The order for 60 narrowbody Airbuses is not really a rumor. This something that has been publically talked about for the last few months. Once pilot negotiations complete and a new agreement is in place, the they will place the order. GECAS is probably going to be the one assisting them again as they have a financial stake in the airline (around 10-15% ownership). As far as how can they afford them? They will probably be leased through GECAS.
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I'm still trying to figure out, though, how US can afford much of anything? They are having difficulties paying back their loan gaurentees
A false statement. They actually paid $250 million of it down in the first quarter of this year, well ahead of schedule and more than they were required to. This cut their outstanding ATSB backed loan to under $700 million.
a pension company (Alabama Pension) that is about ready to drop them and cut all financing
'Bama Dave has been successful in nearly everything he has done. It is important to note that he owns over 40% of the airline and controls the board of directors. He may not know a lick about running and airline, but he knows how to run a business and the new CEO is a great person to have in charge of getting the financials in order. However, if he does decide to cut and run it won't be like what most people think. I could honestly seem him throw everything out the window (which they are attempting to do is a subtle way) and start over from scratch. Now does this mean he shuts it down and then pulls a Swiss Airlines type of tactic (read: Piedmont becomes the new mainline carrier and US Airways, Inc. is liquidated) or an assett transfer to Sir Richard...who knows. All options are being looked at right now except and assett sale as that has seemed to have been taken off the table for right now. For right now.
The sale of 25 737s to FedEx has been discussed a lot over on the US Airways' PIT
employee bitching board (read: US Aviation) and it seems to have been pushed aside.
Lot of rumors and they have a billion in the bank still with a strong 2nd quarter under way, after a good 1st quarter (they didn't lose money until paying the ATSB loan down by a chunk). We should hear a lot of news come June in terms of labor and more operational information in July as the new fall schedules are rolled out with the fleet reallignments.