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Doug Parker Letter  
User currently offlineCa2ohHP From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 955 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5398 times:

This letter was sent in response to jetBlue's recently announced North Carolina service:

To: US Employees (especially to our Charlotte-based team):
In announcing JetBlue's intention to add a handful of regional jet flights from JFK to Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham yesterday, JetBlue CEO David Neeleman made the following comment "Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham have natural ties to New York, but until now, the people of North Carolina have overpaid for sub-standard service." As US Airways is the largest provider of service from Charlotte to New York, we can assume that at least some of Mr. Neeleman's remarks were targeted at us. A number of you were upset by these remarks so I thought I should share my views with you.
First, I know David pretty well and I can assure you he is a genuinely good person. That he chose to make such a remark is probably indicative of the stress that JetBlue is under and we should not take his remarks personally. JetBlue is experiencing a relative profitability decline that is unprecedented in our industry. It is probably very hard for them to hear that US Airways (who they'd counted on being gone by now) is expecting to be profitable in 2006 (excluding transition related expenses), while they have disclosed that they expect to be unprofitable.
Their problems are serious and structural: 1) they have a low cost structure that is driven primarily by a low average age (low seniority employees, low maintenance on new airplanes for three years, etc.); 2) to maintain a low average age, they must grow; and 3) there are no more growth markets in our industry (which is where our survival really hurt them). And, their problems are well appreciated by the financial markets. Since our merger, US Airways stock has appreciated over 100%, while JetBlue is down about 20%. It doesn't appear that our customers are overpaying; rather it appears that passengers aren't willing to pay JetBlue enough for them to be profitable.
Some of this is likely due to their own service. While US Airways has been the leading on-time major airline since our merger, JetBlue has been among the worst! To characterize arriving late in JFK with a TV in front of you as better service than being on-time in LGA with a first class cabin, an award-winning frequent flyer program, business clubs and a global alliance, suggests that JetBlue may be looking at the wrong service standards.
The fact of the matter is JetBlue is struggling mightily and the hard working employees of US Airways are a big reason why. Rather than get upset by their comments we should keep them in context.
US Airways is going to be here long after JetBlue -- that was not their plan and they are trying to figure out what to do about it.
We, on the other hand, know what to do -- we will compete aggressively, we will focus on running our own race and we will win. Thanks so much for taking care of our customers and please keep it up.
Sincerely,

Doug


Arriving late in JFK with a TV is the best line.

[Edited 2006-04-14 23:28:36]

85 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineEtops1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1099 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5361 times:

already posted under"jetblue better watch out". but i agree ,that was a good line.

User currently offlineCa2ohHP From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 955 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5361 times:

Yeah but I beat ya to it...hahaha....kidding. (well not really)

User currently offlineN908AW From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 939 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5310 times:

Basically...

"Yeah, he's a geniunly good person, but I'm gonna blast him anyway."



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User currently offlinePSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 974 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5302 times:

Although a letter like this is probably not needed, it is meant to
be a confidece-booster to the people at US.
Parker used facts for his arguement; facts which the US employees
should be proud of.
I wish the new US the best of luck to succeed !



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User currently offlineN471WN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1566 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5302 times:
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Oh my....talk about spinning the truth.....Jet Blue versus US Air....just ask the thousands of "no and lost baggage" US Air customers who they would rather fly......Doug should never underestimate David---he will lose if he does

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5302 times:

This is why I have alot of respect for Doug. He has a very good eye on the big picture.

User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5179 times:

Quoting Ca2ohHP (Thread starter):

I have been waiting for someone like Doug Parker to take over US Airways for what seems like forever. Great job in boosting the confidence and morale of US Airways employees in CLT and RDU. It's also great to see US Airways be a great operational airline again. After the PR pounding they took with the whole PHL fiasco and also the hurricane problems plagueing their Caribbean network, it's great to see something positive come out of their executive's mouths.

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 6):

I couldn't have said it better myself.



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User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5045 times:

Quoting Dbba (Reply 5):
Oh my....talk about spinning the truth.....Jet Blue versus US Air....just ask the thousands of "no and lost baggage" US Air customers who they would rather fly......Doug should never underestimate David---he will lose if he does

And Doug will fire back and say "that was the old US Airways, a past fault we are looking to correct and ensure future problems are minimal as part of the new US Airways - check out the baggage numbers from America West."

Don't be so sure Neeleman will beat Parker in this debate.

