Entries in US Airways (5)

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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Monday
May162011

US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes

Last week, US Airways launched two seasonal routes between its hub at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), and Europe.  Last Friday, it kicked off its once-daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-200ER.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 4:25 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in the Spanish capital at 6:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Madrid at 9:30 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Last Saturday, US Airways launched its seasonal, daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW), in the Irish capital city.  This route will be flown with the Boeing 757-200.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 6:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in Dublin at 6:50 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Dublin at 9:15 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:40 in the afternoon, local time.  Both the Charlotte-Madrid route and the Charlotte-Dublin route are scheduled to operate through September 30.  US Airways will continue to serve both European cities via Philadelphia, after September 30.

US Airways' main international gateway is in Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL), but London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Rome are each accessible year-round via US Airways from Charlotte.

original story (US Airways)

Thursday
Aug122010

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1

Starting September 1, Turkish Airlines will begin a codeshare agreement with US Airways.  According to the agreement, US Airways will place its codeshare symbol (US) onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International Airport near Istanbul (IATA: IST; ICAO: LTBA), and three European destinations served by Turkish Airlines.  Those three are Munich and Frankfurt in Germany, and Zurich in Switzerland.

US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and Kennedy International in the New York borough of Queens (IATA; JFK; ICAO: KJFK), and O’Hare International northwest of Chicago, Illinois (IATA: ORD; ICAO: KORD), both in the United States.

Within the Republic of Turkey, US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and the domestic destinations of Adana, Ankara (the national capital), Antalya, and Izmir.

In return, air travelers with Turkish Airlines will “gain access to Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), Philadelphia (IATA: PHL: ICAO: KPHL), and Phoenix (IATA: PHX; ICAO: KPHX) via US Airways, flying from Frankfurt (IATA: FRA; ICAO: EDDF), Munich (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), Zurich (IATA: ZRH; ICAO: LSZH), Chicago, and New York,” according to the press release posted to the Turkish Airlines official website.

Turkish Airlines was formed in 1933.  As of this post, it flies to 161 destinations with 142 aircraft.  Its largest hub is Ataturk International Airport in the Yesilkoy neighborhood of Istanbul, on the western side of the city.  The airline’s main offices are located very near the airport.

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.  Moreover, Washington, D.C. is a focus city for the airline, through Reagan National Airport (IATA; DCA; ICAO: KDCA) just south of the central business sector of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Virginia.  The airline’s main offices are in Tempe, Arizona.

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BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

original story (Turkish Airlines)

Wednesday
May052010

Delta is angry at DOT and FAA for rejecting its time slot proposal

The largest American-based carrier criticized a decision of the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration yesterday, in a joint statement made with US Airways, and threatened legal action in connection therewith.  The decision rejected a proposal to the USDOT put forward by Delta and US Airways, involving slot transactions with four other North American carriers (JetBlue, AirTran, Spirit, and WestJet, the latter a low-cost Canadian carrier operating out of Calgary, Alberta).  The proposal would have affected the various airlines’ time slots at Kennedy International in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), and Reagan National in Washington, D.C. (IATA: DCA; ICAO: KDCA).

According to the Delta-US Airways joint response to the decision, approval of the proposal would have granted JetBlue additional access at strategically located DCA, and would have granted AirTran, Spirit, and WestJet additional access at JFK.  Delta also pointed out 7,000 jobs in the New York metropolitan area which it estimated would have been created if the proposal had been approved.

A slot in this context is a short period of time during which aircraft from a certain airline are permitted to take off from, or expected to arrive at, a certain airport.  All slots at large American airports are legally owned by the FAA, even though they are claimed as assets and valuated for accounting purposes by the airlines that use them.

The statement accused the USDOT and FAA of exceeding their statutory authority in rendering the decision.  The two airlines behind the statement said they would appeal the decision to the United States Court of Appeals (presumably for the Federal Circuit).

original story (US Airways)

Monday
May032010

United and Continental will probably merge

An agreement reached yesterday between the two American air carriers based in Chicago and Houston respectively, will probably result in an announcement later today, that Continental and United intend to merge into a single airline.  The parent company UAL Corporation, of which United Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary, will buy Continental.  The resulting airline will be called United and will be based in Chicago, United’s headquarters.  But it will eventually be run by Continental’s chief executive officer.

Just as with the Delta-Northwest merger initiated two years ago, this will probably be spun in a way that makes it seem like air travelers will benefit.  But residents of the Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area know better than that.  We have known for years that the reason Delta (even prior to its purchase of Northwest) has been able to charge such high fares for air travelers utilizing Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA: CVG; ICAO: KCVG) is because it held such a high percentage of the market share at the facility.  This was true even prior to Delta’s purchase of Northwest, which was completed earlier this year.  Routes along which United and Continental have always competed for business will almost certainly rise in price due to this deal, even though the two constituent airlines might claim otherwise.

The two airlines claim that this will allow another very large, American-based carrier to compete on an international scale, just as Delta claims it is now able to do.  Perhaps it will.  But it also means one fewer airline competing for the domestic market for air travel.  This may therefore permit other domestic airlines not involved in the deal to raise fares on certain routes as well.  A careful look at federal anti-trust law is expected before the deal is allowed by the Department of Justice.

Have you ever flown on either one of these two airlines?  What was it like?  The first time I ever flew United, three years ago, half the expected passengers no-showed, and the flight was cancelled.  I sat at Dayton International Airport (IATA: DAY; ICAO: KDAY) for six hours before being put on a US Airways plane.  But my return to Dayton on United was uneventful and quite peaceful actually.  I have never flown Continental.

What do you think about these airlines?  What do you think about this move?  Comments are welcome.

original story (New York Times)