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U.S. INGENUITY AND HARD WORK PAY OFF AS USAIR ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF NEW BOEING 757-200

 SEATTLE, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 300 USAir employees and their guests took symbolic delivery today of a new Boeing 757-200 jet christened "Ideas That Fly" which was "paid for" from employee- generated cost savings and revenue enhancement ideas over the past year.
 "With the help of Maritz Performance Improvement Co., which conceived and monitored our Ideas That Fly program, USAir employee teams developed more than 10,000 ideas, resulting in approximately 1,700 approved ideas for working smarter and more efficiently and saving USAir $100 million annually," said USAir Chairman, President and CEO Seth E. Schofield during ceremonies today at Boeing Field in Seattle.
 "These are U.S. workers who are dedicated to helping their company save money and preserve jobs, including the jobs of thousands of other people who work in industries that are dependent upon the airline industry."
 Schofield also noted that the B757-200 accepted by the top employee award winners is the 300th jet delivered by Boeing to USAir over the years.
 "We think it's wonderful that USAir chose to purchase a Boeing 757 with money saved through your Ideas That Fly' program," said Ron Woodard, vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Renton Division.
 The new USAir B757 will depart Boeing Field on the delivery flight to USAir's Pittsburgh operations and maintenance base the morning of Tuesday, March 9, with many of the honored employees aboard.
 Ideas That Fly produced annual cost savings ranging from, for example, $8,000 in electricity savings for installing motion- detection light switches in a rarely-used hangar area, to a change in cockpit window sensor wiring that saves $633,000 annually.
 According to Steve Maritz, corporate vice president of St. Louis- based Maritz Performance Improvement Co., "USAir's Ideas That Fly program is a success story of U.S. companies working together to overcome today's competitive challenges in an innovative and cost- effective fashion.
 "USAir's shiny new Boeing 757 -- purchased through employee cost- saving ideas -- is a tribute to U.S. ingenuity, imagination and just plain hard work," Maritz concluded. "And this is not an isolated success story. Over the last 10 years, Maritz has designed and implemented employee-suggestion programs for hundreds of major U.S. companies that have realized billions in savings for those companies."
 The new B757 will join USAir's fleet of 445 jet aircraft and enter scheduled service on Wednesday, March 10, on the airline's 38- state route network.
 EMPLOYEE RESPONSE TO IDEAS THAT FLY
 Patricia Coville, manager-international passenger pricing, resident of Alexandria, Va.:
 I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about other parts of the company through the Ideas That Fly Program. When our team created an idea, we had to thoroughly research it, price it out and ask questions of other departments. This assured that the ideas that were approved were valid in terms of cost savings or revenue generation and also workable in terms of implementation.
 One of our best ideas was to recommend using the back of our passenger ticket jacket for advertising. The evaluation team agreed and the idea is being implemented.
 Sheri Quattlebaum, inventory management clerk, resident of Winston-Salem, N.C.:
 Ideas That Fly was chance-of-a-lifetime program. We worked hard on our idea. The program required you to use your head and do the research on how to generate new money or reduce waste for the company.
 My team's idea involved calling first-class passengers with reservations to confirm whether they were actually going to use that first class seat. If not the seat could be freed up at the last minute for someone else. It keeps our flights from taking off with empty, premium-priced seats. I'm glad that our proposal was approved because it really makes sense. We saved the company $1.47 million.
 Joan Spotskey, powerplant engineering secretary, resident of Moon Township, Pa.:
 I am just happy to have been a member of a team that generated so much in savings for the company. Ideas That Fly is a good program, and I'm proud that we were able to save that kind of money.
 Of the 23 ideas we submitted, we still have two ideas pending approval. Seven have been approved so far. Most of the ideas that were not approved were duplicates. They were the smaller ideas anyhow.
 Our team leader really made the difference. The meetings were well organized and productive. For instance, team members were continually assigned different tasks to keep the process going. We did a lot of work for our points.
 John W. Spink, lead mechanic-Charlotte Maintenance Base, resident of Charlotte, N.C.:
 Our team was comprised of all maintenance employees and the ideas we came up with involved maintenance-related savings. Obviously, USAir mechanics place safety as the top priority. But sometimes work can be done with just as much attention to safety but with more efficient procedures and cost-savings.
 For example, USAir mechanics across the country use about 800,000 pairs of disposable gloves annually. Our Ideas That Fly team looked at other glove vendors and discovered a cheaper glove which would get the job done, but at a lower cost, saving USAir $100,000 per year.
 May Strite, fraud analyst, resident of Falls Church, Va.:
 As a team, we are absolutely thrilled with the points we received. As for the company, Ideas That Fly brought a lot of people together and improved communications in general. People are now talking with other folks across the company with whom they would never have come into contact. Even some of the programs that were put in place as a result of the program have required greater communication. This program has put the "no-one-ever-listens-to-me" myth to rest once and for all.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Young or Bill Kress of USAir Corporate Communications, 703-418-5100 or, at the Sheraton Hotel, March 6-9, 206-621-9000/
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