BURBANK, CALIF., Oct. 30 -- One of the keenest competitions yet in the international race to sell new wide bodied trijets was climaxed today with the announcement of All Nippon Airways (ANA) that it will purchase 6 Lockheed L-1011 TriStars.
Airline-striped L-10011 (model)
Final assembly of L-1011s at Lockheed
L-1011 rolls out of final assembly hangar
L-1011 flight line at Lockheed
L-1011 in flight, two scenes
"All elements of the world wide rivalry between firms manufacturing wide bodies aircraft came to a focus in the final stages of the bid for ANA's order," said Lockheed's President A. Carl Kotchian, who spearheaded the company's effort in Japan over a four year period.
"ANA operates some of the world's most heavily travelled route structures form airports located close to densely populated urban areas," Kotchian said. "It announced at the start it was seeking the quietest of the new airbus type transports. We are pleased that its careful evaluation led to selection of the TriStar.
"The TriStar now has penetrated successfully three of the world's primary air travel markets -- North American, European, and Asian -- and international enthusiasm for this quiet flying aircraft is undeniable."
"The importance of that capability is significant," he added, "When one considers that Japan already is faced with heavily congested air routes and airports."
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Background: BURBANK, CALIF., Oct. 30 -- One of the keenest competitions yet in the international race to sell new wide bodied trijets was climaxed today with the announcement of All Nippon Airways (ANA) that it will purchase 6 Lockheed L-1011 TriStars.
Representing a total value of $133 million including spares, the ANA order calls for deliveries to being in 1973.
ANA President Tokuji Wakasa said factors studied in the selection Included safety, controlabilty, passenger comfort, economy, adaptability to ANA's routes, low noise characteristics, and maintainability.
Selection of the TriStar marks the entry of Lockheed's passenger transport into the fast growing Far East market.
The competition involved three major U.S. airframe companies as well as two major U. S. engine manufacturers plus Rolls Royce of England. top executive and technical specialists of all six companies have bene frequent commuters to Tokyo, especially during the past several weeks.
The ANA order will bring the total number of basic L-1011-1 TriStars on order or delivered to 184, including 117 first buys and 67 second buys.
Within the past two months, increased purchases by two of the largest L-1011 customers, plus an order form a new European customer, have added 14 more TriStars to Lockheed's order book.
British European Airways, which in August announced its intention to buy 12 TriStars, signed a contract Sept. 26 to increase its order to 18. Delta Air Lines on Oct. 27 announced an increase of six in its orders on hand, raising the total from 24 to 30, and an agreement to accelerate deliveries under its original purchase last week. Luftteransport Unternehmen (LTU) of Germany announced a letter of in tent to buy two TriStars.
Including spares, a total of 32 new recent purchases -- six for ANA, 18 for BEA, 6 for Delta, 2 for LTU -- has a value of over $750 million. They represent the equivalent of some eight months of production at peak rate for Lockheed and its 4,000 suppliers in 41 stated the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan. Kawasaki Aircraft Company of Gifu, Japan, holds a significant subcontract to build doors for the L-1011.
Two other airlines firmed up earlier announced plans to buy 10 TriStars -- Court Idne Aviation, a British inclusive tour carrier, for five; and Pacific Southwest Airlines, the California intrastate carrier, for five.
Kotchian diad introduction of the L-1011 into ANA service will enable ANA, which serves all major Japanese population centres, to increase transport capacity without increasing flight frequencies.
Quiet flight performance of the L-1011's three Rolls-Royce RB.211 high bypass turbofan engines figured prominently in the Japanese decision to select the new Lockheed trijet.
During a demonstration tour in Japan this summer the TriStar carried pilots and executives of ANA. Flying in and out of three key airports at Osaka, Tokyo, and Kagoshima -- areas where noise was an issue -- the TriStar earned commendations for its low noise levels.
Organized in 1952, ANA surged to prominence in the '60s and early 70s. It covers 54 domestic routes with 420 flights a day and operates international charter flights.
TriStars now are flying with Eastern Air Lines and Trans World Airlines. Additional L-1011 airline customers include Air Canada, British European Airway,s Court Line, Delta Air Lines, Pacific Southwest Airlines, and LTU.