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US Airways - European Routes In Meltdown?  
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3001 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15109 times:

I get the Airliners.net Daily Aviation News emails and don't usually read the US news and just read the UK news based articles, but today for some reason the below news article from the USA Today caught my eye.

It is a real scaving attack on US Airways' reliability across the Atlantic from their PHL base, they may not have highlighted CLT because the number of routes is so small by comparison... I appreciate the press can sometime bend the truth, but USA Today seems to quote a number of figures and one would assume these have come from a reliable source.

The shock to me was the delays they incurred this this summer and the small chance on some routes, of actually arriving on time. You only have a 17% chance of arriving in Glasgow on time this summer and a 24% chance of landing into London Gatwick on time. With the average delays being 89mins and 68mins respectively! Some of the other European routes were not much better...

It also goes on to mention about crew shortages, and how many flights leave with the minimum number of crew, which is regularly made up of trainees and some flights do not even have crew who speak the local language of where they flying from or to... I thought this would be illegal and be interested to know how the safety instructions are carried out on these flights. Im English speaking, but if I was flying for example VCE/ATH-PHL, I would at least expect one/two crew to speak the language of the local market. Maybe I am expecting too much, it may even be common place not to have foreign speaking crew of UK/US airlines flying to foreign speaking destinations - but I would be surprised!

I liked the section about the MUC-PHL flight that was delayed for over 50hrs due to the aircraft going tech, then US decided to fly the parts in on the next days scheduled service and this aircraft flying the parts in went tech en route!

I 'll let you read into it what you like, but I think it makes some interesting reading!

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/colum...2007-08-26-us-airways-europe_N.htm

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User currently offlineTpaewr From United States of America, joined May 2001, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15038 times:

I don't think it matters much anymore, US has been bottom-feeder to Europe for sometime now.


Back in early June I flew ATH-EWR on CO, the guy sitting next to me in J, told me his travel agent offered him a much, much lower fare on US. So low in fact he knew something was wrong and refused it, paying more to fly CO.


User currently offlineBHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1368 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14992 times:

Excellent article, and all of the readers comments are spot on!!

This is one of the main reasons I took my Gold Preferred business from US to KL/NW (although they are not much better). Parker and Co. better do something quickly, lest they not have an airline left to run. The scary part of this article is the mention about the lack of maintenance...


User currently offlineD328 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14914 times:

USAirways can't hold anything together. Not even on clear sunny days at PHL...They need to give up and do something with PHL, ie. move back to PIT, or atleast 1/3 of the ops back to PIT.

User currently offlineClipperno1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14806 times:

I flew FRA-CLT-SEA-PHL-FRA with US Airways last month.

The flights in and out CLT were fine and on time. Both flights were heavily overbooked. I did choose a connection via CLT due to the fact that I absolutley hate Immigration at mega hubs like ATL, ORD, JFK etc. CLT prooved to be a very good choice and is a nice airport to connect. Also noticed that the US staff showed a lot of dedication there, which I hardly find anywhere in the USA anymore.

PHL was a different experience. The flight PHL-SEA came in 1 hour late and I already knew that my 55min connection time at PHL was going to be risky venture anyway. Arrived in PHL at gate B13 (I think) 10 min prior to the scheduled departure of my flight to FRA at Gate A24 (Murphy's Law). I was out of breath when I reached the flight and sat down in my seat. Sure enough 30min later we were still at the gate and the captain let us know that the cargo door of our B762 wouldn't shut. In addition to that a couple of overhead bins weren't closing. Pushed back around over an hour late. Joined the evening rush on the taxiway and were number eight-f'n-teen for departure.

I wonder how many of the listed dealys in the article involved the B762. I'm not the guy who bashes an airline for operating 15+ years old. I work in air cargo operations and consider every aircraft younger than 15 years as a modern, just-off-the- line aircraft  Smile
But the B762 was definetley showing its wear and tear and just doesn't seem to be fit for the transatlantic stuff US is doing anymore. They are on the way out of the fleet by the end of this year so let's see how US is doing the next summer.



