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TWA Pulling Out Of Cairo - Riyadh  
User currently offlineDELL_dude From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1851 times:

Very sad news.....

For Immediate Distribution Newsgram 01-254
And Bulletin Board Posting August 29, 2001

TWA Airlines LLC will end service from New York to Cairo
and Riyadh effective September 30, 2001. The respective
governments as well as TWA employees in the two cities
were advised of the cancellation today. Customers who
have booked travel on these flights after September 30 will
be contacted in the next few days and will be provided
alternative travel arrangements at no additional charge.

At the time American Airlines purchased the assets of TWA
earlier this year, it was hoped that these routes could
perform at a level of profitability that would justify
continued operation. Unfortunately that has not occurred,
as the U.S. and world economies have remained sluggish and
as U.S. airline traffic and revenues have declined steeply.
We do not see a likelihood of a return to profitability on
these routes in the future, and thus have made the
difficult decision to terminate service.

While this is a sound and correct business decision, it is
also a sad moment for TWA. We have served this part of the
world for more than 50 years and during that time we have
enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the governments, the
travel trade and the people of both Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
We are very grateful for the support we have received from
all of these groups and for the opportunity we were given
to serve our Egyptian and Arabian friends. We thank our
colleagues in Egypt and Saudi Arabia for their very fine
work on behalf of TWA.

TWA employees in Cairo and Riyadh will be provided
severance packages that are both fair and consistent with
local laws and requirements. Details of those packages
are still being discussed, and employees will be advised
directly as soon as possible.

In recent weeks, American has taken a number of belt-
tightening actions to counteract the effects of a weak
economy and two quarters of financial losses, including
announcement of early retirement of 19 TWA aircraft and
17 AA aircraft, the reduction of nearly $1 billion in
capital spending and the cancellation of other unprofitable
international routes.

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User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Never thought this route would be cancelled!

Proud to be an Assyrian!
User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 378 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

Thats sad news.

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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6220 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

I thought that was a profitable route for TWA. I guess the only service between the US and Saudi Arabia will be provided by Saudia.

Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

Thats true, Saudi's daily 777 service from JFK to KSA will be the only nonstop link between the two countries.

However, service to Egypt is still strong with Delta and EgyptAir and service to Dubai with Delta and Emirates (upcoming). Service to TLV is still provided by El Al, Delta, and Continental, but service to Amman is only with Aaliyah Royal Jordanian.

No non-stop service to Damascus or Doha.


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

I thought this would happen. I think it also has to do with the economic downturn as well.

Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineABQ757 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Cap'n Dan is one smelly guy. I was at his momma's house last night spanking her with a hair brush and this stench was coming from his room and it smelled of fermenting apples. Ewww!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineABQ757 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1604 times:

Well this is what I get for leaving my computer for a second. That last comment was made by a shrewd individual who is denied access to my computer. Apologies go out to Cap'n Dan.


User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

Saudi's daily 777 service from JFK to KSA will be the only nonstop link between the two countries.

I thought it was 744 with 4x weekly service.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

Hah, I knew you'd say that..............

"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

TWA's JFK operation has not been profitable since 1989 and the Cairo-Riyadh route did well as long as the US
economy hummed along, business travel remained robust, and violence in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza remained in check.

TWA's JFK-CDG route is the next and last Atlantic route to get the axe and sooner rather than later. AA has 2
daily flights on this route and faces still competition from AF/DL.

TWA is effectively over at JFK. Very sad to see but the remaining routes will be folded into American's route system very soon as added frequencies like Miami, SF,
LAX, and FLL.


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1549 times:


I was twice at TWA hub, St. Louis/Lambert Airport. First was in 1989, I could see many L1011's, some 767's, also some 747 and of course those 727's, DC-9's and MD80's. I was there again this summer and it was a sad scenery, when I landed from Charlotte I saw one 767-300, two 757's and some DC-9's, MD80's and 717's. When I left St. Louis to Philadelphia I saw again one 767-300, 2 757's and a few DC-9's, MD80's and 717, it was really sad to see TWA beeing more and more tiny!

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