Matt D
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USAirways Questions Part II

Thu Aug 16, 2001 1:33 am

Ok...that last topic was getting a bit long. But I still have a few more questions. So I've elected to start a new topic, regarding the "Darth Vader" airline.

First, regarding Express. Is the reason they use an "Allegheny", a "Piedmont", and a "PSA" is to maintain rights to the names and prevent any new airline from ressurecting those names a la Midway, Frontier, or Pan Am?

Second, when was the last 727-100 retired from the fleet and did any of them make it into the last red and blue USAir livery? I could not find any pix of them in the database.

Third, when and why were the MD-80's pulled off the West Coast routes?

Fourth, why did US go with the F-100 as opposed to the 737-500? Given the huge 737 fleet total, with a combined USAir/Piedmont, they could've no doubt saved themselves at least some financial headache with a standard fleet?
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RE: USAirways Questions Part II

Thu Aug 16, 2001 1:37 am

F-100s were very cheap and efficient to operate. That's why AA still has those odd-balls.

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RE: USAirways Questions Part II

Thu Aug 16, 2001 2:11 am

Matt... In reference to the 727-100's in the new scheme... I dont believe any of them made it. I am in fact, 95% sure of this.

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RE: USAirways Questions Part II

Thu Aug 16, 2001 3:01 am

MD80s were brought east because they couldn't fly to the east coast hubs. (And, US bungled the merger.)

The 737-500 wasn't purchased most likely because it is too heavy. The much lighter F-100 is much better suited for short hops than the heavier 735.