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'''US Airways''' is a major airline based in the [[United States]] and alongside [[United Airlines]] a key member of the Star Alliance. It is the fifth largest carrier in the US and operates a total mainline fleet of 353 aircraft and 319 regional aircraft. As of December 2008, US Airways employs 33,765 people worldwide and operates 3,130 daily flights (1,312 US Airways Mainline, 1,818 US Airways Express as of December 2008). It is one of the predominant carriers between North America and Europe, and it also offers numerous flights from the US to [[Canada]], The [[Carribean]], [[Central America]], [[Mexico]] and soon to be [[Asia]] when it inaugurates daily service from [[Philadelphia]] to [[Tel Aviv]] in 2009 followed by [[Beijing]] in 2010.
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'''US Airways''' (IATA: US, IACO: AWE) [http://www.usairways.com] is a major airline based in the [[United States]] and a member of the [[Star Alliance]] network. It is predominantly a domestic carrier, but also offers frequent service between the United States and [[Canada]], [[Mexico]], the [[Caribbean]], [[Europe]], [[Israel]] and [[Brazil]]. In addition to mainline operations, US Airways also has sales agreements with several regional airlines that are operated under the '''US Airways Express''' banner. Express flights use turboprop and regional jets to bring service to smaller locales that would be impractical or uneconomical to operate mainline flights to. Some of the largest regional jets also feature a small First Class cabin.
  
 
==Key airports==
 
==Key airports==
  
* '''[[Phoenix]] [[Sky Harbor Airport|Sky Harbor International Airport]]''' (PHX) is the airlines official headquarters and a major hub for flights across the United States. Other than just serving the US, it also serves numerous destinations through out Canada and has more destinations through out Mexico than any of US's other hubs. Aside from that, PHX is also the only hub to offer non-stop flights to Alaska and Hawai'i. It is currently US's only hub to not have transatlantic service as well as service to the Carribean and Latin America other than the exception of Mexico and Costa Rica.
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* '''[[Phoenix]] [[Phoenix#By plane|Sky Harbor International Airport]]''' (PHX) is the airline's official headquarters and is a major hub for flights throughout the western United States as well as several transcontinental flights. Besides serving the United States, it also serves numerous destinations throughout Canada and Mexico. Aside from that, PHX is also the only hub to offer non-stop flights to Alaska and Hawai'i. It is currently US's only hub without transatlantic service.  
  
* '''[[Philadelphia]] International Airport''' (PHL) is the airlines primary international hub serving more international destination's than any other US hub. The airport also offers numerous destinations through out the East Coast through US Airways Express as well as many other destinations within the continental US.
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* '''[[Philadelphia#By plane|Philadelphia International Airport]]''' (PHL) is US Airways' primary international hub for flights to Europe and Israel and is well connected with other east coast cities, in addition to featuring some transcontinental service to the west coast.  
  
* '''[[Charlotte]]/Douglas International Airport''' (CLT) is the airlines largest hub having more daily departures than any other hub. The airport alongside PHL serves many destinations on the East Coast and within the US while also serving many foreign destinations. It is currently the airlines main Latin America and Carribean hub with more destinations through out Latin America and the Carribean than PHX and PHL.
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* '''[[Charlotte#By plane|Douglas International Airport]]''' (CLT) in [[Charlotte]] is US Airways' largest hub, having more daily departures than any other hub. CLT is the primary international hub for flights to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Brazil with a handful of departures to Europe.
  
