LatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3035 times:
Back in the late '90s/early 2000, Tradewinds operated several L-1011s in passenger configuration for lease. As I understand it, only the Tradewinds certificate was used and a company called "Interlease Aviation Group" actually marketed the flights. Hence the "IAG" markings on the tail.
I saw several of them pass through OPF when I lived there, but I don't remember hearing much about why they ended the passenger operations. Does anyone have additional information?
I found a press release from 1997 when they received DOT certification for the flights.
TradeWinds Airlines Offers Global L-1011 Passenger Charters
7 December 1997
GREENSBORO, N.C., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- TradeWinds Airlines, Inc. announced today that it has received final economic authority from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate up to five passenger aircraft on world wide charters.
TradeWinds President and COO Larry Scheevel said "We are very gratified by the DOT's decision today, and look forward to commencing flight operations with our new L-1011 passenger aircraft within the next few weeks. We see substantial demand for these newly overhauled 345 seat L-1011's. Initially, we expect to deploy the aircraft on selected domestic and Caribbean routes, and plan to begin serving North Atlantic charter markets this summer. With our new DOT approval, we have started developing working relationships with a wide range of tour operators and other charter professionals. We expect strong acceptance of the aircraft and the needed lift they will provide."
TradeWinds and its predecessor airline companies have been in the commercial airline business since 1973. TradeWinds currently operates an L-1011 freighter, flying on daily schedules between Greensboro, Hartford, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico.
Following extensive heavy maintenance overhauls, delivery of its initial two passenger aircraft are planned for early January and May, 1998. The aircraft are leased from Interlease 757 Investors, LLC, part of Interlease Aviation Group of Northfield, IL.
TradeWinds L-1011's feature 345 seats in single class configuration, newly refurbished interiors, high quality audio/visual systems, overhead storage, wider than normal seats and aisles, and below deck galleys. Seasoned cockpit and cabin crews, along with maintenance personnel with hundreds of combined years of experience with L-1011 aircraft round out a quality service package for TradeWinds customers. For more information, contact TradeWinds charter sales through Dennis Crosby, Vice President, Interlease Aviation Group at 847-446-6880 or 847-446-2749 (FAX).
CONTACT: Dennis Crosby, Vice President, Interlease Aviation Group, 847-446-6880 or fax, 847-446-2749/ 22:00 EST
IAH EWR IAH .. Charter for the David Letterman Show. (They flew the entire audience in for one show.. Hotel, brunch, NYC bus tour, and $50 cash provided.)
Nice flight as I recall. No center overhead bins so they limited carry-ons to what would fit under-seat. Coming back had to divert to EFD due Wx for a while. (only diversion I've ever had.. before or since)