Re: Few Piedmont Aircraft left at USAirways
Date: August 16, 2002 08:31PM
Just a thought.....for those hired around or before May 1985.........
When I was growing up and just a Lad, my Grandfather and Grandmother said all the things Grandparents say about how times flies and your life passes faster the older you get.
I never have considered myself old, even now.
I am getting to the point at age 40, that I feel eternal, in other words, age is only relative.......when compared.
To my Dad, I am young, if my Grandparents were alive, he was consider me really young still. However, most people who were born between 1975 and 1985, think I am ancient.
I am sure you all can relate to that. How many times have younger/junior employees rolled their eyes at you if you were among the Martin 404 and FH227/F27/YS-11 croud and mentioned how short a time it seems to YOU that you were working those flights?
For me, MY days at Piedmont, were marked by Oct 1984, when I started, we flew 727-200s, 737-200s and Fokker F28s.
All the YS-11s were gone in '82.
I remember when they were retired. My first revenue flight in my life before I came to work at PI was on a 727 TRI-CLT-TPA flight 59 and when we left the TRI and CLT......there were YS-11s sitting there only a month or so before they would be retired.
But for some today, younger folk, even the 737-200 and 727 or the 737-300 seem old?
Well, if so, then they are really really really wet behind the ears!
If some airlines are actually retireing the 737-300, then there is so much corporate waste it's no wonder companies are loosing money!
Paying attention US?
As I said before, the 737-300 was probably built to last say 20-40 years at least in a fleet.
I know for a fact, first hand that there were too many repaints, de-paints down to metal and repaint again to dk blue and gray.
Brand NEW Fokker F100s bought in 1990 for crying out loud that were also repainted in New colors and then retired.
What was wrong with the F100??????
Nothing in my book, but American is getting rid of them too as we speak!
If "US" is getting rid of all Boeings and going Airbus completely, it's not only a waste of money and good equiptment, it's a shame.
America needs the business. And not the business end we are getting, if you follow me.....
To go totally airbus cannot be justified, no matter what figures or excuses you put on paper.
To say, we profit more with Airbus aircraft is a blow to Boeing AND America at the same time.
If airlines here turn away from Boeing, they are simply being Anti-American.
I cannot imagine any one in their right minds doing that.
Sending all your money to Europe?
Then get all your passengers from there too!
And leave the states to an air carrier that loves the United States.
For me, 1984 wasn't that long ago.....
Sorry younger folks, it just doesn't!
And to those who don't respect Boeing aircraft.....
I hear Europe has plenty of space over there for you.