 
==Aircraft==
 
==Aircraft==
  
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US Airways offers two class service on both international and domestic flights, including express flights on Canadair CRJ-700, CRJ-900 and Embraer 175 regional jets. Express flights on smaller regional jets and turboprops are all-economy. On longhaul international service, the premium cabin is called '''Envoy''', while on domestic and shorthaul international service, it is called '''First Class'''.
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*The '''Airbus A330-200''' and '''A330-300''' are the flagship of the US Airways fleet, and are found on most core transatlantic routes from Philadelphia and Charlotte. Envoy on this aircraft type features fully-flat suites with direct isle access, gourmet dining and beverages. Both Envoy and Economy on this aircraft type feature in-seat Audio Video on Demand (AVOD).
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*The '''Boeing 767-200''' is found on less busier international flights (and is also used for select flights between Philadelphia and Charlotte). Envoy on this aircraft is an angled "lie-flat" suite, with portable media players distributed to passengers. Economy only features overhead screens.
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|Airbus A319-100
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*The '''Boeing 757-200''' has two distinct configurations. The first, used on "thin" transatlantic flights has twelve old style Envoy cradle seats up front, while the second domestic configuration (primarily used for Hawaii flights), has fourteen standard First Class seats. International passengers in Envoy are distributed with portable media players, like on the 767.
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|Airbus A320-200
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*The '''Airbus A321''' is used primarily for transcontinental flights. This is currently the only aircraft in the fleet to feature in-flight wifi (although US is adding wifi and streaming wireless video to the rest of the domestic fleet over the next two or three years.)
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|Airbus A321-200
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*The '''Airbus A320''', '''A319''', and '''Embrear E-190''' are used on most other domestic flights.
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|Airbus A330-200 (Enters service: 2009)
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US Airways sets aside window and isle seats at the front of the main cabin as "Choice Seats." While they are physically the same as other coach seats, they are the first to be served and among the first to disembark. They can be purchased for between $5 and $25, depending on the length of the flight, and are available free to Dividend Miles preferred members. Exit row and bulkhead seats are exclusively available to preferred members prior to the day of departure.
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|Airbus A330-300
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==Frequent flyer program==
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|Airbus A350-800 (Enters service: 2015)
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US Airways' frequent flyer program is called '''Dividend Miles'''.
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|Airbus A350-900 (Enters service: 2015)
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===Earning miles===
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|Boeing 737-300
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Dividend Miles members can earn miles when flying on any Star Alliance carrier, as well as Hawaiian Airlines (inter-island flights only), Virgin Atlantic ([[United Kingdom]]), Qatar Airlines, Royal Jordanian, and Bahamasair. All paid flights on US Airways, US Airways Express as well as United Airlines earn full mileage, while mileage accrual on other partner airlines depends on the fare paid from zero to 100% of flight mileage. In addition, miles can be earned with a variety of travel, retail, and financial partners.
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|Boeing 737-400
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===Redeeming miles===
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Miles can be redeemed for award flights on any of the airlines listed above, subject to availability. For itineraries exclusively involving flights on US Airways and US Airways Express, it is also possible to pay a higher amount of miles to bypass capacity controls.
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Miles can also be redeemed for single class of service upgrades on US Airways, however if the passenger is not traveling on a full fare (Y or B) then a surcharge applies. Upgrade awards are also available on other Star Alliance carriers, although the passenger must be traveling on a full fare.
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Dividend Miles cannot be transferred into other programs, but can also be redeemed for hotel stays, car rentals, and some newspaper and magazine offerings. Miles earned do not expire as long as there is some earning or redemption activity at least once every 18 months.
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===Preferred status===
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Preferred status is earned based on the number of preferred qualifying miles (PQMs) or preferred qualifying segments (PQSs) flown in a calendar year on US Airways, US Airways Express, any Star Alliance carrier, or Virgin Atlantic (but not the other airline partners listed above). Preferred members are given priority check-in, boarding, and standby privileges, a dedicated reservations line, baggage fee waivers as well as bonus miles, complimentary upgrades to First Class on domestic flights among other benefits.
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The basic status levels are:
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*'''Silver Preferred''' - 25,000 PQMs or 30 PQSs - Star Alliance Silver
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*'''Gold Preferred''' - 50,000 PQMs or 60 PQSs - Star Alliance Gold
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*'''Platinum Preferred''' - 75,000 PQMs or 90 PQSs - Star Alliance Gold
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*'''Chairman's Preferred''' - 100,000 PQMs or 120 PQSs - Star Alliance Gold
  
