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Piedmont And PSA Still Flying?

Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:24 pm

I booked a flight a few weeks back and it was on USAir (opt'd by Piedmont). A colleague flies on USAirways (opt'd by PSA). I know the current USAir is a combo of America West, Piedmont, Pacific Southwest Airlines, Allegheny, and USAir. When they all became one their names (I thought) were absorbed into one. However, I was in LGA the other day and saw both a PSA painted Airbus as well as Piedmont. Am I losing my mind?
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RE: Piedmont And PSA Still Flying?

Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:27 pm

Quoting olddominion727 (Thread starter):
Am I losing my mind?

Well, as an a.net member you've already lost your mind   

Nope, just the heritage planes. Here at PHX there are 2 heritage planes (one in new-ish HP colors, one in old HP colors)

A homage to the airlines that built up US airways   
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RE: Piedmont And PSA Still Flying?

Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:37 pm

In addition to the PSA, Piedmont and the 2 HP retrojets mentioned, there is also an Allegheny one. All on A319s.
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RE: Piedmont And PSA Still Flying?

Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:37 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
Nope, just the heritage planes.

Yes, that is correct. I believe there are currently four of them. One for PSA, Piedmont, HP, and Allegheny. I had the joy of flying on the PSA one a few years back, before I understood what they were. I believe it is based out in the east coast, strange since it is PSA.
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RE: Piedmont And PSA Still Flying?

Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:44 pm

Additionally, US Airways operates two wholly-owned subsidiaries; Piedmont and PSA. Piedmont operates Dash 8-100's and Dash 8-300's, and is the sole operator of turboprops in the US system. There used to be a third wholly-owned Dash 8 operator (Allegheny) that was merged into Piedmont in 2005. Piedmont itself was formerly known as Henson, and was the US launch customer of the Dash 8. Allegheny was formed from the merger of Suburban and Pennsylvania Airlines.

PSA operates CRJ-200's and -700's, and was formerly known as Jetstream International.
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RE: Piedmont And PSA Still Flying?

Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:48 pm

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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RE: Piedmont And PSA Still Flying?

Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:36 pm

I flew on both PSA and Piedmont, dba US Express, this past week, so yeah, they're flying in that respect.

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