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Local impact of US Airways merger with American Airlines
KPHO-TV ^ | Feb 14, 2013 8:56 AM CST | Adam Longo

Posted on 02/14/2013 11:54:35 AM PST by re_nortex

The company employs 750 people inside the corporate headquarters, but the airline has nearly 9,000 workers who are based in Phoenix.

Depending on who you talk to, what will happen with those positions is unclear at this point.

A source who works inside the company tells CBS 5 News he expects 80 percent to 90 percent of positions at the Tempe corporate headquarters to shift to American Airlines' headquarters in Fort Worth, TX.

(Excerpt) Read more at kpho.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Travel
KEYWORDS: aa; airlines; arizona; texas
In my opinion, if this merger results in the diminishing of the union stranglehold on the airline business, then this will be a victory for free enterprise. For the time being, I'm taking a wait and see attitude until the impact of merger on Big Labor is realized.

The goons of the Airline Pilots Association International (and that one word conveys a lot right there) have placed outmoded, burdensome regulations and profit-killing restrictions on the carriers slicing net income to nil. Perhaps a stronger, more aggressive American Airlines, post-merger, will have the resources to deal with these thugs. They should take a lesson from President Reagan and fire them all. Similar action against the Association of Flight Attendants would be beneficial for those of us who fly.

Unionism, aided and abetted by Obama, has killed the once mighty American industrial base. So too will unions lead to the death of airlines unless Big Labor's extortion racket (empowered and protected by the vile Franklin Diablo Roosevelt) is brought to its knees.

1 posted on 02/14/2013 11:54:40 AM PST by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex

I doubt AA makes enough changes to make a real difference. US Airways will see a lot of superfluous employees become chaff


2 posted on 02/14/2013 12:03:20 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: re_nortex

Why don’t they just merge into one airline and get it all over with, who needs anti-trust laws.


3 posted on 02/14/2013 12:04:34 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: re_nortex

As a bitter Pittsburgher, all I can say is Phoenix beware. Parker blatantly lied to us and kicked us in the teeth, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll treat you differently.


4 posted on 02/14/2013 12:05:01 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: GeronL

Two crappy airlines now become one crappy airline.


5 posted on 02/14/2013 12:05:30 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: GeronL
US Airways will see a lot of superfluous employees become chaff.

That's one of the positive outcomes as I see it. By combining forces, inefficiencies such as these employees (most of them featherbedding union scum) will be rightfully eliminated. By trimming such waste, the company will then have the resources to become profitable and better serve the investors who have a stake in the success of the new American Airlines.

6 posted on 02/14/2013 12:11:21 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: dfwgator

exactly

If this airline cannot shed excess employees, shed some pay and outrageous benefits costs and then reduce costs as well as improving service. They are headed to the dustbin of history.

Instead they are merging with an airline, ordering a new fleet of aircraft etc


7 posted on 02/14/2013 12:12:47 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: BikerJoe
As a bitter Pittsburgher, all I can say is Phoenix beware. Parker blatantly lied to us and kicked us in the teeth, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll treat you differently.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has made it clear that the headquarters consolidation to Ft. Worth won't badly hurt the Phoenix area. She states:

"I got all kinds of assurances from [CEO] Mr. [Doug] Parker. I believe him, they (US Airways) have a big operation here and very few jobs are going to Texas. They're (US Airways) still going to stay here. We just basically are going to lose quote the status of losing the airline headquartered here."

8 posted on 02/14/2013 12:16:35 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: GeronL

“Blue Horseshoe loves Blue Star Airlines”


9 posted on 02/14/2013 12:17:15 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: re_nortex

Just the Valentines Day news I didnt want to hear. I fly alot and US Air is about the crappiest airline around. American is just a few shades better but now I expect it to decline some taking on that fluxed up carrier US Scare.


10 posted on 02/14/2013 12:20:43 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

Forget that, I found a hot stock in Pioneer Aviation.


11 posted on 02/14/2013 12:22:44 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: RckyRaCoCo
“Blue Horseshoe loves Blue Star Airlines”

That's a memorable quote from an utterly terrible movie, Wall Street. It was the "brainchild" of Oliver Stone, an American-hating Marxist complete with a cast of anti-business, pro-union leftists such as the vile Martin Sheen and other Hollyweird elitists: Michael Douglas and the drug-crazed hippie, Charlie Sheen.

Stone released his screed at the height of unparalleled American prosperity during the Reagan presidency. To this day, I'm convinced that it was nothing more that commie propaganda designed to appeal to those who despised the success of President Ronald Reagan, a staunch ally of free enterprise and American capitalism.


12 posted on 02/14/2013 12:29:41 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex

While after averaging 120+ flights per year for over 25 years, I have no love for any airline, nor will Ished a tear for any airline employee let go due to this merger, I give my fair warning to AA.

Everything that Useless (formally Agony-Airlines) touches turns to crap. Airlines that treated their passengers better, like Piedmont (at one time), once merged with US Air became the same lying POS that is the corporate strategy of US Air.

