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US Airways

  1. 1. Benedict Gombocz
  2. 2.  Major United States airline owned by the American Airlines Group.  Operates an extensive global and domestic network, with 193 destinations in 24 countries in North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.  Member of the Star Alliance; utilizes a fleet of 343 mainline jet aircraft, as well as 278 regional jet and turbo-prop aircraft operated by contract and subsidiary airlines as US Airways Express.  Also operates the US Airways Shuttle, a US Airways brand which provides hourly service between Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.  Employs 32,312 people worldwide and operates 3,028 daily flights (1,241 US Airways Mainline, 1,790 US Airways Express) since October 2013.  In February 2013, American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge, forming the world’s biggest airline.  On December 9, 2013, the holding corporations of American and US Airways merged effective.  To prepare for their ultimate merger, both airlines will start offering mutual frequent flyer benefits beginning January 7, 2014; on March 31, 2014, US Airways will pull out of Star Alliance to join Oneworld as an affiliate member of American Airlines.  The merged airline will carry the American Airlines name and branding; it will also take over three of the four existing US Airways hubs (Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix) for no less than five years under the terms of a payment with the United States Department of Justice and numerous state attorneys-general.  US Airways management will own the merged airline from the American headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.
  3. 3.  Hubs:      Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Philadelphia International Airport Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Subsidiaries:   Piedmont Airlines PSA Airlines
  4. 4.  US Airways is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona; the 225,000 square feet (20,900 m2 ) was initially the headquarters of America West Airlines.  Jahna Berry of the Arizona Business Gazette, in 2005, said that the building “is one of the dominant buildings in downtown Tempe.”  The City of Tempe granted America West $11 million in inducements and tax breaks so it would occupy what is now the US Airways headquarters, which cost $37 million to assemble.  Even though construction of the building started in January 1998, the formal groundbreaking ceremonial was held the following month.  More than 700 employees work at the nine-story building since 2006.  US Airways formerly had its headquarters in Crystal Park Four (between Reagan National Airport, the Pentagon, and the District of Columbia), a Class A mixed-use development in Crystal City, Virginia, by Arlington.  US Airways ended up closing its Virginia headquarters following its acquirement of America West Airlines, relocating the employees into the previous America West building in three to six months.  Russell Grantham from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution claimed the decision to relocate the headquarters to Tempe was not that hard since the Crystal City facility “consisted of like two or three floors of people.”
  5. 5.  In 2007, Pittsburgh International Airport won a three-way contest between Phoenix and Charlotte for the right to remain US Airways’ Global Flight Operations center.  Opening in November 2008, US Airways spent over $25 million ($27.1 million today) for a 72,000 square foot (6,700 m2) facility, replacing a smaller 11-year (prior to the merger) operations center closer to downtown Pittsburgh.  The state-of-the-art Ops Center opened early than planned; it is home to almost 600 employees, and serves as the nerve center for all of US Airways’ almost 1,400 daily mainline flights.
  6. 6.  The airline’s employee community-service program is the US Airways Do Crew.  Employee helpers take part in community-related projects every month by way of local chapters in Boston, Charlotte, Las Vegas, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and Winston Salem, North Carolina.
  7. 7.  US Airways has used a number of liveries under the US Airways brand.  On the whole, the Express and Shuttle divisions have used liveries that directly paralleled the company-wide livery at the time.  A dark blue livery was featured on US Airways aircraft before it bought America West; after that merger, the new US Airways, now operating flights in sunny parts of the southwestern United States, switched to a mostly white livery.
  8. 8.  US Air– “Fly the USA on USAir”  USAir (late 80s)– “USAir is Your Choice”  PSA and USAir (late 80s)– "Now our smile is even wider."  USAir (early 90s)– "USAir Begins With You"  USAir (mid 90s)– "Fly the Flag With USAir"  US Airways (early 2000s)– "Where I Fly the Flag"  US Airways (post 9/11)– "The Carrier of Choice"  US Airways (first bankruptcy) "Together We Fly"  US Airways (post first bankruptcy)– "Clear Skies Ahead"  US Airways (post America West merger)– "Fly with US"
  9. 9.  US Airways, from July 2012, has codeshare agreements with these airlines:  Adria Airways  Aegean Airlines  Air China  Air New Zealand  All Nippon Airways  Asiana Airlines  Avianca  Bahamasair  Brussels Airlines  Bulgaria Air  Croatia Airlines  EVA Air  Hawaiian Airlines (Hawaii inter-island city)  Lufthansa  Qatar Airways  Royal Jordanian  Singapore Airlines  South African Airways  Swiss International Air Lines  TAM Airlines  TAP Portugal  Turkish Airlines  United Airlines  Virgin Atlantic Airways  Winair
  10. 10.  Since July 2013, US Airways has a fleet normal age of 12.8 years.  US Airways, by mid 2014, will retain a nearly all-Airbus fleet, excluding Boeing jets and a small fleet of Embraer jets.  The post-merger US Airways stills operates the world’s biggest fleet of Airbus aircraft.  Subsidiaries PSA and Piedmont solely fly Bombardier CRJ and de Havilland Dash 8 (DHC-8) line of aircraft.
  11. 11.  YouTube links:  US Airways - “Cold Stone”:  2012 US Airways Boeing 757 Safety Video:  Safety Demo on the US Airways Express SAB 340:
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