Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2674 posts, RR: 11 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4141 times:
Hey, what's up? Listen, I need help. These are answers I've been searching for since July 17, 1996. Did TWA take its 747s off the JFK-CDG route? Because I know that had N93119 avoided its horrific death and completed its journey to CDG, it would've continued on to Athens before returning to JFK. Now, how many other routes into Athens did TWA have up to this point? Because if the route of TWA 800 was the only route into Athens, for TWA, and if in fact the TWA 747s were removed immediately after Flight 800, explain my finding of a TWA 747, N93109, landing in Athens in October 9th or 19th, 1996. It is an a.net photo. Look up the registration of N93109, you will see my point. All I want to know is the number of routes into Athens that TWA had that used the 747. Because apparently they still flew there after Flight 800. THank you, please help provide me with answers I've wanted to know since I was 10 years old. I'd really appreciate it
Smcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4090 times:
So...... Could they have moved the 747s to the JFK-Athens route without CDG in there? BTW...... you know there were two TWA#800s that crashed? A 707 back in the 1960s that crashed at or near Athens, and N93119 in 1996.
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Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2674 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3777 times:
But did TWA 747s get removed from the JFK-CDG-ATH-JFK route immediately after the accident? If so, I assume the route was either terminated or the 762ER took over on the route? (BTW, it gives me a small measure of comfort to know that TWA was already in the process of retiring its 747s after Flight 800)
Quickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3764 times:
Actually, I think they were in the process of adding 747s right before the crash. Erickson was the CEO and they brought on a bunch of old 747s. They had scheduled alot of expansion with these birds that were being refurbished. The jets were not ready when the flights were scheduled to begin and they had to wet lease a few 747s from Tower Air in the interim, I believe.
Jmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 591 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3719 times:
Please correct me if I am wrong, as I am going off of memory.
But I thought the N93119 came in from Athens that day.
Because at the time, 1996, CDG was already de-hubed, and that they were only flying JFK-ATH, and not through Paris.
Also, TWA did not stop flying the 747 immediately after Flt.800, as I remember being at Lambert waiting for relatives coming from LGW about 3 days after and they came in on a 747. However, the JFK-CDG flight I believe from that point was switched to a 767, and the flight number changed to a 900 series.
I certainly remember the leased Tower 747, as they were often parked near the TW hanger by Cypress Road and I-70. They were all white, less the Transworld titles ant the Red Twa stickers on the tail.
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N905TW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3586 times:
Lots of good questions, here are some facts that I can recall from that horrible summer....
First off, Flight 800 was not scheduled into Athens. The flight was to operate nonstop to CDG, then continue on to Rome/FCO. That leg to Rome was not a normally scheduled hop, it was done that night because there was a broken 747 already in Paris with an engine change. 800 was to continue to Rome in order to fly one of the 2 flights back to JFK. At that time we had two daily flights from JFK to FCO, and the second one, Flight 848, was cancelled on the night of 800, and the crew deadheaded on 800. The plan was for them to work the flight CDG-FCO and layover. The 747 already in Paris was fixed by the time morning rolled around, and TWA operated flight 801 CDG-JFK, even though the inbound aircraft never "arrived".
incidentally, Flight 881, ATH-JFK made an unscheduled stop in Rome the morning of July 18, 1996, in order to pick up passengers stranded in Rome since the second aircraft never arrived.
Athens service continued with daily 747s until January of 1997, when it went to 3 or 4 times per week.
The 747 was not on its way out when Flight 800 was lost, they had in fact acquired 4 additional 747s for the summer schedule... of which zero out of 4 were ready to go in time. For that reason, TWA operated JFK-SFO-JFK, and STL-HNL-STL with Tower Air and World Airways respectively, in their own paint schemes.
When the 4 "old" 747s did arrive... they were in a hodgepodge of TWA colors and interiors, and 3 of them did not have working video systems. They were from 4 different operators, (Air France, KLM, America West, Continental) and proved to be maintenance nightmares. Only one was completely in TWA paint, one was all white with a red TWA on the tail, etc. They did not last long, and were drawn down quickly after the summer travel season ended.
I sure do miss seeing those big red TWA tails.........
N905TW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3537 times:
And just as impressive, was heading to the TWA terminals at JFK around 5 -6pm in the late 80s, early 90s.... L10s, 767s, and 747s everywhere headed to Europe and the the middle east, while over at the domestic building the 727s , L10s and MD80s sat waiting to take the connection passengers to points west.
The days when there wasn't even enough gate space for all the flights, and some of the 747s were parked at the hardstands, with mobile lounge departures from the terminal!
N905TW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3464 times:
Thank you for the welcome, I have been on this website for years looking at the photos, just recently joined the message board side of the site... maybe I shouldn't have, its taking up too much free time!
I apologize that you had to travel on one of our "twisted sister" white tail 747s. I know how bad they were for the passengers, I went over to HNL as a passenger on the ex Air France one with no video system in the fall of 1996 - they passed out newspapers and crossword puzzle books to keep the passengers entertained! Oh, and a $50 voucher towards your next TWA flight!
Thanks for supporting us back then, we really did appreciate it!