Airlines Boeing 767-201 (ER)
In the late 1980s Piedmont
opened up a Charlotte (NC) to London route. To operate this, and
possible other European
destinations, they acquired a fleet of six Boeing 767-201s of the
ed Range model. Surprisingly there are load
factors from the Piedmont area of North Carolina
sufficient to sustain direct service to the UK. (There are many
high tech corporations in North
which generate a fair amount of business travel. In fact, the
area is currently served by
an American Airlines flight from
Raleigh to London). Anyway, the above shot was captured by
Peter de Groot at Schipol Airport,
Amsterdam, one day in August of 1987 when the 767 had been
diverted from London.
Piedmont Airlines merged into USAir in May of 1989.
Clearly this move
had been in the works for some
time, since many of Piedmont's latter acquisitions were already regis-
tered into the USAir series of registration numbers
when delivered. to the North Carolina company.