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L-1011-500 - Who Looked Closely.....  
User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1035 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 11616 times:

.... but didn't buy?

My question is prompted by an amazing item I saw a couple of years ago. Lockheed commissioned some large scale display models of the L-1011-500 in Braniff Ultra colors (someone at a convention had one for sale).

I realize manufacturers can prepare these things on a whim just to entice a carrier, but it got me thinking whether BN or other carriers ever came close to ordering the aircraft for its long thin routes. Of course BN didn't go for it, settling instead for 747SPs (I suspect the DC-8-62s and 727-200s in Latin America would have been supplanted by a 757/767 combination). I can imagine CP Air, who ordered the DC-10-30 very late, might have looked closely.

Is there anyone here with some inside info from those days? The L-1011-500 was a beauty, and incorporated a number of advanced features, but was caught in the middle, and doomed when the 767 was approved for EROPS/ETOPS in 1985.

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User currently offlineLHRBlueSkies From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 11326 times:

Pass, but I agree, the Tri-Star was a beauty, whereas the DC10 was definatele the ugly sister - WOOF!

I guess maybe AC could have been a possible contender, DL? BA?



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 11299 times:

Air Canada did operate the -500. They ordered 8, but took only 6. Delta had a fleet of 17 different -500s. British Airways did operate the standard Tristar, but I'm not so sure abou the -500.
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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 11281 times:

I think Air India came very close to looking at/ordering the L1011-500. the only thing I dont like about this version of the L1011 is the lack of underfloor galley which all other Tristars had.

User currently offlineMakeMinesLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 11280 times:

Quoting LHRBlueSkies (Reply 1):
I guess maybe AC could have been a possible contender, DL? BA?

Both DL and BA bit, although the latter only leased -500s (according to my '85 LP Airline Fleets). I think Eastern was a candidate, but chose the DC-10-30 instead for its TATL service

[Edited 2007-12-20 12:27:42]

User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8525 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 11280 times:
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Quoting Orion737 (Reply 3):
I think Air India came very close to looking at/ordering the L1011-500.

I think that they had actually placed an order but cancelled it when they realised that production was going to cease .



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4924 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 11243 times:

It's surprising that BN didn't actually order any widebody tri-jets. In their 1973 annual report it was stated that they were already noticing the rising cost of jet fuel and were investigating ways to control that cost. And the 747-100 series were fuel hogs. A lot of airlines got rid of them quickly. But BN marched on with the few they have.

I have also heard that the reason they never investigated other aircraft is that they didn't have the money to buy any.



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User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 11048 times:

I think the BN had considered, but rejected, the idea of an order for widebody tri-jets in the late 60s/early 70s era. At the time, they would have been used domestically, and BN instead chose multiple 727-200s, allowing for greater frequency. If I'm not mistaken, that was a smart move at the time, since it allowed pax more flexible schedules. Competitors such as AA had trouble filling their DC-10s (the economy was in recession).

It wasn't until 72/73 that the DC-10-30 was operating, and then it was mainly foreign flag carriers (LH, KL, SR). In the late 70s and early 80s, routes opened up for the American non-flag carriers and that's when you saw a window of opportunity for long range trijets in US carrier fleets.

I too had heard that Air India was close to an order for the -500, and have been told that Qantas strongly considered it to supplant their (then) all-747 fleet, presumably on account of its RR engines.


User currently offlineCol From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2092 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 11017 times:

BA purchased 6 units, but only operated them for a short time before they left for the RAF. One was leased by B/Airtours from memory.

I remember seeing an Air India -500 leased from somewhere when I lived in Singapore - mid 90's.

Not sure how many carriers looked at it, but the -500 had a superb range from memory. Only got to fly on one -500 DL MAN-JFK.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26338 posts, RR: 76
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 11004 times:



Quoting MakeMinesLAX (Reply 4):
I think Eastern was a candidate, but chose the DC-10-30 instead for its TATL service

No, actually. EA brought in some DC-10s temporarily to bridge the gap till their L1011s arrived, but it was actually the Tristar that was the backbone of the long haul fleet.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24643 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10969 times:

Quoting Col (Reply 8):
Not sure how many carriers looked at it, but the -500 had a superb range from memory.

