From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Liebson) Organization: ISFSI Date: 10 Jun 96 12:22:23 References: 1 2 3 4 5 Followups: 1 2
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email@example.com (Louis A. Ramsay ) wrote: > As far as their being a "flop", Alaska Airlines flew them into the >middle '60's and didn't consider them to be "flops". That does not make the aircraft a commercial success, which is was not. Only a very few were built, Lockheed lost a lot of money on the project, most of the original buyers quickly disposed of them. It's not unusual for "after-market" buyers to consider a given aircraft successful; the Mercure jetliners fit that category, for example. Just because Alaska and one or two others were able to buy Starliners cheaply and utilize them effectively does not make the aircraft a financial success.