US Airways Launches Bid for Philadelphia-Beijing Flights

One-Stop Service from Charlotte Proposed

Jul 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from US Airways

    TEMPE, Ariz., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways (NYSE:   LCC)
 launched a bid today for daily non-stop flights from Philadelphia to
 Beijing that will bring new competitive options to China throughout the
 East Coast and mid-Atlantic regions.
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     If approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the flights would
 begin in March 2009 and would be the first-ever service to Asia both for
 the City of Philadelphia and under the US Airways' brand. US Airways will
 further enhance this service by offering all-widebody, one-stop service
 from its hub in Charlotte.
     "US Airways' proposal will close a service gap by greatly improving
 access to China for the large and dynamic Philadelphia market and by
 offering travelers convenient one-stop connections from 37 cities into our
 Philadelphia hub," said US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. "With our
 commitment to grow our international presence through new markets and new
 aircraft acquisitions, and our already strong presence in the U.S.-Europe
 market, US Airways is well-positioned to take the next step with service to
     The airline is proposing seven weekly roundtrip flights serving more
 than 150,000 travelers annually on wide-body Airbus A340 269-seat aircraft
 between Philadelphia and Beijing. Service would originate in Charlotte on a
 204-seat Boeing 767 aircraft.
     The airline's case, detailed at, is
 supported by an extensive array of elected officials and business leaders
 in Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina
 including U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Robert P. Casey, Jr., of
 Pennsylvania; North Carolina Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr; and
 a delegation from Delaware consisting of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Sen.
 Thomas R. Carper and U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle.
     Below is a sampling of letters of support sent to U.S. Secretary of
 Transportation Mary E. Peters.
     Philadelphia Mayor John Street applauded US Airways' commitment to
 growing international service from Philadelphia, and said service to China
 would "exponentially increase the economic benefits to our region. We are
 confident that the proven working relationship between the city and US
 Airways will allow Philadelphia to become the next key gateway connecting
 the United States and Asia."
     Said Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory, "US Airways has always
 demonstrated a willingness to meet with our community leaders in an effort
 to respond to our international, as well as domestic, service needs. The
 Charlotte-Europe service US Airways offers has become a valuable
 transportation asset for our community. We have every confidence that
 affording US Airways an opportunity to provide its first service to China
 will represent a similarly important addition to our longstanding
 relationship with US Airways."
     North Carolina Gov. Michael F. Easley commented that "US Airways is
 uniquely positioned to offer significant new service benefits to all of
 those living throughout our state. New service from Charlotte to Beijing
 will offer more convenience and an important new competitive option for
 both business and tourism travel to China. US Airways' strong network
 presence and longstanding community involvement throughout out state
 assures that the valuable benefits of the first Charlotte-China service
 will be enjoyed by travelers throughout North Carolina."
     Said Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner: "US Airways' financial success and
 dramatic expansion over the course of the past two years is strong evidence
 of its ability to maximize the benefits of its significant hub presence
 throughout the East and West coasts -- the same network benefits, which
 along with US Airways' dedicated management, will assure the success of US
 Airways' China service."
     Philadelphia is the second largest U.S. metropolitan area without
 nonstop service to China, just after Boston, and ahead of Dallas, Atlanta,
 and Detroit.
     One of the industry's most financially stable airlines, US Airways has
 made significant investments in its Philadelphia hub since its merger with
 America West in the fall of 2005, including a commitment to expand
 international service from Philadelphia. Today, US Airways is the third
 largest carrier between Europe and the U.S. in number of destinations
 served, with flights to 19 European cities.
     "Expansion to Asia is a logical next step for our airline, our 36,000
 employees, and our customers," continued Parker. "We are well-positioned at
 Philadelphia to conveniently serve both business and leisure travelers. At
 the same time, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to Philadelphia as
 US Airways' primary international hub."
     US Airways currently serves 19 million customers annually at its
 Philadelphia hub, and operates 448 daily flights to 106 destinations in the
 United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.
     This summer the airline added international service to Athens, Greece;
 Brussels, Belgium; and Zurich, Switzerland from Philadelphia, and will
 begin offering year-round service between Philadelphia and Dublin, Ireland
 this fall.
      Facts on Philadelphia:
      -- Fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population
         of almost 6 million people
      -- Second-largest U.S. metro area without nonstop service to China
      -- Second-largest city on the East Coast.
      -- Largest economy among U.S. metro areas without nonstop China service
     About US Airways
     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 3,800 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 (LCCG)
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