TriStar Airlines, which recently returned three of its four British Aerospace 146s, says that it will soon announce a major restructuring of its operations and a move into new markets, with the acquisition of larger aircraft.

The Las Vegas, Nevada-based airline, which began operations in 1995, says that it was forced to suspend operations on 28 October after a "long-running dispute" with lessor BAe Asset Management Jets (AMJ) could not be resolved. This resulted in AMJ being granted a restraining order, which grounded the fleet for nine days, says TriStar. It says that an out-of-court settlement has been agreed.

Three 146-300s were returned, but the deal enabled TriStar to retain one 146-100, which is being flown on scheduled services between San Francisco and Los Angeles and on charters. TriStar plans to launch its new operation with larger aircraft soon.

Source: Flight International