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Why US Airways Is Big At Losing...  
User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14034 times:

US Airways is definitely coping well with its merger with America West, but not everything is going their way...

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/b...urce=rss&channel=inquirer_business


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User currently offlineQFSYD744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 13967 times:

There are a number of questions that I have in regards to the US Airways/America West merger. If anyone is able to help that would be greatly, very grealty appreciated.

1/ Headquarters have been moved to Tempe, in Phoenix, a non long haul US Airways/America West gateway. Why was that?

2/ There are absolutely no US Airways long haul equipment rotating into/from Las Vegas or Phoenix, Why is that? Will Las Vegas remain a hub?

3/ America West/US Airways seniority, who retains and who looses?

4/ The new branding/colours seems to be less than pleasant and almost childlike. Why such odd colours?

5/ Uniforms are not the same from one airline to the other. Why is that? Cabin interiors vary greatly from one airline to the next. Are there plans to commonize the interiors?

6/ Is Pittsburgh going to remain a focus city along with La Guardia and National?

7/ What is the long term replacement plan for the 737-300/757-200 program?

8/ What is the long term replacement plan for the 767-200 program?

9/ Doug Parker, has he bitten off more than he can chew?

10/ How viable is the merger long term against the likes of Southwest, Delta, American, and United Airlines?

Any information would greatly help. It was funny about 14 years ago we in Australia were being told that by 1996 America West would have the 747-400 and would be flying to Sydney. That never happened. Just wondering what would come of this marriage between US Airways/America West?


User currently offlineATWZW170 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 904 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 13949 times:

Have you seen the operation in PHL - lazy ass local workers - and please don't sit and tell me that everyone has taken pay cuts and because of that people don't do more than what they are paid for. We all have, it sucks. No one is making the money they were - but fact of the matter is that if you look at those who work in PHL - and I mean everywhere in the airport, from Burger King to the city cleaners, they are all lazy local workers.

Let the lashings begin.



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User currently offlineQFSYD744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 13939 times:

Quoting ATWZW170 (Reply 2):
PHL - and I mean everywhere in the airport, from Burger King to the city cleaners, they are all lazy local workers

If the employee morale is so bad in Philadelphia, and the headquarters have been moved to PHX, why maintain Philadelphia. Is Philadelphia O/D rich? Or is Philadelphia contract rich for TATL?


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9268 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 13898 times:

Man, if this news was any older, I would have read about it in the Book of Exodus!!!


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User currently offlineWarreng24 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 13883 times:

Just read the article.

Is there any particular reason they can't fire the people who don't show up to their shifts? Or the ones that duck out?

If I don't show up to work, I'd be fired.

I mean, I'm sure that there have to be other people who are willing and able to take the jobs from the fired workers?


User currently offlineJaybird From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 13860 times:
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Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
1/ Headquarters have been moved to Tempe, in Phoenix, a non long haul US Airways/America West gateway. Why was that?

that's because HP purchased US and is running the combined airline from the HP headquarters in PHX .. they're using the name US because they felt it was better known ..

the equipment issues have much to do with the fact that they are still operating with 2 certificates .. and until they are combined into 1 certificate there are certain things that have to stay the way they are now .. that applies with seniority too - that's still being worked on .. and uniforms .. and long term equipment needs ..

not sure what you mean about the new branding .. it's white, red and blue .. that's childlike? course there are the Heritage colors which, for those of us who remember AL, PI and PS (plus LC/MO) fondly - they're really neat! and yes, i wish there was a black/gold mohawk heritage plane too!

has Doug Parker bitten off more than he can chew? way too early for that .. but, i seriously doubt it .. mergers are never easy things .. and there are always bumps in the road, but lots of people are pullin' for him and the 'new' airline ..  Smile


User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1606 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13774 times:

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 3):
If the employee morale is so bad in Philadelphia, and the headquarters have been moved to PHX, why maintain Philadelphia. Is Philadelphia O/D rich? Or is Philadelphia contract rich for TATL?

Because PHL produces more revenue for US Airways than any other hub... Charlotte, Phoenix, Las Vegas, any of them...


User currently offlineN701AA From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13696 times:

Can anyone comment on the integration of both airlines' computer reservation systems? An agent told me that if you travel on an US marketed itinerary that involves segments that are operated by both US and HP ( HP LAX-PHX US PHX-PHL), the agents have to login into both computer systems to be able to check you in. Is that true?

