zone over parts of the country. The USA, UK and France continued to lead an air attack on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's military and have said a no-fly zone is effectively in place. Eurocontrol informed airlines that "Tripoli Air Traffic Control [ATC] does not accept traffic." Many airlines had already curtailed or canceled Tripoli services in recent weeks as violence in the North African country escalated.
Ascend reported that Air Libya suffered damage to several aircraft "under unknown circumstances" over the weekend including two Yak-40s (one of which was described as "burnt out") and a 737-200. Libyan Airlines (LAA) is believed to be effectively grounded. According to its website, it operates two A300-600s, two A320-200s, five Bombardier CRJ-900s and two ATR42-500s.
January 2012: AirFrance Industries (AFI)/(KLM) Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) has signed a contract with Libyan Airlines (LAA) covering component support (pool access and repairs) and maintenance checks for (LAA)’s A320 and ATR42-500 fleets.
April 2012: Afriqiyah Airways (AQY) and Libyan Airlines (LAA) have been told to stop operating to the European Union (EU) until November 22 by the Libyan government to prevent the country from being blacklisted due to a lack of safety oversight. Libyan Airlines (LAA) already wet-leases an A320-200 from Nouvelair (NOU) and it is expected that this airplane or additional airplanes wet-leased from other countries will be used by the two carriers to operate to Europe. (AQY) and (LAA) had planned to merge prior to the revolution but no further plans have recently been published.
October 2012: The "new" Libyan Airlines has been using three A320s, including A320-212 (0793, TS-INN - - SEE ATTACHED - - "LAA-A320-212 - 2012-10"), on routes from Tripoli to Manchester. They are leased from Nouvelair (NOU), Tunisia, as (NOU)'s own airplanes were banned from European Union (EU) airspace during the recent political troubles in Libya.
December 2012: Libya has mounted a strong economic recovery, enticing international carriers to rapidly rebuild their capacity, withdrawn after a bloody revolution which engulfed the northern African state in February 2011.
The country’s two state-owned airlines, Libyan Air (LAA) and Afriqiyah Airlines (AQY), which both suffered extensive damage to airplanes, resumed operations in late 2011 and are gradually re-establishing their pre-war networks as airplanes return to service.
Their initial focus has been on linking key economic and political partners around the Mediterranean, including Turkey, and to the Middle East as well as Britain.
A merger of the two carriers is also progressing slowly, though earlier expectations of a union in the first half of 2013 appear to have been put back to at least early 2014.
Meanwhile Turkish Airlines (THY), Tunisair (TUN) and EgyptAir (EGP) lead the foreign airline capacity levels reintroduced.
April 2013: Libyan Airlines (LAA) will take delivery of its first A330 next month, equipped with OnAir connectivity to enable passengers on long-haul flights to and from Tripoli to use the Internet and use cell phones, Short Message Service (SMS) and email.
June 2013: 1st A330-202 (1424, 5A-LAS) delivery - - SEE PHOTO - - "LAA-2013-06 - 1ST A330-200." It will be deployed in the Middle East, around Dubai and Jeddah, as well as on Asian and European trunk routes.
July 2013: A330-202 (1412, 5A-LAR), ex-(F-WWCK) delivery.
December 2013: The European Union (EU) Air Safety Committee appears to be losing patience with the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority (LYCAA) which has imposed a voluntary ban on Libyan carriers flying to the (EU), while it reorganizes its local certification processes.
Sources suggest that the continued failure of the (LYCAA) to meet international requirements could result in an outright ban by the (EU) itself. The "Libya Herald" has also been told that it could take at least three years for the (LYCCA) to set its house in order.
The key issue, said the (EU) committee, is for Libya to prove it has completed work to reform its civil aviation safety system and in particular ensure "that the safety oversight of all air carriers certified in Libya is in compliance with international safety standards."
It is clear from the documents just published by the (EU) Safety Committee that it has been pushing Libya to make progress. On October 7th, it asked for an update on the re-certification of Libyan carriers. A month later, representatives from the (LYCAA), as well as Libyan Airlines (LAA) and Afriqiyah Airways (AQY) arrived in Brussels. According to the (EU) committee, the Libyan team said "that in its view they had now completed the five-stage re-certification process for Libyan Airlines (LAA), and that (LAA) should be allowed to operate within the (EU). Documentation of the activities undertaken by the (LYCAA) in the re-certification process was handed to the Commission at the meeting".
