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Topic: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: SXDFC
Posted 2008-05-23 16:25:56 and read 8856 times.

Hey Guys:

Many people on this site have flown TWA before when they were in operation and I always thought about how much it cost to fly TWA in both Economy and of course Ambassador Class in the 1990s to Europe, such as Athens, Rome, Tel Aviv, Madrid, I also believe Cairo was served by them in that time too.

Heres a link to a TWA 747 Museum with the 747 Ambassador class that was posted in another topic I started quite some time ago.

http://www.flytwa.com/fly_twa_museum_pictures.html

On A side note- even though this isn't in the TR form, id still love to hear stories on these flights, as chances are when you flew on these trips- I was too young to even know what a 747 was. ( as I am 19 years old.)

Topic: RE: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: Spinkid
Posted 2008-05-23 16:38:08 and read 8840 times.

Tickets costs were comparable with any other airline.

Topic: RE: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2008-05-23 16:43:52 and read 8822 times.

My Aunt flew MSY-JFK-FCO on TW in June 1992 (727 connecting to 747)....ticket was $1200 r/t in Y, she gave me her receipt and BP's which I still have today. That price is pretty comparable to what it is today for a trip like that in June. As a side note, she sent me a postcard from Rome telling me that "TWA was a garbage can airline and the service was awful!". I was just jealous she was getting on a 747, I could care less about the service.  Wink

Topic: RE: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: MAH4546
Posted 2008-05-23 16:48:02 and read 8812 times.



Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
I also believe Cairo was served by them in that time too.

They did, with continuing service to Riyadh. AA actually kept this route going after the TWA acquisition. It ended in September 2001.

Topic: RE: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: DocLightning
Posted 2008-05-23 23:24:14 and read 8657 times.

They had these great domestic student packs where you got four one-way trips for $500. So basically $250 RT anywhere you wanted to go except HI and AK.

Topic: RE: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: Jetdeltamsy
Posted 2008-05-24 16:40:25 and read 8436 times.



Quoting Spinkid (Reply 1):
Tickets costs were comparable with any other airline

Until TWA hit the skids in the mid 90's, they were NEVER the low cost leader in any market they operated in.

The were misguided into believing they could charge more because people were willing to pay more to fly with them. American was the same way.

Delta, on the other hand, had a "we won't be undersold" policy.

Topic: RE: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: WesternA318
Posted 2008-05-24 16:44:13 and read 8422 times.



Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
Many people on this site have flown TWA before when they were in operation and I always thought about how much it cost to fly TWA in both Economy and of course Ambassador Class in the 1990s to Europe, such as Athens, Rome, Tel Aviv, Madrid, I also believe Cairo was served by them in that time too.

I flew SLC-DEN-JFK-ATH in '92 for $975.00 A bit lower than now, as on CO a ticket SLC-EWR-ATH would run me $1200.00

Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
On A side note- even though this isn't in the TR form, id still love to hear stories on these flights, as chances are when you flew on these trips- I was too young to even know what a 747 was. ( as I am 19 years old.)

My folks have pics of us on the ramp in ATH on the boarding steps hooked up to a 747SP. THOSE were the days!

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5):
The were misguided into believing they could charge more because people were willing to pay more to fly with them. American was the same way.

American was only that way becasue they had the yield management muscle to do so.

Topic: RE: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: JohnClipper
Posted 2008-05-24 16:53:39 and read 8415 times.

TWA used to operate a three-class system until the 1990s, then First and Ambassador were merged into Trans World One.

Topic: RE: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: Jetdeltamsy
Posted 2008-05-24 18:17:15 and read 8366 times.



Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 6):
Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5):
The were misguided into believing they could charge more because people were willing to pay more to fly with them. American was the same way.

American was only that way becasue they had the yield management muscle to do so.

You're right there. American was actually able to command a premium over lower cost companies. People were truly wilin to fly American. I just don't think TWA had enough faithful, deep-pocketed, repeat customer.....especially as they shrunk so drmatically the last few years they were around.

Topic: RE: How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's
Username: WesternA318
Posted 2008-05-24 18:34:50 and read 8348 times.



Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 8):
American was actually able to command a premium over lower cost companies.

All because they had the strongest CRS in the US at the time -- Sabre.

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 8):
People were truly wilin to fly American.

Because at that point, people were fedup with th ludicrous levels of carriers such as PeoplExpress. I remember as a kid my parents allowed my cousin to pick me up in EWR at PEX's old North Terminal. The crowds were unbelievable, and people were laying about EVERYWHERE.

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 8):
I just don't think TWA had enough faithful, deep-pocketed, repeat customer.....especially as they shrunk so drmatically the last few years they were around.

TWA lust its luster and its high-yielding pax after Icahn sold off our LHR routes.


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