===Envoy Sleeper Seats===
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A '''Million Miler''', one who has flown 1 million miles on US Airways and US Airways Express (including miles flown on AmericaWest Airlines prior to their merger with US Airways in 2008). Million Milers receive Silver Preferred status for life, regardless of future flight activity.
Envoy Sleeper Seats are marketed as Envoy Class, US Airways' International Business Class, although they were considered International First Class-only before US Airways discontinued three-cabin service in 2001. When fully reclined, the sleeper seats are fully horizontal, forming a bed that is flat. There are six of the seats per aircraft, on the Airbus A330 only. Each has a personal on-demand video screen attached to the arm rest that offers movies, games and syndicated television shows in multiple languages. There is also an EmPower power outlet at each of the seats. Other Sleeper Seat amenities, including food and beverage services, are identical to those in the rest of Envoy Class. The seats in this class have the largest seat pitch (94") available on any commercial flight in the world.
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US Airways' International Business Class. These seats do not offer the significant recline of the Sleeper Seats, however on Airbus A330 aircraft, every seat has a personal on-demand video screen attached to the arm rest that offers movies, games and syndicated television shows in multiple languages, and there is an EmPower power outlet at each seat. On Boeing 767 and Boeing 757 transatlantic flights, the airline is introducing personal video and audio entertainment devices with on-demand entertainment options. During this transition, some B757 and B767 aircraft have personal video screens with seven channels at each Envoy Class seat. Previously, there were no electric power outlets on the B767, however the airline is working to add 110 volt adapter-free AC power outlets. Some B767 aircraft also have been reconfigured with new lie-flat seats in Envoy Class featuring additional leg room. The airline offers free food and beverage service for all Envoy Class seats.
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US Airways' main lounge network is called the '''US Airways Club'''. The clubs offer light refreshments such as fruit and crackers, complimentary soft drinks and some alcoholic beverages (domestic beer and house wine) and WiFi. Premium beverages and meals are available for purchase. The US Airways Clubs are open to paying US Airways or United Club members, passengers traveling in Envoy (or any Star Alliance International Business Class or First Class) as well as Star Alliance Gold members; (United, and US Airways Star Alliance Gold members are only granted access when on a same-day international itinerary on a Star Alliance carrier, however). One-time passes are available for $50 at the club, or $39 online.
Domestic First Class service is available on all US Airways-operated aircraft and available via free upgrades to Preferred members, with a seat pitch ranging from 35 to 38 inches and a seat width ranging from 20 to 21 inches. Free wine, beer and spirits are offered, along with snacks including cookies, chips and cashews. Meals are provided on flights of 3.5 hours or longer. An EmPower power outlet is available at every first class seat on Airbus aircraft, but is not available on aircraft formerly operated by America West. At an October Employee Q&A, it was announced that the power ports would be disabled on all domestic narrowbody aircraft as of November 1, 2008.
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Economy class is available on all aircraft, with a seat pitch ranging from 30 to 33 inches and a seat width ranging from 17 to 18 inches. On A330 (and coming soon to Boeing 767 and wingletted 757 aircraft), every seat has a personal video screen located in the forward seat back that includes movies, games and syndicated television shows in multiple languages. On all other Airbus and some Boeing aircraft, there were overhead monitors mounted every three rows or so. All overhead monitors were removed by November 1, 2008. They will eventually be replaced with PTV. An EmPower power outlet is available on some Airbus aircraft, but is not available on planes formerly operated by America West. At an October Employee Q&A, it was announced that the power ports would be disabled on all domestic narrowbody aircraft as of November 1, 2008. Meals are available for purchase on flights over 3.5 hours and snack boxes are available on flights over 2.5 hours as part of a buy on board program. Alcohol, Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea and Water are available for purchase on all flights. On Trans-Atlantic flights, meals and drinks (excluding alcohol) are free.
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[[Wikipedia:US Airways]]

Revision as of 14:24, 4 November 2012

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US Airways (IATA: US, IACO: AWE) [1] is a major airline based in the United States and a member of the Star Alliance network. It is predominantly a domestic carrier, but also offers frequent service between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Israel and Brazil. In addition to mainline operations, US Airways also has sales agreements with several regional airlines that are operated under the US Airways Express banner. Express flights use turboprop and regional jets to bring service to smaller locales that would be impractical or uneconomical to operate mainline flights to. Some of the largest regional jets also feature a small First Class cabin.

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Key airports

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is the airline's official headquarters and is a major hub for flights throughout the western United States as well as several transcontinental flights. Besides serving the United States, it also serves numerous destinations throughout Canada and Mexico. Aside from that, PHX is also the only hub to offer non-stop flights to Alaska and Hawai'i. It is currently US's only hub without transatlantic service.
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is US Airways' primary international hub for flights to Europe and Israel and is well connected with other east coast cities, in addition to featuring some transcontinental service to the west coast.
  • Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte is US Airways' largest hub, having more daily departures than any other hub. CLT is the primary international hub for flights to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Brazil with a handful of departures to Europe.

Aircraft

US Airways offers two class service on both international and domestic flights, including express flights on Canadair CRJ-700, CRJ-900 and Embraer 175 regional jets. Express flights on smaller regional jets and turboprops are all-economy. On longhaul international service, the premium cabin is called Envoy, while on domestic and shorthaul international service, it is called First Class.

