ACA is just trying to cover their a$$ in the event of a UA
collaspe or a pullout of IAD
. They could operate on their own, to some extend, still operating a hub out of IAD
with CRJ's & J41's.
Its not ACA
overall that is the problem, its operations at the hub cities, IAD
that mess up operations system-wide. We can get out flights ontime, make 10 minute turns, you name it. I truly don't know how they function down there, but we get just as frustrated as the passengers do.
is currently making cuts, they have a hiring freeze and are cutting 300+ jobs. I'm waiting to get my notice any day now, lol. They are likely going to be defering some CRJ deliveries for 2003 and 2004. The turboprop retirement schedule is being re-evaluated. Everything is up in the air because the 2003 rates that ACA
gets paid for by United have yet to be settled, mainly due to bankruptcy proceedings. We are still getting revenue at the 2002 rates. Everything is up in the air due to United's Ch.11 filing. We do not know what the judge will want or demand that United will make. We also got screwed when Fairchild-Dornier with the 328JET when they went bankrupt. ACA
is just trying to be able to have options on the table.
Bring in Mesa, or Trans-State? Not likely at all, much easier said than done at this point in time. We can't just serve DL
only without having to make huge capacity cuts.