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volume 33, number 4
News about Piedmont. The Up-And'Comin^ Airline.
Dayton celebrates Piedmont's arrival
July 1 at Dayton's Cox Field
looked like an early celebration of
the Fourth of July. There were may
ors (from Dayton and Lansing) and
congressmen from both parties.
And there were 16 new flights daily
by Piedmont Airlines.
As each of the morning arrivals
pulled up to the new Piedmont
facilities, precisely on time — all
of them — the excitement grew.
Reporters and TV cameras moved
from gate to gate to greet dignitar
ies, sharing space with Daytonians
coming to get their first Piedmont
Just after 8 a.m. on the ramp,
Piedmont President Bill Howard
handed a bottle of champagne to
Liz McEwen, wife of young Con
gressman Bob McEwen, and Mrs.
McEwen broke the bottle on the
nose of the Wright Brothers Pace
maker. christening the plane and. a
little unexpectedly, herself.
Mayor Paul Leonard of Dayton
greeted the assembled guests short
ly after flights had departed for
Boston. Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami,
and Washington, D.C., as over 100
dignitaries gathered for a breakfast
on the Piedmont concourse.
Among them were Dayton Con-
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Representatives from television and radio slatiorjs and newspapers In Dayton turned out
July 1 to intervieiv President Bill Howard about our new midwest sennce.
gressman Tony Hall and his mother,
widow of a long-time former Dayton
mayor; Mayor Terry McKane of
Lansing: airport authority mem
bers from all five cities: and proba
bly as many reporters and TV crews
as ever witnessed a Piedmont event.
Tom Heine, president of the Day
ton Area Chamber of Commerce,
formally welcomed Piedmont to
Dayton. And, as suddenly as that.
Piedmont had culminated plans
begun about two years ago. Dayton
GSO Customer Service Supervisor Ron Beeson (left), who Is also facilities coordinator for the new lermlncd. and Station Manager Lyle
Cox stand on the south side of the new terminal. The concourse, visible at far right, will house seven Piedmont gales.
New GSO Terminal triples our size
When GSO’s new $50 million
terminal — the largest single con-
stn.iction enterprise ever under
taken in Guilford County — opens
October 10, Piedmont's facilities
will more than triple.
The airline will expand from a
single gate with ground level board
ing at the old terminal to seven
gates, all with second level loading
bridges at the new facility. There
will be 65 feet of ticket counter
compared with the present 35 feet,
and space for operations will in
crease by over 300 percent.
"Piedmont will share the South
Concourse with United and Delta,"
said Bruce Parrish, director-station
"Our gates will be nearest the
main terminal and easily accessible
from our counter and the entrance
to the airport. We'll also have a
President's Suite located on our
The two-level, two-concourse
structure contains more than
237,000 square feet, approximately
four times the size of the existing
terminal. Solar collectors have been
placed atop the short-term parking
lot canopy and will provide up to 30
percent of the energy required for
operation of the terminal.
The official opening of the termi
nal will be preceded by a black tie
gala the night of October 8 featur
ing a variety of bands such as Duke
Ellington, Fat Ammons (beach
music), and the Olympia Brass
Band (New Orleans jazz). The next
morning, a dedication ceremony
will be held followed by an open
house for the public during the
was now a new hub on Piedmont's
So much for a splashy beginning.
Wliat has become of Piedmont in
Dayton during our first month of
"It's been a rousing success by
any standard," Dick James, staff
vice president-planning, said.
"We're now exceeding our goals. By
the end of the first month, the en
tire hub was operating at a load fac
tor projected for the first full year,
and all indications are that we ob
viously will exceed all goals."
James indicated that such a
performance means that the
Dayton hub was already adding to
Sheri Folger, vice president-
marketing, said he was not at
"When our field sales people
made their ‘blitz' of the area, the re
sponse was so wonderfully enthu
siastic we knew it would be a
winner. These people were abso
lutely starved for good service, they
knew about Piedmont before we got
there, and were delighted to have us
continued page 3
Down; 2nd quarter
Profit best ever
Net income for the second quar
ter of 1982 reached S14,663,000,
the highest earnings for any quar
terly period in the Company's his
tory. The comparable earnings for
the same period in 1981 were
Net income for the first six
months of 1982 was $8,844,000,
compared to $13,069,000 for the
first half of 1981.
"While Piedmont had the best
earnings of any quarter in its histo
ry for the three months ended June
30," said President Bill Howard,
“earnings are 32 percent lower for
the first half of 1982 than for the
same period a year ago because of a
loss reported in the first quarter."
Operating revenues for the sec
ond quarter were S168,440,000,
a gain of 17 percent from the
$ 144,047.000 recorded in the same
period in 1981. Revenues for the
first six months were $305,375,000,
also up 17 percent from the
$260,338,000 recorded in the first
half of 1981.
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