oflanigan From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1559 times:
I knew back in the day, PSA was in talk with the Pilots to get CRJ-900's. It just seems that since they are owned the economics would dictate they would be cheaper to operate than having so many Express carriers. Or am I totally wrong in that thinking?
CRJ900LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1415 times:
Piedmont is expanding their station operations out west. They are an important piece of the US network in both flying and in station handling. US is not going to get rid of them. PSA is strictly flying for US as they have no ground ops. Could they get larger aircraft? possibly but I doubt it would happen anytime soon. They have a nice fleet of CRJ-200's and 700's that serve the route network of US nicely. The real issus is going to be when US gets rid of Air Wisconsin. It may be sooner rather then later due to Air Wisconsin failing in just about every way they can. US is not pleased with Air Wisconsin at all but there is really nobody to replace the flying with in the short term. Piedmont and PSA do not have the aircraft to bridge the gap when US dumps Air Wisconsin. I believe they are looking at other regionals to possibly take Air Wisconsin's routes but I wold think that nothing will happen within the next 2 years at the earliest. Piedmont only has so many Dash-8's and some of them are coming to the end of their life. Not sure if Piedmont is looking at a new type or not. Rumor was that ATR was trying to get them to look at the ATR 42/72 or some variation of the aircraft to replace the Dash-8's but I don't think that went anywhere. For all we know piedmont may end the flying and just become a ground handler for US. It's all about $$$ and Piedmont labor is cheaper then US Mainline labor in most cases.