I went through an airport (LAS) that had common use check in kiosks. The kiosks in the lobby had hand written labels that read "If you are flying on US Air flight, check in using the button for the airline that operates the flight, US or HP." I wonder, how is a passenger supposed to know who operates the flight?

It seems to me there is still a lot of work to do to integrate both airlines.


User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13673 times:

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
6/ Is Pittsburgh going to remain a focus city along with La Guardia and National?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I can't see PIT becoming a hub again for US.



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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11972 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13595 times:

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
1/ Headquarters have been moved to Tempe, in Phoenix, a non long haul US Airways/America West gateway. Why was that?

The company kept the USAirways name. But it kept the America West management and administration. And that was in Tempe.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
2/ There are absolutely no US Airways long haul equipment rotating into/from Las Vegas or Phoenix, Why is that? Will Las Vegas remain a hub?

Because neither Las Vegas or Phoenix gets longhaul flights. Perhaps USAirways could link either hub with Asia once they get A350s, but either market would be a difficult one for flying to Asia because they're so close to the far, far larger O&D centers of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
3/ America West/US Airways seniority, who retains and who looses?

That's being fought out right now between the company and the work groups.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
4/ The new branding/colours seems to be less than pleasant and almost childlike. Why such odd colours?

The merged USAirways wanted to retain the basic USAirways branding scheme, but integrated the gray wavy lines of the America West livery. In addition, they retained the America West basic white color scheme versus the USAirways basic blue body coloring because the combined company's fleet is going to spending a lot of time rotating through Phoenix and Las Vegas, two of the newly merger company's largest hubs, both of which are incredibly hot for half the year. Having a dark-blue piece of metal bake in the sun for 55 minutes on a turn would burn a lot of money on air conditioning.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
5/ Uniforms are not the same from one airline to the other. Why is that? Cabin interiors vary greatly from one airline to the next. Are there plans to commonize the interiors?

Uniforms and cabin interiors take time to unify. Cabin interiors likely won't get standardized until the planes go in for heavy overhauls, which could take several years to complete for the entire aircraft fleet.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
6/ Is Pittsburgh going to remain a focus city along with La Guardia and National?

It's probably going to stay put where it is now that USAirways has curtailed service there so dramatically. However, anything could change, especially depending on how much more capacity Southwest puts into the market.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
7/ What is the long term replacement plan for the 737-300/757-200 program?

In the medium-term, both are probably staying put. Long-term, the 737s are probably going to be replaced with Airbus A320 family aircraft. The 757s, however, probably aren't going anywhere anytime soon. They're just too capable a plane to get rid of.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
8/ What is the long term replacement plan for the 767-200 program?

They're going to be hard to replace. USAirways is flying larger A330s to larger European markets, and has a fleet of A350s coming (who knows when). However, both are way too large to replace the 767s. USAirways could never fill an A330 or A350 on PHL-Venice, for example.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
9/ Doug Parker, has he bitten off more than he can chew?

That's certainly up for intensive debate right now within the airline and the industry. Only time will tell.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
10/ How viable is the merger long term against the likes of Southwest, Delta, American, and United Airlines?

Also highly debatable based on your perspective and, quite honestly, your biases.


User currently offlineQFSYD744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13563 times:

Thanks to everyone for the information on US Airways/America West, it is always great to be able to share information amongst people who really care and have a passion for the industry.


Cheers!


User currently offlineCa2ohHP From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 955 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13460 times:

Quoting Commavia (Reply 10):
Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
3/ America West/US Airways seniority, who retains and who looses?

That's being fought out right now between the company and the work groups.

Actually for the passenger service group, a final transition agreement is in place and once there is a common reservation system (approximately March 2007), the seniority lists will be combined. Actually only the mechanics are the only work group with uncertain contractual issues.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
6/ Is Pittsburgh going to remain a focus city along with La Guardia and National?

Yes. Technically LGA and DCA are both shuttle cities, not focus cities.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
4/ The new branding/colours seems to be less than pleasant and almost childlike. Why such odd colours?

US Airways employees designed the new paint scheme, zero cost to the company...childlike would be a matter of one's own opinion.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
7/ What is the long term replacement plan for the 737-300/757-200 program?