[Edited 2006-04-15 06:05:13]

User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5080 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5009 times:

Quoting Dbba (Reply 5):
Oh my....talk about spinning the truth.....Jet Blue versus US Air....just ask the thousands of "no and lost baggage" US Air customers who they would rather fly......Doug should never underestimate David---he will lose if he does

I think Neelman is trying to take a whack at a dangerous competitior. I think he is walking on territory that could be fatal to B6.

I do envy B6, but I would have to put my bets on US in this one. I think B6 is going into a territory that will produce no profit. US will fight tooth and nail on this one. If B6 offers 30 dollars, US will cut to 15. Who do you think would last longer?



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4947 times:

Jetblue Better Watch Out. (by Etops1 Apr 14 2006 in Civil Aviation)

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4882 times:

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 9):
I think Neelman is trying to take a whack at a dangerous competitior. I think he is walking on territory that could be fatal to B6.

Neeleman was always intending to eventually go head to head with everyone -- at some point, the next 100 aircraft on order have to go somewhere, and most of those 'somewheres' already have airlines flying them.

What troubles me (and much of Wall Street, it appears) is that jetBlue isn't making money with a load factor of over 85%. As the airline expands, it's not unreasonable to assume that the load factor overall will drop -- and even a drop to 80% would leave B6 losing money at an alarming rate.

Steve


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5700 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4851 times:

Quoting Ca2ohHP (Thread starter):
The fact of the matter is JetBlue is struggling mightily and the hard working employees of US Airways are a big reason why. Rather than get upset by their comments we should keep them in context.
US Airways is going to be here long after JetBlue -- that was not their plan and they are trying to figure out what to do about it.
We, on the other hand, know what to do -- we will compete aggressively, we will focus on running our own race and we will win. Thanks so much for taking care of our customers and please keep it up.

*cocks rifle* READY FOR BATTLE MR. PARKER! Down with those infidel blue tails! *evil grin*

Quoting Dbba (Reply 5):
Doug should never underestimate David---he will lose if he does

Yeah, *rolls eyes* It should be the other way around.

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 9):
I think he is walking on territory that could be fatal to B6.

Oh I certainly hope so. B6 is just another overhyped crappy all-coach PeoplExpress clone.



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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5080 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4821 times:

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 12):
Oh I certainly hope so. B6 is just another overhyped crappy all-coach PeoplExpress clone.

You have a good point there. I think Neelman needs to be cautious about the growth of B6. PeopleExpress had the same fate. I think they grew too quickly.

B6 had a great start, and certainly turned my head. The moment I saw B6 order another aircraft type, I scratched my head.

I certainly wish B6 the best of luck, as I get sick watching the industry tumble. I just think challenging another carrier at a time like this is not very smart business thinking. If fuel was at a comfortable price, I would be all for airlines putting on the gloves. If anything, this should be a time for the industry to slow its growth, and fix the problems.

Many say that US will fail. I really think the direction US has and is taking, might be the airline that turns many heads. Heck, they have a good route structure, and they are by no means a small carrier. B6 can't even compare apples to apples when looking at the spread sheets. US has been very quiet lately, and that tells me that they are working their tails off to get it right.

If US and B6 go head to head, I would have to put my bets on US coming out winning. US has plenty of planes to throw on B6's routes, and a tad bit more cash to play with. I really hope it does not come down to that.

Quoting Sllevin (Reply 11):
Neeleman was always intending to eventually go head to head with everyone -- at some point, the next 100 aircraft on order have to go somewhere, and most of those 'somewheres' already have airlines flying them.

What troubles me (and much of Wall Street, it appears) is that jetBlue isn't making money with a load factor of over 85%. As the airline expands, it's not unreasonable to assume that the load factor overall will drop -- and even a drop to 80% would leave B6 losing money at an alarming rate.

Right on. I again think Neelman is trying to grow this airline too quickly. When we look at the next 100 aircraft, and saying they have to go somewhere,,,, that concerns me. B6 would be smart to just delay the orders, and work on fine tuning what they have right now. Play with the RASM/CASM a little to get the formula to work with the $70 per barrel oil price, and go on from there.

B6 does have a good product, and I think they can turn this around. I think Neelman is a great, but I question his latest moves. Maybe he knows something, but I just think the timing is bad. Is he still looking at the year 2000 models? Times have changed dramatically since then.



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User currently offlineFCYTravis From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1191 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4814 times:

When fleets are growing slowly, or even shrinking as in the case of the majors, one can afford to - and indeed, must - take time to carefully allocate each jet for each route to maximally utilize a spread-thin fleet.

