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There is a firm requirement for an initial 100 jets seating between 30 and 40 passengers, with options for 100 more with 40 to 50 seats and a further option for up to 200 regional jets with 50 to 69 seats, Flight added.
It said potential suppliers are Bombardier Aerospace
What will US Airways a major/"regional" carrier do with 400 regional jets? Would these eliminate the requirement for DC9's, 737-200s, and F-100s - Thereby causing US Airways to furlough hundreds of MAINLINE pilots? Or will US Airways reallocate those pilots to new, longer range Airbus routes, while the RJ's increase frequency to the old DC9, F100 routes.
Its going to be tough negotiating - but you want MY opinion?
WHen Steve Wolf came to US Airways he told the employees that the company was too big - and too small. Too big to operate as a regional carrier, and too small to survive for very long as a major. I suspect that this is yet the next step in his plan to grow US Airways into a global airline. With 400 Airbus on the way, you can bet they wont be flying them to Elmira, New York or Charleston, WV. I expect as more and more Airbus come on the property you will see US Airways add more large midwest and west coast cities...all feeding into Philidelphia and the growing, formidable international operation (a mere 6 months from now the first A330's arrive). As mainline pilots are reallocated to the Airbus to fly the expanded route network, the commuter pilots will pick up the short range, high frequency, (but also high load factor!) routes that used to be the mainstay of old Allegheny Airlines. Now, as those of you who are students of airline history know, this cant happen overnight. I predict this change over the next 5-10 years. Just one man's opinion...but I think it makes sense.