F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5600 posts, RR: 17 Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4666 times:
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?
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2314 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4575 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..
Flyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4420 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.
F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5600 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4372 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?