Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Know Anything About Twa?  
User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5873 posts, RR: 11
Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1274 times:

Allright folks.

As you may know, I like 717s. IF I could, I would have Johann change my name to LEGENDAIRY717. BUT- Legend is gone, and 717s are hard to come by in this world.

I may get shot down for saying this, but it's my opinion and I am going to state it. I don't feel safe about AirTran.

I am taking a trip to Washington DC this summer (the fifth trip to DC in a year). So far, I have taken three airlines to DC: Legend (sniff) AmericAAn, and United.

This time, I wanted something else. So I booked on TWA. I have a 717 from DFW to STL, and then an MD-80 from STL to DCA. Then, coming back, it's the same two types. I am thrilled. I specifically wanted TWA because they are about to exist no more. AND I got on a 717.

But I have read several trip reports, and they sound like... a cheap, cost cutting airline.

I certainly understand why they wanted to cost cut. But they didn't cut enough, and we know that already.

So what should I expect? That's the point of the post. Has anyone taken them recently? Of all four flights- each two hours long- I get meal service on only ONE of them. That's not up to United standards. On another flight, I get a snack (wohoo, a bag of pretzels) and on another flight, I get DRINK service. HOWEVER- on the first flight (DFW-STL) I get NOTHING. Not even a drink service. What the heck is that???

So is this going to be as bad as I am thinking???

The good thing is that, even if the flight attendants scream at me and I get no food at all, I will at least be flying a tribute to history. AND that 717 I wanted.

So what should I anticipate?

Randy

8 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

I did EXACTLY what you are thinking about... flying TWA just for the 717.  Big grin

I wanted to fly United to Iowa, but then I figured why pass up a flight on the 717. Well, the whole TWA experience EXCEPT the 717 flight was pure hell. Of course the TWA people in Seattle were rude (the people in STL and Iowa were the nicest folks though... except that guy with the New York accent...). Of course I was assigned seat 33F on three of four legs (on MD80s... right next to engine no 2...ARGH). But I guess it was worth the 717 flight. Very quiet, comfortable- a joy to fly.

So- I say go for it. I'm glad I did, but I'll never fly TWA again (even if it were staying in business) nor will I ever fly AirTran.


User currently offlineJason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

The B717's are great. I've taken about 6 flights on TWA B717's so far..... However 5 of them were in First Class (which is the best on that aircraft out of TWA's whole narrowbody fleet with much better leather seats that have adjustable headrests and kind of cradle you when you recline). I find it hard to believe they don't do a drink service on DFW-STL. They do drink service to full MD-80's on the 50 minute OMA-STL flight (to the entire aircraft, not just First) and have time to run through once for refills sometimes. Meals in coach seem to usually be a sandwich... all my recent meal flights on TWA have been in First, but from what it looked like coach got a sandwich and chips. I know on one breakfast flight there was a muffin, yogurt, and apple for coach, which is about what you get on two hour breakfast flights with most US airlines.

I have never had a serious problem with TWA. Their staff here in Omaha especially are great people. They go out of their way to make flying TWA a pleasant experience for all passengers. The folks in STL are very good at their jobs and I've seen them pull some amazing things off.

Jason Seiple
OMA
jasonseiple@hotmail.com


User currently offlineRyanair From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

I've flown TWA more than anyother US Airline and have always found them very good. Only problem is there is a tendancy to runout on long flights and checkin queues at JFK are horrible in the afternoon/evening.

User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1203 times:

I have flown TWA four times in the last three months. Every time it was in coach. The FAs on TWA seem quite rude at times. Service has gotten a little bit better since AA has bought them out. I would fly other airlines if it was my choice but when you have to get in or out of STL on a couple of hours notice, the choices are limited. The main redeeming factor is that I'm not paying for these flights!  Smile

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5873 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

I just chose them because they are about to... how should I say... not fly airplanes much longer? I think it's a bad thing to lose an airline, but that's the way it goes.

Randy


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5873 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1181 times:

Surely there has got to be some experience on this forum with TWA and 717s or MD80s.

I think I may post a new topic- Know anything about TWA MD-80s???

There's an idea.

Randy


User currently offlineMac From United States of America, joined May 2001, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1166 times:

TWA is my favorite airline...not because of what they do or serve....but because of its history.

As an airline of this day and age, TWA is not much different from any other major airline. My last flight, which was in April was aboard a McDonnell/Douglas DC-9
dash 80 or 90...a very stable aircraft with coach seating the same as in any other aircraft of its type. However,
TWA was very kind to me and placed me in seat 7A which is a bulkhead seat next to the window on the left hand side of the cabin. I had more leg room than I knew what to do with. They booked me in that seat from San Diego to St. Louis to Kansas City....and returned to San Diego in the same seating space. It was really nice of them to to that for me.

We did not have a full meal service on the flight but we did have our choice of various beverages...coffee, tea, soft drinks, alcohal beverages. Great weather out and back.
And.....on time everywhere the plane landed....again to and from.

I have no complaints at all regarding TWA. I for one will miss them.


User currently offlineR.I.P TWA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

I've flown TWA my ENTIRE life for free, and at times I've had complaints, but I must say overall, they're pretty good. Most of their FAs are very experienced, and their on-time performance is exemplary. I've never flown on the 717 but I've flown the MD-80 LAX-STL among other places, many times. I think it's a very enjoyable flight. Very smooth take-offs and very smooth landings. The 3-2 config's nice as long as you don't get suck in the middle. I say do it. TWA's got a very good safety record, and you'll almost always get the whole can of soda. Too bad they won't be around much longer.

Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic Know Anything About Twa?
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
Tell Me About Twa Inflight posted Mon Jun 25 2001 08:09:14 by Jetlover50
Mini Trip Report About Domestic Flights In China posted Sun Apr 30 2006 21:25:07 by AA2MM
My 2nd (& Last) Trip On TWA: DAY-STL-MCO June 2001 posted Sun Feb 27 2005 23:36:34 by SmithAir747
My Last Flight On TWA, First Class JFK-LHR 1989 posted Sun Feb 27 2005 14:15:17 by ContinentalEWR
Excited About Upcoming RTW Trip posted Fri Mar 26 2004 05:22:19 by Qantasclub
TWA/ HOU-STL-HNL 1995 posted Sat Feb 28 2004 19:33:25 by Time2fly
My First 747 Trip (TWA JFK-MAD-JFK 1994) posted Tue Feb 17 2004 00:00:13 by SmithAir747
Report From Santorini About Aircraft Type posted Sun Jul 20 2003 10:09:45 by Pe@rson
Forget About Regular Stuff > Syrianair Yak-40 posted Tue Feb 11 2003 12:42:08 by Amir
David Goes To North Dakota!...dontchya Know posted Sun Feb 9 2003 08:52:44 by ILUV767

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format