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Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:55 pm

On August 5,1989...Piedmont Airlines was absorbed into USAir


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Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:21 pm

They were a TRUE Deregulation success story. I always thought they would have made the perfect merger partner for Pan Am. Post Pacific Division sale to UA. Sandwiched between PA's JFK and MIA ops were PI's BWI and CLT hubs. Plus DAY and SYR at the time. Florida Shuttle and all that. Think of the great interim liveries, the PA meatball slapped on the tail and Pan Am covering the Piedmont titles. Would have worked quite nicely until the fleet could be painted. Run by mostly PI folks, since PA proved they couldn't do domestic very well after the NA buy.

Good times for us then, the 80's. Av-geek-wise.
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Re: Piedmont...gone 30 years

Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:22 pm

Growing up in the 1980’s and living next to BWI, I was privileged to witness PI’s growth. I’ve got so many photos and memories of their 722, 732, 733, 734, 762, F28 along with their regional fleet of DH7, DH8, SH3, BE9, etc.

They made a huge impact on BWI and helped grow the airport into what it is today. The US merger felt like a death in many ways, even though they maintained the hub here for awhile afterwards.

This was an airline that mattered.
 
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Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:28 pm

I knew a really cool retired airline captain that flew the 727 at Piedmont...he loved the airline. His favorite line about the 727's flight characteristics was that "if you threw a crowbar out the window, the airplane would follow it"
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Re: Piedmont...gone 30 years

Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:32 pm

Monotropa wrote:

This was an airline that mattered.


In it's day, it did indeed. :airplane:
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:14 am

Piedmont was the airline that got me interested in aviation as a little kid :airplane: :biggrin:
It was the airline that took us to Grandma's house every Christmas :santahat:
 
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:56 am

Beautiful photos. Thanks for the memories,
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:23 am

Great post and amazing photos. I flew Piedmont once, from LGA to RIC, in the 1980s just before it was acquired by USAir. Flight was on a 737. Great service. Clean plane. I was only 15 or 16, but remember it well. USAir was an awful airline in the 1980s and only got worse in the 1990s as it swallowed up Piedmont and PSA and retained a well earned reputation for late flights, poor service, dirty planes, and an incoherent strategy for much of its existence. Glad to have seen it disappear into American Airlines.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:29 am

I was hired by Piedmont in 1982. It was an incredible ride. What a time to be in the industry. I made it 23.5 years and deeply regret The USAir merger.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:33 am

I was privileged to be a part of this wonderful airline for 20 of my 32 year airline career. It changed my life forever by letting me live my dream of flying and being a part of a great airline. And beyond the experiences, I enjoy friends as "family" to this day.
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:42 am

OzarkD9S wrote:
They were a TRUE Deregulation success story. I always thought they would have made the perfect merger partner for Pan Am. Post Pacific Division sale to UA. Sandwiched between PA's JFK and MIA ops were PI's BWI and CLT hubs. Plus DAY and SYR at the time. Florida Shuttle and all that. Think of the great interim liveries, the PA meatball slapped on the tail and Pan Am covering the Piedmont titles. Would have worked quite nicely until the fleet could be painted. Run by mostly PI folks, since PA proved they couldn't do domestic very well after the NA buy.

Good times for us then, the 80's. Av-geek-wise.


I've always thought a 1980 merger with Republic would've really helped Pan Am. Republic had a presence in DTW, LAS, LAX, MCO, MEM, MSP, ORD, SEA, SFO.
 
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:48 am

Even to this day, I still just associate my memories of CLT as all things Piedmont. Good memories of when CLT concourses seemed modern and new, good memories of all those 727 and 737 flights.
 
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:19 am

Empire was going to move it's headquarters to SYR but Piedmont aquired them before that could happen. As consolation with the city, which was not amused by the aquisition, Piedmont agreed to make SYR a hub and even paid for an expansion of the airport terminal.
 
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:56 am

I can remember as a kid growing up in Central New York going to SYR and seeing the many Piedmont flights especially during the busy hub times. I also remember flying on one fo their F-28's when I was going overseas and connecting at JFK.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:19 am

Decent little airline that had it going on. Unfortunately got absorbed into a messy “major”. Sounds familiar....CO anyone?,
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:31 am

For decades after, whenever I had great customer service either in the air or on the phone with USAirways, it almost always turned out to be someone who had been part of the Piedmont family.