This newspaper understands that the documentation that Libya provided was considered to be generally inadequate. Officially however, the (EU) has since noted: "The documents submitted supporting the re-certification of Libyan Airlines (LAA) as presented to the Committee could not be sufficiently evaluated in time for the meeting of the Committee."
It went on to assert that in its view, it appeared that the number of (LYCAA) Inspectors was insufficient for the work that the body had to do.
Perhaps just as seriously, the (EU) said that commercial ambulance flights made by Libyan operators had not been sufficiently restricted within (EU) airspace. This, it said, was in contravention of the voluntary ban that the (LYCAA) had agreed to impose. The problem was compounded by the fact that some of these ambulance flights to the (EU) had been subject to "ramp inspections" on arrival "and on a number of occasions significant deficiencies were found".
The (EU) warned that from now on, before the (LYCAA) considers authorising Libyan carriers to fly to the (EU), it should demonstrate to the (EU) Safety Committee's satisfaction, "that the recertification process has been effectively completed and that there is sustainable continued oversight in accordance with (ICAO) [International Civil Aviation Organization] standards.
"Should this not be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Commission and the Air Safety Committee, the Commission would be obliged to take immediate measures to prevent air carriers from operating within the (EU)." In other words, the (EU) would impose a ban.
In July, the Director General of the (LYCAA), Captain Nasereddin Shaebelain, told the "Libya Herald" that the main challenge had been the re-certification of Libyan pilots (FC). This has been taking longer than expected. At the time, Shaebelain said he hoped the process would be completed by the end of the year but added that the (LYCAA) was keen to take its time and ensure that all the correct standards were met.
June 2014: Long-mooted plans to merge Libyan Airlines (LAA) and the North African country’s second carrier, Afriqiyah (AQY), appear to have been abandoned, at least for the near future.
August 2014: The Tunisian Ministry of Transport has banned all flights originating from Libyan airports from its airspace until further notice over security concerns. Since the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, central government control in Libya has steadily weakened, with rival groups battling for control of the oil-rich North African nation. The situation has worsened in recent months, with effectively a full-scale civil war now raging between several factions.
The main airport in the capital, Tripoli, has been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting, with reports and images from the scene indicating that several airplanes belonging to the two national carriers (Libyan Airlines (LAA) and Afriqiyah Airways (AQY)) have been destroyed or damaged. Islamist rebels were reported to have gained control of the facility.
According to multiple media reports, the decision to ban flights from Libya, followed warnings from foreign intelligence agencies that rebels might attempt to use airplanes captured at Tripoli as suicide bombs.
December 2014: All airlines from Libya have been added to the European Commission (EC)’s aviation safety list, also known as the "airline blacklist," subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union (EU).
The updated (EU) Air Safety List now includes Libya, but otherwise remains unchanged, with no countries removed from the list in this update.
(EU) Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc said: “Recent events in Libya have led to a situation whereby the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is no longer able to fulfill its international obligations with regard to the safety of the Libyan aviation sector. My priority in aviation is passenger safety, which is non-negotiable, and we stand ready to help the Libyan aviation sector as soon as the situation on the ground will allow for this.”
Bulc said she was pleased to see that “progress has been made in a number of countries whose carriers are on list, notably the Philippines, Sudan, Mozambique, and Zambia. Hopefully, this progress can lead to a positive decision in the future.”
The updated air safety list includes all airlines certified in 21 states, for a total of 308 airlines fully banned from (EU) skies: Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon (with the exception of three airlines that operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of five airlines), Kazakhstan (with the exception of one airline which operates under restrictions and conditions), Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines (with the exception of two airlines), Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sudan, and Zambia. The list also includes two individual airlines: Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname) and Meridian Airways ((CPB) (Ghana), for an overall total of 310 airlines.
The list also includes 10 airlines that may only operate into the (EU) using specific aircraft types. These are Air Astana (AKZ) (Kazakhstan), Afrijet (FRJ), Gabon Airlines and SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (KOY) (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), Airlift International (AGH) (Ghana), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (IRN), TAAG Angolan Airlines (ANG) and Air Madagascar (MAD).
