I'd like to get your comments on this. I don't know what to make of it; there's already so much competition on most of these routes, although DCA has a potential.
TWA Expands Service at Los Angeles International Airport Airline Offers More
Flights to St. Louis, New York (JFK), and Hawaii; Proposes New Service to
LOS ANGELES, May 4, 2000 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Trans World Airlines, Inc.
(Amex: TWA), is expanding service to and from Los Angeles International Airport.
The buildup includes an additional non-stop flight between LA and New York City
(JFK), three proposed non-stop flights per day between LA and Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., and proposed regional airline
flights connecting LA and five surrounding communities. These new flights
complement recently added non-stop service between Los Angeles and Kona, Hawaii, and between Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and an expanded Los Angeles to St. Louis schedule.
TWA ADDS LA-JFK DAILY ROUNDTRIP FLIGHT
The next stop in TWA's Los Angeles buildup plan is to expand its non-stop
transcontinental schedule between Los Angeles International Airport and John F.
Kennedy International Airport in New York City. A new flight will begin service
on July 8th bringing the total number of TWA LA-JFK flights to four roundtrip
fights per day. TWA will operate this service with Boeing 757 aircraft.
"The new eastbound service -- which departs LA at 3:40 p.m. -- fills a time
channel that is very important to our business travelers and greatly increases
the overall utility of TWA's trans-continental schedule," said Jack Stelzer,
TWA's senior vice president of planning. "TWA was the first airline to offer
trans-continental service in the Los Angeles - New York market. In 1929, TWA
launched trans-continental air/rail service on a route designed by Charles A.
Lindbergh. A little over a year later TWA began transcontinental air service
linking Los Angeles and New York. TWA launched non-stop transcontinental service
TWA FILES FOR LA - WASHINGTON FLIGHTS
TWA will tomorrow request that the U.S. Department of Transportation grant TWA
six beyond-perimeter Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) exemption
slots, for three daily round-trip non-stop flights between DCA and Los Angeles.
TWA plans to use 180 seat Boeing 757 aircraft, configured with 22 first class
seats. TWA plans to space the flights thoughout the day to provide convenient
arrival and departure times to both leisure and business travelers in both
Washington and Los Angeles.
"This is a great chance for the Department of Transportation to ensure greater
competition in the Washington - Los Angeles market," said Norma Kaehler, TWA's
vice president - government affairs. "Right now only two airlines control that
market. Granting TWA these slots will give LA and Washington passengers new
choices, access to TWA's proven quality service, and all of the economic
benefits of vigorous airline competition."
"TWA has much to offer the business and leisure travelers in this market,"
Kaehler said. "TWA is the on-time airline -- holding the number one position in
on-time performance for ten out the past thirteen months according to statistics
reported to the DOT."
NEW FLIGHTS COMPLEMENT RECENTLY ADDED SERVICE
TWA has also recently enhanced service to and from Los Angeles. On May 1st, TWA
inaugurated non-stop service between Los Angeles and Kona, Hawaii, and last
November 1st TWA inaugurated the only non-stop in the market between Los Angeles
and San Juan, Puerto Rico. TWA will also add a daily roundtrip flight between
Los Angeles and its St. Louis hub, bringing the total number of roundtrips on
weekdays in that market to eight per day, and giving Los Angeles passengers
one-stop access to dozens of cities beyond the hub.
TWA PLANS REGIONAL FEED SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA
To support expanded transcontinental and Hawaii flying, TWA also plans to build
a regional feed system in California, thus providing new network benefits to the
market. TWA intends to partner with a regional carrier to bring convenient
one-stop service to Washington, New York, St. Louis, Kona, and San Juan to five
California cities: San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and
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