"I really don't know one plane from the other. To me they are just marginal costs with wings."� Alfred Kahn, 1977
User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4036 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14686 times:

Just another opportunity to blast US  Smile

All will the PIT talk please stop already? It's a pipe dream. US is just as likely to firesale all its Airbus and go all-Boeing as it is to move operations from PHL to PIT...hehe.


User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14656 times:

Quoting Clipperno1 (Reply 4):
I wonder how many of the listed delays in the article involved the B762. I'm not the guy who bashes an airline for operating 15+ years old. I work in air cargo operations and consider every aircraft younger than 15 years as a modern, just-off-the- line aircraft

You could have something there. Looking at the article and checking the US site most of the really bad delays are either on either 762 or 757 routes. The 333 routes aren't too bad which you would expect as the Airbii are a lot younger than the Boeings.

It's a combination of the old planes that should really be retired and PHL which is oversubscribed and a shambles.

I did notice looking at the past articles that the writer does seem to have a bit of a thing about US, he takes a pop at them every time he can, mind.


User currently offline764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 14548 times:

Well, I have made the mistake of flying US transatlantically once and actually had my ticket transferred to a UA flight on the return segment because I hated the though of being stuck with US on another long flight. All their flights were late, the ground crews terrible (both unprofessional and uncourteous) and the customer service nonexistent. The cabin cres were mostly decent and one of the ladies on the PHL-ORD segment was actually quite pleasant. The worst must be the seats though. In the rear section of the 330s they have squeezed in even more rows, giving you unbelievably little space. I fly a lot and Us had the worst Economy seating ever. The rather excellent IFE is not much fun if your legs hurt the entire time (and the person in front of you won't stop trying to recline her seat even though she knows that your knees are a fraction of an inch from her spine....).

Thank You so much to the lady in MSP who let me transfer the ticket to UA.


User currently offlineEXTspotter From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 14429 times:

I know this is only one experience, but when I was passing through MAN a few weeks back, the US flight to PHL was delayed by like 7 hours. I thought at the time that it was just a one off and it happens to everyone, however, when I do fly transatlantic I will probably try and steer clear for now.


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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14304 times:

Their 757 seems not to be fully adequate for the services such as BRU either.

Basically they are pushing the 767s hard, and they can take it, but the PHL weather does cause problems of all sorts for the hub.

How is customs at PHL with all this additional Europe traffic this year?


User currently offlineWarreng24 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14271 times:

Quoting Helvknight (Reply 6):
The 333 routes aren't too bad

The A333's are just as bad. The A333 flight from PHL to SJU is delayed quite often. There is a thread on FlyerTalk about avoiding the A333 to SJU.


User currently offlineCityguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14218 times:

It cannot be said enough. PHL, US and Parker are all a disaster. I am now going to EWR for my transatlantic business.

User currently offlineIADLHR From Italy, joined Apr 2005, 734 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 13991 times:

Quoting Cityguy (Reply 11):
It cannot be said enough. PHL, US and Parker are all a disaster. I am now going to EWR for my transatlantic business.

Right on, right on. In a few weeks my wife and I are going to LIS. We live in DC and rather than change in Europe we were thinking of taking the train to PHL and flying PHL-LIS. I am a 1k flyer with UA and have been for quite some time. The idea of getting the miles on UA was a factor. Hoiwever, in the end we are flying CO-EWR-LIS. Over time I have heard horro stories and more horro stories about US. It just seems that they have not hit bottom yet on their reliability and customer service.

I also have close to 150,000 miles on US and have not flown them for a few years. In January I was faced with "using or losing" my miles. To avoid losing them, I cashed in some and my wife and I flew DCA-PBI for a long weekend. We were afgraid we might encounter something unplesant. However, the flights were on time, customer service the absolute worst. The PA system at the US gate was not working, the plane left from another gate than what was posted etc. etc. etc. Amazingly both flights, despite the problems, arrived on time. However, i do not plan to push my luck anymore until another close to 18 months pass and it will be time to cashe in some more miles before we "use it or lose it"

My job take me to NYC quite often and sometimes to BOS. I notice the travel on Amtraks Acela Express is way, wa up. I have to wonder how much of it is a direct result forn the awful, shabby, terrible customer service of US in DCA,LGA, BOS. I know I have met more than a few pax that were riding Amtrak becasue of poor, poor customer service and reliability on US, at least in the NE corridor. ,


User currently offlineSkoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 13499 times:

You don't have to fly with your miles. You could do any sort of account activity and have them renewed for another 18 months.

