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Club Level Feature: US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves 195 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America via the airline’s hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

We employ more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, including 6,300 team members at the airline’s international gateway located at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) which as a major economic engine for the region, creates almost $6B in annual payroll and $14B in annual output locally.

As Philadelphia’s hometown airline, US Airways is the city’s largest air carrier and will operate 462 peak daily departures to 111 non-stop destinations in summer 2013.
The past decade has been one of growth for the company at PHL. Since 2005, US Airways has added non-stop service from PHL to 11 new international destinations including cities as diverse as Quebec City, Barcelona, Glasgow and Tel Aviv.

We began flying to the United Kingdom in 1987, and recently announced new service from our Charlotte, North Carolina hub to London Heathrow. The airline currently serves 18 destinations in Europe and the Middle East, including daily year-round service to both London Heathrow and Manchester and plays a critical role in promoting increased trade and investment between Great Britain and the Philadelphia region.

Great Britain is also home to 100 US Airways employees who work at our reservations center in Liverpool. That center, which opened in 2000 and is staffed with employees who speak several languages, serves the needs of our diverse European customer base.

We also take our responsibility to protect the environment very seriously. That’s why we’re taking steps to conserve natural energy resources such as fuel to reduce our environmental impact.

Some of our biggest initiatives are underway in Philadelphia. We’re in the midst of an ambitious project with the FAA and the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Aviation to move from gas-powered ground support equipment (GSE) — which transport bags and push back aircraft — to electric vehicles. The move will dramatically reduce fuel consumption and emissions. US Airways electric GSE fleet at PHL is the largest of any airport on the east coast.

Additionally, the airline recently opened a state-of-the-art building at the Philadelphia International Airport that’s used to maintain our GSE fleet. The 58,000-square-foot facility is arguably the most modern and environmentally friendly building of its type in the U.S. airline industry, achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. It was built with 20 percent recycled materials, many of which were sourced locally to reduce pollution associated with transporting materials.

Our green initiatives also extend to the airport’s terminal, where we’re building a new baggage-claim facility at Terminal F, scheduled for completion in 2014. That building’s roof will include vegetation to minimize energy used for heating and cooling and to reduce rainwater runoff.

Many customer friendly enhancements have been completed in the past year including the installation of our popular international business class, the Envoy Suite that reclines into a fully-flat bed, all on Airbus A330 wide body aircraft along with the addition of First Class seating to 110 large regional aircraft flown in our domestic network. Wi-Fi internet access is also something that is important to the frequent business traveler and we are making a significant investment to add this popular feature to the majority of our domestic fleet by May 2013.

The airline is a leader in operating reliably for our customers consistently performing at or near the top of the industry in on-time performance and with the fewest mishandled bags. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCT)

Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter (left), and Bob Ciminelli (right), US Airways vice president, Philadelphia hub, check out one of our new electric ground vehicles

Trans-Atlantic route map

Envoy Suite

US Airways operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus aircraft

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