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A buss for Piedmontski
Louisville agent Denise Park greets Piedmontski who is
the mascot for the program she named. Denise won
the name-the-program contest held earlier this year.
She suggested the Company-wide campaign be formu
lated around You Can Depend on Me or You Can
Depend on Us. Further details on the program will appear
in the next issue of the Piedmonitor.
March/April, 1979
Vol. XXX, No. 2
April traffic improving over best first quarter
During January, February and March, 1979,
Piedmont set new traffic records. It was the
best first quarter in the Company’s history.
Revenue passenger miles increased 28.27
per cent for the three-month period, from 283,-
244,910 in 1978 to 363,304,520 this year.
Passenger boardings were up 21.18 per cent
for the January-through-March period, from
827,695 last year to 1,124,141 at the end of
March, 1979.
The passenger load factor for this first
New benefit plans
for retirement and
insurance are implemented
Piedmont’s new supplemental retirement
plan, as described in the last issue of the Pied
monitor, was implemented on April 1. Payroll
deductions began with paychecks issued after
that date.
Enrollments in the new plan substantially
exceeded the minimum requirements. Eligible
employees who did not enroll initially may do so
at any time. All permanent full-time employees
who have completed one or more years of
service may enroll in this savings plan.
The new supplemental life insurance plan
was also implemented on April 1, with the first
premiums deducted from mid-April payroll
For those who enrolled for the dependent
coverage in this plan, there has been an im
provement. Originally, only $2,500 of spouse
coverage was offered because North Carolina
insurance regulations prohibited more cover
age. The regulations have been changed,
increasing spouse coverage to $5,000. The cost
is only an additional 49 cents per month. New
premiums for the full dependent coverage are
$1.26 per month.
The Employee Benefits, Employee Relations,
or Controller’s office can answer any questions
about either plan.
quarter of this year was 49.55 per cent, up from
47.63 per cent a year ago.
April, 1979 traffic is showing improvement
over the record first-quarter results. New daily
passenger boarding records have been set only
to be broken a few days later. The first record
day for 1979 came April 6 when 18,780 pas
sengers were enplaned. Prior to that, December
26, 1978 was the all-time-high day with 18,567
boardings. The April 6 record lasted less than
a week. On Thursday, the 12th, 19,462 pas
sengers were enplaned. The passenger load
factor for April 12, 1979 was 74.74 per cent.
The record set on the 12th lasted only until
Easter Monday when another new daily board
ing high was established. An April 16, 1979,
Piedmont posted its first 20,000-plus passenger
day with 20,011 enplanements. (It has been
It's time
to buy bonds
U. s. Savings Bonds, that is. This year's
Savings Bond campaign chairman Bob
Wall of Winston maintenance bought
the first bond for his nephew, Hugh
Hampton, III, who seems delighted with
the whole idea. The annual Company-
wide bond drive is coming up in May.
Participants — current, increasing and new
— will be eligible for trip prizes. All
employees will be contacted by Wall
and his team of solicitors.
less than ten years since Piedmont noted its
first 10,000 passenger day — January 4, 1970.)
Easter Monday’s load factor was 78.46 per cent.
During the first week in April, revenue pas
senger miles were up 49 per cent over the com
parable period last year. For the same week,
passenger boardings increased 31.6 per cent.
Piedmont’s newest city, Tampa, also set
spectacular records during its first week of
operations. For April 1 through 7, TPA posted
a 92.9 per cent load factor northbound and a
52.4 per cent load factor southbound. That’s
a 72.6 per cent load factor overall for its first
seven days. Pictures and a report of the inaugu
ration of service to Tampa on April 1 will appear
in the next issue of the Piedmonitor.
The Company’s first-quarter financial results
will be announced the latter part of April.

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