Airlines handled 675 million pieces of checked bag
gage in 1987 with a successful completion rate in excess
of 99 percent. Growth rate this year in checked baggage
is expected to exceed passenger growth rates because
of new FAA regulations and Air Transport Association
Piedmont Airlines was the busiest carrier at Dayton In
ternational Airport with 3,069,992 passengers for 1987,
a 9.4 percent increase over 1986. The Piedmont com
muter, operated by Jetstream International, was the sec
ond busiest with 351,441 passengers, a 321.7 percent
increase. Delta Air Lines was the third busiest with
288.245, a 1.1 percent decrease over 1986.
* * ♦
Air Ti-ansport Association President William Bolger re
signed March 15 to pursue other business interests. Until
a successor is named, Gabe Phillips, previously ATA's ex
ecutive vice president, will serve as acting president.
* * *
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed an
expansion of “black boxes" (recorders crucial in aircraft
accident investigations) for commuter airlines which col
lectively carry 30 million people annually. Under a pro
posed rule published in the Federal Register, a cockpit
voice recorder would be required on all multi-engine
turbine-powered commuter planes, air taxis and helicop
ters that seat more than six persons and require two-pilot
Piedmont Ti-iad International Airport's management
will spend up to $50,000 by June on a marketing cam
paign developed by Horn & Stronach to promote its new
name and draw business from competing airports. The
airport, formally Greensboro/High Point Regional Air
port, will retain its airport code, GSO.
♦ * *
On March I, AVAIR began nonstop American Eagle
service to Myrtle Beach, SC, and increased nonstop
flights from Washington Dulles and Lynchburg. VA, to
American's Raleigh/Durham hub. The new schedule will
bring to three the number of daily nonstops to Raleigh/
Durham in each market.
* * *
On April I, 1988, Hartsfield Atlanta International Air
port will become the nation’s first airport to implement
an employee identification system using the new com
puterized Edicon Photo Image Management System.
Each employee will be issued an identification badge
which contains personal data and a digitized video
camera image of the individual. When an employee ap
proaches a gate, the badge is placed into a reader which
displays the data and image which can be matched with
the bearer of the badge. If the badge is invalid for any rea
son, it will be confiscated and the employee will be denied
The installation of the system is in response to an FAA
requirement that airport operators issue restricted area
badges to individuals and monitor their use.
* * *
A proposed rule issued by the Department of Transpor
tation on March 3 would require airlines to test employ
ees in safety- or security-related jobs for drugs, including
random testing. The Air TVansport Association supports
the DOT'S proposal.
♦ * *
Among the major carriers, five reported net profits and
three, losses, for 1987. Delta reported the highest earn
ings. $232.6 million. American had a net profit of $198.4
million; USAir (which includes a portion of Piedmont’s
profits), $194.6 million; TWA, $106.2 million; and North
west $103.0 million. Those showing losses included
Texas Air which lost $466.1 million in 1987; Pan Am,
$274,6 million; and United $4.2 million.
Piedmont's restored DC-3 will be appearing at
the following airshows and special events during
the next month:
April 9-12 Sun & Fun Airshow. Lakeland, FL
April 24 Azalea Festival Airshow, Naval Air
Station. Norfolk, VA
April 30 Piedmont Fly-In, Southern Pines, NC
May 1 Wright Brothers Fly-In. Dare County
Regional Airport, Manteo, NC
PI helps USAir Group report
record net income for 1987
USAir Group has reported record 1987 net
income of $194.6 million on revenue of $3.0
billion. Earnings per share were $5.27 on
37.8 million fully-diluted shares. Results are
subject to completion of the year-end audit.
By comparison, in 1986 USAir Group had
net income of $98.4 million on revenue of
$1.84 billion. Fully-diluted per share earn
ings were $3.33 on 31.7 million shares.
USAir Group operating income for 1987
was $319.2 million, also a record, and com
pares with 1986 operating income of $169.4
'T987 was a milestone year at USAir
Group, a year highlighted by our acquisition
of Pacific Southwest Airlines and Piedmont
Aviation and record earnings for USAir," said
USAir Group Chairman and President Edwin
1. Colodny. ‘‘1987 was the 12th consecutive
profitable year for the company. Our track
record made it possible to finance the acqui
sitions on reasonable terms without jeopar
dizing the company's future."
USAir had 1987 net income of $164.1 mil
lion on revenue of $2.1 billion, which com
pares with net income of $89.2 million on
revenue of $1.8 billion for 1986.
USAir Group is a holding company with
USAir, PSA and Piedmont as its principal
subsidiaries. PSA was acquired in May 1987
and the Piedmont acquisition was completed
in early November. PSA and Piedmont finan
cial results are consolidated with those of
USAir in the USAir Group report for the
months following acquisition completion. In
addition, an equity share in the net income
of Piedmont was reported by USAir Group
during the period from March 8 through
October. Beginning in April, the company
owned approximately 55 percent of Pied
mont's outstanding stock.
During the fourth quarter, USAir Group
had net income of $26.7 million on revenue
of $1.1 billion, which compares with net in
come of $32.1 million on revenue of $483.4
million for the same quarter a year earlier.
Fourth quarter fully-diluted earnings per
share were $0.62 on 43.2 million shares out
standing, compared with $1.05 on 31.9 mil
lion shares for the fourth quarter of 1986.
Fourth quarter net income for USAir was
$34.4 million, up from $29.0 million for the
same period of 1986. Revenue for the fourth
quarter was $536.1 million which compares
with $467.8 million for the fourth quarter of
Above: Employees began moving into
the new 100,000-square-foot office
building adjacent to INTRO in early
February. The building will eventually
house about 2,000 people in interna
tional, rates, customer service, queues,
frequent flyer, ticket-by-mail, groups eind
tours, schedule changes, executive ac
counts, £ind the CRC departments. John
Tkyloe, manager-reservations support
services, is in charge of the facility.
Right: Denise Speas works in the rates
department, located on the first floor.
February First Two Months
1,973,244 ■(•11.4% 3.864,681
revenue passenger miles
920-5 million + 18.0% 1.8 billion
available seat miles
1.7 billion -t-18.3% 3.4 billion
55.41% -.13pts. 54.35%
- .27 pts.
*Record February for passengers. RPMs, and ASMs.
*Note that February 1988 included one more day than February 1987.
*Our seven reservations centers answered 2,841,940 calls in February 1988.
*Thefollowing stations set record enplanements for February: BTV. RSW. FHX. SAN, and ORH.
2.520,255 -H 30.9
58,506 -f 22.9%
7,275,550 + 78.1%
•most mall, freight, express, and total ton miles for any January in company's history.
Piedmonitor • March 1988