US Airways

In Final Merger Milestone, American Moves Flight Attendants to Preferential Bidding System

All flight attendants at American Airlines will be using a new system to bid for trips for the month of May, as the airline completes one last step in its merger. The new program is called the preferential bidding system, or PBS.
“When fully implemented, these new systems will provide you with greater flexibility and simplicity in organizing your monthly schedules through a user-friendly, web-based platform, accessible anywhere in the …

30 Airlines That No Longer Exist from Pan Am and TWA to Wow Air and Hooters

In the past year or so, several airlines have gone out of business although none of them was a major player on the world’s airline stage. Wow Air, which ceased operations two weeks ago, and Primera, which shut down last October, had offered fares reminiscent of what People Express offered in the 1980s, namely $99 fares to Europe. Clearly that wasn’t and isn’t a sustainable business model.
But those carriers were …

American Airlines to Grow Los Angeles and Dallas Bases, Downsize Phoenix and St. Louis

American Airlines to Grow Los Angeles and Dallas Bases, Downsize Phoenix and St. Louis

American Airlines announced plans to increase the size of its flight attendant bases at Dallas/Fort Worth International and Los Angeles International airports while downsizing those in Phoenix and St. Louis.
The DFW and LAX bases will increase by approximately 700 each, while Phoenix and St. Louis will be shrunk by one-third, the latter translating to a reduction of approximately 700 flight attendants in Phoenix and 75 in St. Louis.
The Fort Worth-based …

‘Brace for Impact’ – 10-Year Anniversary of ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of what became known as the Miracle on the Hudson.
US Airways Flight 1549 was an Airbus A320 that, after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, struck a flock of Canada Geese northeast of the George Washington Bridge.
With both engines out, the aircraft had no power and was unable to reach a nearby airport or runway. Captain Chesley Sullenberger …

American Airlines Integrates Flight Attendant Operations, a Final Step in its Merger with US Airways

American Airlines completed its merger on October 1 when it achieved operational integration of its 27,000 flight attendants.
“It’s a huge milestone,” the company said in a memo to employees on Friday.
The integration effort, American said, required over 6.2 million hours to move the legacy US Airways crew members as well as legacy American Airlines flight attendants to the new flight crew operations system, called Flight Operating System or FOS, the …

American Completes US Airways Mainline Livery Makeover

American Completes US Airways Mainline Livery Makeover

American Airlines said it has completed repainting all 299 of the US Airways mainline aircraft in its current fleet with the new American livery that was first unveiled in January 2013.
The process ended November 22 with the painting of an Airbus A321, carrying the tail number N563UW. American began repainting the US Airways fleet in January 2014, shortly after the two airlines merged.
That particular A321 was built in Hamburg and …

American Quietly and Successfully Integrates Pilot Operations

American Quietly and Successfully Integrates Pilot Operations

American Airlines continues to make significant progress on post-merger activities that will allow it to operate fully as a single airline.
On October 1, the carrier moved to a single Flight Operating System, the platform that manages pilot scheduling and operations, without any reported glitches.
The move was, however, fraught with peril and similar integrations at other airlines have brought operations to a standstill. In an e-mail to employees on Friday, the …