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Should I Fly US Airways?  
User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 471 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

OK, I am probably being paranoid here but I am in the process of shopping for a trip to Europe in July. US Airways is coming up cheapest for my trip LAX-LGW-LAX. I know they are not in the best shape right now and it looks like this war with Iraq is going to happen. I just don't want them to go belly up right before my trip. Other airlines such as Air Canada, Lufthansa are not that much more expensive. United is the second cheapest but I have the same feelings about booking a flight with them. Should I go for US Airways or spend a little more for a different airline? I wouldn't care if it was just a domestic flight but this is to Europe and I absolutely have to be there in July and August. What should I do?

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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1803 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

Yes, why not . I heard a lot of good comments about USairways and their A330 . Do fly their A330 , its a great plane .


Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1858 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

Yes, I'm more than a little biased, but please do fly US Airways! They need all the passengers we can get right now if they are to make the exit from Chapter 11 on time. They are a great airline and the A330 is a completely awesome aircraft. You will be impressed, I guarantee. Once again, please continue your trip as planned and enjoy it!

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User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2959 times:

It is not that I do not want to fly US Airways, I always have...and I would also love to fly on an A330 because I never have before. I am just a little concerned that they are going to fold right before my trip and like I said before I absolutely have to be in Europe at that time.

User currently offlineUS Air/TWA Fan From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2927 times:

Fly US Airways...I also heard they changed their cancellation policy to illiminate change fees if you were to decide to change plans.
Yes, the A330 is a fabulous aircraft, so try it out!

US Airways is better off than United, and once US emerges from bankrupsy, it will be a stronger carrier.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5116 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 2855 times:

FLY WITH US... US Airways is a great airline.. I havent been on the A330 but i hear it is awesome.. great legroom even in economy class.. If you fly envoy well u are a king i assure you.

There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineUS AIRWAYS From United States of America, joined May 1999, 432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 17 hours ago) and read 2826 times:

I can obviously never say enough about US Airways, and my recommendation is to give them a try. You definitely will have an amazing trip with them.


Go Eagles!
User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4651 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 2770 times:


Obviously you can tell there is no reason to fear flying U. They will be emerging from bankruptcy in 13 days (WOOHOO)...and already have protections in their contracts in case of war (5% labor cost reductions, etc). If you are too worried, pay with a credit card...you will have that added security then should anything unexpected happen.

User currently offlineBeltwayBandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

Let me add a more objective analysis. An airline in the bankruptcy process is actually a fairly safe bet for travelers, provided that an ultimate reorganization plan seems likely. If reorganization fails (e.g. the plan is not approved), and the entity goes into liquidation, then you are going to be left with a claim, but low chance of recovery. My sense is that the US Airways reorganization plan is likely to be approved (I believe creditors have already approved), so US Airways soon may be among the most financial sound airlines!

The bigger risk is booking on an airline on the brink of bankruptcy. With a bankruptcy filing, you see an immediate change in schedules, frequent flier credits get slashed, and if you have a booked flight, you may be stuck with a claim, but no flight.

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6247 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

I would like to say something strikingly different from those ultra-optimistic opinions listed above (mostly by US employees, who I feel are to biased to give you good advice!)

I think you do have reason to be afraid. "Obvisouly you can tell there is no reason to fear flying U." I disagree- Obviously, there is MORE reason to fear flying U than there is British or Air France or some airline like that, which is in no danger of not existing anytime soon.

Having said that, it looks like they are doing a little better than anyone expected. And, the likelihood of them not beign around in July is low- I think they will last longer than that even if they do eventually fold.

I flew to Rome on one of their A330s, and really did like it. FAR better than my longhaul experience on American (US even had soap and toilet tissue is the lavatories... fancy that!)

So, my advice, in spite of realizing and agreeing with your concern, is to go ahead and fly US. Nice planes, service was fine for coach (check out the lumbar button on your seat!) and in this case, a great price.

But I would suggest, like Outboy, that you pay with a credit card. I booked a trip on Legend with my Amex, and when they went bust, Amex had no trouble with it and did not charge me anything. And, in the event of failure, US will probably book you on another airline. Legend was booking folks on Delta. i would expect US to book them on United or another.

So- go for it, but pay with a card!


