columbia409
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US Helps MSY Relief Effort

Sat Sep 03, 2005 3:16 am

From today's news release:

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 2, 2005 -- US Airways will participate in the airline industry's effort to help in the evacuation of New Orleans. Flights will begin later this afternoon and continue at least through the weekend. US Airways will provide a 126-seat Boeing 737-300 aircraft, as well as other aircraft as needed.

“The employees of US Airways are committed to doing everything they possibly can to help those who are suffering as a result of this catastrophe, volunteering their time, job skills and resources,” said Bruce R. Lakefield, US Airways president and chief executive officer. “We are ready and willing to assist in the relief efforts.”

US Airways is also working closely with the American Red Cross, to which the airline has made an initial contribution of tickets for emergency relief. The company created earlier this week the US Airways Employee Relief Fund to help colleagues in the Gulf States, many of whom have lost everything.
 
SonOfACaptain
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RE: US Helps MSY Relief Effort

Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:52 am

I know MDA has about 15 crews ready to volunteer with their 170s. They are just wanting for US to give the OK. We should applaud all companies, countries and individual people that are helping out. I love how in dire times, there will always be people there to help out.

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atrude777
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RE: US Helps MSY Relief Effort

Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:59 am

Why do airlines have to "give/donate" tickets or miles? just donate the plane and get down there and fly them back or transport red cross members. why must they donate miles or tickets?

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supa7E7
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RE: US Helps MSY Relief Effort

Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:09 am

Unclear from the press release exactly what will be flown and who will foot the bill. Certainly even if FEMA foots the bill, it is a nice gesture on the part of US. Just to provide logistics, crews and the airplane which is probably a spare.

Obviously US has no business donating fuel and so on... they are trying to save jobs and stay in business.
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gigneil
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RE: US Helps MSY Relief Effort

Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:21 am

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 2):
why must they donate miles or tickets?

Well, people do have to get somewhere in particular to wherever their families are. The plane flies down and gets them, and then what happens? It takes them to a hub airport so they can go on their way.

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bennett123
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RE: US Helps MSY Relief Effort

Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:13 pm

Were there any aircraft still at MSY when Katrina hit?.
 
FlyingTexan
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RE: US Helps MSY Relief Effort

Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:28 pm

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 5):
Were there any aircraft still at MSY when Katrina hit?

Yea, this one:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y58/FlyingTexan/canyon/051705r.jpg

I snapped that pic in May on MSY’s GA ramp. I’d imagine most planes were flown out.
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warszawa
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RE: US Helps MSY Relief Effort

Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:34 pm

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 2):
Why do airlines have to "give/donate" tickets or miles? just donate the plane and get down there and fly them back or transport red cross members. why must they donate miles or tickets?

Well for a couple reasons...such as you need a ticket to get past security - you need a ticket to checkin - a ticket leads to a boarding pass which is used to get on the aircraft, etc.

If no tickets were needed can you imagine the chaos at MSY airport with people trying to get onboard aircraft and such - or get past security - etc.?
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