-13 July 1925: Western Air Express, the airline that would merge with Transcontinental Air Transport to form the "TWA" brand, is incorporated.
-07 July 1929: Transcontinental Air Transport inaugurates coast-to-coast air and rail service on route laid out by Col. Charles Lindbergh from New York to Los Angeles (Glendale) via Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo; Wichita, Kan.; Waynoka, Okla.; Clovis and Albuquerque, N.M.; and Winslow and Kingman, Ariz.
-01 Oct 1930: "TWA" is born when Transcontinental Air Transport and Western Air Express merge to form Transcontinental and Western Air Inc.
-25 Oct 1930: TWA begins offering coast-to-coast all-air service, a trip that takes 36 hours and includes an overnight stop in Kansas City.
-1931: TWA moves headquarters from New York to Kansas City.
-06 Aug 1931: A shipment of livestock from St. Louis to Newark, N.J., on TWA is first air cargo service in the U.S.
-December 1933: The first and only DC-1, the first of the legendary line of Douglas Aircraft planes, is delivered to TWA.
-1939: Movie mogul Howard Hughes acquires control of TWA.
-05 Feb 1946: TWA begins trans-Atlantic service with flight ending in Paris. Later that year, TWA adds service to Rome, Athens, Cairo, Lisbon and Madrid.
-1950: TWA officially become Trans World Airlines.
-1954: TWA starts relocating executive offices to New York, while training, maintenance and engineering offices remain in Kansas City.
-03 Jan 1957: TWA is the first airline to offer passengers freshly-brewed coffee in flight.
-19 July 1961: TWA shows its first in-flight movie, "By Love Possessed," starring Lana Turner.
-03 May 1965: Hughes sells his position in TWA, more than 6 million shares worth $546.5 million.
-06 April 1967: TWA becomes the first U.S. airline to go all-jet.
-25 Feb 1970: TWA becomes first airline to fly the Boeing 747 on a domestic route, with service between Los Angeles and New York.
-01 Jan 1979: Trans World Corp. is formed, with subsidiaries including Trans World Airlines, Canteen Corp., Hilton International, Spartan Food Service and Century 21 Real Estate.
-November 1983: Trans World Airlines becomes separate public company.
-14 June 1985: Shiite gunmen seize a TWA airliner and force it to Beirut, Lebanon. A U.S. Navy diver was killed and 39 Americans held hostage for 17 days.
-26 Sep 1985: Carl Icahn acquires control of TWA.
-26 Oct 1986: TWA acquires Ozark Airlines and merges Ozark into TWA's operations.
-07 Sept 1988: Carl Icahn takes the company private, at a cost of $610.3 million. Icahn receives $469 million. The deal adds $539.7 million to TWA's debt.
-1989: Icahn moves TWA headquarters to Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
-01 Jul 1991: Icahn sells TWA routes from New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago to London to American Airlines.
-31 Jan 1992: TWA files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
-24 Aug 1992: TWA reaches agreement with its three major unions for concessions in exchange for a 45 percent stake in the airline.
-08 Jan 1993: Icahn resigns as chairman.
-03 Nov 1993:
TWA completes its first Chapter 11
-February 1994: TWA relocates its corporate headquarters to St. Louis.
-30 Jun 1995: TWA again files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, emerging two months later.
-17 Jul 1996: TWA Flight 800 from New York to Paris crashes shortly after takeoff, killing all 230 passengers aboard.
-20 Feb 1998: TWA retires the last of its Boeing 747.
-09 Dec 1998: TWA announces the largest aircraft order in company history, 125 aircraft with options for 125 more.
-May 25, 1999: TWA pilot William F. Compton becomes chief executive.
-July 2000: TWA celebrates 75th Anniversary.
10, 2001: TWA files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for a third time
and agrees to sell most of its assets to American Airlines. The sale, which
is subject to approval by the bankruptcy court, brings an end to the financially