Flyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3377 times:
I just flew to BWI and was shocked to see that USAirways had hardly any gates left...Piedmont used to have almost the whole airport! They had some commuter flights and lots of empty spaces....very sad. America West moved into one of their old gates.
Piedmont was a great airline...one of 2 (PSA) that US screwed over.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4418 posts, RR: 35 Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3205 times:
Zrs70--as much as we Rochesterians appreciate the compliment, ROC wasn't a hub for Empire. SYR was their hub, and the other Upstate cities were focus cities. Empire typically had 13-15 daily F-28's from Rochester, to places like SYR, BOS, LGA, EWR, JFK, and ALB. At its height, UR typically ran around 70-80 dailies from SYR, split between F-28's and Swearingen Metros.
Empire, and then Piedmont, was great for competition in the Northeast. Heaven knows USAir needed competition. As Flyboyaz noted, UR/ PI got screwed over by US, as did the cities that lost competition through that merger.
Several people here have argued in other threads that RDU, and maybe BNA, could have survived if AA had made them mostly-RJ hubs. But RJ's weren't widespread yet. And AA's pilots would have gone ballistic, and at that time gotten away with it, if AA had tried to save those hubs with RJ's.
Air1727 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 328 posts, RR: 9 Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3015 times:
The term "hub" is definately abused; a lot of these were only gateways and never hubs. Pan Am also had a hub in Houston (IAH). Republic's gateway in Phoenix was acquired from Hughes Airwest. Northwest's gateway in Milwaukee was certainly one folks forget, as well as Delta's Memphis hub. Continental's tenure at Washington Dulles and Denver Stapleton were also ones people forget about. Orlando was only a true hub to two carriers; Florida Express and Braniff II (which acquired Florida Express). Braniff II started with a hub in Dallas (DFW) and then moved operations to Kansas City.
Saint Louis had its fair share; Trans World, Ozark, Air 1, and was also a gateway for Eastern. Atlanta has been infested by Southern, Republic, Delta, Eastern, Trans World (gateway), and so on. So much depth to some airports.
Very cool thread!
In the Alaska bush I'd rather have a two hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa.
USAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1823 posts, RR: 9 Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2995 times:
Jeffrey1970: Northwest never had an RDU hub, but American did for a while around the time your flight was taken. Perhaps you are mistaken on the airline. US Airways (USAir at the time) would've been the only other airline from DCA-MLB with a North Carolina (Charlotte) connection.