Let's assume US Airways bites the big one not too long from now.
While hundreds of flt. frequencies will be lost up and down the East Coast, there is the consideration of what will become of US Airways Express.
Seeing the Express divisions large presence and the number of contract carriers that provide the service, most serving only US, do you think we could see them Keep the US/USX banner and gradually mold a new route structure?
By this, I mean seeing the carries move the route map future out to the Midwest and develop a hub/focus city @ say MCI to points in the region, while continuing their strong hold the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas, continuing to provide service to cities that are more or less dependent on USX for air travel.
Also, to continuing building a presence in the lower Midwest, do you think they could find it viable to establish a focus city at a regional airport say between LIT and MSY?
Note this is just my theory for the short term, especially since if mainline goes done, the regionals still appear to be in a position to fly and meet the heavy demand of the markets they serve.
Also, does anyone see a probability that USX could morph into a new mainline entity, providing limited service to larger markets,while being upheld on a strong regional presence just a Cross Air did when Swiss Air went under?