I believe TW
's Pacific service lasted 6 years,from 1969 to 1975. Those routes made TW
an Around-the-World carrier as their Pacific routes ended at BOM
which they'd been serving via Europe since the 1950s. At the peak of TW
's Pacific service, they were serving OKA, GUM, TPE
en route to BOM
. All flights originated in LAX
and stopped in HNL
. I believe all flights also stopped in GUM and some then went nonstop to HKG
and others made two more stops in OKA and TPE
The Pacific routes were operated by the 707 and I believe were consistently unprofitable, probably partly because they lacked service to Japan (apart from Okinawa), and by the time they pulled out of the Pacific many of their competitors were operating the B747. And TW
's routing via HNL
and GUM to HKG
etc. was about 1000 miles further than the North Pacific routing via Tokyo operated by PA/JL/NW etc. which was much closer to a Great Circle routing.
's suspension of their Pacific routes was part of a deal with Pan Am which gave TW
a few additional points in Europe previously served by PA.
's Pacific service almost coincided with AA
's similarly brief service to the South Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, American Samoa) which lasted from 1970 to 1975. AA
also dropped those routes as part of a deal with PA which gave AA
a few more points in the Caribbean previously served by PA.
Someone more directly involved with TW
at the time can probably add to or correct my info above. If you do a search you may also find other relevant info as I recall previous threads on TW
's Pacific operations.
[Edited 2007-05-16 06:15:20]