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US Airways

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US Airways is a major airline based in the United States and alongside United Airlines and Continental Airlines, a key member of the Star Alliance. It is the fifth largest carrier in the US and operates a 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 Asia as it inaugurated daily service from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv in 2009.

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 (However, Charlotte will have nonstop Honolulu service in 2010). It is currently US's only hub without transatlantic service. PHX to Montego Bay, Jamaica will be starting in December 2010.
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is US Airways' primary international hub, serving more international destinations than any other US Airways hub. The airport also offers numerous destinations on the United States East Coast with US Airways Express.
  • Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte is US Airways' largest hub, having more daily departures than any other hub. CLT serves many destinations on the East Coast and within the United States, while also serving many foreign destinations. It is currently the airline's main Latin America and Caribbean hub, with more destinations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean than PHX or PHL.

Aircraft

US Airways Fleet
Aircraft
Airbus A319-100
Airbus A320-200
Airbus A321-200
Airbus A330-200
Airbus A330-300
Airbus A350-800 (On order, enters service: 2015)
Airbus A350-900 (On oEnters service: 2015)
Boeing 737-300
Boeing 737-400
Boeing 757-200
Boeing 767-200ER
Embraer 190

Cabin

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.

Envoy Class

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

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 is available for purchase and soft drinks, coffee, tea, and water are complementary on all flights. On Trans-Atlantic flights, meals and drinks (excluding alcohol) are free.

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