User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 13103 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Thread starter):
I thought this would be illegal and be interested to know how the safety instructions are carried out on these flights. Im English speaking, but if I was flying for example VCE/ATH-PHL

It is not illegal, by any stretch. It is good customer service to have crew who speak the language of the destination onboard. As for the safety demo, the FAA only requires the safety demo to be done in English, at least for US carriers (again, language of destination is good customer service). This is one of the reasons the safety card is done in pictures (hopefully easy to understand by all, regardless of language spoken).



You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineCoa747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12794 times:

I flew out of PHL a month ago and got the typical bad experience I have come to expect from US Airways but what made it even worse was the BS explanation that we got from the flightdeck for the delay. The guy up front had the balls to blame PHL airport and the airport authority and the city and suggested we write to them and express our anger because they give Southwest preferential treatment and allow them to use the short runway but not US Airways. I laughed as did the dead heading pilot next to me, because we know it was a bunch of BS. That situation is a huge competitive disadvantage for US Airways at PHL for passengers to sit on your plane and watch Southwest planes come and go for hours while you don't move an inch. But that just goes to show you the difference between a well run organization and a walking disaster like US Airways. I avoid US Airways when ever possible, and would never even consider flying them internationally. I am dumb founded how they continue to stumble along for decades.

User currently offlineRafflesKing From Singapore, joined Mar 2007, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12642 times:

You guys just need to fly with me.

I recently flew PHL-MXP on a 762 and PHL-CDG on the 333 and had wonderful on-time flights. The cabin crew did not speak Italian on the MXP flight which resulted in a little confusion when taking drink orders, but that seemed to be about it.


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12562 times:

Quoting RafflesKing (Reply 16):
The cabin crew did not speak Italian on the MXP flight which resulted in a little confusion when taking drink orders,

Did the crew attempt to speak it? (This is in no way against US (as in US Airways) crews) I speak bar cart languages. I can get by in Japanese, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin, etc.. You fly routes long enough, you pick it up. Or at least ask someone to help out. That and a smile goes a long way.



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User currently offlineBY188B From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12536 times:

I flew PHL-LGW a few years back on US A330. It was an overall excellent flight, on-time and great service.


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User currently offlinePSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 974 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12248 times:

I've made 3 trans-Atlantic roundtrips this summer. 1 with US and 2 with CO. And
actually, it was CO that had the delays for me, not US. Because of a mechanical
delay on a 764 AMS-EWR flight, i didn't get into DCA until the following afternoon
and had to stay overnight in Newark. On an eastbound flight to Europe, I arrived 6
hours late because of a delay. Do I blame CO? No...things like this happen. I make
about 15 trips a year to Europe, with most of the flights arriving close to schedule.
ATC decisions as well as weather are usaually the cause of most of my delays.

As for the article...I read it and thought it to be a little "unresearched" but typical for
a USA Today piece. The writer talks about on-time departure performance, but does
not include on-time arrival performance; which to me is the more important issue.
For example: My DUB-PHL flight at the end of July was about an hour late departing,
but arrived into PHL about 15 minutes behind schedule. I didn't even miss my PHL-DCA
flight, plus it took me about 5 minutes to clear immigration! The problem was waiting
for my luggage before customs, which is a problem with US at PHL. Normally, I just
have a carry-on piece so that's how I usually avoid that problem, but I know that most
people don't.

Does US have issues it needs to resolve at PHL? It sure does. Does it stop me from
flying them? No, because if I pick any airline, I can find faults with all of them...
UA at ORD and IAD, DL at JFK, CO at EWR, BA at LHR, blah,blah,blah.



fly high, pay low...Germanwings!
User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2669 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12248 times:

Quoting Clipperno1 (Reply 4):
They are on the way out of the fleet by the end of this year so let's see how US is doing the next summer.

