PALMDALE, Calif., Oct., Oct. 19--In a setting of sand, sun and sagebrush in California's Majave desert, the first of a fleet of Lockheed L-1011 TriStar jetliners has been handed over to British Airways European Division and flies away this weekend to the airline's London headquarters.
PALMDALE, Calif., Oct., Oct. 19--In a setting of sand, sun and sagebrush in California's Majave desert, the first of a fleet of Lockheed L-1011 TriStar jetliners has been handed over to British Airways European Division and flies away this weekend to the airline's London headquarters. It is scheduled to enter service early in 1975.
Appropriately, a vintage Rolls-Rayce transported the aircraft manufacturer's board chairman, Daniel J. Haughton, and BAED Capt. Charles A. Owens to the Rolls-Royce-powered TriStar on the flight line at Lockheed's final assembly and flight test center.
Capt. Owens is BAED flight operations director, with a background in aviation dating from 1938, when he joined the RAF as an apprentice and later worked on engineering development of the first jet engines. He describes the new TriStar as "the most successful marriage" of British and American technological skills and capabilities.
British Airways has ordered nine TriStars and currently is negotiating to buy six more with options for another three.
Presentation of a symbolic key and a model of the TriStar preceded the plane's departure from Palmdale.
Flying the TriStar back to Britain with Capt. Owens are Senior TriStar Training Captain Ian Savage and Senior Base Captain Geoffrey Ingleton:
The first aircraft is being delivered with a capacity for 20 passengers in first class and 300 in the tourist section. It can be converted to an all-tourist version seating up to 393.
The British Airways TriStar is equipped with an advanced avionics system providing an all-weather capability, including fully automatic landings. The TriStar is the first airliner ever to have Category IIIA landing approval included in its initial type certification.
Category IIIA rules allow landing with ceiling down to zero and only 700 feet (213 m) of horizontal visibility down the runway.
Automatic landings have become traditional at British Airways since the first fully automatic landing with commercial passengers was performed by the airline in 1965.
The three quiet Rolls-Royce RB.211 engines provide a noise level that is from 60 to 75 per cent less annoying to the human ear than narrow-body four engine jets and from 30 to 50 per cent less annoying than narrow-body two-and three-engine jetliners.
British Airways will take delivery of two more L-1011s this year and one in each of the first three months of 1975.
The L-1011 is currently in service with Air Canada, All Nippon Airways, Delta Air Lines, Eastern Airlines, LTU (Lufttransport Unternehmen), Pacific Southwest Airlines, and Trans World Airlines.
In addition to British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines will introduce L-1011 service to their passengers in 1975.