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US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:03 pm

US Airways to became full member of Star Alliance on May 4

Star Alliance today announced that US Airways will become a full member
effective May 4, 2004, further enhancing US Airways' and Star Alliance's
global reach and expanding the breath of service available to customers.

US Airways, the seventh-largest airline in the U.S, offers nearly 3,300
daily non-stop flights to 187 destinations in the U.S Caribbean, Latin
America, Europe, Canada and Mexico. Once it joins, the Star Alliance
network will comprise 14,000 flights per day to 755 destinations in 132
countries across the globe, in addition to 575 airport lounges worldwide.

With US Airways as part of Star Alliance, its frequent fliers will now be
able to accrue and redeem miles on any of the 15 member airlines and will
be eligible to achieve Star Alliance Silver or Star Alliance Gold status.
US Airways Dividend Miles Chairman's Preferred and Gold Preferred members
automatically become Star Gold members, and Silver Preferred members will
be recognized as Star Silver members.

As a member of Star Alliance, US Airways also will have the opportunity to
participate in a wide range of cost saving initiatives, such as fuel
purchasing and media procurement, with other member carriers.

Star Alliance was established in 1997 as the first global airline
alliance. The members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana
Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian
Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, Thai Airways International,
United, and VARIG Brazilian Airlines.

Source: SAS
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:08 pm

This is great news, especially for Philadelphia!
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:22 pm

Great news.

A great airline, in a great alliance
Where does the time go???
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:26 pm

YES!!

Fantastic!!  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:28 pm

It is great news, just in time for the summer season. Let's hope it goes well for all involved.
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:31 pm

Good news for my fav US-carrier!
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:37 pm

Quick question probably has an easy answer:

Why would the Star Alliance accept a carrier that is in deep financial straits? I am sure there is something else that is being looked at here?

Thanks  Smile

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nudelhirsch
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:44 pm

Is it out of solidarity with LH who since months drives a strong partnership with US?

Anyways, good to have them in Star, that should help them out of their trouble.

What are the cabin experiences like, e.g. seat-pitch, seat quality, food, IFE, crew?
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:45 pm

They are probably looking at the fact that USAirways blankets the Eastern US. It is the perfect scenerio for the Star Alliance members to get to any Eastern US city they want to.
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:49 pm

Star Alliance is now the only airline alliance to have two of its members currently in bankruptcy and a third standing on the precipice of liquidation. That being said, hopefully, this will help USAirways survive.
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:56 pm

Ifly2eat,

Which airlines are those? I know about US. But who are the 2 others?
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:01 am

Air Canada and United are both in recievership (bankruptcy).
I work for Southwest, but the views expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent those of Southwest.
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:03 am

Qlguy,

That would be United and Air Canada.

 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:05 am

Oh yeah! That's true... Forgot about those 2. I should have remembered those 2 since it has been a big "theme" here on a.net.
Thanx guys for the reminder..
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:11 am

Nudelhirsch
Seating:
A319:
First: 37" pitch, 21" width
Coach: 32" pitch, 17.2" width
A320:
First: 38" pitch, 21" width
Coach: Same as 319
A321:
Same as 320
A330-300:
Envoy Row 1 (former First, reserved for Elites): flat beds, 94" pitch, 19.5" width
Envoy: 60" pitch, 19.5" width, electronic recline and lumbar
Coach: 34" pitch, 17" width
737-300:
First: 37" pitch, 20.3" width
Coach: 31" pitch, 17" width
737-400:
Same as 733
757-200:
First: 38" pitch, 20.2" width
Coach: 32" pitch, 17.1" width
767-200:
Envoy: 55" pitch, 18.5" width, manual controls
Coach: 32" pitch, 17" width
CRJ:
Coach: 31" pitch, 17.5" width
ERJ:
Coach: 31" pitch, 17.3" width

Food:
Domestic: Coach and First feature "In-Flight Cafe" on all but transcons. You pay in Coach, not in First, but its the same. On Transcons, First gets quite impressive food, Coach is the same In-Flight Cafe.
International:
Coach gets typical hot meals, in line with UA or AC. Envoy meals are similar to/a little better than the transcon First meals.

