Global International Airways
|Global International Airways|
|Headquarters||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
Global International Airways (GIA) was an airline company based in Missouri, start in 1977 by Farhad Azima. It was mostly a passenger and air freight airline, but after 1979 it also began smuggling weapons as part of Iran Contra. Mark Lombardi studied the connections between Global International Airways and the Indian Springs State Bank.
GIA began seasonal charter flights to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Paris using Boeing 707 aircraft, in 1981. Global also used Boeing 727s for charters to the Caribbean and from 1983 it used a Boeing 747-133.
GIA grew quickly in the early 1980s but hit financial trouble. It was financed by a number of unsecured loans totaling $600,000 from the Indian Springs State Bank, at the instigation of Farhad Azima. Global filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 1982 (or 1983?), its bad loans being a major factor in the closing of Indian Springs in 1984.
State department backing
Azima confirmed in a 1984 interview that GIA ferried arms to Pakistan and elsewhere with an OK from the U.S. State Department. He also repeatedly replied “no comment” in that interview when asked about CIA involvement in the flights.
- Airlines Remembered by BI Hengi, Publisher Midland Publishing
- Global Networks. Mark Lombardi, Robert Carleton Hobbs, Judith Richards; Independent Curators, 2003 (published for the travelling exhibition of his work, "Mark Lombardi Global Networks"). ISBN 0-916365-67-0
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