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Anyone Flown An L1011 Of Saudi Arabian

Tue Oct 07, 2003 6:46 am

Just wanted to know has anyone flown a Saudi Arabian L1011 Tristar or any other flight in the middle-east on a Tristar

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RE: Anyone Flown An L1011 Of Saudi Arabian

Tue Oct 07, 2003 6:49 am

Flew on Gulf Air Tristars Dubai-Doha-Cairo and Abu Dhabi-Bahrain-London.
 
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RE: Anyone Flown An L1011 Of Saudi Arabian

Tue Oct 07, 2003 7:08 am

About 10 years ago, I flew a SAUDIA Tristar L1011 on the CDG-FRA-RUH route. Had a connection from RUH to CMB on SV B741.

I remember a very comfortable plane (in economy). No alcoholic beverage served on board but an incredible selection of fruit juice instead...
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RE: Anyone Flown An L1011 Of Saudi Arabian

Tue Oct 07, 2003 7:40 am

I'e flown on an ATA L-1011 to Saudi Arabia from Europe and from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia, and from Saudi Arabia to Larnaca. Does that Count? The fLights were in 2002 and all USAF charter.


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RE: Anyone Flown An L1011 Of Saudi Arabian

Wed Oct 08, 2003 2:34 am

Yeah guess it counts Lt-AWACS Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

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RE: Anyone Flown An L1011 Of Saudi Arabian

Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:12 am

Yep.

Dhahran - London in the late 70s and 80s on Saudia Tristars. Gulf Air Tristars between Bombay and London with a change of planes in Dubai (back when Emirates was still a twinkle in Sheikh Makhtoum's eye !).

Needless to say, Gulf Air back then was very posh - even on their subcontinental slave labor ferry flights. Saudia less so even on premium routes to London. Gulf Air went for tall, leggy blond Brits and Aussie FAs dressed to the hilt in these "I love Genie" head dresses and pant suits. Move over Barbara Eden ! Saudia hired mostly Americans and Indians in more conventional FA attire. Both airlines ordered the Tristar-200s with updated RB211s with added thrust, and even when you took off on a Tristar on a hot Dubai afternoon (100 degrees plus), the climb was fantastic ! The Whoooshing sound of the tail engine as you climbed was something else. I never quite experienced that on Tristars operated by Delta or Eastern.
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