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It was the end of an era on Saturday night, as USAirways officially ended its service, with all flights now becoming American Airlines flights after the airlines’ reservation systems were consolidated. While the merger is still not 100% complete, it was a major milestone in the two airlines becoming one.
The airline celebrated the final USAirways flight, which was a special route encompassing several USAirways hubs. The flight went from Philadelphia to Charlotte to Phoenix to San Francisco to Philadelphia as Flight 1939, which is the year USAirways started flying as a mail service.
American Airlines put together a video celebrating the final USAirways flight, which you can watch below.
Growing up in Phoenix, America West was a regional fixture, which we then saw grow in importance after the USAir merger. Now it has joined American to become the largest airline in the world.
I’ll miss the generous USAirways award routings the most. Last year I flew around the world on just one award ticket, visiting London, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. I’ll have one last hurrah with a great award redemption in a few months. Hopefully this next era will be good for passengers, with no major award program changes, as American is currently miles ahead of Delta & United in that department. Goodbye, USAirways!
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