Conversely, when you've got new jets pouring in, you can't really afford to perform traffic analysis or market studies or all that... you've gotta throw the jet on the route and hope it works because a week later you've got another jet coming that you've got to find somewhere else to put... otherwise you've got expensive lease payments parked on an apron somewhere.

That's what's happening to jetBlue.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4780 times:

Great thread - nice letter.

That said: Neelman's right. CLT, GSO, RDU all held hostage by high fares at US Airways.

CLT especially. From 1996-2000 I commuted between DCA and CLT, and it was outrageously expensive. US was literally the only game in town CLT to DCA/BWI/IAD.

Occasionally I'd be on a business trip to/from DCA/IAD. I'd plan a stop over in CLT for a weekend, and the ticket price would routinely jump over $275. I have all the paperwork to support that claim by the way.

So any competition in CLT that will bring a lower cost to that market is likely to be welcomed there . . .

What ever Doug Parker thinks is fine - but the population around CLT is finally going to get a break.


User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1582 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

[quote=Etops1,reply=1]already posted under"jetblue better watch out".


Interesting that two threads were started within 2 minutes of one another on this same topic and the other thread was locked even though twice as many responses were posted in the other thread over the same period of time.

No offense at all to the threadstarter here but "JetBlue Better Watch Out" just seems to say CLICK ME! Could also be why the other thread currently has 5x as many views.

Edited to add this. In my opinion, if a moderator is going to lock a thread, why lock up one that has attracted more attention because it was started two minutes later?

[Edited 2006-04-15 13:55:52]


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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6776 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4706 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 15):
That said: Neelman's right. CLT, GSO, RDU all held hostage by high fares at US Airways.

Not just CLT, GSO, and RDU.

You have to look at EWN (New Bern), PGV (Greenville), OAJ (Jacksonville) also.. They are being Strangled by US. I'm sure if they lowered the price by 20%, then US would see a jump in traffic. If not a lower price, then certainly another carrier could help lower the prices.

Alas, there isn't really a LCC who does small airports except Allegiant... hmmm?!?!?

To go DCA-EWN .. it was looking to cost me $480! Come on.. loosen the noose some so some traffic could actually flourish there!



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6835 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4686 times:

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 12):
Oh I certainly hope so. B6 is just another overhyped crappy all-coach PeoplExpress clone.

If have flown many LCCs in Europe and the US, along with numerous legacy carriers. And B6 has been one of the most impressing, it beats any other LCC and most legacy carriers as well. Friendliness both on the ground and in the air, clean cabins with comfortable seats and lots of legroom, personal IFE with LiveTV, free snacks, attractive fares, not to forget a most modern fleet = a perfect combo not really common in these days.

They introduced some attractive innovations, brought down fares on overpriced routes and forced once lazy majors to update their products - so what's wrong with that? What has B6 done to qualify for these repeated ridiculous hate speeches by Internet forum users, most of whom have never seen a B6 aircraft from the inside, and many of whom fly probably two round trips a year, if any at all?

And of course, there will always be people who prefer paying thrice as much for a flight with only a third of amenities...


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter

[Edited 2006-04-15 15:09:15]


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User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4078 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4662 times:

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 17):
Alas, there isn't really a LCC who does small airports except Allegiant... hmmm?!?!?

B6 might now, with the 190s.


User currently offlineEtops1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1099 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4615 times:

Quoting DTW757 (Reply 16):

it's ok . my momma tought me to share.


User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6776 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4589 times:

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 19):
B6 might now, with the 190s.

No.. No.. I mean, small tier airports.. less than 500,000 annual pax



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineLGAtoIND From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4525 times:

Parker would never have written the letter if he wasn't worried about B6 invading CLT. Seems about the same as a "they're coming to kill us" letter, just replacing the negativity with blowing steam up everyone's ass.

User currently offlineJFKLGANYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3549 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4517 times:

You have to remember, it isn't just CLT and RDU . . . B6 also just announced JFK-PIT.

I guess the guy had to say something. He had to rally the troops. Might I add that AA added 4x daily service from LGA-CLT last year. No big deal was made on US's behalf. And the two carriers compete quite well.

Same wil happen with B6.

BTW...the 170/190 is a regional jet? Then why are you flying them under a mainline banner Doug?

PJ


User currently offlinePlaneloco From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4504 times:

F9 definitely worries me with their fast expansion. They do have an excellent product. I absolutely prefer it over US any day. I would hate to see it vanish.

However, I hope Doug has a statement prepared for SW's arrival. I hear they have CLT in their sights. SW and F9 together would definitely have US by the short and curlies! Even SW alone would whack US pretty good.


