EyeSky, I state that the deal is dead because there is an awful lot of opposition to it, especially where it counts: Washington, DC. For one thing, a LOT of Congress flies US Airways, and would prefer not seeing it through the strife that affected UA this summer. It is not officially dead, but dying fast, imo. I had to say it since I've been anti-merger since day 1, and haven't noted this in a while.
JumboClassic, I doubt that the 333s would be used for transcons, at least not to replace the 762s. THe 333 is a 762 with a 737 hanging on the end.
It is too big for a replacement. Now, that doesn't mean that they couldn't use it for transcons. They could certainly find themselves on hub-hub routes for staging purposes.
Hamlet69, I've been anxiously awaiting your opinion on this.
What do you think of all this?