TWA's reputation was up and down like a yo-yo throughout their history. Basically, they were high on glamor and low on reliability
Not sure what you people mean when you talk about "reliability" in the sixties. People flew to go from one place to another for an extended period of time. If you arrived on time or five hours later, it wasn't such a big deal. The notion of flying, for example, JFK
and back in the same day was not terribly common back then. However, as Isitsafenow added, there was something about flying "Pan American" or "Trans World Airlines" (back then people used the name, not the initials or shortened name) that stood out. Often, celebrities flew those airlines because that's what other celebrities did. This is not a knock on AA
, Delta, United, but that's how it once was.
If KC and the Sunshine band were first rate performers, they would be flying around on a Gulfstream.
and the Sunshine Band was a first rate band, for about two years in the early eighties. Not sure what they flew back then. Then, their bubble burst.
Fly2LIM....heres a vote for your post. I flew TWA in the 50's,60's,70's,80's and 90's. I can add that I worked for TWA at the MCI overhaul base for a short while.
Looks like you are about the only one qualified to talk about Trans World. I am impressed by your "resume".
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