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US Airways Express Routes?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 2:29 am

When US Air either closes or moves to a LCC what will happen to all those airports that only US Air Express services

will another airline pickup those routes or will they just cease commerical service

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RE: US Airways Express Routes?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 2:40 am

That's a good question. Here at GSP, we have about 22 US flights, and ALL of them are US Express.
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RE: US Airways Express Routes?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 2:42 am

NorthwestEWR --

That's the first question that came to mind when I heard about USAirways's plan. They have already cut several "Pennsylvania commuter" cities including Reading, PA (RDG), which is the home city of one of USAirways's ancestor airlines. I am concerned that, even with state subsidies, many of these small Appalachian markets will lose all commercial air service.


Edit: identifier doesn't recognize RDG, added city.

[Edited 2004-10-27 19:43:14]
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RE: US Airways Express Routes?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 2:53 am

Nothing in US Airways' new plan involves cutting routes that are profitable. There is a misconception that "LCC" somehow means single fleet type or precludes Express operations. Not true at all. In fact, regional flying is quite profitable for numerous airlines in the USA. Besides, the wage rates on express flights are at or near LCC rates (pilot salaries, etc).

Take a look at US Airways' Feb 2005 schedules. There is no reduction in Express flying; in fact, RJs are being deployed in innovative new ways.
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RE: US Airways Express Routes?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 3:12 am

I can only assume that the express carriers will remain in place.

Look at airlines such as Frontier in Denver; The use a regional carrier using regional jets.

Look at HP in PHX; They use a regional carrier operating RJs AND the Dash-8.

A good question though would be: "will some of the Dash-8s will be phased out, in favor of RJs?" I can only guess so. Most customers favor the RJs over the Dash-8 - especially on longer flights. Kinda sad, as the Dash-8 is such a neat and versatile aircraft.

While JRs may only save a matter of 30 to 40 min on routes like CHO-LGA, but it's a much smoother ride especially in bad weather.

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RE: US Airways Express Routes?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 7:50 am

For the most part, the USAirways Express network is remaining intact. As mentioned, US is converting to a be a low-cost airline, and if you think about it, look at all the different models of airlines that are claiming to be LCC's.

That being said, anything thats an EAS route is safe. The regional affialite, primarily Air Midwest (Mesa) that operates those B-1900 routes, along with a handful of routes operated by Colgan (Saabs), are basically being subsidized by the government. The majority of other routes will stay. Now that Shuttle America is gone as a USExpress operator, and the D-328's have been phased out......The Dash-8 is the primary turboprop being flown at Express. There are still those B-1900's, and Saabs, but the Dash fleet will remain as is. A few of the oldest ones left the fleet last year, but there are still an important part of the Express operation as there are many routes that cannot be flown with an RJ, either due to airport limitations, like HHH for example, or that the route does not make economic sense to have an RJ. The RJ's are being rationalized by swapping some RJ and prop routes. Some of the longer Dash routes or those out of DCA will become RJ, while some of the shorter RJ routes on non-business routes out of PHL will become prop.

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