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User currently offlineTheFlyGuy2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Hi,

Does anyone have any memories of TWA and their service into ORD over the years. I know that they used ORD as a focus city throughout the seventies and even into the mid or late 80's (though much smaller).

Thanks,

Andy

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User currently offlineCWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

I flew into ORD many times from MCI to connect to North Central (later
Republic). The last time I flew TWA to or from ORD was 1980.
The very first time I flew by myself on my dad's TWA pass (I was
13) was on that same trip.


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2748 times:

During the mid 1980s, my first visit to ORD was when I flew on TWA from STL to CMH with a stop in ORD. Upon arriving in ORD, I told myself this: "I see few TWA planes here, but, there are more TWA planes in STL." I seem to recall spotting TWA L-1011 and 747 during my stopover in ORD. I was impressed by TWA's service into ORD.


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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2737 times:

TWA ruled on the G except for G1 which was Trans/Air Canada.
safe



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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2722 times:

I never flew TWA into ORD (never been there), but I do remember at the end it was 717's and MD-80's all day from STL and JFK (dropped by 1999), in the Icahn years it was pretty much anything under the sun in the red stripes up until the slaughter of the LHR routes. I have a photo of TWA's first 747 in the then-new (1974) twin stripe scheme, to the side of the TWA hangar with an L1011 inside.


Next trip: SLC-LAX-JFK-LAX-SLC on AA, gotta say goodbye to my beloved 762!
User currently offlineAeroman62 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2716 times:

In the 70's they served at one point:

SFO, LAX, OAK, DEN, LAS, PHX, TUS, ABQ, MCI, ICT, BOS, BDL, LGA, JFK, EWR, CMH, DAY, PIT, PHL, DCA, BAL, MDT, LHR, CDG. They had hourly service to LGA, in competition with AA (UA was third in the market then with less frequent service), the LHR flight was daily on a 747, CDG operated on and off, sometimes with a 747, sometimes with a 707. L10's were on routes to LAS, LAX, PHX, ABQ, SFO, DEN, LGA, PIT, PHL, BOS. The only gate on G they didn't operate from was G1, which was AC's lone gate for flights to YYZ, YUL and YWG.


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2714 times:

Quoting Aeroman62 (Reply 5):
. L10's were on routes to LAS, LAX, PHX, ABQ, SFO, DEN, LGA, PIT, PHL, BOS.

ORD-ABQ and ORD-PIT/PHL in an L1011? DAYUM!



Next trip: SLC-LAX-JFK-LAX-SLC on AA, gotta say goodbye to my beloved 762!
User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2355 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2714 times:

Spooky memory for me was STL to ORD on a TW 747. It turned out to be the Flt. 800 aircraft. I did not realize this until after the crash when I was going through some old pictures and there was the pix of me at ORD and you could see the registration in the backround on the plane.

I loved TWA. I miss it today.


User currently offline727Tiger From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2656 times:

My first, and only 707 flights were r/t MCI to PHL outbound through ORD and return through STL in February 1979 on TWA as a junior high school freshman. Even then, you had a sense of history as you stepped into those planes.

User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2645 times:

My first trip to Europe in 92 started on a TWA L1011 to JFK from ORD. We had a connection on an IB DC10 to BCN. The weather was bad and we diverted to PHL for fuel. On our first approach to PHL an AA MD80 was on the runway and we did a last minute go around. We were too close to the runway and we actually did a touch and go. What a trip! So began my love affair with the L1011. We arrived 3 hours late giving us 1 hour before boarding for the IB trip. Was quite a trip. We returned from MAD a TWA 747 through JFK. At JFK I remember Deplaning through the right doors instead of the left. Was very cool. We then connected to the TWA L1011 back to ORD.

-m



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[Edited 2006-03-13 02:40:52]

User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2622 times:

I flew JFK-ORD-MCI in 1984, on a B727. On the return flight, it was TWA 814, an L1011, operating MCI-ORD-JFK-AMS. We were parked next to a TWA 747-100 going to LHR.

Very cool.


User currently offlineKnope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2871 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

Quoting Aeroman62 (Reply 5):
In the 70's they served at one point:

SFO, LAX, OAK, DEN, LAS, PHX, TUS, ABQ, MCI, ICT, BOS, BDL, LGA, JFK, EWR, CMH, DAY, PIT, PHL, DCA, BAL, MDT, LHR, CDG. They had hourly service to LGA, in competition with AA (UA was third in the market then with less frequent service), the LHR flight was daily on a 747, CDG operated on and off, sometimes with a 747, sometimes with a 707. L10's were on routes to LAS, LAX, PHX, ABQ, SFO, DEN, LGA, PIT, PHL, BOS. The only gate on G they didn't operate from was G1, which was AC's lone gate for flights to YYZ, YUL and YWG.

In the late 70's they peaked at about 110 flights per day at ORD, nearly as large as American's spot as #2 at ORD behind United.


User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5174 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2512 times:

TWA's selling point in the 70s on ORD-LGA was that its flights left 45 minutes after the hour, so that its planes didn't get caught in the hourly rush at either airport.

It was a good marketing scheme, since I was once on an AA 9:00am departure out of ORD for SLC and happened to look at the window. There were 2 other 727s, a DC-10, and a 707 all pushing back simultaneously.


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

Quoting Ckfred (Reply 12):
TWA's selling point in the 70s on ORD-LGA was that its flights left 45 minutes after the hour, so that its planes didn't get caught in the hourly rush at either airport.

