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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5080 posts, RR: 28
Posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3323 times:

Hello,

Does anyone on these forums remember an airline called Tristar Airlines? They were based in LAS betweed 95-96. They had 4 BAE-146's, and had what I thought was a promising future. Tristar flew from LAS to LAX, SFO, GCN, ASE, EUG, and RNO.

Anyone have some pics of their planes? I miss them!!! And any former Tristar Airlines employees on this forum?


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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5193 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3256 times:

I vaguely remember them--their livery reminded me of Delta.


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User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1936 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3232 times:

I flew them on their first day of operations out of Las Vegas to SFO and back in July of 1995. It was a BAE 146.. Great flight great service.. I was sorry to see it did not last.. I do remeber that I walked up to the counter and tried to pay for the ticket with my AMEX card and there was all kinds of problems with their computer and I had to pay cash..

User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

Yes, I remember them, and contrary to what has been said their livery was NOTHING like Delta:


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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5193 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3105 times:

Oops--I was thinking of another carrier.


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User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

i do remember tristar, just went to the boxes and found a few of their timetables. heard service was always great, but unreliable. they flew at one time 3Xdaily las to the grand canyon, not a money maker really. they got smart, went to the asian airlines, and starting interlining with all the carriers flying from asia to lax/sfo. their most flown route obviously was lax-las. they later opened lax-eug, eug-rno, lax-sfo and lax-ase. when they opened lax-sfo, they offered 3 very well timed flights during the day, and low low fares, even the walk up fares were low. ua wasnt too happy, and dumped on the market. the Bae146 were very unreliable planes, and eventually the airline failed completely.

User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5080 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

Actually the BAE 146 was very reliable for Tristar. There was one aircraft they had that was indeed a mechanical nightmare. We called the plane BabyStar. It was the 100 series, I think we only had 1. We did have 3 200 series, and they operated perfectly. We were in looking into leasing more BAE 146's, and expected 3 more to arrive in late '96.

I not only worked for them, but I enjoyed the atmosphere they provided. It was a neat little airline, that had lots of potential. Our planes were filling up, but some of the higher ups started putting that money into their pockets. Even the President and CEO Donald P. Martin was rumored to be taking extra cuts of the pie.

When our aircraft were repossesed, they shut everything down. I was called back during my physical test at UAL in Denver. They advised me that they had secured financiang on several 727-200's, and that they needed me badly to finish helping with refunds. I gladly told them no, and went on with my life. Sadly, they never got back off the ground.

I understand that Donald P. Martin went to an airline called Lonestar Airlines. Does anyone know how badly he mugged them, and where he might be now?



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