Since merging with America West Airlines in 2005, US Airways has cut more than 1,000 jobs at its former Pittsburgh hub. Yet analysts say the merger probably prevented the airline from disappearing completely in Pittsburgh, where it continues to rank as one of the top 25 private employers. Pilots, flight attendants and reservations agents have largely disappeared, but the airline has opened a new $25 million operations center and continues to overhaul Airbus aircraft exclusively in Pittsburgh. Thanks to aggressive moves by US Airways management, the carrier has probably weathered the storm, according to experts. "I don't see another bankruptcy at all," says consultant Robert Mann Jr.

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