Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 36 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2985 times:
sadly, the era of TriStars is drawing to a close without me ever having had a chance to ride on one.
Encouraged by two fellow members (hello Sabena332 and TriStar500 ) I´m posting this:
Short of going to Kinshasa on Hewa Bora Airlines, what are the options for a European to get on a TriStar?
Specifically, dear Portuguese members, what about Yes Linhas Aereas and Luzair? Do they just sell package tours or also just flights? Which tour operators have Yes and Luz Air in their programmes, and can you book a vacation with them from outside Portugal?
Or maybe one of the Airevents guys reads this and gets an inspiration to charter a TriStar for a sightseeing flight
TAP340 From Portugal, joined Oct 2004, 102 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2943 times:
Hi Airsicknessbag! (Cool nick name... )
YES Linhas Aereas is a joint venture between TAP and Agência de Viagens Abreu (A local travel agency). They only operate charter flights. You have to hurry if you still want to fly them, because due to the delay scandals in the summer, YES Linhas Aereas is going to be replaced by White, which will only fly A310's coming from TAP Air Portugal.
Luzair? Forget about that... I have been told by a couple of Air Luxor pilots, one of them really close to Paulo Mirpuri, the CEO of Air Luxor, that Luzair is basically a ghost company to let the Tristars dye..
You forgot EUROAtlantic Airways, they are also a Portuguese charter company that operates charters flights for Grupo Pestana, but then again, due to the delays scandals of this summer, they will be retiring they're Tristars, and replacing them with either B767-300ER or A330.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2912 times:
Thanks for posting this thread, I am very interested as well in flying on the Tristar.
TAP340, thanks for the information, even if they don't sound good.
Seems that I must start another thread in the Non Aviation Forum with the title: "What to do in Kinshasa", the flight on Hewa Bora Airlines from BRU to FIH looks indeed like the best possibility to get the L1011 .
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4211 posts, RR: 36 Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2902 times:
ATA (IF they still exist by then) is planning to fly the L1011 again in June between LAX and CUN, that shouldn't be too hard for a European to get on.
Gee Bee in Greece might also do something with the pax L1011s they are now acquiring, but probably sketchy, charters etc ops if they even get in the air.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
PhotoLPPT From Portugal, joined Jul 2004, 502 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2898 times:
Well, we could always contact eitheir YES or LUZAIR and try to organize a special flight like the IranAir SP flight, or more recently, the Swiss MD11 farewell.
If there is enough interest, it could become cheaper that just try to book a travel somewhere with them.
I for one, have never ridden one, love the plane, and would jump at a chance to go on a farewell tour.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 36 Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2889 times:
Pedro, thanks for the information (and the compliment on my username ). Just checked the websites of Pestana and Abreu (and the three airlines´).
Seems to me that only Abreu´s is half decent - but the information they give about the flights is kind of generic:
"Day 1 - Flight from Lisbon to Varadero (Special Flight)"
"Included: Flight in Tourist Class, 20 kilos baggage allowance" etc.
Maybe I should put myself in contact with them like "Hello, I´m a little mad and I want to go to the Domincan Republic or Cuba, no matter where, as long as it´s a TriStar. My doctor says I´m not dangerous to other people."
Pedro, Yes claim they do medium haul flights, but all European trips at Abreu are with TAP or other European carriers. What´s up with that?
Generally speaking, would you reckon there´s a realistic chance to book a package tour with Abreu and be SURE to fly Yes?
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 36 Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2821 times:
>>>I am not the biggest fan of these sightseeing flights
Neither am I, but when I can get a really cool type which doesn´t fit my travel pattern at all, I do it. Like, in the past, Belavia Yak 40, Concorde or, hopefully in the future the airevents DC8 at BSL.
>>>this would be the easiest way to get a Tristar flight.
Notice the photo description "Operating a flight for Onur Air..." aaaargh! The pax were probably like "Ey Alda, wassn das fuern krass alten Fluksseusch? Hab isch gebucht Onur oder Scheisndreck Airline??!"
TAP340 From Portugal, joined Oct 2004, 102 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2777 times:
I cannot assure you that you would fly the Tristar for sure, but I guess the probability would be high since they don't have that many aircraft. This Easter I'm going to Varadero (Perhaps...), maybe I'll fly the Tristar!
Sometimes, YES acts as back up for TAP Air Portugal. My parents went to Paris last month and altought they booked TAP, they flew YES.
The special flight would be a great idea! I'm sure I could get some more people to go, as I study Aeroespacial engineering, along with other aviation fans!
FCKC From France, joined Nov 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2669 times:
CS-TMX (along A330 LTU D-ALPG), made a flight yesterday for Corsair to Nairobi and Mombasa.Saw it also flying for Corsair to POP ,CUN ,RUN , FDF , PTP.
CS-TMP was ferried yesterday after a Corsair flight to Amman from ORY for a check by Royal Jordanian.
I had the pleasure to fly with L1011-500 Euro Atlantic on a TAP flight between LIS and ORY , and was impressed by the comfort of this plane.The cabin seems wider than this of the DC10 , and despite to be on the rear had not suffering of strong noise .In fact this plane is not noisy.
A real pleasure to have done this Tristar flight.
Hope every people who would like to do so , will do , and i can assure you , they will not be desappointing..............but hurry up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BoeingBus From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1595 posts, RR: 18 Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2608 times:
I practically grew up flying on TAP's Tristar to LIS from BOS... boy i miss those jets and sometimes my childhood memories visiting my grandparents in Portugal... amazing engines... comfort... and the air phones.. or whatever you call those headphones that are basicaly plastic hollow tubes....
would be cool if Lockheed would get back in the game of building commercial jets...
Airbrasil From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 205 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2503 times:
For sure you can fly on ATA from LAX-CUN-LAX.. From June until September they operate the CUN flights using L-100 on Saturday and Sundays only. Last year I had a chance to fly for the first and last time on a L-1011, great flight, worth it to ride. Flew on N161AT.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4690 posts, RR: 45 Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2489 times:
Count me in for a very last L1011 flight - although I fortunately got to ride the Ten Eleven fairly frequently during the 80's and early 90's (10 flights on a Dash-1 of LTU, 1 flight on a Dash-500 by DL), I would love to get on a farewell flight.
The L10 is the only airplane I have sort of an emotional affiliation with (now how sad is that!?), so I would be willing to spend a bit to get on one, the best choice for me being an "AirEvents" flight like the 747SP one recently at CGN.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
Captain.md-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2418 times:
Somebody should definitely suggest a L1011 sight seeing flight to air events. I have the feeling I will never ride on one of these great birds, but would jump at the chance if presented with the opportunity.
Twins,twins, everywhere.... but where are the three holers?