41 Facts About US Airways


US Airways was a major American airline that operated from 1937 until its merger with American Airlines in 2015.

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US Airways had 343 mainline jets, as well as 278 regional jet and turboprops flown by contract and subsidiary airlines under the name US Airways Express via code sharing agreements.

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In 2005, America West Airlines carried out a reverse merger, acquiring the assets and branding of the larger US Airways while putting the America West leadership team largely in charge of the merged airline.

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In 2013, American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge, creating the largest airline in the world.

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Allegheny's agreement with Henson Airlines, the forerunner to today's US Airways Express carrier Piedmont Airlines, to operate "Allegheny Commuter" flights was the industry's first code-share agreement, a type of service now offered throughout the industry.

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In 1996 the alliance between USAir and British US Airways ended in a court battle when British US Airways announced its intentions to partner with American Airlines.

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US Airways expanded its flights to Europe through the end of the decade.

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In 2003, US Airways began exploring the availability of financing and merger partners, and after no financing was available, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy again in 2004 for the second time in two years.

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In early 2003, US Airways management liquidated the pensions of its 6,000 pilots by releasing their pensions into the federal pension program Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

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US Airways was one of the first major airlines to eliminate pilots' pensions in order to cut costs.

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In late 2003-early 2004, US Airways lobbied for lower operating fees at Pittsburgh International Airport, citing its economies of scale as the primary carrier and largest tenant at the airport.

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US Airways threatened to move traffic to rival hubs in Philadelphia and Charlotte, and the airline made good on its threat in November 2004, reducing its flights at Pittsburgh International Airport from primary-hub to secondary-hub status.

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US Airways now operated an average of only 39 departures a day exclusively to domestic destinations, compared to 2001 when it was a hub with 500+ flights a day with service across the United States and to Europe.

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Western Pennsylvania leaders and most notably the designer of the 1992 modernization of Pittsburgh International, Tasso Katselas, pointed out that the reason fees and payments were higher than average is expressly because US Airways requested the most modern and advanced airport in the world in return for basing its hub there.

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Local officials maintain that Allegheny County "bent over backwards" to accommodate US Airways and saved them millions of dollars, only to be abandoned.

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US Airways began a process of de-emphasizing its hub-and-spoke system to capitalize on direct flights between major eastern airports such as Washington National Airport and New York-LaGuardia.

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Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation, operator of numerous US Airways Express flights, and ACE Aviation Holdings, the parent company of Air Canada, bought shares in the combined airline.

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Since the merger, US Airways had been headquartered at the former America West corporate offices in Tempe, Arizona, and America West executives and board members were largely in control of the merged company.

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In December 2006, US Airways became the first American "legacy" carrier to add the Embraer 190 to its mainline fleet.

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US Airways ranked last out of 20 domestic airline carriers for on-time performance in March, April, and May 2007, according to DOT figures.

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The former US Airways pilots petitioned the National Mediation Board to conduct a vote to determine whether to replace their union.

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On May 20,2008, according to the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index by the University of Michigan, US Airways ranked last in customer satisfaction among the major airlines.

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In late 2008, US Airways closed its Las Vegas hub, which was part of the America West network.

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US Airways cut many routes to close its focus cities at Las Vegas, Boston, and New York LaGuardia.

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US Airways transmitted a communication to all of its employees, on the same day as the ad, denying the accusations.

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In September 2011, US Airways requested and was granted an injunction against the pilots, claiming the pilots union, USAPA, was using their commitment to safety as a negotiating tactic.

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In January 2012, US Airways expressed interest in taking over bankrupt carrier American Airlines.

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On December 7,2012, US Airways announced a merger proposal with American Airlines.

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Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia, states where either American or US Airways maintained a large presence, were among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, as was Tennessee.

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On that date, US Airways made its final flight: Flight 1939, using an Airbus A321 registered N152UW, and would take off as US Airways Flight 1939 and land as American Airlines Flight 1939.

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Previously US Airways had its headquarters in Crystal Park Four, a Class A mixed-use development in Crystal City, in Arlington County, Virginia near Washington, DC Park Four is between Reagan National Airport, The Pentagon, and the District of Columbia.

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US Airways Do Crew program was the airline's employee community-service program.

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Pre-2005 US Airways had a dark blue livery; after it merged with America West, US Airways, switched to a mostly white livery.

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US Airways operated 3,031 flights a day to 193 destinations in 24 countries from its hubs in Phoenix, Charlotte, and Philadelphia.

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US Airways' routes were concentrated along the East Coast of the United States, Southwestern United States, and the Caribbean, with a number of routes serving Europe and primary destinations along the US West Coast.

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Codesharing with United Airlines had helped US Airways by enabling the airline to offer its customers service throughout the Midwest, Great Plains, and Rocky Mountains states.

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US Airways Express carriers operated a large number of domestic routes, primarily into US Airways' hubs and focus cities, but with some exceptions, particularly small markets where the regional express carriers operated service under the EAS program, as well as some point-to-point commuter routes in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and south through the Carolinas.

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US Airways started year-round service between Charlotte and Rio de Janeiro, which was discontinued in early 2015.

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US Airways planned to receive additional route authority to Sao Paulo from Delta as a result of this transaction.

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The post-merger US Airways continued to operate the largest fleet of Airbus aircraft in the world.

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US Airways had signed up for GoGo Vision streaming video service which would be available on all GoGo equipped aircraft.

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