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Trans World Airlines (TWA) was an American airline from 1925 until it was bought out by and merged with American Airlines in 2001. It was a major airline in the United States and the main U.S.-based competitor of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) on intercontinental routes from 1946 until deregulation in 1978. TWA had hubs at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport and focus cities in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the 1980s it built a hub in Atlanta, reduced in the 1990s. TWA had pilot bases in Frankfurt and Berlin during the 1980s and it operated Boeing 727-100 type aircraft within Europe. The company flew intra-European routes between Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Vienna, Amsterdam and Istanbul.


Flying to most major U.S. cities, TWA was one of the largest domestic Airlines; before deregulation TWA, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Eastern Air Lines were known as the "Big Four". It also had a feeder operation from smaller cities in the Midwestern United States. Beyond the U.S., TWA had a large European and Middle Eastern network, served from its hub, the iconic TWA Flight Center, at John F. Kennedy International Airport. For a few years its routes circumnavigated the globe. It was a secondary unofficial flag carrier for the United States, especially after Pan Am was dissolved in the early 1990s.

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The mid-air engine failure shortly into a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas this week may have shaken even seasoned travelers. ... Riordan's death marked the first fatality from an accident aboard a U.S. airline since 2009, when a Colgan Air plane crashed near Buffalo, N.Y., killing ...
On Tuesday, the old TWA Flight Center at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport opened its doors briefly to a select group of journalists to get a look at the future site of the long-awaited TWA Hotel. The event, hosted by MCR Development, allowed journalists to see the remnants of the languished terminal, the ...

Michel Baumeister of New York City's Baumeister & Samuels, P.C., has represented the families of passengers aboard dozens of the most high-profile airline disasters of the past 40 years, including 1996's TWA Flight 800 and 1998's Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. Baumeister also ...
Retro nostalgia will be the theme of guest rooms at the 512-room TWA Hotel now under construction at New York's JFK Airport, which is due to open next ... Dallas/Ft. Worth International and American Airlines have agreed on a plan to increase the size of the airport's Terminal E Satellite and use it as the ...
Both the interiors and exteriors of the iconic structure were deemed a New York City Landmark in 1994, and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, but had long sat vacant in disuse since 2002, when the once-major airline filed for bankruptcy and was acquired by American Airlines.
That is until the airline lost focus and stopped investing in new aircraft. Its dangerously aging fleet was cemented in history when TWA Flight 800 exploded in 1996. Airline deregulation only poured salt on the wound and by 1988, the company was $540 million in debt. American Airlines bought TWA in 2001 ...

The building was built by Howard Hughes when he owned TWA at a time when airlines competed on service and the luxury of their terminals rather than on price. With the rivalry between TWA and Pan Am a hallmark of the era, Hughes wanted to win by building the greatest air terminal in the world.
The revived TWA Flight Center, which closed when the airline folded in 2001, will still include the signature sunken lounge as well as a pair of tubes connecting the main building to Jet Blue's Terminal 5 (you might remember them from a scene in “Catch Me If You Can”). Visitors will also have access to six ...
Dozens of stranded Sun Country Airlines passengers are fuming after the carrier canceled their flights home from Mexico and then told them they're on their own to find a new way back. The unusual situation unfolded after a potent late-season blizzard forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights at ...
Seats are shrinking, they are being pushed closer together, and airlines are packing more of us into the same space. So what's the solution? You could lessen the nightmare by opting for an airline that offers more. Ryanair, trumps many short-haul rivals when it comes to legroom, offering 76.2cm.
But while TWA is no longer flying, Ethiopian Airlines is thriving, and it's clear that the world can learn a lot from Ethiopia - and particularly from Ato Tewolde ... In the end, I see Ethiopian Airlines as more than an incredibly successful airline: I see it as a shining symbol of our shared goals for Ethiopia's growth, ...
After Charles completed his service, he and Doris and their son, Ron, settled in Kansas City, Missouri, and Charles went to work for the now-defunct Trans World Airlines. Rhodefer was a homemaker, wife and mother and worked part time only when she desired. During Ron's elementary and grade school ...
... midcentury TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Never mind that it did not keep up with the rapid advances in technology that inspired its design. “It was functionally obsolete the day it opened” in 1962, said Tyler Morse, chief executive of MCR Development. Now, years after the airline ...
The economy is improving, and that's good for the airline industry, so I am thinking of buying 400 shares of American Airlines. I'd appreciate ... But remember that at one time, Eastern, Braniff, Pan Am, Republic, TWA and National were 24-karat gold names and enjoyed healthy balance sheets. Today those ...
The hotel will also house the TWA Museum that will be filled with vintage memorabilia from the airline that operated from 1926 until 2001. New Yorkers can get a sneak peek at some of TWA Hotel's treasure trove of memorabilia at the TWA Lounge on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center, which will ...
A division of Lufthansa, the German airline, said it plans to dismantle and transport the “Super Star” after a 10-year restoration project. The Sun Journal reported that there's no ... Starliners are the last in the line of Lockheed Constellations, first designed for Trans World Airlines. The plane, which has been in ...