  • The Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 are the flagship of the US Airways fleet, and are found on most core transatlantic routes from Philadelphia and Charlotte. Envoy on this aircraft type features fully-flat suites with direct isle access, gourmet dining and beverages. Both Envoy and Economy on this aircraft type feature in-seat Audio Video on Demand (AVOD).
  • The Boeing 767-200 is found on less busier international flights (and is also used for select flights between Philadelphia and Charlotte). Envoy on this aircraft is an angled "lie-flat" suite, with portable media players distributed to passengers. Economy only features overhead screens.
  • The Boeing 757-200 has two distinct configurations. The first, used on "thin" transatlantic flights has twelve old style Envoy cradle seats up front, while the second domestic configuration (primarily used for Hawaii flights), has fourteen standard First Class seats. International passengers in Envoy are distributed with portable media players, like on the 767.
  • The Airbus A321 is used primarily for transcontinental flights. This is currently the only aircraft in the fleet to feature in-flight wifi (although US is adding wifi and streaming wireless video to the rest of the domestic fleet over the next two or three years.)
  • The Airbus A320, A319, and Embrear E-190 are used on most other domestic flights.

US Airways sets aside window and isle seats at the front of the main cabin as "Choice Seats." While they are physically the same as other coach seats, they are the first to be served and among the first to disembark. They can be purchased for between $5 and $25, depending on the length of the flight, and are available free to Dividend Miles preferred members. Exit row and bulkhead seats are exclusively available to preferred members prior to the day of departure.

Frequent flyer program

US Airways' frequent flyer program is called Dividend Miles.

Earning miles

Dividend Miles members can earn miles when flying on any Star Alliance carrier, as well as Hawaiian Airlines (inter-island flights only), Virgin Atlantic (United Kingdom), Qatar Airlines, Royal Jordanian, and Bahamasair. All paid flights on US Airways, US Airways Express as well as United Airlines earn full mileage, while mileage accrual on other partner airlines depends on the fare paid from zero to 100% of flight mileage. In addition, miles can be earned with a variety of travel, retail, and financial partners.

Redeeming miles

Miles can be redeemed for award flights on any of the airlines listed above, subject to availability. For itineraries exclusively involving flights on US Airways and US Airways Express, it is also possible to pay a higher amount of miles to bypass capacity controls.

Miles can also be redeemed for single class of service upgrades on US Airways, however if the passenger is not traveling on a full fare (Y or B) then a surcharge applies. Upgrade awards are also available on other Star Alliance carriers, although the passenger must be traveling on a full fare.

Dividend Miles cannot be transferred into other programs, but can also be redeemed for hotel stays, car rentals, and some newspaper and magazine offerings. Miles earned do not expire as long as there is some earning or redemption activity at least once every 18 months.

Preferred status

Preferred status is earned based on the number of preferred qualifying miles (PQMs) or preferred qualifying segments (PQSs) flown in a calendar year on US Airways, US Airways Express, any Star Alliance carrier, or Virgin Atlantic (but not the other airline partners listed above). Preferred members are given priority check-in, boarding, and standby privileges, a dedicated reservations line, baggage fee waivers as well as bonus miles, complimentary upgrades to First Class on domestic flights among other benefits.

The basic status levels are:

  • Silver Preferred - 25,000 PQMs or 30 PQSs - Star Alliance Silver
  • Gold Preferred - 50,000 PQMs or 60 PQSs - Star Alliance Gold
  • Platinum Preferred - 75,000 PQMs or 90 PQSs - Star Alliance Gold
  • Chairman's Preferred - 100,000 PQMs or 120 PQSs - Star Alliance Gold

A Million Miler, one who has flown 1 million miles on US Airways and US Airways Express (including miles flown on AmericaWest Airlines prior to their merger with US Airways in 2008). Million Milers receive Silver Preferred status for life, regardless of future flight activity.

Lounges

US Airways' main lounge network is called the US Airways Club. The clubs offer light refreshments such as fruit and crackers, complimentary soft drinks and some alcoholic beverages (domestic beer and house wine) and WiFi. Premium beverages and meals are available for purchase. The US Airways Clubs are open to paying US Airways or United Club members, passengers traveling in Envoy (or any Star Alliance International Business Class or First Class) as well as Star Alliance Gold members; (United, and US Airways Star Alliance Gold members are only granted access when on a same-day international itinerary on a Star Alliance carrier, however). One-time passes are available for $50 at the club, or $39 online.

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