IFE:
Video:
None:
CRJ, ERJ
Drop Down LCDs:
319, 320, 321, Some 733, Some 734, 752
11 movie AVOD (Sony P@ssport):
333
7-channel PTV:
762 Envoy only
Projectors:
762 Coach
Audio:
None:
CRJ, ERJ, 733, 734 (733 and 734:9 channels installed, but only movie soundtrack used on aircraft equipped with LCDs, otherwise none at all)
9 channels:
319, 320, 321. 752, 762 (with Noise Cancelling headphones in Envoy)
Wide Variety of Digital Music, Noise Cancelling Headphones in Envoy:
333

Other Amenities:
EmPower: 319, 320, 321, 333
Verizon Airfone: 319, 320, 321, 733, 734, 752, 762
JetConnect: 319, 320, 321

Crews I can't tell you about.
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:19 am

Crews are great, all ways a smile, chat to everyone, i flew in teh 330 and 757 a few weeks ago, had a great experience, even met the captains and co pilots, and saw the flight decks (on the ground)

IFE on the 330 was great, like a video player, u could stop, pause, rewind, fast forward at any time, and there was a good range of thngs to keep u occupied.

Food was yummy, had chicken on the way out, and was very supruised it was so nice.

In flight cafe, i got the $5 snack box as it looked better than the $10 meals they were offering.

Where does the time go???
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:24 am

Excellent news... Another trans Atlantic choice that'll give me miles now, and their TA service is pretty good IMHO too.

Andy
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:25 am

Excellent news for US Airways and Star. Their IFE on 333 is top shelf, as other Star airlines SQ, BMI, SAS. Good luck US and Star.
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:49 am

It is very good to hear for US Airways are join with Star Alliances. It would be perfect for used with their UA mileage Plus. Big grin
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:02 am

Envoy Row 1 (former First, reserved for Elites): flat beds, 94" pitch, 19.5" width

This is no longer true. They have retrofitted the first class seats with another row of Envoy Class seats, from what I've been told.

I could be quite mistaken.

N
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:04 am

L1011,

aweosme, thanks a lot. I totally underestimated US, as I was shopping for flights. 460$ RT on a transatlantic are hard to beat, especially with a generous 34" pitch. Now I don't have to consider LH when shopping for flights, providing me with Star miles...

Thanks, gotta hurry to try them...
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:22 am

Will I be able to combine my existing US and UA miles? I don't think they let do that but just wanted to check. Thx.
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:58 am

Gotta be said...


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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 2:01 am

US also provides Star Alliance with a Caribbean presence that they don't currently have. Actually, I think they are the only airline that will provide more than just a couple flights. Here is the list of destinations served (I think the frequencies are correct):

Philadelphia:
ANU (weekends)
AUA (daily)
BGI (daily)
BDA (daily)
CUN (daily)
CZM
FPO (weekends)
GCM (daily)
GND (weekends)
MBJ (daily)
NAS (daily)
PLS (weekends)
SJU (daily)
PUJ (daily)
SDQ (daily)
SKB (weekends)
UVF (weekends)
SXM (daily)
STT (daily)

Charlotte:
ANU (weekends)
AUA (daily)
BZE
BDA (daily)
CUN (daily)
CZM
FPO (daily)
GCM (daily)
LRM (weekends)
MBJ (daily)
NAS (daily)
PLS (daily)
SJU (daily)
PUJ (daily)
STX (weekends)
SKB (weekends)
SXM (daily)
STT (daily)

Boston:
AUA (weekends)
BDA (daily)
CUN (weekends)
MBJ (daily)
NAS (weekends)
SJU (daily)

Pittsburgh:
CUN (weekends)
SJU (weekends)

NY-LaGuardia:
AUA (weekends)
BDA (daily) - June '04
FPO (weekends)
NAS (daily)
SJU (weekends)
STT (weekends) - June '04

Washington-National:
BDA (daily)
NAS (daily)

Washington-Dulles:
SJU (weekends)

Orlando:
BDA (weekends) - May '04

Ft. Lauderdale:
BDA (weekends) - May '04

Baltimore:
BDA (weekends) - June '04

West Palm Beach:
MHH (daily) - US Express

Miami:
ELH (daily) - US Express


Jeff
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 2:42 am

Don't forget STAR have already lost 1 member from liquidation.

Ansett.

 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 4:03 am

Finally grea to see another US carrier than UA in STAR alliance even i don't think US is much better than UA. My US experience was a nihgt flight SFO-CLT with continuation to MCO. First LEG on aA319 second in the 757!
The night flight was horrible. Not a single beverage round on a 5 hour flight.
So the best thing is the already mentioned connection posibilities to the carriabean. I also prefer airports like CLT or PIT for my inner US flights instead of ORD.

One thing that sucks we still don't get C Class ID tickets like we do for UA!
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 5:11 am

Finally, some good news for US...and for US frequent flyers.
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 7:14 am

Can't wait to see them officially join-it'll be different to see the Star decals behind the cockpit!

