Kkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 1 month 4 days ago) and read 1427 times:
I learned recently that at one time Eastern and TWA had virtually joined their FF programs in the mid 80. This makes sense from one regard- Eastern concentrated Florida and Latin America routes did not compete with TWA's midwestern and European routes. But didn't both airlines at one time compete on routes out of MCI, STL and ORD? Perhaps this was before the tie up. What were the deatils of the tie up?
Jetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1665 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1258 times:
At one time in the 1970's, EA and TW tried sharing their L-1011's.
Because TW's peak traffic was in the summer for international and trans con service and EA's peak was in the winter for northeast to Florida traffic, they tried for about 2 years leasing airplanes to each other for their peak seasons. For some reason it did not work out and was dropped.
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1162 times:
Probably that reason, Jetstar, for the ending of the Eastern/TWA L-1011 sharing, was that TWA's L-1011s were equipped to fly transatlantically, while Eastern's were not, so eventually leasing Eastern's L-1011-1 Tristars probably became a waste of money and time. TWA upgraded many of their L-1011-1's to -50s to fly transatlantically, and several more were upgraded to -100s. Eastern continued to focus domestically and never bothered to convert their L-1011s for international use. That was one of the reasons that they later acquired the DC-10-30...they were capable of the long reach their L-1011s lacked when Eastern finally decided to try to push for more international service.