Welcome aboard TWA Virtual! Here's a little history about TWA
TWA's corporate history dates from July 16, 1930, and the forced merger of Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT),
Western Air Express (WAE), Maddux Air Lines, Standard, and Pittsburgh Aviation Industries Corporation (PAIC) to form
Transcontinental & Western Air (T&WA) on 1 Oct. 1930 The companies merged at the urging of Postmaster General Walter
Folger Brown, who was looking for bigger airlines to give airmail contracts to.
The airline brought high-profile aviation pioneers who would give the airline the panache of being
called "The Airman's Airline". TAT had the marquee expertise of Charles Lindbergh and was already offering a 48-hour
combination of plane and train trips across the United States. WAE had the expertise of Jack Frye. TWA became known as
"The Lindbergh Line", with the "Shortest Route Coast to Coast".
On October 25, 1930, the airline offered one of the first all-plane scheduled services from coast to coast.
The route took 36 hours, which included an overnight stay in Kansas City. In summer 1931, TWA moved its headquarters from New York to Kansas City, Missouri.
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