25 Post contains images Werdywerd : Hmm. Doug P. sounds more like this guy to me: "Everything is fine here, there is nothing to worry about. Those Infidels at Jetblue will fail miserably
26 Post contains images SBN580 : Yes, but you know, many people with a TV screen in front of them is like a sedadtive. Maybe they think it makes for fewer angry passengers in a delay
27 Planeloco : SPOT ON, Werdywerd!! "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" also comes to mind.
28 Ajiggity3 : CLT and JBLU . . . I am having a flashback, oh wait that was ATL and JBLU. I think JBLU is in for quite a run for their money in CLT. Let's look back
29 CRJ900 : In the other (locked) thread one a.netter wrote that B6 will lease out or sell some of the newest aircraft... are these only A320 aircraft or will the
30 Post contains images Antoniemey : They don't have enough of the E-190s to get rid of yet.
31 Post contains images Jsposaune : Somehow methinks Air Namibia isn't really going to give us too much of a problem!!! I'm sorry....I had to!
32 Post contains images FCYTravis : Um... US isn't the largest carrier at either of the latter two airports. DL and AA are bigger at GSO and RDU, respectively. US isn't holding anyone h
33 PSA727 : Is starting CLT-JFK and RDU-JFK really going after US anyway? Isn't DL planning JFK-RDU as part of their "hub" expansion at JFK? And do people wanting
34 ERJ170 : No. Neither are US routes. I don't think they will give it much thought. Long time route. Use to be 4x daily, now 2x. Mostly for connecting to intern
35 Dallas74 : ATL and CLT are not the same. JetBlue ran into a wall in Atlanta because it under estimated AirTran not Delta. By turning ATL into a minor focus city
36 JBLUA320 : FCYTravis is partly correct-- these are statistics from the three airlines directly for frequencies on a Monday. ================== RALEIGH/DURHAM RDU
37 Post contains images USPIT10L : I wouldn't take it that far, but a great picture nonetheless. Parker knows what he's doing. I think jetBlue will do well in CLT in particular, simply
38 Post contains images JBLUA320 : USPIT-- AA is using the E135 on LGA-PIT. I flew the route last week JBLU
39 USPIT10L : Thanks, I'd be surprised if they don't upgrade it soon if it does well. How were the loads on it? I saw a CR7 to DFW about three weeks ago. Good to s
40 JBLUA320 : I think both flights had aroud 30 people on them, which isn't bad on a 37 seater. I remember hearing the numbers 31 and 32 but I could be dreaming.. J
41 WesternA318 : I know I'm one of a dying breed, but I have flown B6, and have found it quite uncomfortable. I do prefer having my First Class seat and service level
42 DL Widget Head : The pressure was mostly from DL. At the time, AirTran had 1 maybe 2 N/S daily flights representing approx 300 seats. DL had 10 or more daily flights
43 Post contains images CentPIT : As well as a money maker--PIT-BOS! I doubt the service will get an upgrade. The average load factor is 76.5%! Being that PIT is all Eagle, it is not
44 CentPIT : Not only this, but WN is already in RDU! Why does he mention CLT and RDU. PIT is getting more B6 service than both cities. I know US doesn't care muc
45 HPRamper : Why not? It would be on HP metal though, since HP flew to JFK and EWR but not LGA.
46 CentPIT : To better compete, I would suggest using the E70 on both the routes if they were to start them.
47 MalpensaSFO : No, it will however compete with the LGA-CLT flights that US currently operates. So retalitation is very, very likely.. Yes, just as they are adding
48 JBLUA320 : I encourage you to look at a thread I posted before for RDU/GSO frequencies between DL US and AA. I am a US supporter but they are NOT the largest car
49 HPRamper : HP doesn't fly the 70. It would be a good route for the E190 though, when we take delivery. US doesn't have any infrastructure at JFK, everything is
50 MalpensaSFO : My error, apologies... However, GSO, is still heavy US Airways territory.. Or is it not?
51 Post contains images CentPIT : Oops! My bad! I know HP doesn't operate the E70, I just forgot about the infrastructure deal. When US takes delivery of the E90, which will be mainli
52 JBLUA320 : Malpensa, you are correct-- GSO is US territoryw/ 54 frequencies vs 44 from Delta and 8 from American (on a Monday). Thought it was interesting--> Del
53 Post contains images ERJ170 : Sorry, but Delta has been running RDU-JFK for YEARS.. that is not hardly a new market... RDU-LAX.. yes.. but not RDU-JFK.. I hope to see a Delta E70
54 Post contains images HPRamper : haha, I think that would drive MORE people to fly B6 The infrastructure issue is a little complicated. There is the computer issue, and the contract/
55 USXguy : actually US can contract HP to work the flights, just as its done in MIA and a few other cities where US works the HP flights. The HP rampers will jus
