Entries in Philadelphia (2)

Wednesday
Jun292011

US Airways and Aegean Airlines plan a codeshare agreement

US Airways and Aegean Airlines have announced they plan to codeshare on certain flights between the United States and Greece.  The proposed codeshare is focused on the American city of Philadelphia, where US Airways has a hub, and the Greek capital city of Athens, very near where Aegean Airways has its headquarters.  According to a recent press release from both airlines, US Airways travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route between Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL) and Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV) in Athens, and have access to much of the domestic network of Aegean Airlines.

US Airways travelers will also have the option to fly from Philadelphia to London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), Munich's Franz Josef Strauss Airport (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), or Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) on US Airways, then onward to Athens or Thessaloniki (IATA: SKG; ICAO: LGTS) on Aegean Airlines.

Aegean Airlines travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route to Philadelphia from Athens, and then have access to the entire American network of US Airways from Philadelphia.  (It was not indicated that US Airways' American network would be part of the codeshare.)

The proposed agreement is still subject to both United States Department of Transportation (DOT) approval, and approval by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, and Networks in the Hellenic Republic.  Both airlines are members of the Star Alliance.

original stories

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare (US Airways)

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare Agreement (Aegean Airlines)

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Wednesday
Jun012011

US Airways starts Philadelphia-Quebec City route tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Tempe, Arizona based airline US Airways will start flying three non-stop flights in each direction, between Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL) and Jean Lesage International Airport (IATA: YQB; ICAO: CYQB) in Quebec, the capital city of the eponymous Canadian province.  The thrice-daily departures from Philadelphia are scheduled to happen at 9:30 in the morning, 2:49 in the afternoon, and 8:35 in the evening, local time.  The thrice-daily departures from Quebec City are scheduled to happen at 6:25 in the morning, 12:15 in the afternoon, and 5:30 in the evening, local time.

The departure times from Quebec City differ slightly from what was initially planned, when US Airways first made this announcement this past February.  The estimated flight time is between 1 hours 45 minutes, and 2 hours, in both directions.  According to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights, the route will be flown with a Canadair regional jet, operated by the US Airways regional affiliate Air Wisconsin.

With the introduction of this service by US Airways, the entire state of New Jersey is now within a two-hour drive of an airport that offers non-stop service to the Quebec provincial capital city.  (Continental Airlines flies the route non-stop from Newark.)  Philadelphia and Quebec City are both located in the Eastern Time Zone of North America, and both observe daylight saving time.

The earliest direct predecessor to US Airways was called All American Aviation, and was founded by the du Pont family in 1939.   After a series of name changes, it settled upon US Air in 1979.  It re-branded itself as US Airways in 1997.  US Airways maintains hubs in the American cities of Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.  Philadelphia is the airline's primary international hub.

related story

US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes (May 16, 2011)

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