The vast majority of ex-PSA, and for that matter, ex-Piedmont people that currently work for USAir have expressed major disappointment at the state of USAir these days. They see those two airlines (PS and PI) as being run by visionary men, both airlines being run at a profit, with happy and productive employees, things that are in a little shorter supply these days at USAir.
As for USAir's compenation programs increasing the cost of the west coast operation, and pushing the operation into a money-loser, I think that speaks volumes. They should have foreseen that one coming.
The only airline around these days that's a "gold-mine" is SW, and everybody else is trying to imitate them. What people forget is that PSA was a low-cost, low-fare, moneymaking airline. IF USAir had truly wanted to protect the west coast operation, they could have given it a much better try than they did.
In the end, maybe SW would have taken care of PSA, we'll never know. But, at least they do seem to be taking USAir for a ride back east.
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina