Here's an exerpt below from the Washington paper regarding the US Airways buyout.... apparently, to get the deal done, United is going to have to sell a large part of US Airways' Washington business.
"Out of the crosswinds of the United-US Airways deal, Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson hopes to emerge as the owner of a substantial airline that operates out of Reagan National Airport. Named DC Air, the new company is expected to take over most of US Airways' routes out of National. DC Air, which would serve 44 cities with 122 daily departures, would acquire valuable takeoff and landing slots at National that smaller airlines have coveted for years. Sources said Johnson would gain all the current US Airways slots at National except for those kept by United to gain access to international hubs at Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Charlotte. Sources said that while arrangements are "changing by the hour," Johnson would apparently not buy any planes but would "wet lease" aircraft, meaning that he would lease the planes, the crews, insurance and maintenance from another airline, probably United."
Kind of reminds me of New York Air from the early 1980's. Remember those red planes with the apple on the tail? I wonder what kind of logo they'd use for DC Air.