Cathay Pacific Airways will call it Super TriStar for its greater range. The first Lockheed?
Kotchian and Bluck
TriStar taxi, takeoff
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Background: Cathay Pacific Airways will call it Super TriStar for its greater range. The first Lockheed L-1011 for the Hong Kong-based airline is the Dash 100, with an extra thousand miles of range over the basic TriStar,now in its fourth year of commercial passenger service.
A Chinese ceremonial lion frightened away evil spirits and invited prosperity as Lockheed President Carl Kotchian signed over the plane to the airline's Managing Director Duncan Bluck.
There are certain customers and certain airlines that you're particularly anxious that they will buy your product because you are immensely impressed with the way they operate. And you just think that you'd like to see your product in their hands. And Cathay Pacific is one such airline.
Everything that makes an airline great, they know how to do it.
This particular airplane is the first model of the L-1011 at a higher gross weight. It's going to be the longest range TriStar in service.
Probably the biggest decision we've made in our airline, which is in its thirtieth year--and,as you all know, we decided that the TriStar, the airplane we call the Super TriStar, was right for us.
On the sixteenth of September, we introduce that aircraft outside (the window), the first on international scheduled ??? by any TriStar in the Orient. We start off taking it on the Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo route.
Cathay Pacific was formed in 1946 and now is a major Asian carrier. Its TriStars will carry two hundred and eighty-six passengers. The second TriStar for Cathay Pacific will be delivered this month and will add routes from Hong Kong to Manila and Singapore to the initial TriStar schedule -- Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo.
This extended-range TriStar is the first of a family of three now offering airlines more range or greater payload capability beyond the basic TriStar already in service--with the highest dispatch reliability of all the wide-body jet transports.
By early September, Lockheed had delivered one hundred and sixteen TriStars, powered by the quiet Rolls-Royce engines, to airlines in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.