TWA ANNOUNCES NEW REGIONAL JET MARKETS
Second Wave of Deployment Brings New Service to Jackson, Mississippi
ST. LOUIS (July 6, 2000) - Trans World Airlines, Inc. announced it will deploy Trans World Express® regional jets into three markets this August and September, including new service into Jackson, Mississippi.
Effective September 10th, 2000 TWA will offer regional jet Trans World Express service between TWA's St. Louis hub and Jackson, Mississippi. This new service will include two roundtrips per day, and a third daily roundtrip will be added on October 10th.
Regional jets will be phased into Cincinnati, Ohio and Shreveport, Louisiana beginning August 10th. By September 10th TWA will offer a schedule of five TWE roundtrips per day in Cincinnati and three TWE roundtrips per day in Shreveport. This new service in Cincinnati, Shreveport, and Jackson will be operated by TWA marketing partner Chautauqua Airlines. There will be no interruption of schedule during this phase-in period. Schedules and fares will be viewable and available for booking by July 10th.
"TWA is pleased to be returning to an important market like Jackson," said Don Casey, TWA's executive vice president of marketing. "TWA has much to offer Jackson passengers - like convenient connections to more than 100 destinations through TWA's St. Louis hub, including new destinations like Maui and Bermuda."
"The initiation of Trans World Express service by TWA in establishing flights between Jackson and St. Louis will be a great benefit to the citizens and businesses of the City of Jackson and the surrounding area," said Harvey Johnson, Jr., mayor of the City of Jackson. "This service will provide more options for travelers, both business and pleasure, and will be a plus in terms of economic development and quality of life for all of us."
"The arrival of regional jet service is good news for TWA and the markets they serve," said Bill Compton, TWA's CEO and president. "Markets like Cincinnati and Shreveport need and deserve service, but not as many seats as a larger jet provides. By moving regional jets into these markets we can still offer the comfort and speed of a jet, but more efficiently use our larger jets to offer more frequency in underserved, larger markets and even move into markets that are new for TWA."
"Regional jets allow TWA the ability to expand into new markets and profitably increase frequency of flights in our existing markets," said Marcus Spiegel, TWA's managing director of regional alliances. "More frequency means more convenience and choice for our passengers. And the Jackson service is just the beginning of a wave of new choices for our passengers."
Chautauqua Airlines will use Embraer 145 regional jet aircraft on these routes. The Embraer 145 seats 50 passengers in a single-class configuration.