My initial reaction to the thread starter was to say, "What, are you nuts?!"
However, both Freshlove1 and Rwylie77 made very important points and I agree with them. US CEO's comments quoted in here were taken out of context. If they are accurate, and he's insistent on his "gloom and doom" theatrics, then the board at US should fire his sorry butt immediately. Statements that forecast impending collapse fuel the fire. They discourage people from booking any flights with that airline.
As Rwylie77 appropriately pointed out, it is this type of reaction which turned out to be one of the final straws in Braniff's coffin. Travel agents were discouraging customers from booking flights on Braniff. Other reservation systems started to refuse to book flights for the airline. This dropped their load factors into the 20 percent range. An airline simply cannot survive on such low load factors.
So, those who advised against booking the January flight on US, if you truly support US, then stop discouraging their potential customers from booking flights with US. If you want a repeat of Braniff, just continue with your "sky is falling" mantra and you will succeed in killing US.
As a footnote, I last flew on US in Dec. 2001. Flew on a 753 on the outbound flight, PHX
. Returned to PHX
on a 320. The service was average. The outbound flight was comfortable, but the inbound was very rough over West Texas. It was probably some of the worst turbulence I've ever encountered, but that's not US' fault.
I do hope US survives. There are just too many jobs at stake, not to mention the impact their collapse will have on their vendors and the vendors at the airports they serve. CLT
will likely become a shadow of its former self. What they do need to do is either muzzle their CEO or fire him immediately.