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CO Was To Operate L-1011's?  
User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2235 times:


This safety card looks quite legitimate, and it's clearly an L-1011 in CO colors.

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!


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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2147 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.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

The card is, indeed, legitimate though overpriced a bit.

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User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1709 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

If I recall correctly, CO actually had some L-1011's on order, and were ready to receive/operate them when they received their DC-10's-and subsequently they lost interest in the L-10'.


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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

Seems to me they should not have lost interest in the L-1011, but more in the DC-10, after it suffered several fatal crashes.

User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1647 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1977 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.

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User currently offlineNotarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 week ago) and read 1778 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".


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