AA is a domestic airline with international routes. TWA was an international airline with some US domestic routes. It had only one domestic hub in St. Louis, JFK's place in TWA operations should be well known to people on this board.
"TWA's treasure chest" is an interesting cliche. While AA is better for having LHR, they did fly to Japan, lots of Europe and the Caribean before they bought LHR( Latin America came at about the same time as LHR). AA had two larger hubs then ST. Louis ever was before they bought LHR( DFW & ORD). Recently AA has annouced they are flying some old TWA routes, this was only to be expected. To say AA is around today only because of LHR is wrong. I would say that if TWA had kept LHR they would have had a tough time any way.
On 2/12/2003 7:22:18 AM Hopeful wrote:
Let's be thankful for TWA! Let's pay homage! EWRCDG is well worth the cost of the purchase!
Without the LHR routes that were scalped from TWA via Uncle Carl, AMR would be in liquidation now.
Hardly a TWA treasure chest. France is Open Skies meaning AA could fly EWR-CDG without having spent the money on TWA.
This is a continuation of AA's strategy to go after low-yield leisure travel since the business travelers simply aren't there. If the economy rebounds, expect routes like this to go the way of the dodo.
Don't forget, UNCLE BOB paid $400,000,000.00 for those routes. Employees were not part of the deal! That $400,000,000.00 investment has produced greater returns and will always produce greater returns than the entire purchase of TWA will ever produce.