Re: L-1011

Date:         18 May 98 16:03:13 
From:         "Peter Frei" <pfi@active.ch>
Organization: Active-Net AG, Switzerland
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L.1011s are becoming increasingly popular with charter airlines. Air Atlanta
from Iceland operate a whole bunch for themselves and third parties, and the
aircraft may also have a new life as freighter, with TradeWinds and Kalitta
American Int'l being among the carriers operating 1011s as pure freighters.

The price of a used 1011 is moderate as there are many examples available
(more than DC-10s or A.300s). Besides places around Tucson there are at
least 12 former Rich 1011s stored at Roswell, NM, since this carrier went
out of service, and a further bunch of former TWA aircraft is parked at
Kingman, AZ.

Delta's withdrawal of the 1011 from service will proabably bring down prices
further, making the aircraft interesting even for smaller carriers. With
Fedex buying up almost all available DC-10s for MD-10 cargo conversion, the
1011, together with the A.300, is one of the alternatives to new MD-11, 767
or 747 freighters. The 1011 is a fine plane, and I hope it can be seen in
the skies well into the 21st century.

Peter

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