AA used to be fair and above the average but they now seem destined for the same low class operation which is the hallmark of US Air.

I remember a commie unionized flight bimbo telling me on a flight from Chicago to Dallas that because we had no other option we had no right to bitch about their poor performance.

After that I drove from Buffalo, NY to Dallas and back 4 times rather that put up with that arrogant communist unionized (insert “C” word here). I enjoyed every minute of the trips.

A good day for me is a day not on an airplane. A great day is seeing these union scum kicked to the curb.


13 posted on 02/14/2013 12:31:26 PM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: tflabo
Just the Valentines Day news I didnt want to hear. I fly alot and US Air is about the crappiest airline around. American is just a few shades better but now I expect it to decline some taking on that fluxed up carrier US Scare.

I take a more positive viewpoint on the merger. Without a doubt, the worst airline I recall from the past quarter-century was St.Louis-based TWA.

In the amount of space available, I can't begin to enumerate the horrors of TWA ranging from lost baggage, surly stewardesses, incompetent, senile pilots (protected by seniority rules of their union bosses), late departures and so on. The best thing that ever happened to TWA was its elimination when American Airlines bought it. A lot of needless deadwood was shed when TWA was rightly euthanized. I still recall the concourses closed at Lambert (IATA: STL) when TWA was put out of its misery.

14 posted on 02/14/2013 12:40:23 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex
Without a doubt, the worst airline I recall from the past quarter-century was St.Louis-based TWA.

TrailWays of the Air...
15 posted on 02/14/2013 12:44:13 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: Wurlitzer
A great day is seeing these union scum kicked to the curb.

That's very well said and, as Conservatives, I'm sure that we'll agree when unionism is eradicated, the American economy will come roaring back.

The dream of a liberal-free world begins with outlawing of the anti-business, anti-American shakedown artists known as unions. I've long contended that unions are nothing more than the modern form of slavery, an invention of the commies to impose collectivism on workers who would otherwise enjoy freedom, liberty and the benefits of the marketplace. In my opinion, the full force of RICO laws ought to be applied to end the corrupt, monopolistic reign of terror stemming from unionism.

16 posted on 02/14/2013 12:50:43 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: BikerJoe
As a bitter Pittsburgher, all I can say is Phoenix beware. Parker blatantly lied to us and kicked us in the teeth, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll treat you differently.

As a no-longer bitter 'Burgher (since I fled that union-controlled area around the time that Kroger supermarkets also left, also due to Big Labor thuggery), I'm curious about the current state of what I still think of as the "new aiport". From afar, I recall that it opened in the early 1990s with much fanfare and high hopes (built on the backs of taxpayer dollars).

Over time, with the loss of Allegheny USAir US Airways, it's my understanding that many of the gates have been shuttered and that dreams of world class airport have largely been shattered. I had a connecting flight through there a few year back and the airport was far from busy. Just my perception or is that reality?

17 posted on 02/14/2013 1:00:30 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: dfwgator

I’ve never had a problem with US Air in Charlotte. Nearly every flight is non-stop and upgrades to first class for 100 bucks is common. I’m sure AA will screw it all up as they prefer to work with negative numbers


18 posted on 02/14/2013 1:06:58 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/)
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To: re_nortex

I received a free upgrade to first class with TWA once. It was sweet. Took a puddle jumper from STL to Knoxville afterwards and beer was free with about 12 folks on the plane.
No regrets here.


19 posted on 02/14/2013 1:09:35 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/)
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To: eyedigress
I received a free upgrade to first class with TWA once. It was sweet. Took a puddle jumper from STL to Knoxville afterwards and beer was free with about 12 folks on the plane. No regrets here.

It sure sounds like a good time was had by all and certainly amounted to a great flight experience. But free upgrades and beer, is it any wonder that such imprudent business practices hurt the bottom line? If this type of stuff was widespread during the time that TWA was struggling, it's no surprise that American Airlines was able to buy them and kill them.

I'm not trying to detract at all from the enjoyment you had on that journey and I'd have loved it too. But it's so very representative of unionized employee behavior -- give away freebies from "the man" because they have no stake at all in the enterprise.

20 posted on 02/14/2013 1:25:57 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex

I do have to take exception to some of your comments. I was one of the coffee, tea or me girls from 1959 to 1961. TWA was a great airline during that time. We offered awesome in-flight service and the meals prepared by the KC group were incredible. Had to quit flying when I got married. Then they moved a lot of their management to New York City and it all went downhill after that.

Got a letter several years later asking if I wanted to return as a result of some union negotiation. Took one short flight as a passenger just to check them out. Flight attendants were old, ugly, overweight, dumpy, frumpy and total grumps. Never flew on them again.

Always wished someone would publish the truth about the explosion.


21 posted on 02/14/2013 1:47:06 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: re_nortex
I had a connecting flight through there a few year back and the airport was far from busy.

At its peak, PIT had 633 flights/day.