The (EU) air safety list covers airlines that are either considered to be unable to respect international aviation safety standards, or whose Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA)s are deemed unable to provide the necessary safety oversight as foreseen by international aviation safety rules. Some are banned outright from operating to the (EU), while others can only do so under very strict conditions. The list also serves as a tool to warn the traveling public, when traveling in other parts of the world.
The (EU) air safety committee, which draws up the list, consists of aviation safety experts from the Commission, each of the 28 member states of the Union, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
January 2016: A320-231 (357, ER-AXO), ex-(EX32004) Sky Prim leased.
February 2016: Libya's internationally-recognized government has ordered Air Libya (LAA) and Afriqiyah Airways ((IATA) Code: 8U, based at Tripoli Mitiga) to suspend their respective services to Sudan with effect from February 28. The former serves El Fasher and Khartoum from Kufrah, while the latter serves Khartoum from Misurata.
In his announcement, Colonel Abdul Hakim al-Obeidi, the spokesman for the Libyan Interior Ministry, said the suspension had been brought on by security concerns.
Last week, a Libyan army unit retook control of the Bouzrik security outpost, located 200 km from the southern town of Kufra, after it fell into the hands of Sudanese rebels affiliated with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM). At least twenty rebels were killed with six captured during the operation. The rebels used the base as a staging point to rob and kill travelers heading to Libya's northern cities.
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LAA-A320-212 - 2012-10
1 707-3L5C (JT3D-3B) (911-21228, /76 5A-DAK), GROUNDED, FOR SALE, GOVT OPS. VIP.
1 707-321B (JT3D-3B) (672-19378, /68 5A-DJM), EX-(PAA)/(UAA), GROUNDED AT CAIRO.
1 707-331C (JT3D-3B) (626-19214, OD-AGS), (TMA) WET-LSD 1999-11, GROUNDED.
1 707-338C (JT3D-3B) (716-19628, /68 5A-DTF), EX-(QAN)/(KAL), GROUNDED.
2 707-348C (JT3D-3B) (413-18880, /65 5A-DIX; 488-19001, /66 5A-DIV), EX-(ARL)/(UAA), GROUNDED, 1 AT CAIRO.
8 727-2L5 (JT8D-15) (21050, W/O & DESTROYED - - SEE ACCDT - - DECEMBER 1992; 1109-21051, /75 5A-DIB; 1110-21052, /75 5A-DIC; 1257-21332, /77 5A-DIF; 1259-21333, /77 5A-DIG; 1271-21539, /78 5A-DIH; 1213-21229, /76 5A-DID; 1215-21230, /76 5A-DIE; 1386-21540, /78 5A-DII), 159Y & 12C, 131Y.
1 727-224 (JT8D) (663-20245, /71 5A-DAI).
2 727-228 (JT8D-7B) (853-20470, /71 C5-DSZ, LSD 6/00; 847-20411, /70 C5-DMB, LSD 1999-12), (BMV) LSD, 12F, 134Y.
1 727-294 (JT8D) (1198-21205, YK-AGC), (SYR) LSD 2001-03.
0 MD-83 (EI-CEK), (NOU) WET-LSD 2002-01. RTND.
0 A300B4-620 (354, TS-IAY), (NOU) WET-LSD 2003-10. RTND.
2 A300B4-622R (PW4158) (601, /91 5A-DLY; 616, /91 5A-DLZ), 10F, 13C, 230Y.
3 A310-203 (CF6-80A3), 1 EX-(ALG), 1 (RJA) LSD, -222: (JT9D-7R4) (318) RTND (AIFS) 2000-08 (306, /84 TS-IGU, (RJA) LSD) (295, /83 TS-IGV), EX-(RJA) (5A-AGU). 16F, 195Y.
0 ORDER A310-324 (439, F-OHPU), EX-(RJA), NOT TAKEN.
0 A320-200, (NOU) WET-LSD 2002-01. RTND.
2 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (222, /91 TS-INE - - SEE PHOTO - - LAA-A320-212-2008-08;" 025, TS-INJ), (NOU) WET-LSD 2004-07. 177Y.
1 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (0793, TS-INN - - SEE ATTACHED - - "RIT-A320-232 - 2012-10), (NOU) WET-LSD 2012-10. 177Y.