They're going to be around awhile. At least until next generation narrow bodies based off 787 composite technology is developed. US is looking at a possible interim solution, but nothing except for a handful of Airbuses and E190's has been decided on.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
8/ What is the long term replacement plan for the 767-200 program?

New interiors will begin to arrive next year. Again, nothing longterm formally planned.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
9/ Doug Parker, has he bitten off more than he can chew?

DP is actively looking for other possible merger opportunities, so I think he can handle "what he has bitten off."

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
10/ How viable is the merger long term against the likes of Southwest, Delta, American, and United Airlines?

As good as anyone else's chances are.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
Any information would greatly help. It was funny about 14 years ago we in Australia were being told that by 1996 America West would have the 747-400 and would be flying to Sydney. That never happened.

Are you thinking of 1989 when America West initiated Nagoya flights? If that's the case, the timing of Pacific flights were terrible. The Gulf War had just broken out, and America West was left with these 747-200's running empty flights to Japan. In 1996, America West had just emerged from bankruptcy.


User currently offlineCentPIT From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 990 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13397 times:

Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 9):
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I can't see PIT becoming a hub again for US.

I agree, but there is a chance that US may add a few frequencies/routes here and drop a few there. 168 daily flights isn't to bad!



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User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2450 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13324 times:

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
4/ The new branding/colours seems to be less than pleasant and almost childlike. Why such odd colours?

Since Red, White, and Blue are the colors of the United States flag, makes sense for US Airways to use them I'd think....

 coffee 



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User currently offlineGalapagapop From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 910 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 13305 times:

PHL is just a mess flown in on US about a dozen times now (sadly majority had on leg going to a dang CRJ!). Heck I even remember sitting for a flight in F on a CRJ in July, theres a worker sitting in the aft bin legs out sleeping (at least he remembered that step, remember the FL dummy who got stuck in there), upon pushback the adjacent gate was just dealing with an incoming flight, I watch as a cart zips up towards the main terminal leaving 3 bags in the dust. They were only moved by our wing walkers as they were close to where we'd be backing up. I dunno the inner working of PHL, but best thing to raise moral is not send BS gifts and raffles and cash incentives, show empathy. I say fire the late guy and take his place that day. Make it clear you can replace others and also show your willing to do what they do. Dave at B6 does it sometimes when he's in a jam why can't these guys.

Cheers!


User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 13272 times:

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
America West/US Airways seniority, who retains and who looses?

This is taking the longest to settle to ensure there is very little difference in "winning" and "loosing." I imagine it will result in a 1 year HP=2 years US, or something similar to that.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
Uniforms are not the same from one airline to the other. Why is that? Cabin interiors vary greatly from one airline to the next. Are there plans to commonize the interiors?

That's a long-term project that is low on the totem pole of priorities right now. We need to build up the cash and fleet availability to take a/c out of service to redo the interiors, both of which the airline is a little short on. It is important to get the exterior livery painted, as that is what the public remembers the most about a plane.

About the ariticle in the OP.....the article mentions Tony Grantham many times, the new station manager at PHL. He had been station manager here at LAS for almost 2 years. I got to meet and speak with him many times and Tony is a no-nonsense, stand up guy. Tony will have a lot on his plate trying to correct the baggage problems in PHL, but he is probably the best guy we have to make things better.


User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5120 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 13192 times:

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
2/ There are absolutely no US Airways long haul equipment rotating into/from Las Vegas or Phoenix, Why is that? Will Las Vegas remain a hub?

There are still many places to sign, and papers to finish before the merger is complete. I think we will see shifting of routes, and enhancements to LAS and PHX. It is too early and too soon to start tearing things apart.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
5/ Uniforms are not the same from one airline to the other. Why is that? Cabin interiors vary greatly from one airline to the next. Are there plans to commonize the interiors?

I know they are working on the uniform issue. This is certainly not an easy process. The costs alone will be very high. The interiors are probably on the back burner at the moment. There is alot of money being spent on other things at the moment, and spending has to be tight.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
9/ Doug Parker, has he bitten off more than he can chew?

