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User currently offlineLCFreeman49 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 102 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

When did US Airways begin to build up their hub in Philadelphia? I have been tryiong to find some information about it on the web but can't seem to find anything out.

Charles


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User currently offlineJcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1953 times:

Part of it was the space left by Eastern Airlines when it went out. Too, being the 5th largest city in the country at the time it was an opportunity to tap into that market bigger than anyone else at the time.

User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1942 times:

I could be wrong, but the basic idea of the hub that is there now came around the same time has Wolf?


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User currently offlineLCFreeman49 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1841 times:

thanks guys...

Is the PHL Hub Profitable? I have not seen the numbers.

I still cannot believe they pulled out of PIT, that airport is awesome and it seemed like traffic moved well there without hte delays of PHL.



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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1342 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1814 times:
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Quoting LCFreeman49 (Reply 3):
I still cannot believe they pulled out of PIT, that airport is awesome and it seemed like traffic moved well there without hte delays of PHL.

Nobody with at least 2 of their 5 senses would tell you otherwise. I believe the PHL decision simply came down to O/D numbers and profitability. I believe PIT remains heavily underused at this point (although it's been a while since I've flown through it).

I find it a bit sad really. Although PHL has been widely acknowledged to be much more profitable than PIT, I always enjoyed the airport and my flights on US during the PIT heyday. During high school (late 1990s) I'd skip school to hang out at the PIT airport (I guess I am a loser!). I haven't paid much attention to the status of PIT lately.

I have never seen a major airport run so smoothly as PIT during its time as the center of US operations. (No source for this, just my personal experience gained from burning my dad's FF miles when I was in high school.)



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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

Quoting LCFreeman49 (Reply 3):
well there without hte delays of PHL.

My father who has flown International from both PIT and PHL said he loved PIT, you'd pull off the gate at 8:00, be on the runway at 8:05 and be in the air by 8:10. PHL he says you pull off the gate the first time at 8, return to the gate at 8:05, leave the gate the second time at 8:15, sit on the taxiway till 8:45, arrive on the runway at 8:50 and be in the air by 8:55... and thats on the good days!



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User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4103 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

Quoting LCFreeman49 (Reply 3):
Is the PHL Hub Profitable? I have not seen the numbers.

Extremely. I overheard management saying PHL generated 40% of profits for the entire airline. Now, whether that was pre- or post-merger I do not know.


User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1017 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 6):
Extremely. I overheard management saying PHL generated 40% of profits for the entire airline. Now, whether that was pre- or post-merger I do not know.

That is correct, and Doug Parker made note of that around last August before the 1 year anniversary and when he announced the PHL management changes.


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