I totally understand you. I was totally shocked when I first heard about the TWA purchase by AA. Never in the world did I expect or imagined the possibility of such scenario. Trust me, I even thought of the idea of Delta buying out TWA, but I never thought that American Airlines would be the one to do so.
Well... I went through the same grievance period back in December 1991, (at age 14) when my airline ''The World's Most Experienced Airline'' shut down. I just came home from school and turned on CNN's Moneyline, to find out that Pan Am had ceased to exist. I just couldn't belive it...
I am going to be honest to you, years passed by and I still mourned the lost of my favorite airline. As a little boy I had dreamed of working for them when I grew up and my dreams were all shattered that day. At first I blamed Delta and hated them for not keeping their promise to keep the blue logo flying. But later I did my research and came to understand that Delta had kept Pan Am artificially alive for a longer period than Pan Am could have survived on it's own.
Now, I'm all grown up and as an Aviation Administration major in college I have come to understand the airline business in a managerial perspective. After the loss of Pan Am and without a favorite airline I turned my attention Southwards and kind of re-discovered my roots to the first airline that I had flown on: AeroMexico. Now, I guess this is my favorite airline. I really don't feel allegiance to any American airline exept for Delta and TWA.
I can confess that I felt some allegiance to TWA for it's historical value. TWA like Pan Am lived the golden age of travel and both of these carriers did so much to form what we take for granted today. As a teenager working in a travel agency part-time I always booked my clients on TWA. I did it for no other reason, than the fact that I wanted the TWA name to survive through the hard times (And during that time TWA was in Chapter 11). Whenever I had to fly I chose TWA because I thought that I needed to support the company. I even went out of my way and purchased my tickets from the TWA office at the TWA Tower in downtown L.A. which used to hold the west coast reservation center and which was closed about 2 years ago. The TWA letters are still on that building but I think the office is now closed.
Well... Even though I think that American Airlines is boring. I think it's the best that could have happened to the family members of TWA. Those people have gone on with years and years of instability. They deserve a good stable job and AA will be able to provide them with much more benefits and many more opportunities. Because just like you say among many other things, they are the #1 gay friendly airline.
Well, We still have a few more months of TWA. And you know, TWA won't die a shamefull death, TWA will go down holding it's head up high with honor and grace... TRANS WORLD AIRLINES
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Pan Am - The World's Most Experienced Airline.