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Lockheed L-1011 TriStar Caledonian Airways

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar Caledonian Airways

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 1 (L-1011-385-1-15) - Caledonian Airways - G-BBAI - London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - 1990s.

Caledonian Airways was a British Airways charter subsidiary, formerly known as British Airtours. The name 'Caledonian Airways' was adopted after the takeover by BA of British Caledonian Airways in 1988. In 1995 BA sold the airline to UK tour operator Inspirations, after which it flew for a short time as Peach Air. Later, in 2000, the airline was merged with another charter airline, Flying Colours, and the result was named JMC Air, which later became the now defunct Thomas Cook Airlines.

The Caledonian fleet consisted mainly of widebody aircraft like the Lockheed TriStar, Boeing 747, Airbus A300 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10. British Airtours already operated the L-1011 since 1981 and as Caledonian Airways it kept six aircraft of the type in service. The TriStars were mainly used on popular holiday destinations around the Mediterranean. In 1998 four L-1011s were leased from Air Atlanta Icelandic. The airline's TriStar operations ended in October 1999.

Lockheed TriStar 1 MSN 193N-1102 was delivered to British Airways as G-BBAI in februari 1975. In 1984, it became part of the fleet of British Airtours, and subsequently served Caledonian Airways. In 1988 and 1989 it was leased to Worldways Airways for periods of a couple of months, and in 1990 to Air Algerie. Caledonian scrapped the aircraft in August 1999.

During its British Airtours period, in May 1985, G-BBAI overran the runway end when landing at Leeds Bradford Airport after a rain shower and became substantially damaged. There were only some minor injuries, but there was damage to the nosewheel, the engines, the wing and the forward fuselage. After being repaired, the aircraft resumed service.

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