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TWA Heritage Scheme, Your Thoughts?  
User currently offlineHighliner2 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 697 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

Just wanted to get a few opinions here, with an airline with such a long rich history as TWA, does anyone think AA should have at least one jet in a special commemorative scheme, much like their 'Retrojets'?

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User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

I'm a big believer in the effectiveness of retro colour schemes in marketing.

Would look very classy.

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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Absolutely not. No way in hell.

As soon as the last one is repainted or retired, that scheme must NEVER be seen outside of a photograph again.

I know all about TWA's history. But we must move forward and not think about the past.

User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

Matt D, you really feel strongly about this.

AA is trying to remove all TWA identities from its product. Not to be insulting to TWA, but AA marketing people feel that the AA brand image is exceptional and that the TWA brand was lacklustre at best. So, obviously, airplanes are not going to be sporting TWA colors once the transition is complete.

There is a project apparently moving along nicely to set up a TWA exhibit at the American Airlines CR Smith Museum near DFW airport. I think it will have parts from the TWA terminal at JFK and parts of TWA planes on display. Furthermore, I think it makes a great future home of a TWA Constellation - it already has a AA DC-3.

Note also that other dead airline names have been reborn after the original owner quit. AA could down the road start a new company called 'TWA' as an alternate to AA, or could sell the TWA name to earn cash. I think the Pan Am name sold for a couple of million dollars.

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User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

At this point, I would definately say no. For the most part, the average person who does not fly a lot or has no real interest/connection to the aviation world probably has no idea that TWA was bought by AA. I think possibly later down the road as a 25th anniversary celebration maybe, but I'd seriously doubt it.

As for the C.R Smith museum, I would not mind seeing a TWA Constellation(or better yet, a 747) but I would somewhat doubt that there is enough space or money to facilitate the Constellation.


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User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

I absolutely agree with the above posters.

It is not at all effective for a company pushing their brand image so hard to suddenly do something like bringing back the TWA identity that they have worked so hard to kill.

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1850 times:


Like someone said here above I think for an airline like AA just used a retrojet in TWA would cause a big mess in many people, I think the best way to preserve TWA heritage will be those aviation groups that have airliners paint one with any TWA colour, we have already Save-a-Connie L1049H beautifully restored with TWA most famous livery and we also have one Martinliner with Eastern colours too.

User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1138 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

To put it simply...regardless of a TWA retro scheme, you wouldn't be flying TWA(of course).

I admire the intrepid nature of TWA to try to pull themselves out of the mud, but their name was essentially dragged through it since the mid-eighties.

I always thought keeping a few Ambassador's clubs open for coach passengers that wanted to pay a smaller premium than the Admiral's club would be a good idea. Why not? You could fill these lounges up with all sorts of TWA crap.

viva la 70's.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

What next, AirTran doing a Valujet 717? Delta doing a Western 737-800? Continental doing a Peoplexpress 777? Air Canada doing a Canadian A340?
BA doing a Dan Air of BCal 777? These names are part of the past, and even though those names are part of each airlines' history, most airlines would rather focus on the present, and if they do a retro scheme, it will be based on one that the airline's current name operated in. So no TWA retrojet will ever be done on a AA a/c in service.

User currently offlineAC340 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1774 times:


I agree with your point completely, but I would love to see a Canadian A340. That would be gorgeous  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineFleet service From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 623 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

Awww, come on, I'd love to see a Delta 767 in Pan Am's Billboard livery.

Yes, I actually *do* work for an airline,how about you?
User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

Yes it would definitely be nice but like it has been said before I really doubt AA will put out a commerative TWA retro livery.

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User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2215 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

I think it would be a good idea.

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