It's interesting to note that this whole mess involving TWA could very well prove to be the catalyst for Frank Lorenzo squirming back into the airline world as he so desperately wants to. True he will be reminded of his tenure at Texas Air and Eastern, whereupon he can counter by saying "Well at least I didn't run TWA", and even the DOT and DOJ will have to acknowledge that he has a point.
TWA has always been something of an enigma to me. For 4 of the last 12 years, it has been perpetually congratulating itself on being "the turnaround kid".
Yet for some reason a succession of CEO's (Ichan, Erickson, Craib, and the current one) have been unable to produce little more than a new livery. I might even go so far as to say that fuel prices didn't go high enough because if they had, TWA might have been able to cancel any number of flights, thus slowing down its losses. Now when I look back on their "We're up to something good" campaigns, what they were really telling me was: "cllect as much of our parephernelia as possible. It will soon become valuable".
Anyway, getting back to Lorenzo, at least Eastern died a relatively quick death as opposed to the prolonged one exceeding a decade, as TWA had been suffering. When American finally swallows TWA, it will do what it's famous for: butchering airlines and then dismembering the route systems (this is what they did to AirCal and Reno Air), thus leaving STL wide open.
Lorenzo should be able to argue that he is no longer the worst airline CEO in the country. Like I said, if 4 or 5 CEOS TWA went through in 12 years couldn't fix TWA, how can he so bad? Do we really want to focus on such a frivolous technicality-such as labor abuse?