If memory correct, the DC-10-30 has better range than the L1011-500, and carries more passengers. They had to reduce the weight of the -500 to increaase range and the shorter fuselage cut seating capcity which made it generally uneconomic for most carriers. The DC-10-30 was much more profitable for its operators than the L1011-500 was for the few carriers that operated it. As has already been mentioned, BA got rid of their -500s very quickly.

[Edited 2007-12-20 13:46:40]

User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2672 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10864 times:



Quoting LHRBlueSkies (Reply 1):
Pass, but I agree, the Tri-Star was a beauty, whereas the DC10 was definatele the ugly sister - WOOF!

Funny, I've always seen it the other way round - the L1011 had that awkward nose, stumpy engines and that itsy-bitsy tail. I know it's virtually sacrilege on this website, but I always lumped the Tristar in the same ugly category as the BAC 1-11 and Trident. YEESH!


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10768 times:

Lockheed worked hard to sell the L-1011-500 to Braniff,

Quoting MakeMinesLAX (Reply 4):
Both DL and BA bit, although the latter only leased -500s (according to my '85 LP Airline Fleets).



Quoting Col (Reply 8):
BA purchased 6 units, but only operated them for a short time before they left for the RAF. One was leased by B/Airtours from memory.

BA purchased six L-1011-500's from Lockheed, in fact they were the launch customer. BA sold them to the RAF which still operates them plus three they picked up from Pan Am. After selling the -500's to the RAF BA then leased two Air Lanka -500's to use on their South America runs.


There were several airlines that Lockheed had high hopes of selling L-1011-500 to including Qantas and Air India. Air India did lease two L-1011-500's several years after the TriStar went out of production.


User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10691 times:
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Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):

No, actually. EA brought in some DC-10s temporarily to bridge the gap till their L1011s arrived, but it was actually the Tristar that was the backbone of the long haul fleet.

No, ACTUALLY, EA bought the Dc-10 because by then:

1> the L1011 was out of production
2> the DC-10 was cheap
3> EA wasn't thrilled with the L1011 at the time (mid 80s)
4> Their existing L1011 fleet didn't have the range to do MIA-LGW (they had L1011-1s)

Also, the Texas International board may of steered EA to DC-10-30s because of COs fleet.
Eastern also wanted a plane to fly MIA-EZE non-stop at the same time, so the Dc-10 fit the bill nicely.

Originally, EA was going to acquire 747-200s from QANTAS for the service, but that fell through after one was painted when EA failed to get LHR rights and Air Florida was granted the new MIA-London flight to LGW. When Palm was in trouble, EA bought the route and got the DC-10s from Alitalia to fly it with.

EA would not of been interested in the -500, they WERE interested in the aborted -8 design, and the L1011-600 twinjet, neither of which were built.

And just so you don't think im making things up about the 747-200:




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User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6514 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10671 times:



Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 13):
And just so you don't think im making things up about the 747-200:

I know EA leased 747's from PA for a time. I think they were 741's.

As for the L15....awesome airplane. I got to fly on her three times in DL colors.

Pan Am pioneered L15 flights with its Houston-London nonstop service


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10661 times:

BA, DL, and PA were the biggest users of the L-1011-500 from what my memory recalls, then along came ATA, lol...


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User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10637 times:



Quoting Aerokiwi (Reply 11):
Funny, I've always seen it the other way round - the L1011 had that awkward nose, stumpy engines and that itsy-bitsy tail. I know it's virtually sacrilege on this website, but I always lumped the Tristar in the same ugly category as the BAC 1-11 and Trident. YEESH!

I agree with you on that one actually.

Was a very good plane for it's time though.


