US Airways - March 2013 - (Page 6)
Thank You for
Flying With US
Upgrading Our Fleet
Spring will soon
be here, and I know
many of you traveling today
are looking forward to
leaving the cold weather
behind. The coming season
is a time of renewal, and at
US Airways we are continuing to renew our fleet to
provide you with a more
pleasant travel experience.
This year, we will take
delivery of 16 new Airbus
A321 aircraft. US Airways
is the world’s largest operator of Airbus aircraft,
and these planes, just like
the ones we acquired last year, will continue to
replace our older Boeing 737s. The A321s are
not only larger, but also more comfortable and
fuel-efficient. We’ll also bring five more wide-body
Airbus A330-200 aircraft into our fleet this year.
If you’ve ever purchased a new car, you know
how demanding the process can be. If you think
US Airways auctioned off a trip to Germany for employees to pick up a
new Airbus A321 as part of the airline’s United Way fund-raising efforts.
that’s hard, try buying a brand-new plane. Many
departments at US Airways assume a role in the
purchasing process before the bill of sale is handed
over. From our finance team to our flight crews to
our maintenance group, our hardworking employees lend a hand to help bring new members of our
fleet from construction to the gate.
Our team starts the process of acquiring a new
aircraft three to four years in advance. The parts
used to build an Airbus come from manufacturers
around the world, while major structural assemblies for each plane are built throughout Europe.
Once finished, they’re shipped to a final assembly
line for construction.
US Airways has a team that oversees inspections throughout the construction process.
From window shades to seats, our employees thoroughly examine every component of the aircraft
to ensure it’s in pristine condition for delivery.
Just as you would test-drive a car before purchase,
US Airways and Airbus technical personnel and
test pilots take the plane on a rigorous test flight.
After the aircraft goes through its inspection and
acceptance flight, it’s ready to become part of the
US Airways fleet.
Last summer, as part of our annual Hope
Takes Flight campaign to benefit the United Way,
US Airways auctioned off a unique vacation
experience to Hamburg, Germany. That package
included a VIP tour of the Airbus factory and a
flight home to the States aboard a new A321 before
it entered into regular service. I take great pride in
saying that the 38,000 employees of US Airways
and our wholly owned subsidiaries, PSA and
Piedmont Airlines, raised nearly $1.5 million last
year for the United Way.
From all of us at US Airways, thank you for
flying with us today. We hope to serve you again
soon on another flight.
Chairman and CEO
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - March 2013
US Airways - March 2013
Table of Contents
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Best Musical Pilgrimages
Hub Crawl: Denver Airport
Wine & Dine: Chef's Tables
Wine & Dine: Artisan Cheeses
Great Escapes: Cypress Inn
Adventure: Washington, DC by Bike
Great Escapes: The Gathering in Ireland
Adventure: Puerto Rico Golf
Great Escapes: Barcelo Hotels and Resorts
Gear Up: The Smart Kitchen
Travel Feature: The Rome Less Traveled
US Airways Feature: Order Up!
Great Tastes: Phoenix Dining
From Philly, With Love
Route of Discovery: San Luis Obispo, California
Atlantic 10 Conference
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Window or Aisle?
US Airways - March 2013