No. He is and has built a team to assist with this. This certainly is no easy task, but it was necessary. HP saw an opportunity, and Doug took the gamble. Will it be successful? I sure hope so. The old US was nothing but potential. The airline has lots of opportunity to make big money. Combining the two operations seemed like a great idea. They already posted a profit. Not bad for an airline that just merged, and the other half just came out of bankruptcy.

Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):

10/ How viable is the merger long term against the likes of Southwest, Delta, American, and United Airlines?

Consolidation is the big word talked about these days by the CEO's of this industry. I am sure DL, AA, UA, WN, and all the others are watching this play out. Nobody expected US and HP to become success overnight. When NW took on Republic, it took a bit of time to fine tune the operations. NW became very successful after the takeover (and now today is a different story).



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9268 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 13193 times:

Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 9):

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I can't see PIT becoming a hub again for US.

Me neither, unless Parker would like to corrupt the entire airline and make a debacle of it!  mischievous 

I see it, at the absolute most, 180-or-so flights, including PIT-FRA or LGW resumed, but even that is a stretch at this point.

Quoting Commavia (Reply 10):
Quoting QFSYD744 (Reply 1):
6/ Is Pittsburgh going to remain a focus city along with La Guardia and National?

It's probably going to stay put where it is now that USAirways has curtailed service there so dramatically. However, anything could change, especially depending on how much more capacity Southwest puts into the market.

ehhh... it doesn't look like WN will be adding any capacity, regarding they do not intend to add any new cities. Then again, would PIT be a good start-up city to fly to? I highly doubt it. Although... they were going to focus on building up existing cities. Perhaps a PIT-BWI or PVD on the horizon?  scratchchin 

Quoting CentPIT (Reply 13):
I agree, but there is a chance that US may add a few frequencies/routes here and drop a few there. 168 daily flights isn't to bad!

Nah, not at all. It would be sweet to see another carrier come to town with the intent to build up a sizeable station, or to have an existing carrier establish one... even cargo... To Moon TWP/ACAA... Get a clue.

Quoting Galapagapop (Reply 15):
I watch as a cart zips up towards the main terminal leaving 3 bags in the dust. They were only moved by our wing walkers as they were close to where we'd be backing up.

Okay, now back on topic from that little PIT-tangent...

Having been in the customer services business for so long, I'd be the guy running my ass after the cart, dragging any bags that would fall off, and this is what I'd be yelling...

"You moron! You consider yourself among US' best rampers?!" [continuous expletives] lost bags... The passengers will have your head for lunch on a silver platter! STOP!! GET BACK HERE!! [bones cracking] AAAaagh, by back!"

Kinda like Ted Dansen as John Becker. You might even be able to hear me from inside the terminal at that!  laughing 



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User currently offlineVega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13032 times:

The Philadelphia Inquirer did this survey in hopes of lighting a fire under Parker and his Executives. The problem is with the airline - not the city, but it's the city that is getting a bad reputation. I will certainly submit that the airport design itself can't help, but that's another workable matter. It's interesting that when USAir was on the verge of liquidation, the airport authorities were at least outwardly unfazed and in fact essentially said that if US leaves, there are plenty who will pick up the slack. Now I really don't know what the attitude would be. The thing that escapes me is why Parker doesn't pick up his Executive committee and move to PHL for some period to fix all the problems. I can't fathom an organization which attempts to manage a potentially profit eroding situation like this from 2000 miles away. If PHL is as important to US as Parker indicates, he should get out there and personally manage it into shape! Too bad I'm not on the BOD.  devil 

User currently offlineUnitedNRT From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 284 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12948 times:

The station manager at Philadelphia has the same attitude most eager station managers have, which is essentially, "I'm gonna change how this place works". Usually it takes a long time for workers to get used to you and for your goals as a station manager of a large base to pull through. I've experienced it three times and the first station, I had the same idea this guy does and needless to say, it was a damn mess most of the time.

From the article, seems like a normal "present day" station to me, just with larger baggage mishandling stats.



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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2176 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12909 times:

What they fail to mention is rampers watching the Eagles game and not actually working, problems with people punching the time clock and then going missing for the day and past issues with people punching the clock for their buddy who was still at home. Many of the employees there don't care about the company or the passengers that pay their salaries. That said, there are some very good and capable people there. They need to be rewarded.

I'm surprised they don't just load up a couple express aircraft at some of the smaller outstations with high unemployment numbers and put them to work on the ground in Philly. It isn't that expensive to ferry in a load from IPT or BGM.


