Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27 Posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2656 times:
I remember a couple of years ago that a former DL L1011 was being prepared for use by some start up African company. I think they were from Nigeria and the airline was something called "Trans Atlantic" (sounds like a 1980s TV show airline name). I remember reading that a lot of people thought it was some kind of scam. What ever happened to that plane? I would bet it is still sitting at VCV. What ever happened to that airline, did the they ever really exist?
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2502 times:
Quoting Falstaff (Thread starter): I remember a couple of years ago that a former DL L1011 was being prepared for use by some start up African company.
The airline was called Trans Atlantic Airlines. The deal fell through and the aircraft is still in VCV. The project was doomed from the start as an L-1011-1 does not have the range to operate the proposed route.
L1011dal From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2307 times:
I knew someone close to this venture. The aircraft was going to be ferried however time expired on the aircraft engines and the aricraft was grounded. The aircraft was prepared and close to flying and even a temporary livery was added as seen at:
Alibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2275 times:
The addition of Sierra Leone into the list of countries blacklisted by US FAA and Europe, together with the arrival of Arik Air, Virgin Nigeria and Bellview Airlines (to Sierra Leone) killed this scam. The promoter of this ill fated project had planned to connect JFK with Lagos via Freetown Sierra Leone. His goal was to set up Trans Atlantic Airlines as a Sierra Leone incorporated entity.
Even if he got approval, very few Nigerians and probably no foreigner would have flown on this aircraft. High running and maintenance costs added to extremely low fares to attract passengers would have doomed the airline. Nigerian passengers are notorious for petitioning their Government to force foreign airlines to use newer aircraft. Recently DL was forced to upgrade it's equipment into LOS and next month into Abuja from older B763s to newer B777s.
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Not surprised that this airline never got off of the ground. Why some of these start-up charter airlines are choosing a/c this old and maintenance intensive (The airlines that previously operated these stored bird rode them hard and put them up wet.) is definitely questionable. The costs of keeping them in service is why the number of operators is so small these days. TZ was replacing their L-1011s with DC-10s right before they went under. They might be able to get a TriStar on the cheap, but the cost a lot more to get flying.