Friday, March 13, 2009

USAirways ever again

Caught this short article in some airline focused site: US Airways Says It's Not Scared Of Southwest . But check out the last sentence:
US Airways CEO Doug Parker has also noted that the airline has cut its fleet almost to the minimum size allowed by its union contract with pilots... so the airline can't cut capacity much further if the economy continues its current flat spin.

So USAirways legally can't cut any more than it has? Would it cut more if it could? When does the contract with the pilots expire. Will there be any USAirways left in town once they are free to cut as much as they want? Makes you wonder.


Blogger Matt H said...

USAIRWAYS is a joke.

Friday, March 13, 2009 2:52:00 PM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

US Airways can shove it. They cried about the high overhead costs at PIT, and then moved their primary hub to CLT, where they've since spent billions of dollars to expand the airport to half the capacity of PIT. Nancy Pelosi has more business sense than any of the ass-clowns in charge at US Airways.

Saturday, March 14, 2009 2:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Vannevar said...

"So USAirways legally can't cut any more than it has?" Legal obligations are a funny thing for post-Lorenzo airlines - because legal obligations only last until your next pseudo-justifiable bankruptcy.

If you look in terms of airplanes, USAirways IS gone. Very few "mainline" jets at PIT; the planes you see are subcontractors. The regional jets you see are union busters.

They have, in fact, all but left. They're XWB, "ex- with benefits". What's curious is they moved their PIT operation to Charlotte, and now CLT's economy is in the tank. It's a hub, so O&D traffic isn't the primary factor, but from a passenger perspective they'd be better off now if they stayed in PIT.

The big issue was, PIT's workforce had a traditional labor mindset with a lot of experience, and CLT had a nonunion and Piedmont mindset with less experience. By moving away from PIT they reduced an enemy (labor) stronghold and lost of lot of relatively expensive employees.

USAirways and Pittsburgh are a used to be thing.

Want to see a cruel thing? Watch a Southwest flight from PIT to PHL board passengers. Note that most of the seats are taken up by USAirways people trying to get to work.

Note: please don't take my previous comment as a slam on Piedmont. Wonderful airline, wonderful people, great spirit, shame USAir bought them.

Saturday, March 14, 2009 10:05:00 AM  
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