MARSHALL AEROSPACE of the UK is to convert three Lockheed L-1011-200 TriStars to freighters for International Air Leases (IAL), and the company has also negotiated additional options.

The deal is the second major TriStar freight-conversion contract for Marshall, which again beat rival Lockheed Aeronautical Services (LAS) for the work.

It expects to receive its US Federal Aviation Administration supplementary type certificate for the converted aircraft in June.

The first IAL aircraft is due for delivery in November and the second and third in February 1996. IAL bought four of Gulf Air's eight TriStars, but Marshall is not revealing the number of options it placed, beyond noting that they run through to the end of 1997.

LAS is still seeking a launch customer for its own TriStar 2000 freight-conversion programme

Marshall's first customer was American International Airlines - formerly called Connie Kalitta, which ordered the conversion of four ex-British Airways aircraft and then confirmed four options.

Source: Flight International