doulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 600 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3674 times:
In the late 1970s there was this airline Trinidad and Tobago Air Services that operated DC-6s from Port of Spain to Tobago. How many DC-6s did they have and were they DC-6s or 6Bs? How long did this operation last.
turk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3566 times:
All I know is that TTAS was combined with BWIA in 1980 and formed BWIA - Trinidad and Tobago Airways. This is why you see the change from "The Airline of Trinidad & Tobago" to "Trinidad and Tobago Airways" around that time...
voodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3270 times:
Quoting FI642 (Reply 2): All I know is that TTAS was combined with BWIA in 1980 and formed BWIA - Trinidad and Tobago Airways. This is why you see the change from "The Airline of Trinidad & Tobago" to "Trinidad and Tobago Airways" around that time...
And then, 'We are the Caribbean', after the 1990 Muslimeem attempted coup, when the word 'Trinidad' became less tourist friendly to the rest of the Windies market!.
Quoting FI642 (Reply 2): I personally do not remember DC-6s, but have seen pics of HS-748 Avros...
trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3270 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2967 times:
Trinidad and Tobago Air Services (TTAS) was formed in 1975 after the failure of privately owned Arawak Airways. Arawak was set up in 1971 and took over the POS - TAB domestic route from BWIA (old BW) using the DC-6s - BW itself sold its 727s that year and its fleet comprised only 707s which could not land in TAB at the time (6050' runway - in fact BW's 707s never landed in TAB). Arawak became Caribbean United Airlines in 1973 and did a few regional charters but collapsed in 1974. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago then stepped in and set up TTAS, initially using the DC-6s but later acquiring 3 HS748 Avros, later increasing this fleet to 6 machines. The livery on all the planes was basically the Arawak livery - the DC-6s in the linked pictures effectively just had changes in titles but the livery was Arawak's. TTAS was backed up by BW from 1976 onwards when the latter obtained DC-9s (4 DC-9-50s and 1 DC-9-32) despite the jets being a rather tight fit on TAB's short runway. The two airlines merged in 1980 and the Avros carried the titles "BWIA Airbridge" while remaining in the red livery while BWIA was officially renamed Trinidad & Tobago (BWIA International) Airways Corporation. The Avros stuck around until 1986, when BW moved to an all-jet fleet. They had been used to start flights to GND, SLU and FDF in the last years of their service with BW. 1 or 2 of the Avros went to LI before they replaced them with Super 748s while others ended up in the UK and Canada, if I recall correctly.
I flew on TTAS on several occasions and remember often being served a mint candy prior to take-off - by and large this was the most service anybody has ever offered on the short flights.