ATA 7162 - what is it?


#1

I was at the Notre Dame game today when I saw an ATA 757 on final to SBN. I know ATA doesn’t fly into SBN. I later checked here and found it to be AMT 7162. Does anybody know what the flight was, or what the 7xxx flight number is for? My guess is it’s a charter of some sort. Looking at the history, it looks like this flight has also been flown using L1011 equipment. I didn’t know ATA still flew Tri-Stars.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AMT7162/history/20061118/1954Z/KIND/KSBN


#2

Thats funny, I was outside the stadium at the notre dame game today. We brought some folks in yesterday and we had a layover in beautiful sunny South Bend Indiana all day. woopee. Can you feel my excitement? I can see the airport from my luxury accomodations at America’s Best Inn and Suites. (they should really get a new name… its a craphole.) Alas, I cannot see any 757’s.

Anyway, I just checked the history for SBN. I checked the departures and found flightaware.com/live/flight/AMT5 … /KSBN/KSWF
which must be the Army team returning to West Point?


#3

Haha, yea… South Bend isn’t exactly the most exciting city to have an all day layover in. It’s been pretty depressing weather wise all week - cold, overcast, rainy. I’m guessing the craphole wasn’t cheap either, considering it’s a football weekend.

I bet your right that the flight was for the Army Team. This was yesterday afternoon:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AMT5245/history/20061117/1625Z/KSWF/KSBN

That must have been the Army Team flying in. 5xxx must be charter flights, and I’m guessing that 7xxx, which I saw, was a repositioning flight.


#4

It looks like they might still use the L-1011’s for charters. I wonder how much it costs to charter an L-1011. I’m sure it’d be way beyond what my checkbook could finance, but that’d be pretty sweet to ride a Tri-Star.


#5

I’d put my money on Army. When they came to SAT to play Texas A&M, they chartered an ATA 752.


#6

The flight up to Indianapolis was a ferry flight, meaning no passengers, the plane was repositioning up to South Bend for a military charter.

It looks like they might still use the L-1011’s for charters. I wonder how much it costs to charter an L-1011. I’m sure it’d be way beyond what my checkbook could finance, but that’d be pretty sweet to ride a Tri-Star.

ATA’s L1011’s are now exclusively used on military charters, no longer can they are they used for private charters or scheduled service.