PITA333 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10296 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.
USPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3306 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10265 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.
Mainliner From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10054 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 ). 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 .
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10034 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.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9882 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.
Dizzy8 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 9706 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!
StarCityFlyr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9666 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.
WesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5766 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9607 times:
Quoting Stirling (Reply 10): It is my opinion, they should call the whole damn thing PSA and get it over with!
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.
ATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2583 posts, RR: 34
Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9589 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.