Airbazar is closer to the truth. TWA was betting on funneling pax through STL
and onto JFK
for their TATL hops. It didnt work so ell, and Icahn only made it worse. What should have happened is both hubs should have been designed as main hubs, ATL
should have never been created as a hub, the 757s and new 763's were ordered when upper management finally decided to rebuild the fleet. The Airbus order was originally for 10 A330-300's with a few options, was then changed to an all A320 Family order (including being the US launch Airline for the A318, which went to Frontier after TWA disappeared) in order to keep all the deposits with Airbus. The 717's, 757's and 763's were all ordered to replace the old DC-9's (717s), the 757's had a dual role in replacing 727's and L-1011's, while the new 763's were originally supposed to increase the 767-200/-300 fleet and get rid of the remaining 747s. Then the 767-200's were retired as well.