In addition to the heritage aircraft painted by the "new" US when the HP
merger was completed, the wholly-owned US Express carriers are named Piedmont and PSA
and by DOT regulation must disclose their name as the "operating" airline of the Express flight. The original PSA
was merged into USAir in 1988 and the Piedmont merger was completed in 1989.
The Piedmont of today was originally Henson Airlines and retains the PI
blue "bird" as its corporate logo but all flights are in USAirways Express colors. The mainline jets in the heritage paint schemes simply acknowledge and salute the original "founding" airlines of USAir and include a PSA
, Piedmont and Allegheny painted airplane although no airplane is painted in a heritage scheme of the merged USAir of 1989.
A nice gesture on the part of the "new" USAirways, but somewhat of a sensitive issue with previous and current employees of all the merged airlines. There are however a close knit and excellent employee group within the PSA
and Piedmont Express carrier groups who have represented USAir and USAirways in an exemplary manner for years.
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