Anshuk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 483 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3697 times:
As surprising as it may seem, over the years, AI has operated almost every major commercial aircraft to grace the skies. If I'm not wrong, they were one of the first airlines in the world to have an all-jet fleet! So it isn't surprising that they operated these particular aircraft as well! During their golden days, they were a force to reckon with! Its a pity that the state of affairs is what it is now. However, with fleet modernization and everything, seems that we might truly witness the second reign of the 'Maharaja of the Skies'!
In late 1994 Caribjet started operations with 2 Airbus 310-300 wetleased to Air India. In the end of 1995 the company expanded to also include 2 Tristar 500´s (ex TAP). The Tristars, painted in Air India colors like the 310's, were used on longhaul flights between Europe and India. Destinations in India were Bombay (now Mumbai) and Delhi and in Europe Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. Later on London was also included. [.......] In september 1996 Air India cancelled the contract and Caribjet ceased operations. The aircrafts were registered in Antigua and the company (which still existed in 1999) is also an Antigua-registered company.
V2-LEJ (L-1011-500, serial no 1246) [....] was parked from the fall of 1996 until early 1999 when it joined Air Transat as C-FTSW.