US Airways will perform a ceremonial final scheduled flight on 16th October 2015 to mark the end of the transition into American Airlines.
The two carriers have been merging for the past few years and now operate under one Air Operator’s Certificate, with many aircraft already having been painted into the colours of American.
From 17th October all flights will transition to the AA/AAL flight numbers (although many aircraft still need to be painted).
To mark the occasion a US Airways Airbus A321 will operate four sectors across the country as flight US1939, before the code is retired.
The flight US Airways flight number is significant as 1939 was the year the company can trace its ancestry to, when All American Aviation was founded.
The four flight sectors are:
- 1005 Philadelphia – Charlotte 1204
- 1435 Charlotte – Phoenix 1601
- 1710 Phoenix – San Francisco 1912
- 2155 San Francisco – Philadelphia 0618 (17th October) – the final landing.
It is anticipated that events will be planned at each location, presumably in the gate areas, and for passengers on board.
The flight is open for booking at present (US Airways website), but is likely to fill up soon.
It will be a shame to see another key American carrier disappear, but it’s great that they have planned a special event like this to commemorate.
I will be flying a former US Airways flight from Boston to New York a few days after this on what will presumably be an aircraft still wearing the original colours. Here’s hoping!
Find out about the history of US Airways, American Airlines and many more carriers from the USA in my book, Airlines of the USA, available now.