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How Much Did It Cost To Fly TWA In The 1990's  
User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 21
Posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9306 times:

Hey Guys:

Many people on this site have flown TWA before when they were in operation and I always thought about how much it cost to fly TWA in both Economy and of course Ambassador Class in the 1990s to Europe, such as Athens, Rome, Tel Aviv, Madrid, I also believe Cairo was served by them in that time too.

Heres a link to a TWA 747 Museum with the 747 Ambassador class that was posted in another topic I started quite some time ago.

http://www.flytwa.com/fly_twa_museum_pictures.html

On A side note- even though this isn't in the TR form, id still love to hear stories on these flights, as chances are when you flew on these trips- I was too young to even know what a 747 was. ( as I am 19 years old.)


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User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9290 times:

Tickets costs were comparable with any other airline.

User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9272 times:

My Aunt flew MSY-JFK-FCO on TW in June 1992 (727 connecting to 747)....ticket was $1200 r/t in Y, she gave me her receipt and BP's which I still have today. That price is pretty comparable to what it is today for a trip like that in June. As a side note, she sent me a postcard from Rome telling me that "TWA was a garbage can airline and the service was awful!". I was just jealous she was getting on a 747, I could care less about the service.  Wink

User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32700 posts, RR: 72
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9262 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
I also believe Cairo was served by them in that time too.

They did, with continuing service to Riyadh. AA actually kept this route going after the TWA acquisition. It ended in September 2001.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19513 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9107 times:

They had these great domestic student packs where you got four one-way trips for $500. So basically $250 RT anywhere you wanted to go except HI and AK.

User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8886 times:



Quoting Spinkid (Reply 1):
Tickets costs were comparable with any other airline

Until TWA hit the skids in the mid 90's, they were NEVER the low cost leader in any market they operated in.

The were misguided into believing they could charge more because people were willing to pay more to fly with them. American was the same way.

Delta, on the other hand, had a "we won't be undersold" policy.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8872 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
Many people on this site have flown TWA before when they were in operation and I always thought about how much it cost to fly TWA in both Economy and of course Ambassador Class in the 1990s to Europe, such as Athens, Rome, Tel Aviv, Madrid, I also believe Cairo was served by them in that time too.

I flew SLC-DEN-JFK-ATH in '92 for $975.00 A bit lower than now, as on CO a ticket SLC-EWR-ATH would run me $1200.00

Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
On A side note- even though this isn't in the TR form, id still love to hear stories on these flights, as chances are when you flew on these trips- I was too young to even know what a 747 was. ( as I am 19 years old.)

My folks have pics of us on the ramp in ATH on the boarding steps hooked up to a 747SP. THOSE were the days!

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5):
The were misguided into believing they could charge more because people were willing to pay more to fly with them. American was the same way.

American was only that way becasue they had the yield management muscle to do so.



Next trip: SLC-DEN-SLC-PHX-JFK-LAX-SLC with my wife and oldest daughter. F9 to and from DEN, US to JFK, AA 321 and CR7
User currently offlineJohnClipper From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2005, 843 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8865 times:

TWA used to operate a three-class system until the 1990s, then First and Ambassador were merged into Trans World One.

User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8816 times:



Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 6):
Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5):
The were misguided into believing they could charge more because people were willing to pay more to fly with them. American was the same way.

American was only that way becasue they had the yield management muscle to do so.

You're right there. American was actually able to command a premium over lower cost companies. People were truly wilin to fly American. I just don't think TWA had enough faithful, deep-pocketed, repeat customer.....especially as they shrunk so drmatically the last few years they were around.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8798 times:



Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 8):
American was actually able to command a premium over lower cost companies.

All because they had the strongest CRS in the US at the time -- Sabre.

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 8):
People were truly wilin to fly American.

Because at that point, people were fedup with th ludicrous levels of carriers such as PeoplExpress. I remember as a kid my parents allowed my cousin to pick me up in EWR at PEX's old North Terminal. The crowds were unbelievable, and people were laying about EVERYWHERE.

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 8):
I just don't think TWA had enough faithful, deep-pocketed, repeat customer.....especially as they shrunk so drmatically the last few years they were around.

TWA lust its luster and its high-yielding pax after Icahn sold off our LHR routes.



Next trip: SLC-DEN-SLC-PHX-JFK-LAX-SLC with my wife and oldest daughter. F9 to and from DEN, US to JFK, AA 321 and CR7
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