US Airways to Offer New routes on Name
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US Airways was an important American international airline. It was formerly known as American Airlines until merging with American Airlines. The name US Airways was given by the original founder, Sam Langhart, in the late 1940s. This was after the airline was forced to close down its operations in Boston due to the strikes by the then FAA (FAA).
The company however kept its name and continued to be operated by Langhart until his death in a plane crash in Pensacola Florida. As its name suggests, US Airways was based in Phoenix. It is a one-seat aircraft that seats eighty-two people. The airline has been operational since 1970 and is scheduled to have its final flight on Monday, May 3rd.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, US Airways will discontinue its operations in Boston and move its remaining airplanes to Phoenix, keeping its main facility at Phoenix International Airport (PHX). The airline is expected to hire additional planes from American Airlines and US Airways once the final US Airways flights are taken out of Boston. The Journal reported, “The move will give American and US Airways maximum flexibility in consolidating its business,” adding, “That gives American Airways a leg up on its smaller rival”. The article implied that the decision is due to competition from US Airways.
In a related development in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, US Airways notified all of its customers that it will be discontinuing its flights to Boston due to a potential merger with Continental Airlines. US Airways will instead concentrate its attention on getting the final runway at Atlanta, Georgia, ready in order to carry out the final flight for US Airways. The Wall Street Journal reported, “A deal in principle is expected soon but no concrete plans have emerged yet”, adding, “It’s too early to say whether this will affect American Airlines or Continental”. It also reported, “American Airline will continue to operate its Chicago-bound flights as usual”.
Meanwhile, the US Airways and Continental airlines had come to an agreement regarding the flight routes between Boston and Atlanta. According to the Wall Street Journal, “A meeting between representatives of the airlines was held in Washington earlier this month. The companies expect to announce a deal in the coming days”. The newspaper added, “The talks are still preliminary, but the talks indicate that a deal could be near”. The talks reportedly involved lowering ticket prices and increasing the number of flights between the two airports.
Earlier this year, US Airways was acquired by Continental Airlines. However, the deal has yet to be finalized and the airline has not released any statement about it. The acquisition is the largest airline tie-up in the history of the US aviation industry and has affected US Airways greatly, as it takes over the entire routes between Boston and Washington DC. Further, the deal is said to involve significant cost saving for both the airlines. US Airways shares have dropped over 6% in the past two weeks, while Continental has declined by just four percent.
Meanwhile, US Airways is also in talks with another major airline in the world, US Airways and is planning to enter into talks with American Airlines and Continental Airlines. According to the Wall Street Journal, “US Airways and Continental Airlines will work together to provide travelers with more convenient, more affordable service on their two major hubs in Boston and Maryland. US Airways will sell air tickets on its Boston and Maryland flights and Continental would sell tickets on its Chicago and Texas flights”.
All this has resulted in confusion amongst the general public. A number of US Airways’ destinations, such as New York and LA, remain completely unaffected by the developments. The only thing is, people are not able to get tickets on these flights. There is hope, though, as all this is temporary and the airlines in question are soon going to launch new routes on their name. Once again, it is US Airways that gains the benefit.