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.
Envoy Sleeper Seats
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.
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.
Domestic First Class
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.
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.