Answering a prior question regarding Trans Caribbean Airways and their DC8 fleet, during the period from 1963 to 1971, the New York, NY based airline, owned by magnate O'Roy Chalk, operated these routes:
The standard DC8's were assigned to Port Au Prince, San Juan, Aruba and Curacao. The Dc8-61's flew exclusively in and out of San Juan and at times to Aruba and Curacao.
In the late 60's, they operated the 727-100 and 200, mostly to San Juan, Port Au Prince and St Thomas/St Croix.
At JFK, they inaugurated the terminal located between the then BOAC and TWA terminals, which today is occupied by jetBlue. Back then, this brand new terminal was exclusively occupied by Trans Caribbean and National Airlines, each with their own circular departure wings.
Trans Caribbean was a low fare, high service airline, with attractive livery, colorful uniforms and very loyal following.
Although not based in San Juan, it was widely considered a Puerto Rican airline because of their focus on the island and their place in the island's history. TCA 'pioneered' low fare service between the US Mainland and Puerto Rico, opening the tourism industry to a much broader market.
Regretfully, the airline was unable to compete against Pan Am and Eastern. The latter 2, started the 1970's with wide body 747 and L-1011 services to the island and the DC8's, even the 61 series, suddenly took a back seat among the traveling public.
Having survived and not having been merged into American Airlines ( which is the reason American came to serve the Caribbean ), Trans Caribbean most likely would have kept their preference for Mc Donald Douglas equipment and purchased or leased the DC-10.
It is great to see so many people still interested in this great airline and especially, the availability of scale models out there for us TCA fans!