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 10524 times:



Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 15):
BA, DL, and PA were the biggest users of the L-1011-500 from what my memory recalls, then along came ATA, lol...

Just to set the record straight the following operators bought L-1011-500's from Lockheed:

British Airways = 6
Delta = 3
Air Canada = 6
BWIA = 4
LTU = 2
Pan Am = 12
Royal Jordanian = 7
TAP = 7
Air Lanka = 2
Algerian Government = 1, This was a VIP aircraft never delivered to the Algerian Government but instead when to the Saudi Royal Flight.

Delta was by far the largest L-1011-500 operator as they bought used Pan Am and Air Canada aircraft ending up with 17 at one time.


User currently offlineTZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1450 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 10360 times:

Since this is a thread about who looked, but didn't buy, I have an old PACMIN model of a QANTAS TriStar500 as well as a large beautiful original watercolor of a TriStar500 in Nigeria Airways colors...both bought on eBay.

So, either those two airlines looked or Lockheed tried to market it to them with these items. Of course, neither ever operated the type.



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10322 times:



Quoting TZTriStar500 (Reply 18):
Since this is a thread about who looked, but didn't buy, I have an old PACMIN model of a QANTAS TriStar500 as well as a large beautiful original watercolor of a TriStar500 in Nigeria Airways colors...both bought on eBay.

So, either those two airlines looked or Lockheed tried to market it to them with these items. Of course, neither ever operated the type.

I have several L-1011 pictures from sales old sales brochures, airliners like Trans Australian Airlines (TAA), Iraqi Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Zambia Airway, Iran Air and a couple more. I would post them if there was some easy way to post pictures on a.net, but not being a computer geek I can't figure out how its done.


User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5144 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10310 times:

I had the pleasure of flying on 2 DL L15s ATL-DFW and ATL-LGA - wonderful birds.


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User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6514 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10284 times:

The L15 did not have as long of a range and obviously the payload capabilities of the DC10-30. It was really a niche aircraft which in many ways was ahead of its time.

Besides extensive service to Europe, DL of course used to fly them out of its PDX hub to Asia before they got the M11's. They also ran a LAX-ANC-HKG one-stop service with the L15.

PA used them for both Europe and some South America flights such as JFK-GIG.

UA used the ex-PA L15's for flights out of SFO to Asia...pretty sure it did SFO-NRT, for example.

And my personal favorite L15 memory: BA's LGW-MSY-MEX service with the beautiful tri jet three times weekly back in 1982.


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10242 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 14):
I think they were 741's.

Judging by that photo, that specific plane has JT9D-7A's, which were motors fitted only on the 741's....so, I think you are right.

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 3):
the only thing I dont like about this version of the L1011 is the lack of underfloor galley which all other Tristars had.

Why did that do that??



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7363 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10219 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):
As has already been mentioned, BA got rid of their -500s very quickly.

Too quickly as it turned out. The six aircraft they purchased from Lockheed were delivered between April 79 and May 80. BA used them to replace VC-10s and 707s on long haul routes where the 747s then operated by the airline were too large. These routes included services to the Caribbean, the West Coast of the USA and the Middle East.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 12):
BA purchased six L-1011-500's from Lockheed, in fact they were the launch customer. BA sold them to the RAF which still operates them plus three they picked up from Pan Am. After selling the -500's to the RAF BA then leased two Air Lanka -500's to use on their South America runs.

The sale to the RAF occurred in early 1983. It was a fire sale following a severe UK recession that left BA desperate for cash. The only way the British government was prepared to help was to buy the aircraft at a commercial price to meet an unforeseen and urgent RAF requirement. This requirement was for a very long range strategic aircraft to fly non-stop to supply British forces on the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic following the successful conclusion of the Falklands War.

