Molykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 15 Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7745 times:
Having grown up in the Pittsburgh area I've been informed through trusted* hometown sources that the new US Airways OCC will be located in Pittsburgh. This should be announced in public by the end of the week.
My inclination is to believe that this announcement is simply the result of experience already on hand in Pittsburgh. I'm silently hoping this doesn't spawn the weekly "PIT Renaissance" thread.
* ---> or at least trusted to the point where I'll risk my "alias internet reputation" (worth approximately $1.22) on the statement.
HPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7708 times:
I find this to be a shock, if it's true. PIT did not show as much interest in hosting OCC/SOC as did PHX and CLT. Considering I'm going to be attending D/X school in a couple of months and hoping to get a D/X job with US, this may have an impact on my decision if the combined flight ops will be in PIT over PHX.
USPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3300 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7532 times:
Quoting Molykote (Reply 3): Latest update is that the OCC will be placed on county land near the airport adjacent to a (golf) driving range.
If I remember the area correctly from my youth in Pittsburgh, I believe this may be the Scully's (spelling?) driving range.
That would be Scally's on Ewing Run Road. The Airport Ice Arena is near there, as is the former Bon-Air Golf Course. That may be where they're planning to build. When, may I ask, is this to be built? No offense, but what are your sources? I haven't heard anything detailed about this since the DL/US merger talk started.
Tooluther From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 320 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7416 times:
The County Exec is giving a "state of the county" speech today. I blew it off, but I wonder if he'll hint to anything. While I still have my doubts until something concrete shows up, this would be great news.
I still think US has thrown in a few non monetary calculations into their choice (ie dropping local o/d percentage as well as east coast operations over west coast ones) that would tip the scales towards a Pittsburgh location.
I hope there wasn't an under the table upping of the county's bid for the center though. This was getting out of controll!
Luketenley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7002 times:
I posted this when I heard it at 8 am this morning but for some reason it was deleted. This is definately good news for us here in Pittsburgh. We finally get some good news from US. US is supposed to have a press conference this afternoon sometime.
Kohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6918 times:
Congrats to PIT, but condolences to the Cactus employees that have roots in the PHX area (and those who enjoy Arctic-free winters).
If I were an HP employee, I would think the biggest downside to this is moving away from a good non-revving hub. Sure, PHL is close.. but there will be plenty of times when finding a seat on those 6-7 nonstops a day will be impossible, and it'd be an even bigger problem getting stuck in PHL on the way home.
This comment is interesting too: "...we chose Pittsburgh for a variety of reasons, including the impact of relocating experienced employees from the Pittsburgh area..." I imagine the point of looking at CLT was to find a third location for everyone to go so there would be no favoritism. Again, condolences to the PHX folks.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6840 times:
On the bright side, I think that many of the PHX folks will find that their home-buying dollar goes alot further in the PIT area... I can remember when the PSA was acquired and folks who sold ther SAN-area homes were able to find equivalent homes in the PIT area at a fraction of the SAN-area price....
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5116 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6790 times:
Congrats to PIT. I did my US CSA training in PIT, in those days the airport was quite busy, even with transatlantic flights. Kinda sucks for the employees to see the state of PIT now. Glad they at least got this.. Hope it works out.