Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1915 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2598 times:
They started out as a freight airline out of Miami, with DC-6s and C-46 Commandos. They eventually acquired early-model DC-8s before moving onto the Super -62s (and occasional -61s and -63s) and even later, L-1011s. They flew a lot of military charters, as did Arrow and Tower Air; their onboard service was bare-bones, a fact to which I can attest, having flown the airline on a charter from LGW to JFK on a DC-9-62.
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Air1727 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 328 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2532 times:
The FAA most definitely grounded Rich in Sept of 96. Jean voluntarily shut the carrier down permanently after the fact. Current tour broker SunTrips was one of the companies that lost over a million dollars in rebookings when the FAA shut Rich Intl down during Labor Day weekend.
Some of Rich's routes:
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In the Alaska bush I'd rather have a two hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa.
777ualsfo From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 104 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2507 times:
Flew them SFO-HNL in 1995, for budget sun trips, not a bad flight. Food ok, L1011 pretty beat up, movie projector didn't work right. Heard 60 minutes report several months later about FAA fines for flying with cracked cockpit windows and poorly functioning cabin doors. Haven't flown charter since, sticking with UA!
ClipperMonsoon From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 12 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2505 times:
FYI, Jean Rich, the original owner passed away a few years before the shutdown. After her death, the ownership of the airline was split up between her kids and her husband, she certainly had nothing to do with closing the company down, the airline was grounded by the FAA.
Lasbagman From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 367 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
I was the Airport Rep for Santo Tours in LAS, when Rich Intl closed, the Flight was LAS to CLE and the door was shut, jetbridge pulled back and the flight ready to push when The FAA said the flight could not leave with Passengers.
Santo Tours put the passengers up over night and charterd 4 WN 737's
to get the passengers home to CLE.
Ctflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 88 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2404 times:
Several years ago I was on a flight and the attendant serving my area had worked for Rich International. She had nothing but praise for the airline. In fact she sates that Rich was an excellent employer. I asked about the items raised in the 60 minute piece and she stated she never saw any such activity on any of her flights. She believed that it was a family despute between Jean Rich's children and her second husband their step father. Also Jean's second husband leased the L-1011's from George Bathcelor of Arrow Air fame. She explained that she and other Rich flight crews were stationed in Rome for several months at a time to work military flights. She did tell me that several of her friends were on a TWA flight to Rome which was about to depart. All of the Rich employees were called off the aircraft and informed that Rich had been shut down. She did state that several crews were stranded overseas and needed to find their own way home. Rich had not paid her final check. That was her only complaint about working for Rich.
Db777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 47 Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2388 times:
Clipper Monsoon is correct above - Jean Rich died from lung cancer years before the airline shut down. I used to smoke cigs with her in her office back in the early 80's when collecting landing fees. Her husband's last name was Meenan.
There was an article in the Miami Herald not long ago that mentioned Rich Int'l being awarded some money from the George Batchelor estate because of some deal that soured between Arrow Airways and Rich Int'l.
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