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June 3, 2022

A Gallery of 80 Amazing Vintage Advertisements of Trans World Airlines From the 1940s and 1950s

Trans World Airlines, better known as TWA, was one of the major United States air carriers that moved millions of people through the sky to destinations around the globe. Along with American Airlines, Delta, Pan Am and United, it and was one of the big players during the “golden age of flight” — a time of huge growth and technological development between World War I and World War II.

TWA was formed on July 16, 1930, in the amalgamation of divisions of Western Air Express (founded 1925) and Transcontinental Air Transport (founded 1928). Western Air Express had flown both mail and passengers in its first year of service between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, Utah (1926), and in 1930 TWA inaugurated coast-to-coast service—Newark, New Jersey, to Los Angeles in 36 hours with a stopover in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1934 Western Air Express again became independent (later to be called Western Air Lines), but TWA continued as a transcontinental airline. Until 1950 it was known as Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc.

In 1946 TWA inaugurated international flights between New York City and Paris, quickly expanding by the 1950s to routes through Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Here, below is a gallery of 80 amazing vintage advertisements of Trans World Airlines from between the 1940s and 1950s:


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