Trans International Airlines became the launch costumer for the first freighter version of the DC-10, the DC-10-30CF. The order for three aircraft was placed on November 25th 1968 with the first aircraft delivered on April 27th 1973. DC-10s were used mainly on passenger charters within America in a 345-seat all-economy configuration, but also a 303-pax configuration for flights to Europe. Trans International had also the distinction of having operated the first all-cargo flight of a DC-10 and was for a short time the world’s largest charter airline with the acquisition of Saturn Airways.
In 1979, the airline’s name changed to Transamerica Airlines shortly before the introduction of scheduled services from Los Angeles and New York to Shannon and Amsterdam. Heavy losses in the early 1980s force the airline to reduce capacity and so the airline leased the three DC-10s out to Air Florida. When this contract was lost in 1983, the airline’s collapse was almost inevitable and finally Transamerica ceased operations on September 30th 1986. The DC-10s never went back into Transamerica service and were already sold to FedEx in 1984.

Following aircraft were operated by or for Trans International Airlines:

RegistrationAircraftFleetnr./NameOperated from - toWhere is it now?
N101TV46800/ 9610119.04.1973 - 10.1979 and
11.1979 - 15.03.1981
N102TV46713/ 16504.06.1973 - 15.04.1981FedEx
N103TV46714/ 16702.07.1973 - 01.12.1981FedEx
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