Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2608 times:
I'm new to the forum. I tried to do a search with no luck, so I hope I'm not repeating a thread. Where would Piedmont be today if it had not merged with US ? Obviously, BWI and CLT would still be hubs, DAY gone and what about SYR ? Fleets, etc ?
Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
OK - if US Air had not been successful in taking over PI, then Norfolk/Southern Corp would own them. Remember, US entered a biding war with NS for PI, NS already own over 20% of PI.
I think NS wanted a carrier for intermodal cargo, so, I believe that PI would have continued on with expansion westward and international and a large cargo ops.
I suspect they would be operating an all Boeing fleet, with the possible exception of DC-10/MD-11 for freight. 727's would be gone, the F28's would be gone, by now. But 777-200 would be in operation on transatlantic routes.
I wonder if they would be having a difficult time due to a large ops at DCA (and extended closure after 9/11). But they would rebound more quickly than US, due to their large freight ops.
I suspect they would have chased after Eastern's Latin America/Caribbean routes. That would be the impetuous for scaling back SYR. They could well be at MIA instead of AA. So we would be looking at:
(maybe MCO, where exactly was PI's intra-FL service based? I should know that)
737-200, 300, 400, 700 (lots of them!!)
757-200 (maybe, replacement for 727 high density routes)
Henson would have a large CRJ/Dash-8 fleet.
Would be generating 20-30% of operating revs. I would expect DC-10/MD-11's (For whatever reason, I think that fits NS corporate profile better that the 747-400F).
SRD737NG From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 136 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2491 times:
That is a very tough question to answer. However, I do know that Piedmont was an excellent airline. The people that worked there were the best, and they all worked together as a real team! My father flew for Piedmont, and when I was 13, he took me to Tom Davis' retirement party (he started Piedmont) at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. All of the employees at Piedmont donated money and surprised Mr. Davis with a new Mercedes convertible as a retirement gift!! Can you see any company doing that today for their leader??
I would just hope that if Piedmont were still around today, that they would still be the airline that everyone loved to fly. That company is still very sorely missed by a lot of people. That was my dream job as a young kid, so was TWA. Both companies had very loyal employees that stuck together ....you just don't see much of that anymore unfortunately.