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    Is there a omonous quiet on the boad?

    As a US1 for years, it didn't take me long to leave. It was clear from the beginning this was going to be America West in drag. That the fit of the two companies was good, became immediately obvious. Ditto, that these new guys had no use for the old company, its managers, and especially its...
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    Hey PitBull, I have enjoyed your posts for a long time. You don't mince words. You obviously also have a sense of humor. I have been on this board since 2002, and if you see my profile, note, I am number 586 on the member list. I was actually lower, but after we all came over here from Plane...
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    Hey Fan, if you recall from FT, this is the original "cockroach". And airportman, I am not making light of what FA's do in an emergency. I consider USAirways (East) the best flyers in the country. Thanks to all those layoffs, they are certainly mostly senior. As for the Toronto mishap, I know...
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    Desert gal, you think your skin was crawling. What do you think it feels like to sit there with my $10,000 cashmere and wool blend coat, made by illegal aliens locked in a windowless room in Apache Junction, while the cabin is warm. Crawling. That's nothing. It scratches.
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    Hey PitBull, I bet you have a picture of Hillary Clinton in your locker. But that's OK.As long as I know you're working to pay for my Medicare, I'm a happy guy. Gotta run. I'm tired from spending all day figuring out how to use my tax break to buy stuff. :D
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    C'mon Bob. We've been posting side by side on various sites for years. I have no issues with anyone doing a good job. Onboard, I am so polite, they forget I'm even there. I often refer to myself as the stealth passenger. While I do believe that the industry cost structure has, like the...
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    Wackaloon? Geez, now desertgal is on my case. On the bright side, guys, think about it. Piling on me has put "East" and "West" on the same side. :D
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    Hey PitBull, I only called em stewardess' to piss you off. And you took the bait, just like Parker, which was kind of the point of this thread. Not to worry. I'm also a Republican, and we have no feelings anyway.
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    Ah, now comes HP FA. FIrst of all, I don't write letters about lousy service, because, (a) it doesn't do any good, and (B), nobody cares anyway. I note you are not airborne these days, but we would not have met, since HP is not a carrier I ever flew. As for my deal making butt, firstly, I have a...
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    Well PitBull, that last post of yours really nailed it. In truth, the founding fathers of airlines never envisaged being a stewardess as a retirement gig. Hell, they even toss pilots out after 60, and they have a sitting job. I didn't realize you are a lady (I assume that from other's posts)...
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    I'm married to a former F/A. The kids at JetBlue more resemble the original intent of that job, than the people who have turned it into a lifetime profession, and in the process, created a wage structure that has burdened the industry for years. I was only kidding with the "battle axe" remark...
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    You are missing the point. JetBlue is a brand, and a favorable one. Because of that, customers cut them slack other carriers can't get. B6 is a point to point carrier. They don't want to compete with you. They want your higher yield business to NYC, and probably DC and Boston, before long. FedEx...
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    Letter from Doug Parker

    Foolish letter. Neeleman pulled his chain, and he reacted. Now the local papers will pick it up, and JB has free promotion. Parker should have flown to CLT, held a pep rally with the troops, and not put anything in writing. For openers, as has been mentioned on this thread, B6 is a point to...
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    US Airways 'Second Heritage' Plane Unveilings...

    Great move, for many reasons, including employee morale. Now, if they could just extend that to their "newly acquired" customers, many of whom have voted with their feet (reluctantly, I might add).
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    ATA 757 at PHX hgr

    The ATA WN relationship can be described as "close". They have exited markets which do not synergize, Southwest has provided post bankruptcy cash (which is presumably debtor in possession financing, and thus debt owed to WN), ATA flies WN codeshares to markets prone to delay (LGA, for example)...
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    USAirways Storm Advisory

    I'll take a crack at predicting events. In spite of dire warnings by local media in the affected areas, since last Wednesday, the US website, as of this morning, still only had a small link labelled something like "winter", which took you to a page telling you what cities could be rebooked...
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    EAST saves West's BUTT today!

    The company cannot afford to pay it. They presumably did it to make sure the customer (you remember them) got taken care of. Every so often, those nuisances get in the way, but once in awhile you have to think about actually doing something for them.Try your scope when you shut the place down...
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    Us Airways Still Bleeding

    Based on that perceptive analysis by Merrill Lynch, you probably want to go out and buy some. After all, with just 2 bankruptcies at US, and merely one at HP, these guys have only wiped out three sets of shareholders, collectively.
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    Us Airways Still Bleeding

    My guess is they are only just beginning to figure out that it is going to take millions to revive the product. Those Arizona guys might be very nice, and they may have stolen the place by paying nothing, but not unlike Bre'r Rabbit in the briar patch, they are about to wake up with Excedrin...
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    Two Stories That May Impact The Future Of U

    Bronner's game is to buy cheap and sell big. He got into something he didn't understand, and while he was nominally in charge, he never missed an opportuniy to say something unhelpful at just the wrong moment. Lakefield is your hero. A member of Bronner's board, he cut the deal that saved the...