0 A320-214 (1597, TS-INP), RETURNED TO NOUVELAIR (NOU) 2013-06.
2 +24 ORDERS A320-214 (4401; 4405, 5A-LAH, 2010-09; 4408; 4450), 156 PAX:
0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (428, EI-TLG), (TSD) WET-LSD 2000-01, (415, EI-TLT) RTND.
1 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (357, ER-AXO), EX-(EX32004), SKY PRIM LSD 2016-01.
2 +2 ORDERS A330-202 (CF6-80) (1412, 5A-LAR, 2013-07; 1424, 5A-LAS, 2013-06), SEE PHOTO - - "LAA-2013-06 - 1ST A330-200." EX-(F-WWTP & F-WWCK) 2013-06. 24C, 235Y.
2 ORDERS A340:
4 ORDERS (2017-02) A350 XWB-800:
5 L-100-20 HERCULES (4355, /69 5A-DHI) (LAA) CARGO OPS (LCR).
1 +1 ORDER ATR42-500 (PW127M) (802, 5A-LAG, 2009-12), 48Y:
16 DHC-6-300 (PT6A-27) TWIN OTTER (599, /79 5A-DCA; 769, /81 5A-DJJ). 19Y.
6 CL-600-2D24 (CRJ-900ER) (15055, 2007-08; 15120, 5A-LAA - SEE PHOTO, 2007-09; 15121, 5A-LAB, 12/07; 15122, 5A-LAC, 2007-11; 15214, 5A-LAD, 2009-01; 15216, 5A-LAE, 2009-02).
1 +2/3 ORDERS BOMBARDIER CRJ-900NG (15256, 5A-LAL, 2011-01), 7C, 68Y.
1 BAC 111-414EG (SPEY 511-14 HK) (158, /70 5A-DDQ), EX-IBIS AIR, 2003-09. 28F. VIP.
1 F27-400 (DART 532-7) (10516, /75 5A-DBQ), GROUNDED, FOR SALE. 44Y.
2 F27-500 (DART 536-7) (10604, /80 5A-DJE), GROUNDED FOR SALE. 44Y.
11 F27-600 (DART 536-7) (10513, /75 5A-DBO), GROUNDED FOR SALE (10636, /82 5A-DLM "KOURINA;" 10640, /82 5A-DLN), 44Y.
3 F28-4000 (SPEY 555-15P) (11197, /83, 5A-DLW; 11139, /79 5A-DTG; 11140, /79 5A-DTH), (11200, /83 5A-DLV "MARES;" 11194, /83 5A-DLW), EX-(PNM). 85Y.
2 AN-124-100 (19530502761, 5A-DKL - SEE PHOTO; 19520502792, 5A-DKN), 2002-01, (LCR) CARGO OPS. FREIGHTER.
5 ORDERS AN-140.
1 AN-26 (5A-DOD), EX-LIBYAN AIR FORCE 11/00, (LCR) CARGO. FREIGHTER.
2 AN-26 (27313201, 5A-DOU; 27313109, 5A-DOV), (LCR) CARGO OPS 2001-12. FREIGHTER.
4 AN-26B (5A-DOA; 5A-DOB; 5A-DOC - SEE PHOTO; 5A-DON), OPS BY (LCR) CARGO. FREIGHTER.
1 IL-62M (3052657, 5A-DNY - - SEE PHOTO - - "LAA-IL-62M-2009-02"), EX-(TL-ABW), WITH "LIBYAN AIRCARGO" TITLES. FREIGHTER.
14 IL-76, (LCR) CARGO OPS. FREIGHTER.
1 IL-76M (093416501, 5A-DZZ, 2000-12). (LCR) CARGO OPS. FREIGHTER.
1 GULFSTREAM II.
1 DASSAULT FALCON 20, TRANSFERRED TO JAMAHIRIYA AIR (143).
0 LOCKHEED JETSTAR.
SABRI SHADI, CHAIRMAN.
CAPTAIN NOUH FARAG ABDULKARIM HAIBBA, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
MOHAMED IBSEM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
ABOUSHNEIF LUATI, DIRECTOR MARKETING.
NAAS SULEIMAN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.
A HANNOUSHI, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.
FATHI BEN TAHER, TECHNICAL MANAGER.
M ABBRAHISH, COMMERCIAL MANAGER.
ALI SALEH, FINANCE MANAGER.
F DERWISH, TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE.