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Topic: Tristar Service To Ascension / Falkland Islands
Username: Loran
Posted 2009-12-05 23:42:06 and read 4247 times.

Dear all,

Does anyone have any info if the RAF flights to Ascension & Falkland Islands are going to be reversed to Tristar service at some stage? At the moment these flights are operated by a chartered Flyglobespan 767.
It is probably the last chance to fly on the L-1011, and there is not much available online except the general info:

http://www.ascension-flights.com/ascension-flights-info.htm

Thanks for any suggestions,
Loran

Topic: RE: Tristar Service To Ascension / Falkland Islands
Username: Kaitak
Posted 2009-12-06 02:46:15 and read 4046 times.

I think that all of the L1011s are committed for service to Afghanistan and other military missions, so I guess the 767s will remain on the Falklands route for the time being. It all depends on military requirements.

Once the A330 enters service with RAF, I'd expect to see them operating the route ... but don't expect that to happen for quite a while.

Topic: RE: Tristar Service To Ascension / Falkland Islands
Username: Edina
Posted 2009-12-06 03:41:36 and read 3955 times.

It's been a few years since the TriStars have worked the BZZ-ASI-MPM airbridge - the contract has been contracted to BMI, Air Atlanta Europe, Air Luxor & Omni Air at times.

It's not just Ascension & the Falklands that rely on the service - the RAF flights are also the "quick" way to get to St Helena.....fly to ASI, then 2 days at sea on the RMS St Helena.

Topic: RE: Tristar Service To Ascension / Falkland Islands
Username: 02hilliert
Posted 2009-12-06 04:19:45 and read 3869 times.



Quoting Edina (Reply 2):
It's not just Ascension & the Falklands that rely on the service

No, Globespan rely on it to, from what I hear, this "lucrative" contract is the only thing keeping them afloat.

The contract is up for renewal in 2010 I believe, so watch this space to see if GSM continue to be the lowest bidder! You may actually find that they'll be the only bidder!

As for the TriStars, those are committed to regular shuttle services between Brize Norton and the Middle East, with the slack picked up by other carriers. I would have thought that these aircraft won't likely see South Atlantic action again, as they will be on Afghanistan duty for a number of years to come.

Topic: RE: Tristar Service To Ascension / Falkland Islands
Username: FlyingColours
Posted 2009-12-06 11:39:29 and read 3518 times.



Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 3):

No, Globespan rely on it to, from what I hear, this "lucrative" contract is the only thing keeping them afloat.

It is a very lucrative contact indeed, my airline had been requested to bid again for it (we lost the contract when we dumped our 747s) as the MoD were very happy with how we operated and they were in the process of dumping Omni as they were less than thrilled about how they ran things. At the eleventh hour Globespan undercut us by a few thousand and they were awarded the deal instead, we ceased ops a short while after.

There was talk (at the start of this year) that GSM would be loosing the contract as the MoD were unsure as to the airlines financial condition, the rumour was that TCX would have picked up the flights (with what equipment would be anyone's guess, DC10 again?  Wink)

One of my mates is based at BZZ for GSM, he's just had his contract renewed for another six months so that must surely be a positive.

Phil
FlyingColours

Topic: RE: Tristar Service To Ascension / Falkland Islands
Username: VV701
Posted 2009-12-06 15:00:14 and read 3297 times.



Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 3):
The contract is up for renewal in 2010 I believe, so watch this space to see if GSM continue to be the lowest bidder! You may actually find that they'll be the only bidder!

This might depend on whether we are out of the commercial aviation recession by then and what the immediate future for airlines is looking like at the time. If gaining this contract looks economically preferable to laying up an aircraft in the desert, particulaly, for example, because you want to retain flight and cabin crew in the hope of a business recovery, then you might even see BA and VS or one of the foreign majors bidding for the contract.

By the way does anyone know the current frequency of the contact? Five years ago I believe it used to operate three times every two weeks. If this is still the situation then it could be marginal in terms of keeping an aircraft out of the desert. But, of course, somtimes whether or not to park up an aircraft is a fine line decision. Finding work for the equivalent of half an aircraft could be key to economic survival, particularly for a smaller operator.

Topic: RE: Tristar Service To Ascension / Falkland Islands
Username: Bennett123
Posted 2009-12-06 15:24:27 and read 3238 times.

When did Flying Colours operates B747's

Topic: RE: Tristar Service To Ascension / Falkland Islands
Username: FlyingColours
Posted 2009-12-06 16:45:02 and read 3166 times.



Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 6):
When did Flying Colours operates B747's

Flying Colours didn't operate 747s, I was referring to Air Atlanta Europe & XL Airways (I should have been clearer on that, my bad).

Phil  Smile


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