User currently offlineCityguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12601 times:

This was a great article-and is very true. I had written a letter of complaint on July 17th to Parker who ignored me. I had also cc'd in his senior management who also ignored me. I sent it three times and finally I heard from Mr. Grantham who has promsied he will speak with me-and to date this has not occured.

This airline is in dire need of new and progressive management-and not a CEO who hides from the paying public. I am a Chairmans Preferred member and will be taking my business and my corporate business elsewhere in 2007.

So sad..they could have had it all.


User currently offlineSunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2058 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12552 times:

All the new hires are getting new uniforms as we go through the system. When I was in PHX in Sept. for finger printing, company ID badge, & Etc I was fitted with my uniforms and so were others. We were told by the ladies at the company store that we will be getting the new uniforms. Others will get them in time as replacements are issued.

When you have say 35,000 employees it take time to outfit everyone. Also with over 300 A/C it takes time to paint. At lest they did not slap stickers on the planes like so many have done before. You would be seeing HP planes with tacky US Airways on them. But they did put a decal next to the door that says d/b/a US Airways, or something like that.



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User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8496 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12056 times:
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US should start Euripean service from PHX in 2008 or 2009. With the A350 situation going no where fast they should get all the A330-200 they can and think about the A350 as something ten years from now.

25 TUSflyer : I have flown over 99,000 miles on HP since July 22. This airline has been nothing but wonderful to me. That includes every gate agent, phone rep, to f
26 Post contains images Lumberton : A pity. Even though labor is often very militant there in Western Pa., good quality work gets done there. People complain sure; but they work! Why do
27 Varig767 : From the article: "The airline's rate was 7.6 lost or damaged bags per 1,000 passengers, versus an industry rate of 6.1." So the airline has 0,076% da
28 HPRamper : I felt this was an excellent article. No bashing, just facts. If it were only that easy, PHL would be working much better today. The problem is twofol
29 Bobnwa : Have you looked at the DOT figures for the past six months or so for ontime, completion factor, baggage, and customer complaints. Northwest is at the
30 Doug_Or : Exactly, and this is why outsourceing won't work. An outside company with even lower pay and benefits will have even more trouble recruiting. The fac
31 MCOflyer : You have to remember everyone at US Airways east who is a pilot is pretty senior. The guys at HP are junior. So i'm thinking a HP Captain on the 320 h
32 DTWAGENT : Ok Now I just read that Airbus is thinking about tanking the A350 program. If they do that, then what aircraft would US go with for long haul service?
33 Post contains links Lumberton : US Airways Alternative To The A350? (by Vega Oct 6 2006 in Civil Aviation)
34 Bobnwa : When did Airbus announce that they were thinking of tanking the A350 program.
35 Post contains links QFSYD744 : Here is a link to the FORBES article: http://www.forbes.com/2006/10/05/air...n_1005airbus.html?partner=yahootix Hope this helps..
36 QFSYD744 : A few questions for the masses. If the A350 programme is halted what is the next course of action for US Airways long-haul route planning? In addition
37 PDXtriple7 : Now I know why it took me 30 minutes to get my bag on Friday. Not to mention PHL is a mess when the wind is blowing in a different direction. No rain,
38 QFSYD744 : From tales like the above, it is a wonder that US Airways is still in the air!
39 Post contains images Lumberton : That does it! Next trip to PHL, I'm going via Harrisburg!
40 Saab2000 : The ATC delays in PHL and the personel problems are two different things. PHL has the unfortunate reality of being very close to the New York airspace
41 Cityguy :
42 QFSYD744 : If US Airways is having so many problems with what seems like overcrowding at Philadelphia, why dont they combine 2 or 3 Dash 8 flights into one ERJ,
43 FlyDreamliner : US doesn't have that many widebodies..... and the ones they have are needed for transatlantic flights. Your point about using the larger jets is well
44 QFSYD744 : From the sounds of it lack of employee morale, and motivation are key factors.
