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Do You Miss The Old US Air?  
User currently offlinePITA333 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 391 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8620 times:

I did a quick search and could not find this posted anywhere before. Take a look at this commercial, it reminds me of the days in PIT where US Air used to rule. I just love that old slogan "US Air begins with You."

PS: Check out the great looking 737! I miss that beautiful livery.

http://www.retrojunk.com/details_commercial/931

Thanks to: Retro Junk.com

Cheers and Enjoy!
PITA333

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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8608 times:

well i just love this old US AIR ad!! but i wasn't able to send it to a friend though.

regards: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8589 times:

Oh absolutely! I LOVED those ads as a kid. And when they said it, they meant it. I still have three timetables from that era, one from 1995, and two from 1994. I also have cards that say that on the front. Those were the first TV commercials I remember from USAir. I don't recall any with the brown and red scheme of the late '70s. Thanks.


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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3742 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8507 times:

That's awesome! I haven't seen that in years. Brings back memories. Big grin

DeltaRules



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User currently offlineSJCRRPAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8507 times:

No, actually I miss the OLd PSA. If you remember this tune, your probably old and from San Diego,

"Come on and fly with me, you know you're flying the best with PSA Electra Jets" ....


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8473 times:

I miss Piedmont. I used to spend hours at CLT watching those 732s.


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User currently offlineSpartanmjf From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 499 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8461 times:

To answer the question, no.

I miss Piedmont and PSA, but USAir?

Unfortunately, Still Allegheny In Reality......



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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5901 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8407 times:
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Yes...I agree. I miss PS, PI and the old, old USAir (right after the Allegheny name change). I used to fly USAir flight 21 between LAX and SFO with their all-coach 727-200's for $29 one-way.

User currently offlineMainliner From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8378 times:

Wow! That was one of my favorite commercials growing up! We actually have it on a video tape back home and I watch it when I'm feeling nostalgic (yes, I even know all the words  bouncy  ). Airlines used to have such great commercials back then...and it seems like there were a lot more of them compared to today. The chances of seeing a USAir commercial in LA these days are pretty slim  Sad .


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User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8358 times:

I do not miss the old US Air. US Airways was in many many ways a better looking airline than its predecessor. I am only talking looks, nothing more. The old US Air 'craft looked like a 70s era bus that was stripped of its paint and rushed people from section-8 to underpriviledged kids schools. I flew the old US almost exclusively in 1990 during a trip to the US on ID-90, and seriously, from the first step onto their 'crafts and connections at hubs, it sucked. Some 10 years later, I did try US Airways again, reluctantly, and it looked good. I will definitely miss its classy look now that quite a bit of AmWest is seen on it.

User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8316 times:

As they say....perception is reality.
I remember a VERY different USAir.
That commercial actually made me a little queasy.... ill 

But I have pretty fair recollection of Gordon's PSA....as they say, the airline that started IT ALL!

It is my opinion, they should call the whole damn thing PSA and get it over with!



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User currently offlineSupa7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8290 times:

Shoot, thats a catchy song! Amazing they would throw that brand away...

User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8206 times:

My firs, experience of the old US Air was when they began to operate the PSA routes. They tried to serve food on the quick flights between southern and northern California...lol! They destroyed the hometown favorite, so the old US Air does not hold many positive memories for me. I do not miss them. I suspect those on the East Coast may have had a much more positive experience.

User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8188 times:

Quoting Spartanmjf (Reply 6):
Unfortunately, Still Allegheny In Reality......

My dad always regretted having to take business trips on what he referred to as "Agony" airlines...


User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2434 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8149 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 5):
I miss Piedmont. I used to spend hours at CLT watching those 732s



Quoting Spartanmjf (Reply 6):
I miss Piedmont

Ditto. I do NOT miss US Scare. They destroyed Piedmont.

Quoting Stirling (Reply 10):
But I have pretty fair recollection of Gordon's PSA....as they say, the airline that started IT ALL!

Allegheny (formerly All American Aviation - 1939) and Piedmont (Feb. 1948) pre-date PSA (May 1949)



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User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8130 times:

I don't miss the ugly color scheme of USAir. I do miss the variety of aircraft. at Albany, you could see DC-9s, MD80s, F100s, and 737s - a nice mix.

User currently offlineWillbdsp From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8083 times:

I miss the old US Air, with its hub at PIT.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8061 times:

I guess the new US Airways was better than the old USAir, but that was a very nice ad.


There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineDizzy8 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8030 times:

Quoting RC135U (Reply 13):
My dad always regretted having to take business trips on what he referred to as "Agony" airlines...

Yes...I do miss the ole' "Allegheny Air System." (Whenever I think of the 1970's radio jingle, I sometimes can't get it out of my mind for days!)

In retrospect, USAir (f/k/a Allegheny Airlines) was way ahead of their time with what were then considered to be "Cattle Cars" (all coach DC-9's, etc.) Food was served on plastic prison-type trays (the trays were bright orange and had built-in pockets for the different food items.)