But in April 1985, following the publication of a government White Paper, BA was forced to surrender its Saudi Arabian routes to British Caledonian (BCal) in exchange for their South American routes. Having disposed of its 6 TriStar 500s, BA had no suitable aircraft to operate on these relatively thin new long haul routes. So that month it leased the two Air Lanka L-1011 500s (4R-ULA/G-BLUS and 4R-ULB/G-BLUT). They remained in the BA fleet until March 1988 by which time the merger between the financially troubled BCal and the recently privatised BA had added BCal's fleet of eight DC-10-30s to the BA fleet.


User currently offlineMakeMinesLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 10167 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
No, actually. EA brought in some DC-10s temporarily to bridge the gap till their L1011s arrived, but it was actually the Tristar that was the backbone of the long haul fleet.

You're probably thinking of DL, which leased 5 DC-10s from UA as a stopgap. As noted above, EA borrowed a few PA 747s for that purpose. However, I was talking about the DC-10-30s which EA deployed later, once thay already had a sizeable L-1011 fleet.


25 Viscount724 : My only flight on a BA L1011-500 was in December 1981, LHR-YEG-YVR. That wasn't long after BA had obtained traffic rights to western Canada. At that
26 TZTriStar500 : Nice Carl, would like to see those. I am guessing that those are artist renderings because I've seen a few myself. The great part about the Nigeria A
27 Post contains images Columba : Not that I would call the L1011 ugly but I always prefered the Dc 10. It was much more elegant and together with the 727 my favorite airliner
28 Post contains images ExL10Mktg : OK, first post here. Not opnion, just facts as I know them when I was there. BN was never under any discussion for the L10 other than the cursory "kee
29 BeechNut : As I recall the 6 AC 500s ended up with Delta. Beech
30 CF-CPI : Thanks for the great responses. A few more things: I was able to get on a DL L-1011-500 from MIA to ATL in 2000 and I was thrilled, especially since i
31 ImperialEagle : The L5's were good aircraft, but the cost of ops was high. I think that scared away some of the folks who might have considered it. It just seemed lik
32 FI642 : In the olden days, BA operated 2 L15's into BWI, G-BLUS and G-BLUT. BWIA used to on occasion bring their L15's to Baltimore for oversales, or when som
33 WesternA318 : I also have flown on this particular L1011 more than a dozen times myself, out of SLC (TWA operated them there for about a year or two) STL and JFK..
34 474218 : The L--1011-500 is fourteen and a half feet shorter than the basic L-1011. So either the underfloor galley or the cargo compartment would have been s
35 Post contains images Malaysia : A340-500 is a ripoff of the L-1011-500
36 USADreamliner : Range was the problem. Transatlantic routes and routes to Argentina were flown by the DC-10.
37 Horvik89 : Yeah, i always thought of the L-10011 being the ugly step sister of the DC-10. Though i have been looking at some pictures and i seem to be falling fo
38 Post contains images Nycbjr : Friend of mine in Delta TechOps called it the tritanic, cause of its tail down orientation.. funny
39 Post contains images Horvik89 : LOL I agree! LOL! Wow, i like it in the TWA outfit
40 Post contains links and images Viscount724 : EA's 3 DC-10-30s (all ex-AZ) arrived in 1985/86, years after their last L1011s had been delivered. The 3 EA DC-10s below. View Large View MediumPhoto
41 Post contains links and images Bmacleod : I actually thought the L-1011-500s looked a lot better than the regular L-1011s especially for AC. View Large View MediumPhoto © Eduard Marmet
42 FlyCaledonian : So what about the -250? That brought the -500 wing and other things to the standard airframe length, though only DL ordered a handful new and had some
43 474218 : I would hate to see the wife (or girl friend) of anyone who thinks the DC-10 looks better than the L-1011. There were no new build L-1011-250's. Delta
44 FlyboyOz : Did anyone know that CX had L1011-500s which was called Tristar.
45 474218 : Cathay Pacific never operated L-1011-500's. They had two L-1011-100's they bought new from Lockheed and the remainder of their fleet were L-1011-1's,
46 Post contains images David L : I guess some people prefer fewer curves and lots of right angles around the "functional bits".
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