US Airways - November 2012 - (Page 6)

embark CEO Letter Thank You for Flying With US Going Green — and Then Some With 32,000 employees in more than 200 cities around the world, we at US Airways 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, where we operate more than 450 daily flights to more than 100 domestic and international destinations. 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 vehicles — which transport bags and push back aircraft — to electric vehicles. The move will dramatically reduce fuel consumption and emissions. By year’s end, we’ll have 131 electric ground vehicles at our Philadelphia hub — more than any other East Coast airport. A similar program is underway at our Charlotte hub. Additionally, we recently opened a state-of-theart building at Philadelphia International Airport that’s used to maintain our ground vehicles. The Michael Nutter (left), the mayor of Philadelphia, and Bob Ciminelli (right), US Airways vice president, Philadelphia hub, take a ride on one of our new electric ground vehicles. ★ 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. We chose building materials and interior finishes that contain organic compounds to help create a healthier environment and reduce allergy triggers for our maintenance team. 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. US Airways is also committed to being a leader in the responsible use of fuel, which is our single largest expense. In 2011, our fuel bill totaled $3.4 billion, an increase of almost $1.3 billion from 2010. Earlier this year, we created a special fuelconservation team made up of leaders from a variety of groups within our company. The team is focused on refining our fuel-savings initiatives and reducing fuel consumption across the airline without compromising safety. The team is evaluating everything from using less jet-fueled power while aircraft are on the ground to planning more direct routings in the air, saving both fuel and time spent on board. Finally, US Airways, which already has the youngest fleet of aircraft of the major airlines (see what we fly on page 139), is also committed to renewing our fleet with more fuel-efficient, quieter Airbus aircraft. This year, we’ll have a dozen new A321 planes, and we plan to introduce the superefficient, long-range Airbus A350 in 2017. From all of us at US Airways, thank you for flying with us today. We look forward to seeing you again soon and wish you safe and happy travels this holiday season. Doug Parker Chairman and CEO 6 NOVEMBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - November 2012

US Airways - November 2012
Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Best Holiday Getaways
Hub Crawl: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Wine & Dine: Mendoza, Argentina Wines
Wine & Dine: Barbecoa Restaurant, London
Adventure: Thrifty in San Francisco
Adventure: Skiing Mt. Baker, Washington
Great Escapes: Red Horse Inn, South Carolina
Gear Up: Bar Ware
Making It Real: America's Historic Sites
Best of Education: Miller School of Albemarle
Silent Heroes: Honor Flight Network
Crossing Borders: Charlotte, North Carolina
Best of Health: Lankenau Medical Center
University Spotlight: University of Dayton
Celebrate Richmond, Virginia
Special Section: Chateau on Central
Must Read: Heisman — The Man Behind the Trophy
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
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®
Giving: Miles for Good
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - November 2012