From Trans World Airlines' "Up, Up and Away" to United Airlines' "Friendly Skies", commercial branding was central to an airline's image. One of Mr Harteveldt's favourite ads was British Airways' "Manhattan" commercial, which emphasised how each year the company flew more people across the Atlantic ...
He says, “Even though Ethiopian Airlines is 100% state-owned, it's run like a business: The board runs it as if it's British Airways or United Airlines. ... direct flights to the U.S.—a connection that harks back to the Ethiopian carrier's founding in 1945 as a joint venture with the now-defunct Trans World Airlines.
The 512-room hotel will feature two new six-story towers that flank the old TWA terminal's “head house,” an architectural masterpiece designed by Eero Saarinen. The terminal is in the process of being converted into a 200,000-square-foot lobby the hotel claims will be the world's largest. The TWA Hotel will ...
She was born on Aug. 12, 1957, in Youngstown, to Robert Eugene Fisher and Edna Leah Childs Fisher. After graduating from high school, she attended flight school to pursue her dream of becoming a flight attendant. She traveled the world for 43 years working for TWA and American Airlines as a senior ...
The airline is a founding member of Oneworld alliance, the third-largest airline alliance in the world. It coordinates fares, services, and scheduling with alliance partners British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair in the transatlantic market and with Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines in the transpacific market.
On an afternoon in late October 2008, in a conference room overlooking Delta Air Lines' Atlanta campus, Richard Anderson got word. The Department of Justice had just approved the carrier's some $2.6 billion-merger with Northwest Airlines, a deal that gave birth to the world's biggest airline at the time.
The economy is improving, and that's good for the airline industry, so I am thinking of buying 400 shares of American Airlines. I'd appreciate ... But remember that at one time, Eastern, Braniff, Pan Am, Republic, TWA and National were 24-karat gold names and enjoyed healthy balance sheets. Today those ...
Have plane seats really shrunk – and which is the worst airline on Earth for legroom? ... So too did the first 747s, operated by the likes of Pan Am and TWA. ... Its records clearly demonstrate how America's four biggest airlines (American, Delta, United and Southwest) have cut legroom over the last three ...
Which airlines have the smallest and largest plane seats, legroom, seat pitch ... So too did the first 747s, operated by the likes of Pan Am and TWA. ... Its records clearly demonstrate how America's four biggest airlines (American, Delta, United and Southwest) have cut legroom over the last three decades.
At the time they married, Wilma was working in Kansas City as a secretary for Trans World Airlines and Lenos was a farmer. When the Meneelys moved into their first home together they had no electricity, running water or bathroom which Wilma was not used to. “There were no electric lines where we ...
In addition, his career also included teaching high school and working as an engineer for TWA and American Airlines. Today, Marlyn Atkinson and his wife, Kathy, live on a 60-acre farm near Excelsior Springs where he “flies out of his front yard” in a plane he keeps there. So, what's in a name? For Marlyn ...
Well, not technically forever, but at least parts of the tri-state area. But this corner space on the 86th floor also houses mid-century memorabilia from the late, great Trans World Airlines, better known as TWA. Dubbed the TWA lounge, this mini museum in the sky is eye candy for aviation geeks and those who ...
The Grand Canyon crash was the fourth fatal accident involving the same tour operator in less than 20 years. The three previous incidents involving Papillon Airways claimed eight of the more than 70 lives lost in air disasters in or near the canyon since 1986. Papillon has a fleet of 48 helicopters and light ...
The airline remains $540 million in debt. January 1989 - After negotiations with Texaco, Icahn signs a seven-year agreement to neither buy more stock nor make a takeover bid. His stake in shares is worth $2.2 billion. 1991 - In a deal with American Airlines, Icahn sells half of TWA's valuable London routes ...
That was also the year that Trans World Airlines opened its flagship terminal at what is now J.F.K.. Joy Kisling .... For many years, T.W.A. was the country's sole airline with both a vibrant domestic network and international routes, according to New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission. Working out of ...
MCR Development is the company behind the construction of the TWA Hotel at the Trans World Flight Center, also known as the TWA Terminal, ... It will be the only hotel directly connected to a terminal at JFK, in this case, terminal 5 which is primarily operated by JetBlue Airlines but also several other ...