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

I flew US a few weeks ago. I can say that that cabin crew were very friendly, the planes were full, and reports say that US is set to come out of bankrupcy soon, so I don't think you'd have much to fear from US Airways. At least not before this Summer.


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User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 2744 times:

I also think you should fly US!
I think its a lot better than LH for example, wich does not have PTVs in Economy!
UAL would also be an interesting option, because you'll never know how long they are in the air and I would fly with an airline, wich will not exist a long time in the future... You can fly the other years later too!

regards, Florian Trojer

User currently offlineUSAir330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 850 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

I agree with USAirways321, US Airways needs all the passengers they can get right now. And I have flown on the A330 before PHL-SJU. It's was a smooth flight the whole way there and we got to our cruising altitude of 39,000 ft. in 15-30 minutes. Also the legroom is bangin I felt like i was chillin in my living room, especially with the Tv right infront of you Big grin.

User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

US Airways is our airline of choice. We've flown them several times to
the Caribbean and a few domestic trips and have never been dissatisfied
with the service, on time performance, or the friendliness of the crew.

I'd fly them anytime without question.


What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineBa319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8732 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 2685 times:
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I've flown US twice now on trips to LAX,they are my choice of carrier to the USA now.

US are due to emerge from C11 at the end of the month.With the new agreements in place with employees and other vendors they are in a far stronger position than they have been in the past.

If you are concerned they go 'belly up' book with a credit card,that will give you protection in terms of your card issuer refunding any funds.It is very unlikely this will occur though.

Fly US,enjoy the A330 service.

They are a great airline,hopefully they will go from strength to strength.



User currently offlinePatM04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

I hear they are one of the best airlines. I personally have never flown them but have heard nothing but wonderful things. I'm sure that they (like all airlines) could use as many passengers as they can get. Smile Have fun on your trip!!

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

USAirways rules,a nd they are more likely to survive that United. They are very friendly and in the "unlikely event" of them going belly up they will rebook you, go USAirways all the way! I am not biast at all.
-Transaero Boeing 737-200
PS: They need the business, and the A330 kicks butt, their service is great and so is their food. Transcon A319 or 757 both great a/c and they serve meals on the PHL,PIT or CLT-LAX sector.
-Transaero Boeing 737-200

What now?
User currently offlineDelta777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

Absolutely, enjoy the A330 (if you get on it). The Best transatlantic economy.

D E L T A 7 7 7

User currently offlineDrdivo From United States of America, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

illiminate? Bankrupsy?

Do they teach spelling anymore?

Respectfully - the Divo
User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

My experience on the US A330 was one of the most enjoyable longhauls of my life, despite developing acute appendicitis en route and spending my entire French vacation in the hospital upon arrival.  Nuts


User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 8 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

OK, OK, OK...You guys have convinced me. I'll go ahead and book my trip right now. But if something happens and I don't make it to London on the 22nd of July, I am holding you guys personally responsible.  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineAAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 8 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

illiminate? Bankrupsy?

Do they teach spelling anymore?

Obviously not  Nuts Insane

A^A MD-11
PS: note the clear lack of spell-checker use in this forum at times.

User currently offlineRyefly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 7 hours ago) and read 2512 times:

Okay Triley1057,

Now that you have booked your ticket, I will tell you the real truth... just kidding with you. I was in your shoes last week. I am going to a wedding this summer and US Airways was my best choice because of schedule and price. So I bought my ticket with them. Northwest and Delta were my alternatives. I am glad I didn't choose Delta because the next day they switched all their service over to regional jets.

To me US Airways has a good chance to be very strong in the future. I know it seems ironic because if there was any airline that looked toast, it was US Airways days, weeks, months, years ago. I think they cut costs, and shrunk it's fleet down by getting rid of unwanted fleet types just in time. I know in most cases you can't shrink down to profitablity. Although these days everything is different in the industry, and it might have been the thing that saved them from chapter 7. I think if they waited any longer to file chapter 11, they would have been forced to liquidate because of this war. Now that they are so close to emerge from bankruptcy, those that are backing them can see the light at the end of the tunnel. US Airways will treat this war as just another hurdle, but atleast this one all airlines will be dealing with it at the same time. We will just have to see how long the war turns out being. Although if it's long, the government will step in and help before all airlines start liquidating. So I wouldn't worry. Enjoy your flight, I have not flown the A330, but I have also heard great stories about it.

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