9Y-ISA From Trinidad and Tobago, joined May 2001, 221 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1258 times:
I was talking to one of the manager of BWIA (I don't know which department) and he said that N3140D ferried to the dessert and then they removed the engines, brought it back to Piarco, put it on 9Y-TGN and ferried it to the dessert for retirement. It would be sad to see them there but hopefully someone can take pictures of them and post it on the site for us.
Haveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
For an airline w/o any money; it was weird hearing a BWIA radio ad the other day here in Philly. They were advertising their service out of NYC and MIA. They spent money here but dont even fly to PHL!!
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3211 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1118 times:
That is indeed sad. I was at POS last week Thursday and was able to walk past 9Y-TGN on the ramp near to the BWIA hangars. She looked a bit dumpy and worn out and was engineless. The last time that I passed by the airport 1 day later she was still there.
So BWee has made good their talk of retiring 2 of the TriStars. What they will replace them with remains to be seen but their cash flow problems are likely to hold them up for a while. Meanwhile the sun sets on an era of Caribbean aviation.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3211 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1096 times:
Captaink, I will strongly agree. BWIA's MD83s have been very effective serving the Caribbean, MIA and even YYZ routes - their combination of extended range and typical DC9 ruggedness and fast turn-around have ensured a long and successful career with BWIA. 4 of the type remain but I cannot say how much longer for - the last leases expire next year. 1 was returned earlier this year and over the previous 5 years 4 others left the fleet.
The TriStars offered the flexibility of long-range with the ability to handle 1 or 2 hops before the long leaps to JFK, YYZ and LHR and their large holds enabled BWee to handle the growing cargo trade to those cities. Now the exporters are complaining of the limited cargo space on the 737-800s.
Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1151 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1081 times:
The retirement of BWIA's L1011s is sad for me. Now the only L1011s I see coming into YYZ are Air Transat's. I'll never forget the day in 1993 (probably 18 February) when I was coming home from school. I saw it soar peacefully across the still cloudy sky - the L1011 was already an uncommon sight back then for me. It seemed partly brown to me, surely BWIA, but back then, I imagined it to be a middle eastern airline. I found a picture a few years later of a similar Libyan Arab livery, but they didn't have L1011s. Finally, probably in 1996, I found out about BWIA, and then they were flying it here again. But now it's gone...