CVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5 Posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1606 times:
It seems that whenever I am at either FLL or MIA airports that I always see a USAirways Shuttle aircraft landing or on the ground. Seeing as the Shuttle aircraft are only one-class, if needed, will one of them be sustituted for a Metrojet aircraft? It seems reasonable enough. Does USAirways substitute Shuttle aircraft for their mainline fleet as well?
USflt1778 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 269 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1512 times:
With the expansion of Shuttle to include DCA-BOS nonstop flights, several US mainline a/c were put into Shuttle service until all of the A320/319s came online. Specifically, they used some 733 and DC9 aircraft. The 733s had "Shuttle" added to the fuselage title; the DC9s kept the old livery but got repainted tails and "US Airways Shuttle" titles.
BizJet From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1496 times:
Certain Airbus A319 and A320 in the US Airways Shuttle layout and color scheme are now operation New York LaGuardia and Boston to Ft Lauderdale and Miami on weekends only. Those aircraft aren't needed on the regular shuttle routes (much less traffic on wkends than during the week), and there is extra capacity needed NE-FL on weekends due to the cruise ships that leave from Port Everglades and Port of Miami on wkends.
They are sold as 1-class only. At one point they were open to the public, but I think they might just be sold in block to the various cruise lines who use them to transport their passengers down to Florida for embarkation. (You can book your air thru the cruise line and they will get you down to the ship either on scheduled commercial flights or on charters).