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USAirways Shuttle Question

Tue Nov 16, 1999 12:13 pm

To all in the forum:

Does USAiways use all of their aircraft for the shuttle? I know they use DC-9's, 727's, and their new A319 & A320's, too. Does anyone know if they use MD-80's or 737's also?

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RE: USAirways Shuttle Question

Tue Nov 16, 1999 12:20 pm

I know that on their original shuttle they use only 727s and A320s. But on the new shuttle routes, they use a variety of aircraft. When I recently flew DCA-LGA on an A320, there was a 737-300 at the next gate in US Airways Shuttle colors going to Boston.
I don't know about the MD-80s.

Bob Bradley
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Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B

RE: USAirways Shuttle Question

Tue Nov 16, 1999 1:28 pm

As far as I know, USAirways Shuttle only operates the original 727's, the new A320s, and I have seen a few 733's in Shuttle titles. I believe that they have pulled some 733s from the mainline fleet since they have expanded the shuttle operations recently. As for DC9s or MD80s, I have never seen any of those in shuttle titles and I don't believe they are used for the shuttle. Eventually, the shuttle is supposed to be all A320 aircraft, replacing the aging 727 workhorses and I think the 733's are only temporary to handle the increased service until the A320s are in place. I could be wrong on all of this, though.

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RE: USAirways Shuttle Question

Tue Nov 16, 1999 2:53 pm

Currently, US Airways uses 727s and 320s on the old bos-lga-dca route. They use 733s on the bos-iad and bos-dca routes, and DC9 on lga-iad. I've heard also that the shuttle will be all 320 eventually, but I doubt that. A 320 is bigger than a 733, and a whole lot bigger than a D93. I would be less surprised to see 319s replacing the aircraft on the new shuttle routes.
Or, here's an idea... keep 320s and 319s in shuttle colors, and fit the aircraft to the needs at the current time. I mean, if only 100 people show up for a flight, send a 319, and if 170 people show up, send a 320. Same crew for either one, same maintenance. Hell, they could even order 2 or so 321s in case the motherlode shows up sometimes. Bam. Instant guaranteed seating to put a hole in Delta's plans. I wonder about the feasibility of this. Any ideas?
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RE: USAirways Shuttle Question

Wed Nov 17, 1999 9:39 am

Did Eastern not do this at one time? Where they would fly as many jets as it took to fly all the people out on their shuttles? Meaning they would keep a few extra jets set aside for a large rush? Do airlines still do this at all? Or was this just a sales tactic, to say to everyone that no matter how big the load is they could fly everyone out.


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RE: USAirways Shuttle Question

Wed Nov 17, 1999 2:19 pm

For many years, the Eastern Air-Shuttle had DC-9s on all first sections except for the last flights of the night at DCA due to the noise curfew. They had many surplus Electras that they used for backup aircraft. On many occasions I was on an Electra second section. In fact, I remember on one occasion they had such a crowd at DCA that they sent an Electra out early, and the DC-9 left on the hour as scheduled.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA
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