Here is what I wrote in an article about TWA, July 1999.
"[...] An interesting point is that TWA has announced any global forecast
for its long-haul routes. After it has withdrawn the L-1011s and 747s, only
twelve B767-200s and four -300 remain in the fleet. Plus TWA has sold 5 (and
one option) 767-200s to GECAS. In exchange, TWA will get four B767-300s in
1999 and 2000, the fleet toatling then 15 of these aircrafts. In 2000, TWA
scheduldes to open the St Louis-Tokyo Narita route. Currently, TWA doesn't
operate any aircraft able to cross such a distance. Maybe we could see an
order for B767-200ERs in the coming years. However, TWA also thinks to open
JFK-SID-JNB, STL-KIX, and other routes on Europe, so the next order could be
larger than first forecasted.
In the bottom of the Airbus order books, there are still ten A330-300s, that
would be too interesting for TWA in a short future. Maybe TWA will switch
this order to one for A340s. Anyway a wide-body order is to be announced by
the airline of St Louis."
About the STL-NRT route: I heard that they had to wait until some additional
slots become available at NRT (maybe in 2002). I assume the 767 they would
then operate on the route would face payload restrictions, wouldn't it?
The JFK-SID-JNB seems quite strange, as there must be plenty of more
efficient routes (the SAA 747-400s are almost at their technical limits if
I'm correct). Can somebody provide me some dates please? Why did they dropp
their plans? How would they have operated the route considering their
longest-range aircraft is the 767 (the longest-range version being
the -200ER IIRC), and that SAA already gets problems with a
That's pretty interesting to see a US airline getting off the FCU (Rome)
market when others US majors applied for slots. Do you know why did they cut
this route, while other carriers see a market (I believe mainly leisure on
FCU, to visit all the city's momument, and so on...)
What we can state is that TWA is beginning to recover, but they'll need a
global alliance to get rid of their financial problems for good IMO. You
said in your post that TWA was in talks with European carriers for an
alliance. I heard from a employee that they contacted AOM French Airlines
(the third France's carrier, after Air France and Air Liberté). But TWA
wasn't happy at all with what they proposed them. Any guess of whom could be
the European partner?
Why did TWA chose to focus on STL? It has a narrow O&D traffic and others
cities on the East cost (such as BOS, JFK) could have provided more O&D
passengers in addition to the connecting traffic.
Why didn't they launch a STL-FRA earlier? FRA is one of the Europe's largest
What about an order for Boeing 777-200ERs? The 777 has revealed to be a
money-maker, and they could the Triple 7 on popular routes, such as STL-LGW,
STL-CDG and routes which would requirea long range aircraft, like STL-NRT,