Now it's 155, so it IS a sad reality.
22 posted on 02/14/2013 1:47:44 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: Grams A
I do have to take exception to some of your comments. I was one of the coffee, tea or me girls from 1959 to 1961. TWA was a great airline during that time.

Actually, I think we're in total agreement. The TWA that I was blasting was the awful airline of the past quarter century, in particular that of the Carl Icahn era. My memories of the TWA from the 50's and 60's are quite fond with the iconic Constellation:


23 posted on 02/14/2013 2:06:22 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: BikerJoe

Parker protects Parker. He was just on a Tourist/Business commercial touting Arizona and how “he stayed”.


24 posted on 02/14/2013 3:29:58 PM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: re_nortex

It was a cooler in the aisle with domestic cans. Cost was probably 30 bucks. The upgrade was due to an overbooked flight from PHX to STL on an L-1011. I was military.

I doubt TWA lost anything.


25 posted on 02/14/2013 3:51:20 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/)
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To: eyedigress
I was military.

Thanks for the response and that makes it all very clear. I applaud TWA (in this particular case) for their pro-American stance and for supporting our men in uniform.

26 posted on 02/14/2013 4:21:03 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: BikerJoe
As a bitter Pittsburgher, all I can say is Phoenix beware. Parker blatantly lied to us and kicked us in the teeth, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll treat you differently.

Whoa, dude.

You left out your lying Pittsburgh politicians who got you to pay for that actually, quite beautiful airport. If USAir had had to foot the bill, they'd have found a justification to still be there.

But airports are like football stadiums. When the taxpayer pays for them, the team [airline] is free to leave. You got pwned.

The moral of the story is to let business support itself. When the people's money is used to create economic development, you can be sure it won't.

27 posted on 02/14/2013 4:58:38 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: re_nortex

Ah the old Super G. Quite a luxurious plane in its day. I had almost forgotten all about those ugly old brown uniforms. Nails groomed, no hair touching your collar, appropriate undergarments, shined high heeled shoes in perfect condition, no runs in the stockings, no wrinkles in the clothing and no more than 2 pounds over your pre-determined appropriate weight - or you didn’t fly. They wouldn’t be able to handle it nowadays.


28 posted on 02/14/2013 5:18:18 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A
Ah the old Super G. Quite a luxurious plane in its day.

Thanks for the reply. I enjoyed the smoothness of the ride on the Lockheed Super-G Connie, shown below:

On the other hand, and also widely used by carriers during that era was the equally famous but more utilitarian Douglas DC-3 which I flew (as a passenger) many times on the old Capital routes:

In it's own way, the rather dumpy DC-3 did have its own beauty but the Connie was stunning.

29 posted on 02/14/2013 6:38:22 PM PST by re_nortex
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That might have been it. The man at the ramp desk told me my seat had been changed from a twenty something to 2B.

I was a young man and said OK. I boarded the plane and for the first time in my life was directed left. LOL!

Just enjoyed the space and pineapple juice.

That was my one and only time flying first class.

Thanks TWA


30 posted on 02/14/2013 7:27:20 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/)
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To: eyedigress
That was my one and only time flying first class.

I normally can't recommend Jerry Seinfeld for humor since he's mostly unfunny and, of course, is liberal. Nevertheless, with those caveats, this clip is a rather droll treatment of first class versus coach.

31 posted on 02/14/2013 7:33:11 PM PST by re_nortex
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When I first started flying, TWA had lots of Martins. Our wheel was KC-Wichita-Amarillo-Los Angeles, stay overnight and come back, each way taking at least 8 hours. We couldn’t serve alcohol until after we left the Kansas and Oklahoma air space since those two states were dry. Could always tell if the pilot drank or not by paying attention to our flight pattern. Got to know the passengers very well back then and always served at least two full meals including crystal, sterling silver, real plates and starched, ironed mini white table cloths over the trays.

Remember when we had to land wheels up in Amarillo in a blinding snowstorm one time - but once was quite enough.

BTW,if that car was red, I would swear it was the one I had then.


32 posted on 02/14/2013 7:58:25 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: re_nortex

I understand Seinfeld well and it is true. I sat down and was in my seat less than 30 seconds before being offered Champaign and OJ. It was 7am


33 posted on 02/14/2013 8:03:05 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/)
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To: re_nortex

BTW, I plan to bump up to 1st on Monday if available. USAir will do it for 100 bucks if available.


34 posted on 02/14/2013 8:09:13 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/)
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To: BfloGuy
If USAir had had to foot the bill, they'd have found a justification to still be there.

Agreed, but when EVERY area plays the same game, whattya do, just take your ball and go home?

BTW, this link also has a good summary of Parker playing fast and loose with the truth. I know and trust the author.

Link to Roddey/Parker Editorial
35 posted on 02/15/2013 12:08:15 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: BikerJoe
this link also has a good summary of Parker playing fast and loose with the truth

I didn't mean to insinuate that I doubted you about his lying; was just railing against government using our money to bribe companies into creating jobs.

36 posted on 02/15/2013 3:48:30 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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