US AIRWAYS TO INTRODUCE NEWEST A330-300 AIRCRAFT
ON CHARLOTTE-LONDON ROUTE
ARLINGTON, Va., Jan 20, 2001 -- US Airways will introduce the Airbus A330-300 widebody aircraft today on its flight between Charlotte, N.C., and London’s Gatwick Airport. The 266-seat A330 is the largest and most modern aircraft in the US Airways fleet.
"Today’s launch of the A330 between Charlotte and London opens a new chapter in
US Airways’ growth and modernization at Charlotte Douglas International Airport," said Rakesh Gangwal, US Airways president and chief executive officer. "The A330 brings 48,000 more seats annually for customers to travel on this popular London route, and significantly enhances the onboardtravel experience."
For example, the A330 is the only aircraft operated by a U.S. carrier with the P@ssport™ Audio and Video On Demand personal entertainment system at every seat. Every passenger has a laptop computer power supply and a telephone. The A330 also has roomy overhead storage space and greater cargo capacity than most other transatlantic widebody aircraft.
On the A330, US Airways offers international First Class featuring gourmet meals, premium wines, luxurious amenities and electrically powered fully adjustable seats that recline 180 degrees into a bed. Six seats in a 2-2-2 configuration create an exclusive setting with maximum comfort.
In the expanded 36-seat Envoy Class cabin, every seat is on a window or aisle. Envoy Class seats, which recline 160 degrees, have 60 inches of leg room and offer four-way pneumatic lumbar support, an adjustable headrest and footbar and a personal reading light. Award-winning dining includes a choice of four entrees and premium wines.
Coach Class features a 2-4-2 configuration where customers are never more than one seat away from the aisle. With up to 34 inches of legroom, the personal space is among the most generous in the industry. Meal service includes a choice of two entrees, with complimentary wines from France, Germany, Italy and California, and U.S. and European beer and spirits.
US Airways recently was named the Best Overall Airline by Onboard Services magazine, also taking four first place honors and three second place awards for onboard services during the publication’s 15th annual Awards 2001 program.
The new A330 will depart Charlotte as US Airways flight 94 for London at 7:15 p.m., from gate D2. Members of the US Airways Airbus team will be available between 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m., to discuss the unique features of this state-of-the-art aircraft. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 6:15 p.m. to commemorate this occasion. Media are invited to attend. Photo opportunities will be available following the ceremony as the aircraft departs for London.
US Airways’ first A330 entered service on May 4, 2000, between Philadelphia and Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport. Currently, five A330s are in the US Airways fleet flying between Philadelphia and Frankfurt, London (Gatwick), Paris and Rome and between Pittsburgh and Frankfurt. One A330 operates each weekday between Philadelphia and Miami and on weekends between Philadelphia and San Juan.
Along with the Airbus A330-300 widebody aircraft for use in transatlantic operations, US Airways is receiving Airbus A320-family standard-body aircraft at the rate of about one per week. US Airways has firm orders, reconfirmable orders and options for as many as 400 Airbus A320-family aircraft. US Airways will be the first U.S. carrier to fly the 169-seat A321, which it will begin receiving next month for use in transcontinental service.
US Airways serves the European destinations of London, Frankfurt and Paris from its hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. In addition, US Airways flies from Philadelphia to Madrid, Manchester, Munich and Rome and will resume service to Amsterdam in April 2001. Philadelphia-Brussels service is slated to begin in May 2001.