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US Airways Group, Inc. Reports September Traffic

    TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways Group, Inc.
 (NYSE:   LCC) today reported September, third quarter, and year-to-date
 traffic results for 2007. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were
 4.7 billion, up 2.3 percent from September 2006. Capacity was 6.0 billion
 available seat miles (ASMs), down 4.8 percent from September 2006.
 Passenger load factor for the month of September was 78.1 percent versus
 72.7 percent in September 2006.
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     "For the second consecutive month, our consolidated (mainline and
 Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) was up over five
 percent on a year-over-year basis. The fourth quarter is showing continued
 signs of strong bookings on a robust fare base and we have not seen any
 indication of diminished demand. In addition, we continue to make
 significant progress in our operation and have seen sequential improvement
 over the past several months, with September on-time performance over 80
 percent, our best month since May 2006," said US Airways President Scott
 Kirby.
     The following summarizes US Airways Group's traffic results for the
 month, quarter and nine months ended September 2007 and 2006, consisting of
 America West and US Airways mainline operated flights as well as US Airways
 Express operated flights consisting of wholly owned subsidiaries PSA
 Airlines and Piedmont Airlines.
     US Airways Mainline (US Airways and America West combined)
 
     SEPTEMBER
 
                                               2007        2006   % Change
     Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
        Domestic                           3,614,490    3,671,026    (1.5)
        Atlantic                             891,911      736,576    21.1
        Latin                                179,765      173,598     3.6
        Total Mainline Revenue Passenger
         Miles                             4,686,166    4,581,200     2.3
 
     Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                           4,614,235    5,068,868    (9.0)
        Atlantic                           1,139,404      941,208    21.1
        Latin                                245,737      289,026   (15.0)
        Total Mainline Available Seat
         Miles                             5,999,376    6,299,102    (4.8)
 
     Mainline Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                                78.3         72.4     5.9  pts
        Atlantic                                78.3         78.3     0.0  pts
        Latin                                   73.2         60.1    13.1  pts
        Total Mainline Load Factor              78.1         72.7     5.4  pts
 
 
 
 
     Mainline Enplanements
        Domestic                           3,939,203    3,868,386     1.8
        Atlantic                             225,803      191,055    18.2
        Latin                                148,378      141,794     4.6
        Total Mainline Enplanements        4,313,384    4,201,235     2.7
 
 
 
     QUARTER TO DATE
 
     Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
        Domestic                          12,628,242   12,681,716    (0.4)
        Atlantic                           2,885,356    2,369,080    21.8
        Latin                                880,311      899,118    (2.1)
        Total Mainline Revenue Passenger
         Miles                            16,393,909   15,949,914     2.8
 
     Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                          15,027,038   15,993,808    (6.0)
        Atlantic                           3,544,289    2,911,916    21.7
        Latin                              1,095,490    1,250,120   (12.4)
        Total Mainline Available Seat
         Miles                            19,666,817   20,155,844    (2.4)
 
     Mainline Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                                84.0         79.3     4.7  pts
        Atlantic                                81.4         81.4     0.0  pts
        Latin                                   80.4         71.9     8.5  pts
        Total Mainline Load Factor              83.4         79.1     4.3  pts
 
     Mainline Enplanements
        Domestic                          13,489,249   13,061,863     3.3
        Atlantic                             738,834      616,389    19.9
        Latin                                733,784      746,341    (1.7)
        Total Mainline Enplanements       14,961,867   14,424,593     3.7
 
 
 
     YEAR TO DATE
                                             2007        2006     % Change
 
     Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
        Domestic                           37,762,151   37,394,822    1.0
        Atlantic                            6,273,047    5,483,101   14.4
        Latin                               3,070,505    3,180,506   (3.5)
        Total Mainline Revenue Passenger
         Miles                             47,105,703   46,058,429    2.3
 
     Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                           45,794,924   46,780,752   (2.1)
        Atlantic                            8,016,826    6,923,025   15.8
        Latin                               3,934,192    4,316,484   (8.9)
        Total Mainline Available Seat
         Miles                             57,745,942   58,020,261   (0.5)
 
     Mainline Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                                 82.5         79.9    2.6  pts
        Atlantic                                 78.2         79.2   (1.0) pts
        Latin                                    78.0         73.7    4.3  pts
        Total Mainline Load Factor               81.6         79.4    2.2  pts
 
     Mainline Enplanements
        Domestic                           40,216,227   39,162,818    2.7
        Atlantic                            1,605,124    1,417,641   13.2
        Latin                               2,495,782    2,608,775   (4.3)
 
 
 
        Total Mainline Enplanements        44,317,133   43,189,234    2.6
 
 
     Notes:
     1) Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the
        domestic results.
     2) Latin numbers include the Caribbean.
 
 
 
     US Airways Express (Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines, US Airways
     MidAtlantic Division)
 
     SEPTEMBER
 
                                              2007       2006    % Change
 
     Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
        Domestic                            174,205     183,665    (5.2)
 
     Express Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                            264,209     296,574   (10.9)
 
     Express Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                               65.9        61.9     4.0   pts
 
     Express Enplanements
        Domestic                            644,441     632,070     2.0
 
 
 
     QUARTER TO DATE
                                              2007       2006    % Change
 
     Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
        Domestic                            554,810     621,942   (10.8)
 
     Express Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                            795,133     916,087   (13.2)
 
     Express Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                               69.8        67.9     1.9   pts
 
     Express Enplanements
        Domestic                          2,053,538   2,134,119    (3.8)
 
 
 
     YEAR TO DATE
                                              2007       2006    % Change
 
     Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)
        Domestic                          1,765,889   2,087,929   (15.4)
 
     Express Available Seat Miles (000)
        Domestic                          2,511,485   3,040,702   (17.4)
 
     Express Load Factor (%)
        Domestic                               70.3        68.7     1.6   pts
 
     Express Enplanements
        Domestic                          6,280,847   6,715,961    (6.5)
 
 
 
     Notes:
     1) US Airways Express includes data for US Airways' MidAtlantic division
        through May 27, 2006.
     2) Canada is included in domestic results.
 
 
 
     Consolidated US Airways Group, Inc.
 
     SEPTEMBER
 
                                              2007       2006      % Change
 
     Consolidated Revenue Passenger
      Miles (000)
         Domestic                          3,788,695    3,854,691    (1.7)
         Atlantic                            891,911      736,576    21.1
         Latin                               179,765      173,598     3.6
         Total Consolidated Revenue
          Passenger Miles                  4,860,371    4,764,865     2.0
 
     Consolidated Available Seat Miles
      (000)
         Domestic                          4,878,444    5,365,442    (9.1)
         Atlantic                          1,139,404      941,208    21.1
         Latin                               245,737      289,026   (15.0)
         Total Consolidated Available
          Seat Miles                       6,263,585    6,595,676    (5.0)
 
     Consolidated Load Factor (%)
         Domestic                               77.7         71.8     5.9  pts
         Atlantic                               78.3         78.3     -    pts
         Latin                                  73.2         60.1    13.1  pts
         Total Consolidated Load Factor         77.6         72.2     5.4  pts
 
     Consolidated Enplanements
         Domestic                          4,583,644    4,500,456     1.8
         Atlantic                            225,803      191,055    18.2
         Latin                               148,378      141,794     4.6
         Total Consolidated Enplanements   4,957,825    4,833,305     2.6
 
 
 
     QUARTER TO DATE
                                              2007       2006      % Change
 
     Consolidated Revenue Passenger
      Miles (000)
         Domestic                         13,183,052   13,303,658    (0.9)
         Atlantic                          2,885,356    2,369,080    21.8
         Latin                               880,311      899,118    (2.1)
         Total Consolidated Revenue
          Passenger Miles                 16,948,719   16,571,856     2.3
 
 
     Consolidated Available Seat Miles
      (000)
         Domestic                         15,822,171   16,909,895    (6.4)
         Atlantic                          3,544,289    2,911,916    21.7
         Latin                             1,095,490    1,250,120   (12.4)
         Total Consolidated Available
          Seat Miles                      20,461,950   21,071,931    (2.9)
 
 
     Consolidated Load Factor (%)
 
 
 
         Domestic                               83.3         78.7     4.6  pts
         Atlantic                               81.4         81.4     -    pts
         Latin                                  80.4         71.9     8.5  pts
         Total Consolidated Load Factor         82.8         78.6     4.2  pts
 
 
     Consolidated Enplanements
         Domestic                         15,542,787   15,195,982     2.3
         Atlantic                            738,834      616,389    19.9
         Latin                               733,784      746,341    (1.7)
         Total Consolidated Enplanements  17,015,405   16,558,712     2.8
 
 
 
     YEAR TO DATE
                                              2007       2006      % Change
 
     Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles
      (000)
         Domestic                          39,528,040   39,482,751    0.1
         Atlantic                           6,273,047    5,483,101   14.4
         Latin                              3,070,505    3,180,506   (3.5)
         Total Consolidated Revenue
          Passenger Miles                  48,871,592   48,146,358    1.5
 
 
     Consolidated Available Seat Miles
      (000)
         Domestic                          48,306,409   49,821,454   (3.0)
         Atlantic                           8,016,826    6,923,025   15.8
         Latin                              3,934,192    4,316,484   (8.9)
         Total Consolidated Available
          Seat Miles                       60,257,427   61,060,963   (1.3)
 
 
     Consolidated Load Factor (%)
         Domestic                                81.8         79.2    2.6  pts
         Atlantic                                78.2         79.2   (1.0) pts
         Latin                                   78.0         73.7    4.3  pts
         Total Consolidated Load Factor          81.1         78.8    2.3  pts
 
 
     Consolidated Enplanements
         Domestic                          46,497,074   45,878,779    1.3
         Atlantic                           1,605,124    1,417,641   13.2
         Latin                              2,495,782    2,608,775   (4.3)
         Total Consolidated Enplanements   50,597,980   49,905,195    1.4
 
 
     Notes:
     1)  Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the
         domestic results.
     2)  Latin numbers include the Caribbean.
     America West and US Airways report combined operational performance to
 the Department of Transportation. For the month of September 2007, the
 combined domestic on-time performance was 80.2 percent with a completion
 factor of 99.2 percent.
     Other Notable Accomplishments
     US Airways is also providing a brief update on notable company
 accomplishments during the month of September:
     --  Marked a significant milestone by obtaining a single operating
         certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The
         single certificate allows the airline to operate as one US Airways
         with one set of policies, procedures, computer systems, maintenance
         and flight control systems.
     --  Awarded the right to fly the first ever route between Philadelphia and
         the Chinese capital city of Beijing by the U.S. Department of
         Transportation (DOT). The daily service to China will begin in 2009
         with wide-body Airbus A340 aircraft configured to seat 269 (42 Envoy
         and 227 economy). The flight will originate at the airline's hub in
         Charlotte, N.C.
     --  Broke ground for airline's new, 72,000-square foot state-of-the-art
         operations control center near Pittsburgh International Airport.  The
         new facility will accommodate 600 employees, with completion slated
         for early 2009.
     --  Celebrated the debut of two newly painted NFL themed airplanes with
         the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers.
     US Airways is the fifth largest domestic airline employing more than
 36,000 aviation professionals worldwide. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and
 US Airways Express operate approximately 3,700 flights per day and serve
 more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and
 Latin America. The new US Airways -- the product of a merger between
 America West and US Airways in September 2005 -- is a member of the Star
 Alliance network, which offers our customers 16,000 daily flights to 855
 destinations in 155 countries worldwide. This press release and additional
 information on US Airways can be found at http://www.usairways.com. (LCCT)
     Forward Looking Statements
     Certain of the statements contained herein should be considered
 "forward- looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities
 Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be
 identified by words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "indicate,"
 "anticipate," "believe," "forecast," "estimate," "plan," "guidance,"
 "outlook," "could," "should," "continue" and similar terms used in
 connection with statements regarding the outlook of US Airways Group, Inc.
 (the "Company"). Such statements include, but are not limited to,
 statements about expected fuel costs, the revenue and pricing environment,
 the Company's expected financial performance and operations, future
 financing plans and needs, overall economic conditions and the benefits of
 the business combination transaction involving America West Holdings
 Corporation and US Airways Group, including future financial and operating
 results and the combined companies' plans, objectives, expectations and
 intentions. Other forward-looking statements that do not relate solely to
 historical facts include, without limitation, statements that discuss the
 possible future effects of current known trends or uncertainties or which
 indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be
 predicted, guaranteed or assured. Such statements are based upon the
 current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management and are
 subject to significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the
 Company's actual results and financial position to differ materially from
 the Company's expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are
 not limited to, the following: the impact of high fuel costs, significant
 disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel and further significant
 increases to fuel prices; our high level of fixed obligations and our
 ability to obtain and maintain financing for operations and other purposes;
 our ability to achieve the synergies anticipated as a result of the merger
 and to achieve those synergies in a timely manner; our ability to integrate
 the management, operations and labor groups of US Airways Group and America
 West Holdings; labor costs and relations with unionized employees generally
 and the impact and outcome of labor negotiations; the impact of global
 instability, including the current instability in the Middle East, the
 continuing impact of the military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan and the
 terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the potential impact of future
 hostilities, terrorist attacks, infectious disease outbreaks or other
 global events that affect travel behavior; reliance on automated systems
 and the impact of any failure or disruption of these systems; the impact of
 future significant operating losses; changes in prevailing interest rates;
 our ability to obtain and maintain commercially reasonable terms with
 vendors and service providers and our reliance on those vendors and service
 providers; security-related and insurance costs; changes in government
 legislation and regulation; our ability to use pre-merger NOLs and certain
 other tax attributes; competitive practices in the industry, including
 significant fare restructuring activities, capacity reductions and in court
 or out of court restructuring by major airlines; continued existence of
 prepetition liabilities; interruptions or disruptions in service at one or
 more of our hub airports; weather conditions; our ability to obtain and
 maintain any necessary financing for operations and other purposes; our
 ability to maintain adequate liquidity; our ability to maintain contracts
 that are critical to our operations; our ability to operate pursuant to the
 terms of our financing facilities (particularly the financial covenants);
 our ability to attract and retain customers; the cyclical nature of the
 airline industry; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel;
 economic conditions; and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to
 time in our reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. There may be
 other factors not identified above of which the Company is not currently
 aware that may affect matters discussed in the forward-looking statements,
 and may also cause actual results to differ materially from those
 discussed. All forward-looking statements are based on information
 currently available to the Company. The Company assumes no obligation to
 publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect actual
 results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such
 estimates. Additional factors that may affect the future results of the
 Company are set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the
 Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2007,
 which is available at http://www.usairways.com.
     -LCC-
 
 

SOURCE US Airways Group, Inc.
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