Akjetblue From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 790 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5319 times:
US AIRWAYS GROUP, INC. TO CONSOLIDATE PIEDMONT AND ALLEGHENY AIRLINE OPERATIONS
ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 14, 2004 -- US Airways Group, Inc. announced today that it
will consolidate the operations of two of its wholly owned subsidiaries,
Allegheny Airlines Inc., and Piedmont Airlines Inc., with a target effective
date of March 31, 2004.
As part of the transaction, Piedmont Airlines will operate the entire de
Havilland Dash-8 fleet. Allegheny and Piedmont currently operate 82 Dash-8s,
with 41 flown by Allegheny and 41 flown by Piedmont, but the Dash-8 fleet size
will likely decrease as more regional jets are brought into the US Airways
"We have an ongoing review of every aspect of our business to find ways to
operate more efficiently and compete more effectively, and the consolidation of
these two carriers will optimize the assets of both companies," said Bruce
Ashby, president of US Airways Express. "Turboprop aircraft will still have a
role in our network, but it is inefficient to have two wholly owned Dash-8
operators with duplicative overhead functions for a shrinking part of the
company. We believe it provides the best outcome for our employees."
Members of the US Airways Express management are meeting today with
representatives of the respective organized labor groups for Allegheny and
Piedmont to share details of the proposed consolidation.
The preferred option is to merge Allegheny into Piedmont, allowing for the
orderly transition of the Allegheny employees into Piedmont.
The other and less-preferred option would be a partial asset transfer to
Piedmont, the liquidation of the remaining Allegheny assets, and the shutdown of
the Allegheny operation. Ashby said this option can be avoided through the
timely conclusion of labor agreements about representation and work rules.
"Our focus is going to be on the orderly consolidation of the two carriers,
because that is clearly in the best interest of our employees, customers and
shareholders. The timeline is short because we believe it is best to resolve
issues quickly so that our employees have a clear understanding of what the
future holds for them," said Ashby.
The US Airways Express network comprises nine carriers operating more than 2,000
flights daily, serving nearly 150 destinations in the U.S., Canada, and the
Caribbean. The three wholly owned subsidiaries are Allegheny Airlines, Piedmont
Airlines and PSA Airlines and the affiliate carriers are Air Midwest, Chautauqua
Airlines, Colgan Air, Mesa Airlines, Shuttle America and Trans States Airlines.
Ryefly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5173 times:
Actually, after reading that article, I don't think this news points as a sign to "the start of the end of US Airways". I think this is good news by pointing them in the right direction. This is something that should have been done a long time ago in my opinion.
KYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5059 times:
This makes sense! I, too, see this as a positive sign. In some topics yesterday I referenced the loan covenants US must meet in the first six months of this year. This move should help efficiency, which will help reduce costs and help meet those covenants.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss
Airways6max From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4938 times:
I think it's very inefficient to have nine carriers operate a commuter network. Seems that consolidating them is just common sense. There's been a lot of talk about US Airways going under, but they may pull through yet.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4864 times:
Seems like people will find something pointing to US Airways' doom wherever they want to find it... they're about to be admitted to the Star Alliance as a full member: another sign of impending doom???
As others have said - the system they have now is inefficient, they're improving it: where's the problem?
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3737 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4802 times:
I agree with what's been said above- this is more positive then negative. This isn't the "beginning of the end"...if the Shuttle had been sold, I'd then agree. They're condensing their Express carriers...the article said that "but it is inefficient to have two wholly owned Dash-8 operators", which is true. Why have 2 when you can condense Allegheny & Piedmont into one, which is what looks like is going to happen.
Can anybody tell me why it seems like some of the people on here actually want US Airways to go under?
Adam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4722 times:
To answer DeltaRules question- this is an aviation discussion board. You are going to have people that love this airline and hate that airline.
Personally...I love US Airways, its one of my favorite airlines, and I don't want to see it die at all.
But, there are people on here that would like to see that happen , which is sad but that is there opinion.
USAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1847 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4459 times:
I believe this move is done for 2 reasons: One, it is more efficient to operate PSA and Allegheny as 1 airline rather than two, if they can't sell it. Two, one combined unit is mroe attractive to prospective buyers than two individual ones are.
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7569 posts, RR: 43
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4383 times:
I agree this is a positive step. I guess that the reason why Akjetblue wrote "the start of the end" as the title of the thread is that this can also be seen as a desperate attempt to survive via cost-cutting at a time when there is a general perception that all is lost no matter what USAirways does.
Haveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4342 times:
This is a positive step that has been rumored around US circles for awhile. More consolidation of contract and in-house express carriers is needed. An entire jettison of Shuttle America is warranted, but that's for another thread.