45 Saab2000 : Right now they do have a mainline aircraft shortage. US Airways' PHL problems are multi-faceted. Employee problems are a part of it, but oddly enough
46 F9Animal : I was actually talking about financial performance. I was also referring to the merger, and how well NWA came out of it. No doubt NW is getting bette
47 MCOflyer : As I fly into ELM often, I wonder why they have Dash 8 300 service instead of 100 as the 300 get filled to 25-27 seats. I can unstand the early mornin
48 Swatpamike : Hello all "Timid managers, weak discipline" this is a problem in MCO also. But not just at US. Cheers swatpamike
49 BigOrange : Burger King in Terminal E is very good proof of that! Yes it's called UNIONS! The whole workforce would walk off the job in an instant. They're suppo
50 DILF : OUCCCHHHHH!! What an article. I was a Passenger Service Supervisor at USAirways Express from 1991 to 1998 at a station unfortunate enough to have most
51 NoBoeingNoGoin : Hey All. I am a US employee in TYS. As far as the computer systems go. US airways agents currently use Sabre and HP agents use Shares. The HP agents u
52 Ophila : As a former Manager in PHL & having flown for another carrier in & out of that place! I can tell you that there is nor real commitment to correcting
53 Saab2000 : There's that word "Accountable" again....... That is the Nr. 1 reason why this and many other airlines are suffering. No accountability at any level.
54 Post contains images Antoniemey : Basically, in a nutshell, those colors were almost exactly what US Airways was already using, but they redesigned it to look more like the HP livery
55 Malexander131 : Philadelphia's got huge O&D.
56 QFSYD744 : Premium cabin O/D? TATL O/D?
57 Eajpecrca : I've lived most of my life here in PHL. I know Philadelphia gets dumped on in so many ways. Maybe we bring it on ourselves. We've got high aspirations
58 Supa7E7 : Plus excellent medical and flight benefits. That ain't a Wal-Mart job. It's much better. US can turn PHL around with sensitive training. Bring them t
59 Supa7E7 : The article didn't say it but according to threads, US is doing "drastic" things already. Starting now, the joint will have all new conveyors, gleami
60 QFSYD744 : Detroit, Oakland, and St. Louis suffer from the same self-image problem.
61 WesternA318 : LOL< Except Exodus didnt have Doug Parker, lol. LMAO, Isnt it true?
62 SHUPirate1 : Can you help a Preferred member get a job with US? Pretty ridiculous that, for an elite flier who runs his own business, my job applications have as
63 Steeler83 : That's a pretty good point. PHL has to be the most vital market for US IMO. I know that CLT is their largest domestic hub with 500 daily flights, but
64 JetBlueAUS : Apparently, its not that important since PHL has just gotten worse over time.
65 Aerialportvet : My late dad who was a mohawk thru us airways line mechanic at alb is probibly turning over in his grave . he was a hard core company man
66 CentPIT : Even though I agree, it won't happen!
67 Post contains links Vega : You are expressing a personal opinion, which I do not agree with. I don't think anyone here is "dumping" on the city - they are "dumping" on the airp
68 DILF : No - sorry, those two things dont help pay the rent or feed their families. 9.59 an hour is terrible for the amount of hard work it is slinging heavy
69 Eajpecrca : Vega, thanks for your thoughtful and reasoned comments. You've put your finger on many of the wonderful things that Philadelphia has to offer. And I
70 QFSYD744 : Please enlighten the forum as to why..
71 Post contains images Steeler83 : Good point, but if it wasn't important, then why is international service growing like a weed? Yeah, PIT is still a money hole for US as well as any
72 SHUPirate1 : I'll answer those in order... I do feel that Preferred status should, at the very least, be enough to warrant an interview as long as there is a posit
73 Post contains images Saab2000 : Another point for PIT is that it is not in the corridor from hell up the east coast. One of the biggest problems we run into in PHL is the worker ment
74 PDXtriple7 : So today they lost my bag on PHL to RDU. Looks like what those said about PHL baggage was completely right. I will make sure not to fly US again as I'
75 N670UW : Not really. Parker said US is making a small profit in PIT at the current service levels. Other carriers have added a little service, as well. It was
76 HPAEAA : Anyone know who the manager at PHL is?
77 Kevin752 : good article. I must say my experiance with HP on the ground at LAX ( my home airport has been negative) the ground staff are rude or dont know what t
78 ERJ170 : PDXTriple7.. I'm telling you. It's not US as a whole. It's PHL. CLT is such a breeze to past through and there are rarely any horrific problems at CL
