U.S. Airways’ farewell flight has been scheduled for Oct. 17.
It is expected the airline company will organize something to display a symbolical closure of its operations that started in 1939, before it officially carries the name of its new parent company, the American Airlines Group.
American and U.S. Airways first announced on February 14, 2013 its plans to merge. It was expectedly barraged with protests and an onslaught of lawsuits.
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But the U.S. Department of Justice eventually ruled against the latter, effectively paving the acquisition of U.S. Airways by American. The official merger happened in December 2013.
U.S. Airways Flight 434 was chosen to be the airline company’s last operational flight. It is scheduled to leave San Francisco around 10 p.m. and land in Philadelphia after 6 a.m. on Oct. 17. After that, its website will be turned off. American Airlines will take over its airport kiosks and signs and change it to bear its name.
Travelers who have bookings with U.S. Airways but scheduled after Oct. 17 will be given a new flight number bearing American’s AA code.
American is currently training 10,000 workers as well as 1,900 airport and reservations agents towards the switch from the US Airways reservations system to American’s. It wants to ensure it would be able to manage the transition of combining the computer systems of the two airlines, sans the kind of problems United and Continental faced in 2012 after combining their reservations systems.
“There is no technology leader that could stand up and say with 100 percent certainty that nothing like this could ever happen to them,” Maya Leibman, American’s chief information officer, told the Associated Press.
Portal Jobs & Hire said American Airlines targeted to carry out have flight reductions in a bid to decrease the burden on its computer systems, as well as doing more technology work after U.S. Airways’ last flight in October.
The Oct. 17 schedule is just a date to formalize things. According to AirwaysNews, the two airline companies have been actually operating as a single carrier since April 8, after it was issued a single operating certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration.