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Lockheed L-1011 TriStar Istanbul Airlines

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar Istanbul Airlines

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 100 (L-1011-385-1-14) - Istanbul Airlines - TF-ABP (MSN 193A-1045) - Düsseldorf Rhein/Ruhr Airport (DUS) - Summer 1995.

Istanbul Airlines (Istanbul Hava Yollari) was a leading Turkish holiday airline and also operated scheduled domestic flights in Turkey for some time. The airline was founded in December 1985 and began flying in March 1986 with two Sud Aviation Caravelle jetliners and two BAC One-Elevens. Later, Boeing 737-400s and Boeing 757s joined the fleet. In the year 2000, Istanbul Airlines faced financial trouble and in August of that year it ceased operations. It didn't succeed to restart in 2001. Istanbul Airlines flew two TriStars during the Summer season of 1995, on lease from Air Atlanta Icelandic.

Lockheed delivered TriStar MSN 193A-1045 to the US major airline Eastern Airlines in October 1973 as N323EA. In October 1978, it was taken over by British Airways and in June 1988 by LTU in Germany. In December 1988, the aircraft joined the fleet of Cathay Pacific. Istanbul Airlines became its final operator in April 1995. In April 1996, it was stored at Bruntingthorpe. The fuselage of the aircraft was used in the 2002 James Bond movie 'Die Another Day' as a quasi Antonov An-124 mock-up.

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