They were famous for the proverbial milk-run flying from say, BOS to PIT with stops in PVD and PHL.

They were very utilitarian and "industrial." A lot of people didn't like them because they were accustomed to other airlines that spent a lot of time and money relatively luxurious service.

My father flew Allegheny dozens of times a year and would grumble that it reminded him of the troop trains he rode from Chicago to New Orleans during WWII.

Then came PeopleExpress...and the rest is history!

[Edited 2006-05-16 16:28:29]

User currently offlineStarCityFlyr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7990 times:

Just a thought...but I suspect you could paint anything on the outside of a plane and it really wouldn't make a difference. What makes the difference is the amount of passion someone has when it comes to doing the work required to operate an airline today. From the reservations agents to gate agents to baggage handlers to mechanics to ramp personnel to the flight attendants and to the pilots (and no, these were not listed in any particular order of importance)...these are the people that will either make or break your perception of what's good and not good at an airline.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people (not only in the airline industry) that view their work as nothing more than a J O B. If you aren't passionate about it, then it's hard to be passionate about the people you come in contact as you go about doing it.

That being said, the airlines have taken their fair share of beatings over the recent years (some of which they brought on themselves, some of which they were victims of). But the true measure of how good a company can be is how well it recognizes the internal strengths and capabilities of it's people to overcome those challenges. I've said for many years...if a company pays more attention to the employees rather than shareholders, we'd see a lot more profitable companies.

IMHO, if the employee is happy, then the customers will be happy and spend more money with you. If the customer is happy and spending more money with you, then the shareholder will be happy because they are seeing a healthy and profitable organization.

I'm an old Piedmont person and for years I've lamented the demise of the airline. I'm encouraged by Doug Parker's influence to bring back the best of all of the carriers that now make up the new US Airways. To me, that shows passion for his people and that will bring great dividends to us all.

Happy and Safe Flying Everyone!


User currently offlineTreebeard787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7964 times:

I loved that paint scheme and I miss seeing all those USAir Aircraft parked at Terminal 2 in PHX back in the 90s those were the days.


Allons-y!
User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7931 times:

Quoting Stirling (Reply 10):
It is my opinion, they should call the whole damn thing PSA and get it over with!

AMEN!!

Quoting StarCityFlyr (Reply 19):
I'm an old Piedmont person and for years I've lamented the demise of the airline. I'm encouraged by Doug Parker's influence to bring back the best of all of the carriers that now make up the new US Airways. To me, that shows passion for his people and that will bring great dividends to us all.

Oh so true. I thin thats one of the reasons spirits are high on both the East and West systems becasue of his ability to bring the history back a bit and realize the employees are not the expendable assets that the Wolfs, Gangwals, Ichans and Lorenzos of the world think we are.



Next trip: SLC-DEN-SLC-PHX-JFK-LAX-SLC with my wife and oldest daughter. F9 to and from DEN, US to JFK, AA 321 and CR7
User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2286 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7913 times:

I personally miss the Pre-Wolfe USAir days. From the name change and fleet change (this is NOT a rip on airbus) onwards, "US Airways" has gone downhill. Also as a Pittsburgher, I miss the hub. I miss seeing mainline and express aircraft all day long, not just B1900's and Air Wiskey CRJ's. (and the others).

Im not old enough to remember em, but from what I can tell form the old people, they also miss Mohawk and Allegheny. When it became USAir, they sorta lost the hometown carrier feel. Once the "home" connection is gone, its hard to bring back.

ATCT



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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7860 times:

OMG I just saw that commercial! Anyone remember in Back to th Future II, the ads fro USAir service to Vietnam? LOL!


Next trip: SLC-DEN-SLC-PHX-JFK-LAX-SLC with my wife and oldest daughter. F9 to and from DEN, US to JFK, AA 321 and CR7
User currently offlinePITA333 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 391 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7734 times:

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 23):
Anyone remember in Back to th Future II, the ads fro USAir service to Vietnam?

Hahaha! Yeah, I remember that! I totally forgot about it until now. Realistic? I think not.


25 WesternA318 : Only if the US/UA merger went through, as UA serves Vietnam, lol
26 Captaink : I did my training "New Hire" in 2002 in PIT. At time there still a very large operation out of PIT and some of the 737s were still in the old scheme.
27 USPIT10L : Unfortunately Still Agony In Reality. I was wondering why USAir was mentioned in that movie! The training facility is still there, for now. PSA does
28 Stirling : I was not referring to the chronology of the pedigree..... PSA was THE innovator of the short-haul, quick-turn, value-priced concept, that the founde
29 IAHFLYR : US Air NOOOOOOO.....Piedmont and the Pacemakers absolutely miss them and the famous Piedmont Punch too. Piedmont 59, come back to the CLT-IAH trip.
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