Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1270 times:
When EA went belly-up, there was talk of a plan where CO was to take a majority of EA's gates at ATL, plus all the EA 757's, L1011's, and a big chunk of their 727's, and open a hub in ATL. Somewhere along the line, the idea got nixed. I'm not sure where, but I heard that from more than one person from within the company.
Gr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1583 posts, RR: 16 Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
It looks like the card is dated April 1990 which is about the time that Lorenzo was replaced by a trustee at Eastern. Continental did take a number of Eastern's A-300s and all the DC-10s so it is not surprising that L-1011s were on his shoplifting list as well.
Notarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 901 times:
>Anyone know the genesis of this? It's been suggested that maybe CO was
>planning to get some of Eastern's bird during the Lorenzo times, but if anyone
>knows for sure that's be great!
It was reported that Continental Airlines intended to take over several Eastern Airlines routes and aircraft once the Silverbird Airline went bankrupt in 1990. Both, Continental and Eastern were under control of of the same holding company, Texas Air, headed by Frank Lorenzo. Furthermore, it was reported that Continental already had safetycards and some other stuff made for their "new" aircraft, among them L-1011s and B757s. However, these plans never materialized and all the stuff went into the paper basket.
Therefore, the CO L-1011 safetycard is kind of a "fantasy" issue, though it had a "real basis".