Highliner2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1810 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'?
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1702 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.
Blink182 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1631 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.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1612 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.
Milemaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1574 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.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1545 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.