|Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 4):|
at this point, how many does TZ have left? Also, are they just for the military charters?
Four L1011-500s left.
They are used primarily for military charters, but posts on here indicate that TZ
has used them from time to time to cover for o/s aircraft on scheduled runs, as well as to provide extra seats on the peakest periods (e.g. Hawaii at Christmas).
As to 194, looking back, I see that it was actually the C-check that was due now; the D isn't due until 4/30/06. However, as Ty pointed out, no reason to do a million-dollar C-check to fly for 2 more months, and the engines will time out later this year anyway and nobody is available to overhaul them. However, it WAS mentioned that it might have been possible to apply for an extension of the C-check until, say, the D-check date of 4/30. Maybe the thing had too heavy a maintenance record to make it likely that such an extension would be granted? Anybody know whether that was considered?