Trans Caribbean Airways... "Your flying Island"
American began attempts to acquire Trans Carib in 1970. The approval from officers and stockholders from both airlines came quickly and Presiden Nixon approved the merger on 12/30/70. The merger became effective on 3/2/71. In AA
's 1971 annual report it was stated that in the first ten months of operation of TCA's routes load factors increased and unit costs reduced by twelve percent. The merger was a success, it was profitable and for a few months gave AA
leadership on the New York-Puerto Rico route.
In addition to New York-San Juan route, American gained entry into the following markets; Curacao, Aruba, St. Thomas, St. Croix and Port Au Prince.
Trans Caribbean (it was called "La Tranca" by many Spanish speaking passengers) was known for good reliable service with their DC-8s and 727s.
Their first DC8 (DC8-51/N8780R/"James Roy") was delivered on 11/6/1961.
From their 11/17/1961 timetable....
TCA #1 Departs 1015 Arrives 1430 Daily Service DC8
TCA #3 Departs 1915 Arrives 2330 Daily X1,4 DC8
TCA #101 Departs 1500 Arrives 1645 Mon,Wed,Fri DC6
Fares (One Way)
$78.30 for "Deluxe Tourist"
$57.75 for "Thrift Class"
NYC-AUA $103.30 for "Deluxe Tourist"
$82.75 for "Thrift Class"
-AUA $25.00 for "Thrift Class"
Their female flight attendant uniforms had a very peculiar "top hat" with the "flying Island" palm tree logo on it.
I got this info and some pictures from my timetable collection and books.
Check out "American Airlines" by George Cearley, 1987.