My time traveling with them definitely spoiled me and set a high bar for what I expect an airline should deliver.
 
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:46 am

QueenoftheSkies wrote:
Decent little airline that had it going on. Unfortunately got absorbed into a messy “major”. Sounds familiar....CO anyone?,


At the time of the merger both Piedmont and USAir were roughly the same size. US had just gotten somewhat bigger the previous year with the PSA acquisition but Piedmont was in no way a 'little' airline in 1988-89. And PI flew 767s across the Atlantic. USAir did not.
 
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:55 am

I flew Piedmont numerous times between BOS and LGA when I was in college in the late 80's (as well as NY Air which I see one of their tails in these photos). Their planes were always clean, service friendly, I always had a pleasant experience.

Cointrin330 wrote:
Great post and amazing photos. I flew Piedmont once, from LGA to RIC, in the 1980s just before it was acquired by USAir. Flight was on a 737. Great service. Clean plane. I was only 15 or 16, but remember it well. USAir was an awful airline in the 1980s and only got worse in the 1990s as it swallowed up Piedmont and PSA and retained a well earned reputation for late flights, poor service, dirty planes, and an incoherent strategy for much of its existence. Glad to have seen it disappear into American Airlines.


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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:42 am

I never had the prvilege of flying PI since i was born in 1992, but it sounds like it wouldve been an awesome experience. Sometimes it seems like reverse takeovers and the way to go (US name and PI management) as well as airlines based in the southern US being the best for service (PI, CO, WN, and pre-US AA).
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:21 am

I recently got hired by Piedmont. Can anyone tell me the relationship between Piedmont today and the airline it was back in the day? Is this a new company? Never thought about this before.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:52 am

MGC1191 wrote:
I recently got hired by Piedmont. Can anyone tell me the relationship between Piedmont today and the airline it was back in the day? Is this a new company? Never thought about this before.

Current day Piedmont use to be called Henson Airlines, and was a regional carrier owned by Piedmont. USAir renamed Henson to Piedmont in the early 90s to protect the Piedmont trademark and prevent anyone from using it.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:39 am

twa727 wrote:
For decades after, whenever I had great customer service either in the air or on the phone with USAirways, it almost always turned out to be someone who had been part of the Piedmont family.


I was going to make the same observation. Even now some particularly gracious AA employees (now of a certain age) will identify as Piedmont-origin when asked. Piedmont had found the secret sauce for hiring and training in a way that US never did.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:18 pm

The airline began its progressive “Up-and-Coming Airline” campaign as I began school at Duke University. As an avgeek even then, I flew Piedmont on many circuitous routings just to get on as many flights as possible in one day, plus I also used their Hopscotch fare liberally. With their Hopscotch fare, Piedmont offered deep discounts in major markets on flights that stopped at least once along the way. For example, I flew LGA-RIC-ROA-ATL (737) and ATL-ILM-ORF-LGA (727-100) for cheap.

Some Piedmont memories...

-An early morning 1980 727-100 flight from GSO to RDU that continued on to DFW that featured three of the most senior Piedmont flight attendants...all older men...who began with Piedmont when they only hired stewards. Piedmont began hiring females in the early 60s. From 1948 until the 1960s, Piedmont only employed male stewards.
-A mid-day YS-11 flight in 1979 from INT to RDU. INT was already overshadowed by the larger GSO, but remained an important part of Piedmont, including HDQ, res office and maintenance base.. I remember the somewhat sleepy little terminal with two YS-11s parked adjacent. Our YS-11 flight was part of an extended multi-stop routing that was typical for Piedmont in those days.
-An early evening 727-95 (acquired from Delta) flight in 1980 from ATL-ILM-ORF-LGA. An ILM based FA crew took us from ATL-ILM where a very senior (female) FA crew took us from ILM-ORF-LGA. One of the FAs was exceptionally nice and answered all my questions. I have found a pic of two of the ladies in this crew on. Piedmont historical site. They were Piedmont icons.
-An evening 737-200 flight in 1979 from DCA-ROA-TRI-INT on the very first 737 delivered to Piedmont, still in the 5-abreast configuration with open overhead racks. This aircraft was featured several months later in a Piedmont commercial as it was being overhauled and fitted with 6-abreast and the widebody look.
-Several flights on original 737-200s with the integrated stairs attached to the aft LH door.
-An afternoon flight from GSO to ORF on one of the first 727-200s acquired from PSA.
-The beautifully upgraded snacks Piedmont began offering in 1981, including a really nice shrimp salad. Piedmont was still one-class at the time.
-Seeing an early Piedmont LGW flight take off ahead of my BCAL 747 to JFK, with my British seatmates asking each other if Piedmont was a French airline. They kept pronouncing it as “PEE-ED-MO” (silent NT).
-Piedmont’s gate expansion at LGA in the early 1980s on the AA concourse taking advantage of excess gate space left due to AA’s sudden post-deregulation pull-out from all LGA-Upstate NY markets.