No, they most certainly are not. In fact, US is refurbishing the interiors with new Envoy seats (that look like they're 1000 steps ahead of the current junk) and leather seats in Y.


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12223 times:

I flew CLT-FRA and back on US earlier this summer and the experience was okay. Our flight was delayed about an hour going to FRA and overall customer service was fairly good. I had some very nice flight attendants on both flights and some not so nice ones as well.

The aircraft was an A330-300 which I have to say on the outside looked fantastic, inside was another story. The cabin was old, dirty,parts of side on a lav. door were missing, and I thought the overhead bins were going to fall off when we took off. Needless to say I was disappointed with the cabin on this particular A330.

Quoting Clipperno1 (Reply 4):
CLT prooved to be a very good choice and is a nice airport to connect. Also noticed that the US staff showed a lot of dedication there, which I hardly find anywhere in the USA anymore.

CLT really does have some great staff! For awhile a couple of years ago they got a little rude but have really improved in the past couple of years! I always have pleasant experiences with CLT based crews as well.


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12070 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Thread starter):
which is regularly made up of trainees

The quote regarding that is:

"Still more were hastily staffed with trainees or reserves when the original crews timed out after long ground delays".

This happens with any airline. It is not unique to US Airways. When crews time out, you send in the reserves. Airlines staff reserves for that very (one of many) reason.

The writer of this article must not fly much, that or has no clue how airlines work. I'd expect perfection from him at his workplace always, based on his article.



You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12011 times:

I'm really hoping that US Airways incredible incompetence causes them to cave so that some real airline (like Delta....) can come buy them out.

Somehow the combined, new US Airways has all the disadvantages of both old US and America West.. it's uncanny. With my luck, I moved from PHL, where my hometown airline was nothing but a headache to MSP, where I get more of the same, just with airplanes painted a different color (and with blue camo seats).

Quoting Helvknight (Reply 6):
Quoting Clipperno1 (Reply 4):
I wonder how many of the listed delays in the article involved the B762. I'm not the guy who bashes an airline for operating 15+ years old. I work in air cargo operations and consider every aircraft younger than 15 years as a modern, just-off-the- line aircraft

You could have something there. Looking at the article and checking the US site most of the really bad delays are either on either 762 or 757 routes. The 333 routes aren't too bad which you would expect as the Airbii are a lot younger than the Boeings.

Really, the thread starter points to two routes as the worst for delays, GLA and LGW, and I'm pretty sure PHL-LGW is an A333 route. The A333s are no better than the 762s. Those 762s are still as strong as they ever were mechanically, however their interiors really are in rough shape. There is a picture floating around a.net of a US 762 with a movie screen made of 8.5 X 11 sheets of copier paper taped up on the wall. Exactly the kind of intercontinental service you expect crossing the atlantic..... I'm embarrassed as an American that "US" is on the side of that airplane... I'd be sick to think of them as our flag carrier.



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User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11877 times:

Much of the blame can be placed on the ATC system.....I mean you read articles and see stories on the news about it almost daily....it's not unique to PHL, but they do seem to get it worse there for some reason.

People love to hate us...so even when things get better, we'll still get picked on by the same bunch of jerks that we do now.


