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USAir Group Chairman and President Edwin I. Colodny (left) con
gratulates Tbm Davis, founder of Piedmont Aviation, who retired
from the USAir Group Board of Directors at the May 10 meeting.
Davis was honored by the USAir Group Board which presented him
a resolution that said, “We hereby record in the permtinent records
of the corporation that his associates affirm their admiration of him
as an outstanding man who has led a purposeful life and has been
a most competent executive and Director and further affirm the ap
preciation of the Board of Directors for his leadership and extensive
efforts on behalf of the corporation eind aviation generally.”
Davis founded Piedmont Aviation in 1940 and served the Com
pany in many capacities for 48 years, including treasurer, presi
dent, director, and chief executive officer.
G. Conoly Philips (left), Norfolk City councilman, presents a document to
Bill McGee, chairman and president, proclfdming May 12, 1988, “Pied
mont Airlines Day.” The presentation took place during a luncheon held
at Norfolk International Airport in recognition of Piedmont’s 40 years of
service in the Hampton Roads area. During the event. Piedmont employ
ees toured Piedmont’s restored DC-3 which ferried McGee and other
Piedmont officials to Norfolk for the luncheon.
Volume 39, number 4 May 1988
Pass program, first-class, new headquarters revealed
Interim policies for interline travel by employ
ees of Piedmont and USAir over their respective
airlines were announced May 13. This decision
came within two days of the USAir Group, Inc.,
shareholders’ meeting where Edwin I. Colodny,
Chairman and President, announced that USAir
would begin offering travelers on USAir a choice
of first-class or coach accommodations, and the
location of a new headquarters building for the
combined airlines in Crystal City, VA.
(See Page 2 for an
nouncements on USAir
Group first quarter earn
ings, the Covia Partner
ship, and the relocation
of the credit and collec
tions department to
Effective June 1, 1988,
all Piedmont employees,
certain eligible family
members and retirees
will be extended free un
limited, space available
vacation travel privileges
on USAir including Alle
travelers from the two carriers will be able to
travel on each carrier in accordance with their
current travel programs. However, parents-in-law
of Piedmont employees will not be eligible to
travel on USAir. This interim program will re
main in place until the actual merger of USAir
and Piedmont in early 1989.
Piedmont employees may proceed directly to
USAir gates and present their valid company I.D.
and flight pass (PA-T-401) or industry travel
ticket (042) for boarding. 1D20 travel will not be
valid on USAir. Piedmont employees will still be
required to obtain flight passes or industry travel
tickets from their own department for travel on
USAir. Piedmont employees will be permitted to
board USAir flights after USAir employees are
boarded, based on employment date. In similar
manner, USAir employees will be boarded on
Piedmont flights after Piedmont employees are
boarded, in company seniority order.
Dress code policies and non-revenue rules re
main in place when traveling on each carrier.
The interim pass program will afford Piedmont
employees the opportu
nity to not only enjoy
the new destinations
available through USAir
routes, but also to wel
come USAir co-workers
on Piedmont flights.
More detailed informa
tion has been distributed
to each employee.
USAir will offer its
customers the option of
first-class or coach
cabin service beginning
in early 1989.
Ihstallation of first-
class sections on more
than 200 aircraft in
USAir’s fleet will begin
shortly and be completed in time for the early
1989 integration of Piedmont Aviation into
USAir All Piedmont aircraft are already con
figured in first/coach class.
“Our early decision to introduce a first-class
cabin systemwide is a major step toward achiev
ing our goal of a smooth integration of the two
airlines,” said Colodny. “Based on Piedmont’s
results of dual-class service since beginning in
June 1987, we have concluded that passenger
demand is sufficient to warrant the changeover.”
The USAir fleet currently includes 44 Boeing
737-300S, 31 MD-80S, 23 Boeing 737-200s, 74
DC-9-30S, 21 BAe 146s, and 10 Boeing 727-200s.
Also included are 20 BAC 1 -1 Is which will be
phased out of the USAir fleet prior to the Pied
mont integration and will not be converted to a
Headquarters site chosen
USAir has chosen the location for its new cor
The new building, located less than a mile
from Washington National Airport, in Arlington,
Virginia’s Crystal City, will consolidate personnel
working at the present headquarters at Washing
ton National Airport’s Hangars 11 and 12 and
those at USAir's other building in Crystal City.
This includes the president’s office and the mar
keting, finance, corporate communications, law,
and administration departments.
Initially, USAir will occupy five of the build
ing's 11 floors with options on three additional
floors. Employees will begin moving into the
building on November 1, with all departments
expected to be in place by the end of the year.
“With combining the operations of PSA and
Piedmont into USAir, the additional capacity of
the new building will help accommodate our
space requirements,” said John Long, USAir’s se
nior vice president-administration.
USAir sponsors debate
USAir Group, Inc., will be the lead cor
porate sponsor for a presidential debate to
be held at Wake Forest University in
Winston-Salem, NC, on Sunday, September
25. The bipartisan Commission on Presi
dential Debates selected Wake Forest from
23 cities and college campuses across the
country. The event is expected to draw
4,000 visitors to Winston-Salem.
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USAir’s new corporate headquarters will be lo
cated at 2345 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, in
Arlington, Virginia, less than a mile from
Washington National Airport.