Piedmont commercial featuring the overhaul of N734N:

https://youtu.be/eucnBDeSY9Y

Best Piedmont commercial, kicking off the “Up-and-Coming Airline” campaign:

https://youtu.be/5OD7beHoPKw
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:25 pm

Anyone remember their beef stew? Best economy airline food in the air!
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:45 pm

My very first flight on a 737 was on PI. March 1976, CLT-FAY-ORF on a 732. It wasn't a happy occasion, as I was returning to college in Hampton, VA after burying my grandmother in her native North Carolina. It was a nice plane, IIRC, the front rows had a table of some sort with one set of seat facing backwards. Nice little airlines.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:04 pm

It's amazing how fondly people still remember PI here in the Carolinas. The airline left quite a legacy. The former employees still hold reunions, I think.

This is a shot taken at AVL many years ago showing three Pacemakers at the airport at the same time.

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Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:14 pm

Cointrin330 wrote:
Great post and amazing photos. I flew Piedmont once, from LGA to RIC, in the 1980s just before it was acquired by USAir. Flight was on a 737. Great service. Clean plane. I was only 15 or 16, but remember it well. USAir was an awful airline in the 1980s and only got worse in the 1990s as it swallowed up Piedmont and PSA and retained a well earned reputation for late flights, poor service, dirty planes, and an incoherent strategy for much of its existence. Glad to have seen it disappear into American Airlines.


Ironically, the description you give of USAir in the ‘90s sounds exactly like the American Airlines of 2019, unfortunately. Late flights, poor service, dirty planes and an incoherent strategy.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:46 pm

Piedmont was the first airline I flew as a baby and then as a kid between DCA and ROA to visit extended family. Hard to think that lil' old ROA was once a "hub"/focus city for an airline!

As an elementary school-aged kid and #avgeek in training, I bought a Piedmont trucker style cap from a Kroger or someplace and would proudly wear it around Roanoke, generating lots of compliments from strangers--there was a lot of love for that airline.

To this day, the smell of apple juice and peanuts takes me back to being a kid on PI flights. Thanks for starting this enjoyable and informative thread! (Which is a great place to unintentionally make my 1000th post!)
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:03 pm

Don't think I ever saw a prettier plane than that carolina blue Piedmont Pacemaker paint job. They were a classy airline with great people. Always a pleasure to jumpseat on them back in the old days. They found lots of creative ways to get as many of us trying to hitch a ride on the plane as I ever saw. They had a lot of ex Braniff and some refugees from EAL (pilots that left when Boreman sold EAL to Lorenzo) flying for them. They had incredible perspective and seemed to really enjoy flying for Piedmont.

Often wonder how that US Air merger would have gone if Piedmont had been the surviving entity?

And I wouldn't mind having a glass of Piedmont Punch today.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:34 pm

Wow what airport was this with the tiny terminal?:

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I also never realized that Piedmont had YS-11s. When did those retire? We only ever saw F28s and 737s at YOW and YUL.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:43 pm

Dominion301 wrote:
Wow what airport was this with the tiny terminal?:

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I also never realized that Piedmont had YS-11s. When did those retire? We only ever saw F28s and 737s at YOW and YUL.


C L T

LOL..not sure if you were kidding
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:44 pm

Dominion301 wrote:
Wow what airport was this with the tiny terminal?:

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I also never realized that Piedmont had YS-11s. When did those retire? We only ever saw F28s and 737s at YOW and YUL.


That's CLT. You can't see it very well, but there was a large "Welcome to CHARLOTTE" sign atop the building.