56 USPIT10L : That's great! This will definitely last longer than AA's half-hearted attempt at PIT-BOS in 2001-02. It lasted four months. That sounds much more lik
57 HPRamper : Seriously, I always kept hearing it was much harder than this. Of course, now that you say this, I don't know why it's not just that simple.
58 USXguy : HPRamper, well US handles HP in MIA and MCO... and HP does the ramp for US in PHX and LAS....
59 Mah584jr : I agree that competition is a really good thing. I think it will cause US to lower fares on some of its routes, but not all. B6 coming to Charlotte wi
60 Post contains images Lightsaber : Great one! This is a matter of economics, not words. If anything, B6 entering CLT and RDU will help both US and B6. Why? Look at the attention this i
61 FCYTravis : Frequencies, schmequencies. What matters is pax count, and DL carries more pax out of GSO - 5,000 more in February. It is a strong US station, but it'
62 FCYTravis : In February, Delta carried 27,102 pax from GSO. US Airways carried 21,719. From RDU, both American and Southwest are bigger than US Airways, and Delta
63 PlaneHunter : If you don't need to fly LCCs and if your legacy airline is not really threatened by B6 or any other LCCs - then why all the complaints about B6? Wha
64 WesternA318 : "What has B6 done to qualify for these repeated ridiculous hate speeches by Internet forum users, most of whom have never seen a B6 aircraft from the
65 Post contains images ANCFlyer : You did really well right up until your smartass closing remark. I'd invite you to re-read my post - and look back a few years. 1996-2000 when I was
66 FCYTravis : Hey, low-fare competition is great. I hope it makes US shape up their product on the East and West - as a US West Gold myself. But far too many people
67 JBLUA320 : Maybe you should start specifying by what terms an airline is the biggest carrier out of an airport. You've stated frequencies don't matter, but that
68 CentPIT : Well, I think PIT and CLT should eventually receive JFK service. This will just help passengers from slipping away to B6. PHL-JFk in my opinion would
69 Flyboyaz : I know in the CSR transitional agreement they had a clause in there that would allow each airline to handle each other's flights.
70 Post contains images Isitsafenow : I'd like to see US add a midwest hub to compete with NW(DTW-MEM) and DL(CVG). Competition is always welcome in this industry.......as we WELL KNOW!!!
71 HPLASOps : Um.......no they don't. In LAS (and I believe PHX is the same way), US still has its own employees and we're still under seperate union ramp contract
72 Bridogger6 : Actually here in PHX, certain HP rampers are contracted to, and do ramp work for US.
73 Malaysia : What happened to the US Ramp Agents that were in LAS? did they have to take a pay cut and join HP union/ramp?
74 USPIT10L : US doesn't need a midwest hub. That's why they've been codesharing with UA for the past two years. The feed on the west coast from UA is diminished t
75 Mah584jr : I can't speak for any other US hub, but I am certain that US has high yields at PHL even more so after WN entered. Their international service from P
76 USXguy : US never had fleet service in LAS. Just customer service. I believe that CO did the below wing.
77 HPLASOps : Hmm, that's interesting, then who are these fellows that I see wearing "US Airways" logos on their clothing loading bags on the US planes? They may b
78 HPRamper : The new US Airways uniforms have been starting to make their way onto the ramps. We have a few people wearing them here as well. This is no proof, me
79 HPLASOps : I meant right at the very beginning of the merger - before the our guys starting wearing US stuff. There were about a dozen or so old US guys who wor
80 ScottB : Actually, LAS & PHX (HP/US), as well as ORD & STL (AA) are closer together than PIT & PHL.
81 HPRamper : PIT is about as much a hub for US as STL is for AA. Both have been reduced over the years and both have a high percentage of regional flying.
82 Tango-Bravo : One thing for which Doug Parker and HP/US can be commended is their non-participation in the reactionary legacy game of squandering million$ on an eg
83 ScottB : Actually, US Airways itself doesn't serve GSO at all (aside from a dozen or so flights in late April and early May which will happen for the High Poi
84 Mah584jr : Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought I remembered hearing that B6 was adding 7 NS flights between BOS and BUF or something, and then shortly after,
85 HPRamper : That's a little different. There was already service from BOS-BUF, that announcement was for increased frequency. Not the same as deciding to fly, oh,
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