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December 10, 1986 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
USAir's reputation as a well-run company with good labor relations makes it unlikely that Pacific Southwest Airlines' union employees will challenge USAir's $400-million acquisition bid and try to turn the San Diego-based airline into an employee-owned company, union spokesmen said Tuesday. But if the proposed purchaser were Texas Air Corp.
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April 24, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating reports that an unauthorized broadcast on the control tower frequency at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport told an aircraft to "divert" its landing. A voice said, "USAir divert, divert, divert your landing," according to WUSA-TV, which quoted several sources. The pilot of a United Airlines aircraft, on its final approach, reportedly queried the tower and was told to complete the approach, the station reported.
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BUSINESS
May 3, 1989 | From Times wire services
USAir announced a $1.3-billion deal today with McDonnell Douglas Corp. to buy 20 of its MD-82 aircraft and take options on 20 more. The first two of the new planes would be delivered in September, 1992, and the remainder of the firm orders and options, if taken, would be delivered to USAir at the rate of one per month starting in January, 1993. The planes will carry about 143 passengers, including an eight-seat first-class section. Washington-based USAir, the nation's ninth-largest airline, is a long-time operator of McDonnell Douglas aircraft.
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March 8, 1997 | From Associated Press
A federal jury Friday ruled USAir was negligent in a 1994 crash that killed 37 people during a fierce thunderstorm near Charlotte, N.C. But it spared the airline from having to pay punitive damages. Because the jury found that USAir's conduct was not "willful" or "wanton," the airline is liable only for compensatory damages. The first of as many as 18 individual trials to determine damages begins Wednesday.
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March 5, 1987 | ROBERT E. DALLOS, Times Staff Writer
Trans World Airlines Chairman Carl Icahn startled the airline industry Wednesday by offering to buy USAir for more than $1.6 billion, which would be the most ever paid by one airline for another. The move is Icahn's latest bid to create an airline empire. He battled for nearly a year to gain control of TWA, succeeding in January of last year, and subsequently acquired Ozark Airlines. Icahn's new acquisition effort could propel TWA into a tie for second place among the nation's airline companies.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1994 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USAir, unwilling to face intense competition from both Southwest Airlines and United Airlines' planned Shuttle, is effectively fleeing the busy California market. The carrier is slashing its daily round-trip flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco to four from 16, effective Nov. 13, after deciding it could not compete with the low-cost, low-price service of Southwest and United's Shuttle, which debuts Oct. 1.
BUSINESS
June 9, 1993 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a double dose of good news for California air travelers, USAir and United Airlines on Tuesday slashed fares on their Los Angeles-San Francisco shuttle services, while Southwest Airlines said it will expand low-fare flights from San Jose. USAir initiated the lower one-way fares--$89 for weekday travel and $49 on weekends--which are the lowest in years on the heavily traveled route. The fare had been $139.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1990 | ROBERT E. DALLOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Delta Air Lines will greatly expand its presence in the hotly contested air corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the airline said Friday. Meanwhile, USAir said it will abandon all of its flights in and out of the Long Beach airport at the beginning of May because of lack of business. Beginning June 1, Delta said, it will operate 16 round-trip flights a day--more than five times the three flights it now operates on the route. The flights will leave hourly.
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December 12, 1987 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
With the roar of passenger jets in the background, the eight PSA and USAir employees who died in the crash of a PSA jetliner in Central California were honored Friday in a ceremony held on the airport Tarmac, outside a hangar and "work home" of the victims.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1989
USAir Cuts Some Fares: USAir said it has implemented discount fares for flights from Southern California to Sacramento, although the availability of all of the fares may vary from flight to flight on the same routes. The carrier introduced a new $258, round-trip fare for the Sacramento to Los Angeles, Burbank, Orange County or San Diego routes that doesn't require advanced purchase. Previously, the only fare available on short notice was $378. USAir also reduced to $128 from $138, its seven-day, non-refundable fare for the routes and added a new one-day advance purchase, non-refundable round-trip fare of $148.
BUSINESS
January 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
USAir Group Inc. is asking its pilots to allow a low-cost airline service that would help it compete against Southwest Airlines Co. and others, sources said Thursday. USAir wants the union's approval to create an airline within an airline that would make up 40% of its flying time, said sources who have seen a union briefing document on the subject. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
BUSINESS
December 19, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
British Airways, which is courting American Airlines, is getting a divorce from USAir, which has been asking to part company. British Airways said it will sell its nearly 25% interest in USAir and remove its three directors from the carrier's board. USAir had demanded the move in a lawsuit filed against British Airways after BA announced plans for a partnership with American.
BUSINESS
November 13, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Saying it was guilty of doing just about everything wrong, USAir said it will reinvent itself, starting with a new name: US Airways. Executives of the Arlington, Va.-based airline announced a wide-ranging overhaul but gave few specifics. The new name and logo--a stylized version of the U.S. flag--will be phased in in 1997. USAir stock gained 12.5 cents to close at $20.625 on the NYSE. . . . ValuJet Inc. reported a third-quarter loss of $7.
BUSINESS
November 7, 1996 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USAir Group on Wednesday ordered at least 120 new Airbus Industrie jetliners valued at $5 billion, a bold statement by the struggling carrier that its fortunes are going to improve. The nation's sixth-largest airline said it also might buy an additional 280 planes from the European aircraft maker over the next decade, all in order to replace virtually its entire fleet and lower its operating costs.
BUSINESS
July 31, 1996 | PETER BEHR and ANTHONY FAIOLA, WASHINGTON POST
USAir Inc. filed suit Tuesday to break up its 3-year-old alliance with British Airways, claiming it had been betrayed by its partner's recent plans to join forces with American Airlines. The proposed linkage of American and British Airways--which would be the biggest in a series of recent global airline alliances--would cripple Arlington, Va.-based USAir by effectively barring it from the lucrative U.S.-London market, USAir contended in the suit filed in federal court in New York.
BUSINESS
April 17, 1996 | From Associated Press
The new chairman of USAir Group Inc. is telling employees the airline probably cannot survive as an independent company and should merge or ally with another carrier, union representatives said Tuesday. Stephen M. Wolf told union members and managers that the nation's fifth-largest carrier may buy another airline or merge with a larger carrier, said Michael Gearing, spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Assn.'s USAir division.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Judge OKs Sale of Continental Slots To USAir: A bankruptcy judge approved Continental Airlines Inc.'s proposal to sell a portion of its operations in New York and Washington to USAir for $61 million. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Helen Balick was expected to sign a formal order today. Under the agreement, USAir will acquire Continental's 62 arrival and departure jet slots, 46 commuter slots, the East End Terminal now under construction and a flight kitchen at LaGuardia Airport in New York. USAir also will acquire six Continental slots at National Airport in Washington and will assume a $200-million bond issue that's financing the construction of the terminal at LaGuardia.
BUSINESS
January 23, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
USAir Group Inc. reported a profit Monday in the fourth quarter on higher revenue and continued cost cutting, turning around from a year-ago loss and posting its first annual profit since 1988. The Arlington, Va.-based airline said net income totaled $60.3 million, or 61 cents a share, contrasted with a loss of $322 million, or $5.63, a year earlier. Wall Street expected 43 cents a share.
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