Airlife's Airliners Vol. 2:- Lockheed L1011 TriStar
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The Lockheed L1011 TriStar brought new standards of technology and safety to wide-bodied, fan-jet powered airliners.
It has proved long-lived - it may now be approaching the twilight of its career, but there are still substantial numbers of the original fleet in service 25 years after the type first entered service, a fair proportion still in operation with their original airlines. Delta still has many of its original aircraft and acquired further examples as they were put up for disposal by other operators. TriStars are also still flying with Saudia, BWIA, Royal Jordanian, TAP and AirLanka where they continue to give good service, despite the inevitable increased maintenance costs associated with all ageing airliners.
With the aircraft purchase costs long paid for, the Rolls-Royce RB211 engines still giving good service and the equipment fit proving the excellence of the original design - which included autoland capability - the TriStars are still commercially viable today. In addition, although some TriStars are stored in the desert, few have been scrapped because they have reached the end of their structural life - and the active conversion programme into freighters is likely to absorb some of the surplus airframes over the next few years, keeping the TriStar in the skies for the forseeable future.