Strategy versus Tactic
Tony Wasserman, Professor, United States
Nothing to see here, just move along. "US Airways has room for improvement". Ha ha. So does Aeroflot. Maybe you are unfamiliar with the airline industry.
Flying to smaller airports is an excellent formula for losing money. For many years, the US Government subsided flights into smaller airports since airlines could not make a profit on such flights, even with exorbitant fares and smaller planes. Now that their wealthy supporters don't have to fly commercial anymore, the US Congress has no interest in spending government funds on such subsidies. So flying commercial flights to smaller airports is a proven non-starter, but they could think about acquiring a company like Netjets whose wealthy passengers are less price sensitive.
Airlines routinely hedge their fuel costs by purchasing option contracts. That's much cheaper than buying in bulk, and avoids the risk and cost associated with storage. I would be surprised if US Airways were not already doing this.