US Airways is the fifth largest airline in the United States, operating under US Airways Group. It became a member of the global Star Alliance in 2004 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. The airline merged with American West Airlines in 2005, but the joint entity continued to work under the brand name of US Airways. US Airways has hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia and phoenix. It also maintains non stop flight operations at Ronald Reagan Washington DC, National Airport in Washington, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, LaGuardia Airport in New York, and Logan International Airport in Boston. Its regional airline service, named US Airways Express, is operated by contract and subsidiary airline companies.
The history of US Airways is rooted in All American Aviation Company, which used to serve the Ohio River Valley. The company was re-branded Allegheny Airlines in 1953 and came to be known as USAir in 1979, with the passing of Airline Deregulation Act, which allowed airlines to expand their route network. The company progressed and entered into an agreement with the Henson Airlines, which is considered to be the first code sharing agreement, also known as Interline Agreement, in the airline industry.
USAir extended its services to Europe, scheduling flights to London, Paris and Frankfurt from its main hubs. It entered into an agreement with British Airways which made a large investment in USAir, resulting in the formation of one of the pioneering transatlantic airline alliances. However, the partnership crashed down and ended in a legal battle in 1996. British Airways announced plans of a tie-up with the American Airways and USAir was renamed as US Airways. The airline introduced Metro Jet subsidiary service to compete with the low cost carriers. It also returned to profit making by the 1990s.
Among the international destinations covered by US Airways are France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K, Norway, Portugal and Manchester in Europe. It serves Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Brazil and almost the whole of U.S. Apart from that, it operates to major cities in Asia as well. Some of the routes might be discontinued this year. One of its main hubs at Las Vegas has been downgraded to a focus city. The airline also provides hourly service between Boston, New York, and Washington DC, through US Airways Shuttle.
US Airways has a huge fleet comprising of 345 twinjets. The jets include Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Airbus A350-800, Airbus A350-900, Boeing 737-300, Boeing 737-400, Boeing 757-200, Boeing 767-200ER and Embraer 190. The airline has also placed orders for 153 more aircrafts. As of June 2009, US Airways had a fleet average age of 11.89 years.
US Airways Club
US Airways maintains 19 airport lounges, known as US Airways Clubs, at Boston, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Phoenix and Hartford Airports, among others. The airport lounges have 3 levels of membership, with Star alliance level being the highest. It also has an Envoy Lounge at the Philadelphia International Airport, for Envoy Class passengers, with privileges such as free alcohol. Passengers with an Envoy class ticket are not charged for entering the envoy lounge.