US Airways Makes Final Pittsburgh Flight
We all knew this was coming from the moment the merger between US Airways and American Airlines was officially approved in December of 2013 – the end of an era, as the US Airways brand will go away in October.
One bittersweet moment came on Sunday when the last US Airways flight out of Pittsburgh International Airport took off. The airline not only had an extensive presence at the airport that included an operations center in Moon Township that employed 650 workers, but it began its life as All American Aviation in western Pennsylvania in 1939.
About half of 650 workers will move to Dallas-Fort Worth, home of American Airlines, while the other half will try to find jobs locally.
City officials in Pittsburgh were disappointed that the home of the Steelers and the Pirates wasn’t among the cities that will get the official farewell tour on the last US Airways flight on Oct. 16. Former Allegheny County Executive Jim Roddey told the Allentown Morning Call newspaper that the snub was "maybe the last and final insult."
In the same article, William Lauer, a principal in Allegheny Capital LLC and a local aviation analyst, said it “frankly would be more appropriate than anything else.”
But instead, US Airways and American announced that the official last flight of a branded US Airways plane will be on Friday, Oct. 16. Flight 1939 – a nod to the year the airline started – will leave Philadelphia bound for Charlotte, N.C., at 10:05 a.m. It will then leave Charlotte at 2:35 p.m. to fly to Phoenix. The flight will depart Phoenix at 5:10 p.m. for San Francisco and then, at 9:55 p.m., will depart SFO to fly back to Philadelphia, landing in the city of Brotherly Love at 6:18 a.m. the next morning.
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