sllevin
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CO Was To Operate L-1011's?

Tue May 20, 2003 11:04 am

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2174511910&category=10769

This safety card looks quite legitimate, and it's clearly an L-1011 in CO colors.

Anyone know the genesis of this? It's been suggested that maybe CO was planning to get some of Eastern's bird during the Lorenzo times, but if anyone knows for sure that's be great!

Steve
 
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RE: CO Was To Operate L-1011's?

Tue May 20, 2003 12:35 pm

When EA went belly-up, there was talk of a plan where CO was to take a majority of EA's gates at ATL, plus all the EA 757's, L1011's, and a big chunk of their 727's, and open a hub in ATL. Somewhere along the line, the idea got nixed. I'm not sure where, but I heard that from more than one person from within the company.
 
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RE: CO Was To Operate L-1011's?

Tue May 20, 2003 12:40 pm

The card is, indeed, legitimate though overpriced a bit.
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RE: CO Was To Operate L-1011's?

Tue May 20, 2003 7:36 pm

If I recall correctly, CO actually had some L-1011's on order, and were ready to receive/operate them when they received their DC-10's-and subsequently they lost interest in the L-10'.

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RE: CO Was To Operate L-1011's?

Tue May 20, 2003 8:47 pm

Seems to me they should not have lost interest in the L-1011, but more in the DC-10, after it suffered several fatal crashes.
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RE: CO Was To Operate L-1011's?

Tue May 20, 2003 9:07 pm

It looks like the card is dated April 1990 which is about the time that Lorenzo was replaced by a trustee at Eastern. Continental did take a number of Eastern's A-300s and all the DC-10s so it is not surprising that L-1011s were on his shoplifting list as well.
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RE: CO Was To Operate L-1011's?

Wed May 28, 2003 5:51 am

Steve,

>Anyone know the genesis of this? It's been suggested that maybe CO was
>planning to get some of Eastern's bird during the Lorenzo times, but if anyone
>knows for sure that's be great!

It was reported that Continental Airlines intended to take over several Eastern Airlines routes and aircraft once the Silverbird Airline went bankrupt in 1990. Both, Continental and Eastern were under control of of the same holding company, Texas Air, headed by Frank Lorenzo. Furthermore, it was reported that Continental already had safetycards and some other stuff made for their "new" aircraft, among them L-1011s and B757s. However, these plans never materialized and all the stuff went into the paper basket.

Therefore, the CO L-1011 safetycard is kind of a "fantasy" issue, though it had a "real basis".

Daniel