ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13 Posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1091 times:
I was giving this some more thought and the fact that TWA is creating code-share alliances with airlines like AirEuropa and other smaller, Euro
carriers could actually bode well in the sense that it might help to rebuild
demand for TWA service to Europe. Delta scrapped a lot of ex-Pan Am
operated transatlantic services from 1991-1996 and code-shared with
virtually everyone to Europe, including Aer Lingus, TAP, Austrian, Sabena,
Swissair, Singapore Airlines, Finnair, and others. It then started to offer
these services again, one by one, as each alliance unraveled. Today, DL
flies from JFK to Ireland, Belgium, Swizterland, and Finkand and I would
guess they'd go back into Lisbon once TWA ends its service as that would
leave TAP as the only carrier flying the LIS-JFK-LIS route.
Exusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1056 times:
Regarding JFK-LIS on DL, the Portuguese gov't has heavy restrictions as to the carrier and type of aircraft that can be operated to their country. CO offers flights from EWR to LIS on B-757's, hardly an ideal aircraft for transatlantic ops, but within the restrictions of the Portugese gov't. DL will not reconfigure a/c to operate this long thin route, and instead focus on serving larger European cities from JFK, as well as flights to Asia. As for TWA, any build up at JFK to Europe would require extensive domestic feed. TWA's strategy seems to be on STL, LAX and SJU. It had it's hat handed to them in NYC. Alliances that TWA has entered into have been with second tier European carriers such as Air Europe as well as with Royal Jordanian in recent years. JFK is the latest graveyard for TWA, as was SFO, LAS, ABQ and CDG. Unfortunately, they are a shadow of their past, and have been in survival mode now. Hope for lower jet fuel costs for TWA's sake.