The Liat Lark

Former British Aerospace salesman Barry Lloyd recounts his rather arduous experience of selling 748 turboprops in the Caribbean.

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LIAT took delivery of its second batch of 748s, including V2-LCQ (c/n 1800), after a protracted EEC competition.
BOB O’BRIEN COLLECTION

In 1981, British Aerospace (BAe) had its attention directed towards the Caribbean when Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) unveiled plans to replace its fleet of Hawker Siddeley 748s. The carrier’s series -2A examples had given 16 years of good service, but relatively short inter-island sectors combined with the corrosive sea air had taken their toll on airframes and engines.

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