25 EWRCabincrew : All US (American) carriers are flag carriers.
26 Panamair : You can only blame the 'haters' for so much....but those 762s ARE in very bad shape at least interior-wise, even from most objective observers. I fle
27 Post contains images IADGUY73 : Gee, what a shocker! I think it's so expected and a fact of aviation that it wouldn't even deserve to be called news. USA Today should point out some
28 Whappeh : Hey, finally some intelligence and rational thought!
29 LAXdude1023 : Maybe its just me (but I know it isnt), but it seems like all of US's problems are PHL centric. And small wonder, PHL is a crappy airport. PHL needs a
30 Silentbob : The weather in PHL has been worse than in recent memory this year too. The "trainee" bit strikes me as unlikely. I don't recall US hiring any FAs for
31 Post contains images EWRCabincrew : My point exactly. Yet another "travel expert" giving their view of the "reality" of it all. Just because you travel, does not make you an expert on a
32 AlexPorter : I wonder if this is the same woman who rebooked me due to a significant delay on MSP-PHL (causing me to very likely miss my connection) onto a SkyTea
33 PHLwok : US used to be at least an acceptable transatlantic option, particularly when the 767 interiors were in better shape and the A330s were newer and in th
34 Post contains images SK601 : Of course the statistics do not show very nice results, but one can only give a good conclusion when compared with other airlines and with a breakdown
35 Silentbob : That will change for next year.
36 TOLtommy : EWRCabinCrew is right, there is no requirement to speak any language other than English on a US carrier. As for the comments about the flight being r
37 Flyingcat : What are they changing for next year?
38 Adam T. : I was thinking the same thing. I have not experienced PHL ops but I have noticed that most of the complaints I see on here about US Airways are PHL b
39 SJUSXM : Sure US has its problems but blaming it on WN isnt entire BS. Philly was a mess before, but the airport decided WN could come in and add however many
40 Silentbob : Parker said the 330 config was a mistake shortly after they rolled out but it was too late to fix this summer. He said the issue will be "addressed",
41 GLAGAZ : Is there a tech 757 in LIS? This just appeared on the GLA screens: 22:00 US739 LISBON VIA LISBON CANCELLED 23:00 US739 PHILADELPHIA AND PHILADELPHIA C
42 JGPH1A : Something went wrong... ** US - US AIRWAYS ** 0739/28AUG N LIS/LX THIS FLIGHT IS CANCELED FOR MAINTENANCE N GLA/LX THIS FLIGHT IS CANCELED FOR MAINTE
43 PanAm1971 : You guys finally got me. I've read these forums for years... and this subject pulled me in and got me to sign up. I've traveled all over this planet.
44 TUNisia : You seem to believe everything that comes out of the sandcastle in Tempe. Those in Tempe have no clue how to run a TATL flight properly. Have you eve
45 Flighty : Well I checked most all of today's US Europe arrivals. ZRH is about 3 hours late. LIS diverted to GLA for some reason. And the FRA 333 was canceled. 2
46 SkyyMaster : It's been over two years since this merger took place. Parker and company should have had their sh*t together long before now. You can't blame all th
47 Frntman : Which ticket counter did this occur at? The domestic one at terminal B/C or the international in A-West?
48 Flighty : What do you mean, axe Parker. He has already achieved the impossible. Maybe he is no Doug Steenland or but he is an okay CEO. Doug has been lying low
49 Post contains images BlueElephant : The Reason why all the flights are getting delayed out of PHL is obvious. There are simply too many flights trying to get out around the mid evening
50 Steeler83 : How about if I make just one more PIT-related thread here, basically to say that I agree with you HPramper. If PIT had the numbers and proof that yie
51 ScottB : Actually, US Airways' problems at PHL are partly of its own making. In the summer of 2001, US Airways and US Airways Express offered a total of 395 d
52 Jmc1975 : He also falsified the fact that parts are stocked in PHX where in reality the parts for trans-Atlantic aircraft (ie. 762s and A333s) are stocked in P
53 PanAm1971 : Which ticket counter did this occur at? The domestic one at terminal B/C or the international in A-West? I think it was A-West. I'll call my friend a
54 Aloha73G : As far as flight being staffed with "trainees." I don't think so. A flight made up entirely of reserves.....VERY possible. In my 1st 2 weeks at HA I f
55 Vega : The majority of problems highlighted in the article are primarily caused by US Airways, NOT the airport as some here would like us to believe. The air
56 SkyyMaster : Laying low? Should not a CEO of an airline that consistently ranks at or near the bottom in customer satisfaction and at or near the top in customer
57 Post contains images WorldTraveler : it's a conspiracy attempt by the other 5 network carriers to shut US out of a China route.
58 Post contains images LAXdude1023 : Did I say LAX was any better? I guess you must have just pulled that from my screen name. Good job! I wasnt comparing PHL to LAX. LAX has much room f
59 Vega : From your Profile: "This LA dude is moving to Chicago! How am I going to deal with those winters??!!" You're struggling to refute with an empty assum
60 LAXdude1023 : Yes im from Los Angeles. Yes I live in Chicago now. I lived in LA my whole life (just about), but I never said any thing about LAX being a great and
61 Bicoastal : TAP is a member of Star Alliance. Fly UAX to EWR and then TAP to Lisbon. That way you'll earn your United miles.
62 AT777 : With all the delays at PHL, why doesn't US use CLT, their biggest hub, for more int. flights. I know everyone on here is going to say CLT can't suppor
63 Freshlove1 : Right on brother. I was on that flight last year (1074 i think) and it left PHL only about 30 min late which was not to bad but on the return flight
64 Flighty : PHL is a huge American city in 2007. It needs a lot of international flights. There are ways to cure the traffic problems. Get rid of GA aircraft in
65 Post contains images Jlbmedia : I am wondering why the size and/or sex of the ticket agent was important to the story? Very well put. Welcome to my RUL. John. (Obese Male)
66 Steeler83 : I forgot all about US doing that as they tried to restructure theirselves during bk. There are certainly some routes where they could have more mainl
67 Davidlc3 : If I'm not mistaken, reserve on PHL Int'l is +20 years...unless they have lifted the fence around the sub-base. But I'm pretty certain that US East h
68 Bobprobert95 : I am a silver going on gold for US by Oct 30 and I fly out of CVG. That means that I go to CLT or PHL to connect. All I can say is that PHL is a dump.
69 TropicBird : A comment was made earlier about Parker laying low. With that in mind, a friend at US recently told me that he believes the reason for the lack of agg
70 Steeler83 : And who would do the acquisition, US or UA? I thought Parker wanted to complete the US/HP merger before looking to anyone else...
71 EWRCabincrew : Correct, but reserves do not necessarily mean new hires. It just means they are not senior enough to hold a line of flying at their given domicile. D
72 Freshlove1 : Until Parker gets the ship that he has now in the right direction I don't think it would be wise to be looking at merging with someone else especiall
73 SkyyMaster : Would you care to explain how you get rid of all general aviation air traffic in a corridor that stretches from DC to Boston, over PHL, of which much
74 Qantas777 : If the company can get ride of the common folks at the counter, ramp and gate, I think US would do a little better. Does not help to hire folks from S
75 SkyyMaster : True, but into the third year? I cannot recall any recent major mergers that created such a FUBAR as this one has. at least since Pan Am and National
76 L1011Lover : Correct from US standpoint. It is not illegal to operate a US registered aircraft to a foreign non-english speaking country without any crew members
77 LACA773 : Ashley, I completely agree with you and am wondering after reading this entire thread why no one else has mentioned transfering some of their interna
78 LAXdude1023 : To be honest, id be dumbfounded if he cared. As long as PHL makes money, thats all that would matter to most CEO's. I dont see why DP would be an exc
79 Moek2000 : Indeed! I flew US just for the sake of 330 out of SJU and missed my connecting flight to BNA due to 2 hrs. delay in SJU. The same flight later contin
80 ILOVEA340 : The main reason this one often has issues is that it seems to be the first sacrificed in order to keep the transatlantic operation functioning.
81 Maverick623 : It has been mentioned and as nice as it would be, CLT just doesn't have the O&D traffic for the bosses to justify it to their rich stockholder counte
82 Charlipr : After a few months of hiatus on my membership on airliners.net, I decided to reinstate my membership and send US Airways an email with basically a li
83 SkyyMaster : Exactly how much of US Airways trans-Atlantic traffic through PHL is actually O&D? My guess is not all that much. CLT can basically be reached from m
84 Post contains images Lumberton : Didn't the U.S. Justice Department nix this the last time? What has changed that would make this attractive now? (Other than bankruptcy filings). If
85 PHLwok : I don't have O&D as a percentage of PHL traffic, but the O&D traffic is the purported reason to build up PHL, particularly over PIT, on the assumptio
86 SkyyMaster : Parker's apparent obsession with merging US with someone/anyone could easily backfire on him. You combine one troubled airline with another troubled
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