Actually the BAE 146 was very reliable for Tristar. There was one aircraft they had that was indeed a mechanical nightmare. We called the plane BabyStar. It was the 100 series, I think we only had 1. We did have 3 200 series, and they operated perfectly. We were in looking into leasing more BAE 146's, and expected 3 more to arrive in late '96.
I not only worked for them, but I enjoyed the atmosphere they provided. It was a neat little airline, that had lots of potential. Our planes were filling up, but some of the higher ups started putting that money into their pockets. Even the President and CEO Donald P. Martin was rumored to be taking extra cuts of the pie.
When our aircraft were repossesed, they shut everything down. I was called back during my physical test at UAL in Denver. They advised me that they had secured financiang on several 727-200's, and that they needed me badly to finish helping with refunds. I gladly told them no, and went on with my life. Sadly, they never got back off the ground.
I understand that Donald P. Martin went to an airline called Lonestar Airlines. Does anyone know how badly he mugged them, and where he might be now?
I Am A Different Animal!!