What was it...15 BTRS coaast to coast?



Next trip: SLC-LAX-JFK-LAX-SLC on AA, gotta say goodbye to my beloved 762!
User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4945 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

The ORD-NYC routing was very popular at ORD. There was a flight to a NYC area airport every 15 minutes. It went something like this, UA left on the hour, TW left at 15 past the hour, AA left at 30 minutes past the hour and I forgot who left at 45 past the hour.
And also they dispatched the NYC flights from gates close into the terminal to make them easier to get to.
And yes, there always seemed to be an AC DC-9 sitting at G-1. As soon as one departed another one would arrive.



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User currently offlineMX757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 628 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

I don't know much of TWA's history at ORD. But I do know that CO took over their last 3 gates at terminal E after they merged with AA.


Is it broke...? Yeah I'll fix it.
User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2911 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

I remember taking ORD-LHR several times in the late 70's, early 80's. Flts. 730/731 IIRC. Back then, there were only two Chicago-London flights: One on TWA the other on BA.

User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

My dad and uncle worked for OZ, and my uncle stayed on when they got bought by TW, working at ORD and then HOU.
I suppose my coolest TW memories are flying STL-DAY-EWR-MUC on the same plane, and STL having int'l service. Sorry, not very ORD-related.
Wasn't there a fire onboard an L-1011 at ORD, which was either a TZ aircraft with a TW crew, or vice-versa? I seem to remember hearing that the crew did an excellent job getting the pax off.


User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

My first ever flight was on a TWA 72S from ORD to EWR, so I definitely have a special place in my heart for TWA and their old ORD ops. Unfortunately, it was also the only time that I ever flew on TWA.  Sad

User currently offlineTan Flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

TWA had an outstanding presence at ORD thru the 70's and into the early 80's before the slow drawdown. One little item of note was that after deregulation was passed one of TWA's marketing ideas was an all coach, low price flights to LAX on 707's. By packing 'em in it maybe made it break-even but kept TWA in the ORD-LAX market. IIRC there were 2 707's assigned to this duty, thus 2 round trips daily. I also flew on the ORD-LGA hourly service. I thought it was on the half hour from ORD as AA & UA did the hourly slots..but that was 26-30 yrs ago!!

Also remember 707's from BOS as well as 707/727/1011's to PHX.

Great memories!


User currently offlineCWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 16):
I remember taking ORD-LHR several times in the late 70's, early 80's. Flts. 730/731 IIRC. Back then, there were only two Chicago-London flights: One on TWA the other on BA.

TW's ORD-LHR flights were 770 and 771 (the return from LHR). They
were on 747 for a long time and then went to a 1011. I think
during the first Gulf War they might have even been on a 767 until
Icahn sold the routes to American.


User currently offlineFlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 382 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

I went to my cousin's graduation in Evanston (IL) north of Chicago in 1987, and when I made my reservations I saw that there was an L-1011 flight that would arrive at around the time my other relatives were arriving.

There were 50 on the flight - the gate agent just boarded us without regard to row numbers or anything. The flight was really quick as it felt like the pilot flew at full power all the way.

The flight was continuing on out of the states (perhaps Rome) and I thought to myself that it was ironic that STL was considered the hub, but many of the international flights went out of ORD. I thought it was INSULTING. But back then I had no way of seeing the day when AA took over TW and then slashed most mainline service - NOW THAT'S INSULTING Silly  Yeah sure

OTOH, it was nice to be on something other than a 727; we were stuck on the taxiway for an hour waiting in the takeoff queue next to 9R/27L with the sun beaming down on the wing and right into my window. That's what I wound up fliying home on and was a little perturbed when I realized there was an L-1011 flight going back to STL  bomb 

I remember TW having quite a few gates on the G Concourse, but I don't remember if baggage claim was in Terminal 2 or 3 (I thought it was 3 since my relatives arrived on CO at T2). If so, that was really ironic considering how TW was absorbed into AA years later!

what I want to know is if TW ever had its gates on another concourse - like E/F or did they ever share gates on H/K? I remember that AA wasn't the only airline on H/K back in the day. DL comes to mind in the days before the the L Concourse.


User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

Quoting Chase (Reply 17):
Wasn't there a fire onboard an L-1011 at ORD, which was either a TZ aircraft with a TW crew, or vice-versa? I seem to remember hearing that the crew did an excellent job getting the pax off.

The only major TZ fire at ORD was on a DC-10-40 that they leased from NW. That fire is one of the reasons that TZ droped the 10 for the Tristar.


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User currently offlineTheFlyGuy2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

Did TWA ever fly any international routes from ORD and when?

User currently offlineCs03 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1887 times:
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If memory serves, TWA check in area was at the right end of Terminal 3, with a huge LED display of TWA arrivals and departures Service between ORD and BOS was usually with a 707,727, or a L1011!

25 Tango-Bravo : Whereas no international flights to/from ORD are shown in TWA's July 3, 1970 timetable, by Dec. 1, 1975 TWA had begun ORD-LHR-ORD 747 service as flig
26 United787 : I was on a flight to michigan just after this fire and we taxied past this plane just before take off, it scared the living sh_t out of me, I was onl
27 TWAL1011 : One of my first jobs was as a ticket agent for TWA at ORD (and also at MDW due to a furlough) in the mid-90's. The folks I worked with had a lot of se
28 WesternA318 : During the summer of 1977, Homeric Tours in conjunction with TWA had charter flights operating from ORD, JFK and BOS to ATH and TLV.
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