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Rich International, Where Did They Go?  
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3347 times:

Hi there,

Just browsing the photo page and I came across an airline called Rich International. I am just curious to know where they went?

Also what routes did they operate? Did anyone here fly on them?


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Thanks for any information  Smile

Best Regards,

Justin  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

The airline, grounded on September 2 1996 by the Federal Aviation Administration, primarily due to discrepancies it found in company crew training records.

Filed for chapter 11 on Nov. 18, 1996

At the time of the grounding, Rich operated a fleet of 21 L-1011 and Super DC-8 jetliners in worldwide passenger and military charter services.

When it halted flights on September 2, it employed 1,130 men and women worldwide

-
Alex



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineB757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

I flew them on a charter to CUN on that L-1011 landed on a dirt runway. I remember captain saying that in about a year they were going to pave it. Now it needs a paving again



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12119 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
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Do a search there has been numerous threads lately on Rich. A lot of good information already posted.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineClipperMonsoon From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3191 times:

B757capt, I worked for RIA in ops, and I can assure you we never had an L1011 land on a dirt runway !

User currently offlineAs739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6161 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

ANSWER: They went to the desert!
ASSFO



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User currently offlineSQ25J From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

I was told by several former Rich crew that the main reason they went under was an internal family dispute

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1995 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3062 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.

Cheers,
Daniel



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User currently offlineHNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

They used to fly into HNL and do LAS charters for one of the tour operators here in HNL. If I am not mistaken, after Rich was grounded, this tour operator filed for Chpt. 7 bankruptcy.



User currently offlineB757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

That L1011 I should clarify at the time it was a "Gravel runway." If I look in my boxs of pictures I think I have some. But swear to god it was not a "hard surface."


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User currently offlineIMisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6305 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

Rich International was voluntarily grounded by it's owner, not the FAA. She was one of the rare people who knew when to call it quits before people died.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineAir1727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2996 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:
LAX-OGG-HNL-LAX
SFO-OGG-HNL-SFO
SJC/SMF-HNL
ONT/SAN-HNL
LAS-FLL/CLE/PIT/BOS/GRR/MSP
SFO-BOS
ORD-CUN
LAX-PVR
HNL-GUM
HNL-JON-GUM
SFO-ANC-RJOI

[Edited 2004-02-11 06:08:21]

User currently offline777ualsfo From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2971 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!

User currently offlineClipperMonsoon From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2969 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.

User currently offlineLasbagman From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2936 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.























































User currently offlineCtflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2868 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.

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12119 posts, RR: 49
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2859 times:
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I use to work for a tour operator that used Rich for several flights, and even flew them once myself, and for a charter airline they did do a good job.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineDb777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 43
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2852 times:
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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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