79 Post contains links PHLBOS : Charles Isdell, Director of Aviation This Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirier article on US Airways-PHL baggage issues (which BTW blames US more than PHL
80 SHUPirate1 : Just an addition, as it's too late to edit that post via this website. A Preferred passenger has seen what happens on the other side of the desk, the
81 Steeler83 : I won't argue that one! They are, however, discussing lengthening one of the runways, I think it's 17/35 being extended. This will relieve some of th
82 Supa7E7 : What kind of job are you looking for? Here in Uzbekistan we wait 12 years for interview.
83 SHUPirate1 : Customer Service Rep (and/or any other non-ramp position)... And somehow, I have a feeling that if you pay a lot in taxes to the Uzbekistani governme
84 DILF : WOW ShuPirate --- u must be totally desperate for a job - - or a masochist. Or nuts.
85 Post contains images Steeler83 : And just when I thought my job search wasn't going so great... sheesh!!!!
86 SHUPirate1 : DILF-I think the last one has been proven a good MANY times over, and I've been called masochistic quite often as well. As for desperate for a job, i
87 Usairways85 : Steeler83: while that is a nice idea, it would take decades for that to be completed and the construction would probably cause headaches ten times wor
88 SkyvanMan : I'm gonna be chanign my reservation back to BDL for Sunday to avoid PHL, gonna go through ORD on United hopefully.
89 YYZYHZ : Well this article is a little nervewrecking as I'm flying MAN-PHL-YYZ on January 3rd, 2007. Hopefully US Airways will pull themselves together a bit b
90 Post contains links PHLBOS : The infomation you're asking about is covered in the below-thread: http://www.airliners.net/discussions...eneral_aviation/read.main/3021131/ CEP-EIS
91 Post contains images Steeler83 : I''m glad you like my idea and think it's nice, but I do know that it will never happen and that it was nothing more than a pipe dream... My idea als
92 Ca2ohHP : What a lot of people fail to mention is there is a new baggage sortation system that US has invested a huge amount of money in to improve Philadelphi
93 Silentbob : It's a good thought, people miss connections and get stranded in Philly every day because of the bus ride.
94 Steeler83 : Thanks, that is one of the reasons for my thought. That and how about the other Star Alliance airlines serving PHL. US operates over 400 flights a da
95 Post contains images QFSYD744 : From all of the negative comments in this thread it would seem as if Philadelphia is loathed and detested by most. In addition it would seems as if th
96 Squid : Ways to help USAir's PHL operation. (1) this is a good start. (2) USAir need to buy and maintain the necessary tools and equipment to get the job done
97 SHUPirate1 : Honestly, I'm not sure they could do that, after all, number one, I'm not sure that you could say to an employee "hey, you're fired, and you owe us $
98 HPLASOps : Fingerprint machines would be terribly expensive but I do agree with this message. Currently in LAS, our employees have an electronic time clock trig
99 Mah584jr : US needs to realize that they are in a competitive market in PHL. This city is getting tired of the poor performance of US. People are less likely to
100 Doug_Or : What is a competitive wage? I would think almost $10 an hour + bennies would be pretty competitve. What are other airlines at other similar sized cit
101 Ophila : This is so true just imangine if they did not give such a half ass performance, how many paxs that trvl to ewr, bwi, & jfk would stay home & fly with
102 Steeler83 : People despise PHL and some argue that some of the connecting traffic should be rerouted through PIT... Unfortunately, there isn't enough O&D out the
103 Silentbob : As I understand it they already use a hand-scanner. I do like the real-time tracking idea. There were people on the ramp from Lynchburg, Huntsville a
104 HPAEAA : not as costly as you might think... at ORD AA started this exact system to cut payroll fraud.... I hated it, but it got the job done... the results e
105 Flyibaby : Another senario US management could look at, would be essentially building a large scale housing area say across the river in Delaware and offering f
106 LMP737 : "Intimidation" might work in the short term but in the long term it causes more problems than it's worth. All it ends up doin is creating an atmosphe
107 ATWZW170 : I know a number of people have brought up a number of issues - but if the main issue was fixed, the rest would be rather minor - the people. PHL is fu
108 Flyibaby : Oh My God!!! What has it been, 3 years since you start bitching saying Independence made you find your own way to IAD for an interview, and then didn
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