Quoting OA260 (Reply 4): If only we could go back for a day in time to see those just once more....
I'll never forget my first day on the job at TWA back on March 8, 1996. At the time, I honestly thought we had a fighting chance and were starting to make improvements left and right and operational profits were starting to show. TWA was my favorite airline growing up, and I'm proud to say I have worked there. Aside from the day TW800 crashed and finding out how AA screwed us, every day was a great day.
JetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1435 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14500 times:
Well you can Thank Mr. Carl Icahn for the torture and hell and high and lows for many years at Twa. The worst thing i ever heard of all his tricks of the trade was when his travel agency had the rights to sell tickets cheaper than Twa could sell them. Im sure at his demise he will not go in the ground slowly. They will have to twist the casket to get him under.
I never did figure out what the AA buyout was ,other than give a few people hope and very few a job. Did not most all
of the aircraft go somewhere else with exception to a few.. Other than a hub they dont fully use in Stl, what was AA,s logic now that im thinking about it. It had to be costly. Tw,was very far down when they got them...
WhiteBirdFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14343 times:
Thanks for posting this video. Quite sad but a proud moment as well.
My dad was a passenger on one of the first 707 flights from JFK to LHR and logged many, many, many miles on TWA. He could tell quite a personal story about how travel just got better, from the Constellations to the 707's to the 747's with the upstairs lounge. It was always TWA to London and Pan Am to Asia or India.
Sure, the airline deregulation has given us Southwest, JetBlue and some nifty improvements like airfares that seem to never go up (ha!) but US airlines also lost a lot of things when the playing field was largely left to level itself, and we certainly lost TWA and Pan Am.
I'm old enough to remember when it was largely unthinkable, when planning a trip to Europe, not to go through JFK and go on either TWA or Pan Am. It's good to be reminded that the reverse was true as well and what a long history TWA had at Heathrow.
Malaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14279 times:
Sad Video yes...
I miss the days I flew Trans World Airlines as a kid in the 80s and 90s. The last time I flew them was on a 757-200 from STL-DCA in 2001. TWA was my favorite airline after World Airways gave up scheduled services.
From my experiences, I flew aboard the following Trans World fleet
Sticker job temp lease A300- B4/600???
L-1011 (my favorite airline and jet of all time)
Still I missed my chance on the 747, but they rarely flew them domestically though.
There Are Those Who Believe That There May Yet Be Other Airlines Who Even Now Fight To Survive Beyond The Heavens
Amazing how many of those faces I recognised! A lot of those folk either transferred to American Airlines at LHR, or took early retirement. I even trained with some of them out in Dallas when I joined AA in 1991.
TransWorldSTL From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 13941 times:
This is my favorite TWA memorial.. It has a lot of clips from STL on the day of the last TWA flight, and shows different employees and what ever happened to them.. Really sad to think of all those employees who went through STL all the time, and suddenly you walk through D concourse, and it's almost completely empty. It reminds me of the movie "The langeliers" or something like that, where people fly through a time-warp, and end up at the airport in the past, so it's abandoned..
MrCoffee From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12687 times:
My Dad worked for TWA from 68 till the end at both SFO and STL (Mostly SFO) as ramp service. Had a lot of memories of TWA's SFO area. Even remember when TWA handled Southwest's ground service for awhile, when they first came ot SFO. That didn't last too long, I think.
I've setup a website to chronicle a lot of the stuff I've collected over the years, and if anyone else has anything to share. Check it out at:
GECMD11 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12644 times:
wow that was great!!!
My dad was a long time TWA emplyoee (30+ Years)
As a kid we flew many times in the 70's and 80's to places like LHR,CDG,FCO, and LIS to name a few intl. destations
some of those flights i will never forget..............Thank You TWA for showing me the world
PC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2500 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12074 times:
This is almost silly, ...... I am finding myself wiping my eyes at this moment. I never worked for TWA, but I was around them for many years at STL. God I really miss this airline. When I first clicked on the first video, I though it was going to be a little cheesy at first with "Memories". But then, the video showed the true heart and soul of TWA. The people.
Forgive me for rambling guys, but I am one of those that if I were to acquire 100+ billion dollars for whatever reason, I would resurrect TWA, back to it's true glory. The most prestigious airline in the world. The airline that celebrities and all the important people would want to fly. It's gone in my head hundreds of times. Hell, I even made up a soundtrack - that I have had for a long time - about it that I call "revival". I've made up a dream fleet, cities served, etc, etc.
There is a lot of talk on A.net referring to what airline they would like to see again, or what certain items are discussed about an airline from the past. Time and time again, TWA is the one that always seems to come up.
Quoting Stirling (Reply 3): That video was good in showing that without people, airlines are just big piles of aluminum.