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Lockheed L-1011-500 TriStar BWIA

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar BWIA

Lockheed L-1011 TriStar-500 (L-1011-385-3) - BWIA British West-Indies Airways (Trinidad & Tobago) - 9Y-TGN (MSN 193G-1191) - Frankfurt Rhein/Main Airport (FRA) - 1990s.

BWIA West Indies Airways was an airline based in Trinidad and Tobago. BWIA was founded in November 1939 and soon began flying with some Lockheed Lodestars. Its main base was Piarco International Airport (POS). In 1947, BWIA was taken over by British South American Airways (BSAA), which merged with BOAC in 1949. In the 1960s, the Trinidad and Tobago government became owner of the airline. BWIA started operating its first widebody jet in 1980, when the first of five Lockheed L-1011-500 TriStars entered the fleet. For a while it also operated a Boeing 747. From 2002 the airline replaced its TriStars with Airbus A340s.

BWIA became a leading airline in the Caribbean. However, it suffered heavy losses and needed government funds to stay alive. In september 2006 BWIA collapsed and a new airline, Caribbean Airlines, replaced it.

Lockheed delivered TriStar 500 MSN 193G-1191 to BWIA in August 1980 as 9Y-TGN. It remained in service with the airline until 2004. The aircraft was broken up but later reassembled at the Chaguaramas Military History and Aerospace Museum, Chaguaramas, Trinidad.

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