BWIA330
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Air Transat L-1011 Retirement Earlier?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 8:22 am

Hey,

I have a friend over tonight and he was informing me that Air Transat is currently only operating 9 aircraft? Is this true? Has Air Transat retired their L-1011's earlier than expected? He said his sources is from one of his friends at Air Transat who is an aircraft mechanic.

Best Regards,

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captaingomes
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RE: Air Transat L-1011 Retirement Earlier?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 8:59 am

Hi, I'll quote Awspicious from a previous thread ...

"Disclaimer: The following was provided by an inside source.

"C-GTSZ is used as a back-up, since it is a 150 series with less range compared with the 500 series.
It has been refurbished w/ leather seats in club class ( J class) and Y class with marine blue seats, carpets changed, same as the rest of the TS fleet.
Screens are still the same of course, since we are soon to put these beautiful planes into retirement. The fleet will consist of only 310's and 330-200's.
Supposely C-GKTS will leave us... no precise date yet.

This is a list of our planes still active / back up.

A-330 : C-G GTS ( YMX-YYZ BASES) / ITS ( YVR BASED)/ PTS ( YYC / YVR BASES)/ KTS ( 300 SERIES) ( YMX - YYZ BASES)

L 1011 500 : C-FTSW ( YMX- YYZ) / GATM ( YMX-YYZ)/ GTSR ( YYZ-YMX)

A-310-300 : C-GDAT ( YYZ-YMX) / FAT ( YMX-YYZ)/ LAT ( YYZ-YMX)/PAT ( YYZ-YMX)/ SAT ( YYZ)

L-1011 150 : FTNG + TNL ( BACK UP) / GTSZ : from oct 3rd til oct 30th maintenance. ( Right now this bird is in CBG for maintenance. ) Comes back on the 31st @ YMX.
Hope that helps!"



a.w."



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So, if the above is true, and I imagine it is, there there are currently in service:
- 4 A330 aircraft including one A330-300. One of these is going to Star Airlines in France in exchange for 2 A320's for the winter season. I would imagine this will occur very shortly.
- 3 L1011-500's (only  Sad ). These will be retired in April 2004 at the latest.
- 5 A310-300 aircraft. 4 will be joining before April 2004 and in effect replace the L1011's being retired.
- 3 L1011-150's. I'm amazed some of the 500's have been retired and some of the old 150's have remained in the fleet, albeit for mainly substitution flights.

So currently it seems that there are 15 aircraft in service with Air Transat. With A310's replacing the L1011's that are being retired, the fleet size is not 9 as far as I'm concerned. However, how many aircraft did Air Transat operate at its prime? I think it was well over 20, so they definitely have less aircraft in service today.



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AWspicious
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RE: Air Transat L-1011 Retirement Earlier?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 9:41 am

Air Transat's website indicates their fleet currently consists of 15 aircraft. When you count the registrations in the info I've been provided you get... 15 aircraft. So, I guess the info is current... For the time being :-]

a.w.
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RE: Air Transat L-1011 Retirement Earlier?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 11:13 am

TS has A320's coming into the fleet effective winter.. as part of a swap with STAR airlines.

Mark
 
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RE: Air Transat L-1011 Retirement Earlier?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 11:34 am

The A320's are going to be a hot aircraft to take pics of, anyone know a date....I would love to shoot them as soon as they cross numbers!

Grant
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RE: Air Transat L-1011 Retirement Earlier?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 11:50 am

I should make myself more clear,

he had stated that they are only operating 9 aircraft out of their entire fleet. They have keep the rest as backup. He said they still have their total of 15 planes, but they are only operating 9 as of now.

Regards,

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RE: Air Transat L-1011 Retirement Earlier?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 11:57 am

Ok, that is possible that 9 are in service while 6 are in backup. I would also hazzard a guess that a lot of maintenance would be done in this time too, as it is a slow time historically.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster