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USAirways #1 On Time For March And 1st Quarter  
User currently offlineApodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4124 posts, RR: 6
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4647 times:

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/080507/20080507005849.html?.v=1

Way to go for these guys. For all the bashing Doug Parker and Co take on here, they are doing some things right. They have taken an airline that had the worst on time record consistently only a year ago, and has become one of the most punctual, being in the Top 3 the past four months. If they can get the baggage handling up there with their On Time, this will be one hell of an airline.

And this is all in spite of the fact they use PHL as a hub. I know CLT and PHX aren't ATC nightmares, but PHL is a constant nightmare, and to maintain a good on time with a PHL hub is remarkable.

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User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3326 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4504 times:

Not to be a pessimist but we had a relatively mild winter in PHL so there were few snow storms to deal with and this is the period before the summer thunderstorm season. However i have heard that the ATC problems in PHL have greatly improved over the past several months.

User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4467 times:



Quoting Apodino (Thread starter):
know CLT and PHX aren't ATC nightmares

Well CLT isn't turning into a nightmare, but it's getting to be a pain in the ass now for inbound flights. They introduced "metering" so that we now have to call the tower 30 minutes before we depart to get our slot into CLT. Of course this was announced while I was on vacation (and still am) so I'm not sure how it's working so far. But before I left we had "flow control" in which we would call about 5 minutes before engine start to get out slot. It wasn't that bad, but sometimes it would give us as much as a 15-20 min wait at the end of the runway. Pretty damn annoying.



Go Trojans! Fight On!
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22306 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4406 times:



Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 2):
Well CLT isn't turning into a nightmare, but it's getting to be a pain in the ass now for inbound flights.

Once the new runway opens, though, CLT should be fine once again.



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
User currently onlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6579 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4404 times:



Quoting Apodino (Thread starter):
USAirways #1 On Time For March And 1st Quarter

And in today's weather, Hell just froze over.


User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4383 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 3):
Once the new runway opens, though, CLT should be fine once again

I hope so. We got the new airport layout in our most recent Jepp updates and it shows everything they plan to do including taxiway extensions and extending 18R/36L on the 36L approach side. But they don't exactly seem to be moving at a lightening pace over there. It looks basically the same now as it did last summer, save for the several hundred trees they have cut down. (granted, not much earth moving experience here)



Go Trojans! Fight On!
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24325 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4373 times:

Kudos to US and its in employees for running a clean and reliable operation.  bigthumbsup 


From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineOurboeing From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

What about the baggage?

I flew them to PHX and they lost my baggage both ways  Smile


User currently offlineEtops1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1038 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4279 times:

What about the baggage?

I flew them to PHX and they lost my baggage both ways

we didn't say we were perfect.


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4269 times:



Quoting Ourboeing (Reply 7):
What about the baggage?

I flew them to PHX and they lost my baggage both ways

With flights running on time the bags can't always make it.  Smile


User currently offlineSdexplorer00 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4161 times:

It's actually quite misleading. The last few months that US has been at the top in ontime performance has to do more with the fact that they padded their flight times more than anything else. Many flights have had 8-10 minutes or more added to their schedule to give the appearance of being ontime.

User currently offlineBridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 710 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4153 times:



Quoting Sdexplorer00 (Reply 10):



Quoting Sdexplorer00 (Reply 10):
It's actually quite misleading. The last few months that US has been at the top in ontime performance has to do more with the fact that they padded their flight times more than anything else. Many flights have had 8-10 minutes or more added to their schedule to give the appearance of being ontime.

Actually, don't even bother looking at the arrivals of the flights.... just look at the actual departure times.... and you'll see a majority of flights departed right on time. It has nothing to do with the padding of any schedule. Compare block times of US with WN, AA, UA for routes which they both fly and you'll see the block times are all pretty much the same. So yes, ALL airlines pad their schedules a bit, but US doesn't appear to do it any more than others.


User currently offlineNzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1515 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4074 times:

All i can say is congratulations to all the US employees it shows that they do have a great airline that is getting better !!
Well done



"Pride of the pacific"
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22306 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4053 times:



Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 5):
I hope so. We got the new airport layout in our most recent Jepp updates and it shows everything they plan to do including taxiway extensions and extending 18R/36L on the 36L approach side.

I thought they were planning on doing what CVG did and shutting down 18R/36L to extend it once the new runway is open. Have they moved some of that work up? Obviously, they can do some prep work (moving the road, for instance) with the runway open.



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4947 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3974 times:



Quoting Sdexplorer00 (Reply 10):
It's actually quite misleading. The last few months that US has been at the top in ontime performance has to do more with the fact that they padded their flight times more than anything else. Many flights have had 8-10 minutes or more added to their schedule to give the appearance of being ontime.

And what airline does not do this? Come on now, give the airline some credit. I have seen US make a major transformation, not just in the merger, but in everything. Doug Parker and his great employees are doing a darned fine job, and they deserve the applause. Kudos to those of you at US Airways, and I hope you guys get your hat tricks! This could be the momentum the employees needed to get this airline fine tuned. I have never seen a perfect merger, where everything comes out squeaky clean. It was a huge mess, and still has some cleaning up to do. Once all is in place, I suspect we might just see the nay sayers eat their words..... Oh yes, and hell aint froze over yet! GO US!!!!  Smile



I Am A Different Animal!!
User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1562 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3969 times:



Quoting Etops1 (Reply 8):
I flew them to PHX and they lost my baggage both ways

Oh come on! You work for US!

When I non-rev I never check my bag. I haven't since I was 12 when they lost my stuff coming back from LAS going to DCA. Even to this day my parents still think I'm a bit nuts because of it.



-Travel now, journey infinitely.
User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3911 times:



Quoting Whappeh (Reply 15):
Oh come on! You work for US!

When I non-rev I never check my bag. I haven't since I was 12 when they lost my stuff coming back from LAS going to DCA. Even to this day my parents still think I'm a bit nuts because of it.

That was someone he was quoting. He tends to forget to hit quote before he selects the text.
------------

We had many days last month where the D:0 at PHL was hovering around 77% and the Fleet Launch in the morning is getting better and better. This month should be off to a good start as well.


User currently offlineYtib From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 559 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3834 times:

I just looked at the Air Travel Consumer Report and ontime performance was not the only improvement.

Of course it doesn't look good in a press release as US Airways was 18th of 19 airlines with only United behind them but look at the improvement YoY in regards to complaints.

4.45 per 100,000 enplanements in March 2007
1.96 per 100,000 enplanements in March 2008

and from January to March between 2007 and 2008 they went from the following number of complaints.

2.63 per 100,000 enplanements in Q1 2007
2.17 per 100,000 enplanements in Q1 2008

http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/reports/2008/May/200805atcr.pdf


User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2430 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3802 times:



Quoting Whappeh (Reply 15):
Oh come on! You work for US!

He was actually quoting Ourboeing in the reply above his.....

Good job US....  Smile



You can't fix stupid.... - Ron White
User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3772 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 13):
Have they moved some of that work up?

No idea, I was just pointing out the fact that the new airport diagram shows all the planned expansions with dashed lines. It's pretty cool to look at, although now I can't put it in my little plastic protective sleeve.



Go Trojans! Fight On!
User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1562 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3767 times:



Quoting Cactus739 (Reply 18):

He was actually quoting Ourboeing in the reply above his.....

Yeah... bloops.  ashamed 



-Travel now, journey infinitely.
User currently offlineOURBOEING From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

I used to live in PHX and used to fly AWA and US Air to BWI twice a month when they were seperate entities.

America West used to be good and used to have a great ontime record. On the other hand US Air used to have the best in-flight service. Those were the good old days when they used to feed you, even on a late night flight  Sad

Now, I have flown the new AWA-USAir a few times in the past year and in my opinion, the overall quality has gone down..actually gone down a lot from what it used to be.

I am glad to see that they are getting better and being #1 for On-time arrival/departure is a good start.

Good Luck


User currently offlineOOer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1440 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3583 times:

Why is ontime departure so important....I dont give a crap if I leave ontime....I just want to get there ontime. I think A:14 should be alot more important than D:0

Sure close the door ontime then wait 15 minutes for all the bags....but hey you were out ontime...then you still get in 15 minutes last....or leave 2-3 minutes late and still get in ontime???? I would rather leave late and get there ontime then leave ontime and get there late!!!


User currently offlineClipper136 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 311 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3565 times:



Quoting OOer (Reply 22):
Sure close the door ontime then wait 15 minutes for all the bags....but hey you were out ontime...then you still get in 15 minutes last....or leave 2-3 minutes late and still get in ontime???? I would rather leave late and get there ontime then leave ontime and get there late!!!

For most airlines departure time is when the aircraft pushes off of the gate. ACARS reports OUT times when there is one full revolution of the nose??? wheel, not when the door closes.

Although arrival time is important, an airline has the least amount of control over it. Weather, congestion, ATC holds (on ground and in air), slot times, airspace restrictions and airport layouts (landing on a far runway, closed runway or taxiway) can all effect arrival times and are all outside of the airlines control. The only thing that an airline can control, and that control is not absolute (gate holds) is departure time. That is why they are known as ETAs, Estimated Time of Arrival.


User currently offlineUPSMD11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 803 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3532 times:
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Way to go US. I have flown them often in the past few months and not one bag lost and every flight on time!
Woo Hoo, my old favorite is coming back.

John


25 Ytib : Triggers for ACARS are usually the following: OUT - All doors closed, and brakes released. OFF - Sensor on landing gear showing airborne state, I bel
26 OOer : Thats not true... I have worker at 3 airlines....at 1 I dont know what it was, the other 2... When all the doors are closed and the beacon gets turne
27 RW170 : Is it different at each airline? When I worked for AirTran, we would have to close up the plane and push it back a little bit to get ACARS to kick in.
28 RyeFly : The new runway is on schedule even though it seems like a slow process. The first phase began in March and includes grading and drainage. The second
29 Post contains images EA772LR : Yeah my girlfriend flew out to CLT a couple weeks ago for a wedding and her flight departed and arrived on time both ways. Good job US. ......but wait
30 Bicoastal : Did they actually lose your baggage or did it arrive on a later flight? People often like to say an airline lost their bags. In reality, the bags did
31 OURBOEING : Ok, they were mishandled I had flown to PHX for a weekend and arrived on Friday morning and they didn't deliver the bags untill 10:00pm the same nigh
32 Maverick623 : On-time performance is measured in A14. Even still, US consistently has an A14 10-15 points higher than their D0. So I don't get what your problem is
33 Crjflyer35 : I'm sorry your bags were mishandled. I normally make sure when I'm pushing out my flights (I'm a US teamlead in PHX) I try to get the pilots to spin
34 PHLapproach : Incorrect, at least the way Clipper mentioned is the way the East birds are equipped. I have to give the aircraft a good boost - 5 to 10 feet to kick
35 AT777 : I've been flying out of CLT for about 8 years now and I have never had a problem with US. I have always been on time and I have never lost my baggage.
36 Maverick623 : Odd.... I'll have to bring that up when I go back to work. The way I described it is definitely how the West birds are, and I would think the program
37 Wn676 : Someone had mentioned that it was the second parking brake release...but that seems a bit harsh in the whole scheme of things.
38 Maverick623 : No, it's definitely the first release. I have captains tell me all the time the brake is released to get us out on time, but to hold the push.
39 Mnevans : Great job US. The two trips I had in Feb. on them were great. People were really polite and helpful. Hope you keep it up unlike like some others....UA
40 Crjflyer35 : Exact same thing happens to me while I'm sitting on the push tug here in PHX....
41 Nzrich : It is good to see the good stories about US on here !! I had great flights when i was in the USA on US .. They are a great airline that gets bashed to
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