Her company's inventory includes two former Northwest Airlines cargo 747s and a passenger 747 that used to fly for Trans World Airlines, a brand that disappeared after it merged with American Airlines in 2001. That TWA plane is one that Lange pays particular attention to. “I'm pretty sure it's haunted,” she ...
During his time in the guard, he started flying airliners for Trans World Airlines and climbed the ranks within the company. After retiring from the military, he took up airline flying full time and was one of only about 300 pilots to keep his captain bars when American Airlines bought the bankrupt company in ...
In the past, major airlines such as TWA and Pan Am have transited through countries such as Iceland and Greenland en route to Europe in order to refuel and resupply their aircraft. ... On more popular routes, the airline uses its Boeing 757-300 aircraft and the wide-body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
Jane Dyer served more than seven years in the Air Force, one year with the now defunct Trans World Airlines, and 28 years with FedEx. Dyer studied mechanical engineering and was in the Air Force ROTC at Clemson University. She was the first female commander for the ROTC program at Clemson and ...
Earlier in his career, as a pilot for Northwest Airlines, he had helped fly a fleet of brand-new Northwest 747s from Boeing to the airline's home base in ... Her company's inventory includes two former Northwest Airlines cargo 747s and a passenger 747 that used to fly for Trans World Airlines, a brand that ...
The project will also include an innovative museum showcasing New York as the birthplace of the Jet Age, the storied history of Trans World Airlines and the Midcentury Modern design movement. The TWA Flight Centre opened to critical acclaim in 1962, a year after Saarinen's death, and served as TWA's ...
Over the decades and through the acquisitions of both TWA and US Airways, it had a reputation of being one of the most valuable programs offered. But in recent years, travel rewards experts have lowered their valuations of AAdvantage miles as the airline began requiring more miles for award seats, and ...
Except for USA who operated a CIA funded airline (Air America 1950-76) primarily for non-commercial purposes, most other western nations owned and operated national carriers. BOAC, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Sabena, Swiss Air, and Iberia were some of the better-known carriers.
In 1953, Tom left the Navy and embarked on a 36-year career with TWA (which the family jokingly referred to as Thomas Wickham Airlines). He made captain in 1959, flew the media “chase” plane for Gerald Ford's presidential run in 1976 and, in 1984, was named the company's “Pilot of the Year” for ...
Trans World Connection was originally a small regional and commuter airline that operated on behalf of Trans World Airlines in the 1990s. ... regional arms of a major airline are not usually successful, Trans World Connection was able to see some success while operating next to TWA's other regional arm, ...
American Airlines. The closure affects 180 pilots who used to work for TWA, which American bought in 2001. The airline says the St. Louis-based pilots can transfer to other bases in American's system including Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami, Charlotte and Chicago. O, Canada donuts. Fans of Tim Hortons are ...
Less than five months after American acquired TWA, the 9-11 attacks shook the foundation of the airline industry. American originally had high hopes for TWA. They planned to use St. Louis Lambert as a reliever hub for Chicago O'Hare. TWA had a fleet of MD-80s, 717s and 757s. American planned to keep ...
Ruth Ann Willis of New Castle spent 42 years working for Trans World Airlines. ... She worked at Charles Mayer and Co. in Indianapolis for a time but a newspaper ad about an opening at TWA caught her eye. She landed the job of secretary to the sales manager at TWA in downtown Indianapolis. Later, her ...
He grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Sissonville High School before joining the U.S. Air Force and moving to Kansas City, Mo., where he married and proudly worked at TWA Airlines as an Aircraft Mechanic until he retired. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Vicke Fisher.
Remembering TWA Flight 128, Monday marks 50th anniversary ... and a bell tolled for each life lost, Trans World Airlines Flight 128 in 1967.
The 1965 crash of American Airlines Flight 383 that killed 58 people has a ... Spaeth published a memoir this summer about his airline industry ...
Reclusive aviator Howard Hughes also showed interest in the plane, hoping to add the jet to the fleet at his airline, Trans World Airlines (TWA).


 

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