TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow customers to use certain personal electronic devices during all phases of flight as soon as the new recommendations have been implemented.
The new policy, once implemented, will allow customers to begin using these devices in "airplane mode" during taxi, takeoff and landing on domestic flights unless instructed otherwise by a crewmember.
"US Airways is pleased that the FAA has validated the recommendations of industry experts that will ultimately allow customers to access their devices during all phases of flight," said Hector Adler, US Airways' vice president, InFlight Services. "The FAA recommendations will allow us to transform the customer experience, while keeping safety our first priority."
Once implemented by the FAA, US Airways expects to begin allowing customers to use certain personal electronic devices for gate-to-gate usage excluding the ability to make phone calls. In-flight Wi-Fi is available for customers once above 10,000 feet. US Airways recently completed installation of Gogo In-flight Wi-Fi on 90 percent of its domestic fleet including 328 US Airways and US Airways Express aircraft.
The expansion of in-flight Wi-Fi is among US Airways' latest initiatives to elevate the on-board experience for its customers. In January 2012, US Airways announced the completion of first class installation on 110 US Airways Express regional jets including the Embraer 175 and 170 and Canadair Regional Jet 700 and 900 fleets.
It is important to note that changes concerning the use of personal electronic devices will not take effect until the FAA finalizes the recommendations. US Airways looks forward to working with the FAA on a speedy implementation for our customers.
About US Airways US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,100 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations. Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best for Vets employer for the past three years. US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCG)
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