The YS-11s were retired by PI in 1982.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:54 pm

This makes me wonder what happened to service to Winston-Salem and Hickory. Once Piedmont pulled out, was that the end, or did other carriers fly there?
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:58 pm

727LOVER wrote:
Dominion301 wrote:
Wow what airport was this with the tiny terminal?:

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I also never realized that Piedmont had YS-11s. When did those retire? We only ever saw F28s and 737s at YOW and YUL.


C L T

LOL..not sure if you were kidding


No way and was not kidding. Thanks! :)
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:04 pm

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This makes me wonder what happened to service to Winston-Salem and Hickory. Once Piedmont pulled out, was that the end, or did other carriers fly there?


US-branded commuter service from CLT to INT actually held on for a while, until just after 9/11. Hickory briefly had service to ATL on DL in 2005, but it was very short-lived.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:13 pm

I flew CLT to HOU in the summer of 1972 or 73 by myself (I was 12 or 13). I do recall in CLT you walked out to the aircraft and up the air-stairs. It was my first aircraft flight, would that have been a 727?
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:45 pm

PI did not fly to Houston until 1-1-1980 so likely UpNAWay you flew an EA 727 which also were equipped with airstairs.
The "www.jetpiedmont.com" website has been updated and has a lot of information on the company history.
It is nice to read such positive feedback about the legacy and impression this airline and its people left with so many.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:12 pm

My father was a private pilot, and I spent my childhood flying up and down the east coast in his prop.

I used to get quite airsick, and I would look out the window when we landed in places like Wilmington, NC, longing to be on the huge Piedmont 737-200’s!
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:29 pm

Piedmont was pretty dominant at BWI for a while there, near where I grew up. If you were there at the right time you could see a huge rush of departures where a dozen or so 737s would push back almost in unison (I expect it was similar at CLT). One of my first widebody flights was BWI-LAX on a Piedmont 762, one of many family trips where we ended up on PI.

At around 10 I got to fly unaccompanied from BWI-CLT, then connecting to a Shorts 330 from CLT to Florence, SC (operated by Henson, now present-day "Piedmont"). Somewhere I probably still have the Piedmont unaccompanied-minor button with the cartoon 737 on it.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:31 pm

First airline I flew on as a kid from LEX to GSO (via CLT, I think - we saw Andre the Giant in the terminal there). Still have the plastic wings they gave me! Was an awesome airline for sure. I remember how sad my parents were when it was acquired by US.

I used to be a CFI at INT. Still a lot of Piedmont history there.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:46 pm

Worked at AVL as a lineman for Asheville Flying Service from 1964 until entering the Air Force in 1967. We refueled the PI flights which passed through. Fast forward to the summer of 1984, I was stationed at George AFB, Ca. when my father passed away. Got ticket home to AVL thru LAX on PI, time was tight when I arrived in LAX, had to carry my bag through security, handed it off the the gate agent who went down the stairs from the gatehouse to get it on the airplane, a 727-200. Once I was seated the gentleman sitting next to me asked if I was the military member on emergency leave. When I replied that I was he told me that the door had been closed and the airplane was being pushed back from the gate when they stopped and pulled the airplane back to the gate. Cemented in my mind just how great PIedmont was, a crying shame they were swallowed up by USAir, should have been the other way around.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:47 pm

I still remember a transcontinental trip on a Piedmont 767. It was PHL or BWI to LAX, if memory serves. The front cabin was a 2 - 1 - 2 configuration, and I loved the middle seat with no neighbor. Service and food were great. It’s a shame it didn’t acquire other airlines instead of being absorbed.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:08 pm

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Empire was going to move it's headquarters to SYR but Piedmont aquired them before that could happen. As consolation with the city, which was not amused by the aquisition, Piedmont agreed to make SYR a hub and even paid for an expansion of the airport terminal.

I didn't know that. Curious, what did they expand?...I figured it always had the two-forked terminal. My first airplane ride was an empire F28 SYR to JFK...if I remember correctly.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:32 pm

I am so grateful for posts like this, that send me way way back to such great, innocent memories as a child. Flying a Martin from GSP to CLT to Rocky Mount NC. Going up those venrtal stairs and seeing all that air condensation blowing from the top of the cabin. YS-11 from TYS to GSP. Although I never flew on a PI FH227, seeing one of theirs started my love affair with this airplane. All I wanted to do was to be able to sit at one of those huge oval windows and watch the gear fold up and down. Fortunately I was able to fulfill this dream years later on OZ, but PI was connected to my GSP roots and therefore close to my heart. I loved their dark blue and white paint scheme that the 727's and 737's were originally painted in. The same paint as was on the 404/FH227/YS11. Thanks Piedmont Pacemakers, for providing me with thoughts of a simpler time.
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:36 pm

I was on an American flight last month. The lead flight attendant and I struck up a conversation while we were waiting out a delay, and it turns out she was hired by Piedmont in the mid 80's. We had a great conversation about the industry, past and present.

I remember standing in the rental car lot at CLT in 1988, and seeing a Piedmont 767 landing. I thought "There is no way they have 767's!" Of course those were the days before the internet, and little in the way of airline news for a teenager, although I did have family member working in the industry, I was still unaware. Upon further investigation, I found out they were flying to London! Wow, they came a long way, and did it very well.

As a NASCAR fan, I remember seeing the Piedmont sponsored race car on the track, driven by Terry Labonte, and later by Sterling Marlin. Since my family worked for Eastern, I never had the opportunity to fly on Piedmont. It was always nice to see their 737's in ATL, a break from the Delta, and Eastern planes of the day. At least their last days were much better than those I remember with Eastern, Pan Am, and Midway. Piedmont went away with their head still held high, we miss you Piedmont!
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:40 pm

LGA-GSO GSO-LGA

Piedmont Almonds in little bag!

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Visiting my Aunt...RIP!

Awesome livery update, first post!
 
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Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:43 pm

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WeatherPilot wrote:
Empire was going to move it's headquarters to SYR but Piedmont aquired them before that could happen. As consolation with the city, which was not amused by the aquisition, Piedmont agreed to make SYR a hub and even paid for an expansion of the airport terminal.

I didn't know that. Curious, what did they expand?...I figured it always had the two-forked terminal. My first airplane ride was an empire F28 SYR to JFK...if I remember correctly.


Piedmont operated most of the gates in Terminal A, operating about 70 flights a day in 1987. Piedmont expanded Terminal A the same year, adding more gates, a Piedmont Presidential Club (a US Airways Club until 2004) and a larger customs area. You can see the expansion they did to the end of Terminal A in satellite photos. After Gate 3 (the second jet bridge on the bottom side) you can see the division line in the roof between the original end of Terminal A and the beginning of the extension. If you are in Terminal A that division is marketed by the set of doors near the middle of the concourse where the bathrooms are today.

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Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:57 pm

WeatherPilot wrote:
diseased wrote:
WeatherPilot wrote:
Empire was going to move it's headquarters to SYR but Piedmont aquired them before that could happen. As consolation with the city, which was not amused by the aquisition, Piedmont agreed to make SYR a hub and even paid for an expansion of the airport terminal.

I didn't know that. Curious, what did they expand?...I figured it always had the two-forked terminal. My first airplane ride was an empire F28 SYR to JFK...if I remember correctly.


Piedmont operated most of the gates in Terminal A, operating about 70 flights a day in 1987. Piedmont expanded Terminal A the same year, adding more gates, a Piedmont Presidential Club (a US Airways Club until 2004) and a larger customs area. You can see the expansion they did to the end of Terminal A in satellite photos. After Gate 3 (the second jet bridge on the bottom side) you can see the division line in the roof between the original end of Terminal A and the beginning of the extension. If you are in Terminal A that division is marketed by the set of doors near the middle of the concourse where the bathrooms are today.

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I remember connecting through there when it first opened.
IIRC, the entire concourse was Piedmont except for the first gate at the top of that picture which was Delta, IIRC. Delta had a relatively minimal presence in CLT and RDU at the time.

Thanks for the info about the extension.

It is, indeed, sad to think that when the new terminal opened Eaatern was a major player in CLT with a Res office; many flights a day and widebodies. Then, they just
started retrenching.
 
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:02 pm

millionsofmiles wrote:

I remember connecting through there when it first opened.
IIRC, the entire concourse was Piedmont except for the first gate at the top of that picture which was Delta, IIRC. Delta had a relatively minimal presence in CLT and RDU at the time.


If you're talking about that darker gray jetbridge on the top side of the concourse that would have been Northwest.
 
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Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:12 am

What were their routes and aircraft through Blacksburg/Radford/Pulaski? Did they serve BCB or the Dublin, VA airport? Thanks!

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