Re: Few Piedmont Aircraft left at USAirways
Date: September 13, 2002 08:46PM
Steve, Randy may have a point about airlines ceasing operations. The UA/US codeshare deal is just that, a codesharing agreement, like Piedmont Commuter and USAir Express were. US Airways does not have the money or size to be able to compete with AA, DL, and UA over the very long haul (25+ years). Alaska, America West, and Midwest Express may well be swallowed up, just like TW, Western, PA, and RC were in the 80s and last year. I love US Airways' people and wish them the best, but if they didn't buy PI and PS in the 80s, they would have been swallowed up themselves, probably by TWA or someone else. Bob Crandall wrote a column in the Washington Post back in August about consolidation in the airline industry, and I understand the problems that the industry faces: TOO MUCH CAPACITY! Everybody grew way too fast in the 90s.