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Mystery L-1011 At LAS Mid 1990's  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3800 times:

Does anyone recognize the L-1011 shown in the background of this pic?

What was the airline, what happened to them, and maybe what became of the plane?

Thanks.

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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3801 times:

Rich International Airlines. Went out of businees in 1997 or so. Not sure what happened to the aircraft.

The777Man



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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3741 times:

I didn't know Rich International flew to LAS. I thought they were mainly a MIA to DTW and other northeastern destinations.

User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2078 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

Rich International went everywhere- they were also a charter airline (one route was FRA-ANC-HNL). They went out of business after some extremely serious FAA maintenance violations were revealed.

User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1921 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3562 times:

Right before Rich shut down, they actually had a very decent size presence at LAS. Like ATA, you could see several of their L10's on the ramp at once. There are stil some surviving and are stored at ROW...

User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3492 times:
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Did Rich ever have a 747. I remember seeing the type lose a cowling and various flaming pieces on TO one very hot August day in the 70s (?) All I remember was that the company already had a bad maint rep. No, it wasn't tower.


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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3374 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 2):
I didn't know Rich International flew to LAS. I thought they were mainly a MIA to DTW and other northeastern destinations.

A quick check of the photo data base revealed Rich International L-1011 at the following locations: CDG, FRA, MAN, DUB, GLA AND LGW.

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Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Rich International Airlines. Went out of businees in 1997 or so. Not sure what happened to the aircraft.

Most ended up here:

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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5192 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

If you do some searches on a.net you'll find some very interesting information of Rich International along the same lines as Tower Air. Like a previous poster said they had some serious FAA violations going on. They also flew DC8s.


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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3167 times:

They also had almost daily flights to LAX with L-1011s. They even used the DC-8s there in 1993-94.

The777Man



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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

Rich International had a contract with former supertour operator SUNTRIPS providing their lift from California to Hawai'i destinations.

I flew on them twice....actually, the service wasn't bad....movies, full meal service, and the famous external camera for takeoff and landings.
They were ex ANA birds, many references to former owner still existed throughout the cabin....such as the safety cards.



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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5065 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Rich was shutdown due to maintenance problems. I heard they even used duct tape on some repairs. Not sure how true it was, but it was shut down.

It was cool at LAS in the mid 90's. TWA flew the L1011 in often, and watching a cold start was AWESOME!!!!! Rich was fun to watch too.



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User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1921 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

M404...I do not recall Rich ever having 747's. In the 1970's, the choices were quite slim for charter 747 operators as even early 747's, were mostly front line equipment with the majors. ONA/National had some, but these came along in the 1980's. It is possibly Global (GIA), but their Jumbo's also did not come along until the 1980's. The only bona-fide charter operator of 747 equipment I can confirm during the 1970's was World Airways.

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