L.1011- Where did you get all that information? That's a great list! Is it on a website? I'd be interested to see stats & info like that for other airlines.

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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 7:21 am

Let's hope that this can help US Airways turn round.
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 7:44 am

This is a great opportunity and hopefully it'll help to boost their business...I'm praying it's a sign that they're not in as much trouble as the press releases and management changes in the past month have indicated, but only time will tell.
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:22 pm

BTW, just an interesting little detail...I added the US Chairmen's Prefered number into a man's UA reservation this afternoon, and there on the bottom of his mileage card it said Star Alliance Gold, with the Star Logo.

I understand US is sending out new cards to thier FF, but none of the new cards I saw had Star Logos but this one.

Just thought it was interesting that this guy's card came from somebody jumping the gun.
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:30 pm

Great for US Airways.. I think they are a pretty decent airline, in a real mess. I hope they survive.

With that in mind, I am flying them tommrow, BGI-PHL-LGA. All A320's, but i am looking forward to sampling their IFE-Audio. I flew them in JAN, but it was not available then..

I also plan to do a trip report, it would be my first attempt at one..


Happy Flying Guys...
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ScandinA340
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 2:07 pm

It also opens up US-Spain for Star Alliance - a better option than LH thru AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA or UA & BD through LHR...

Sure, US has its difficulties, but well done to Star in getting a truly global network going...
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 8:30 pm

Tuesday, 27 April 2004

US Airways to become full member of Star a week today

Star yesterday announced that US Airways would become a full member of the alliance a week today (4 May), almost a year since it was voted on board as a member elect.

Star Chief Executive Jaan Albrecht said: "US Airways will significantly strengthen our network and product offering especially into and out of the eastern US seaboard and the Caribbean via its hubs in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Pittsburgh. Additionally, experience has shown that US Airways and other member carriers will see an increase in traffic and revenue as more frequent flyers take advantage of the vast array of benefits the Star network has to offer."

US Airways' President and Chief Executive Bruce Lakefield added: "Joining Star is an important and historic milestone for US Airways and we could not be more excited about joining the world's leading alliance. Our customers will enjoy unprecedented global access and frequent flyer benefits, and our company will benefit from the additional revenue and cost saving opportunities that the alliance provides."

Star announced on 31 May last year that US Airways had been voted on board as a member elect, shortly after the carrier emerged from court bankruptcy restructuring. It remains financially challenged, with Chief Executive Dave Siegel resigning only last week in a bid to create a better climate for negotiations on more cost cuts with its unions as it faces the arrival of Southwest at its Philadelphia hub a few weeks from now.

The airline estimates its Star membership will benefit it to the tune of US$75 million a year in additional revenues.

It takes the worldwide roster of Star members to 15, joining Air Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon (ANA), Korea's Asiana, Austrian, bmi British Midland, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Scandinavian, Singapore, Spanair, Thai, United and Brazil's Varig.

Star last month voted South African as a member elect. TAP Air Portugal yesterday denied local media reports that it would announce its candidacy next month

Mexicana left the alliance at the end of March.

US Airways will add no new countries and virtually no new destinations to the Star network however, as the alliance's second US carrier, alongside United, which is currently in court bankruptcy protection.

The new recruit offers almost 3,300 daily non-stop flights to 187 destinations in the US, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Canada and Mexico.

Star claims its addition will take its alliance network to 755 destinations in 132 countries- at least three territories less than on the oneworld map - served by 14,000 flights a day, almost twice the daily departures operated by oneworld's eight carriers.
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bmacleod
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Tue Apr 27, 2004 9:53 pm

So if UA liquidates, US Airways will become the only US carrier for Star Alliance, right?
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:51 am

DeltaRules,

Try http://www.seatguru.com

Covers all aircraft of all the majors in the US, plus AirTran, Alaska, America West, ATA, BA 772/744, Frontier, jetBlue, Spirit, Qantas 744s, and SAS Airbus widebodies.
 
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Wed Apr 28, 2004 9:13 am

Bmacleod US is closer to liquidation than UA. They are in far worse trouble than UA w/ management and the Unions at loggerheads and Siegle having to quit.

UA has done the right thing and stayed in Chapter11 while it got its ducks in a row. US couldn't wait and now they are paying the price.

Not that I want to see US go down. I think they are OK. They have alot of problems with the UA/US codeshare that I hope they work out. And I sincerly hope thier enterance into Star can help them.

But Star will be no silver bullet, US needs to do something to get labor costs down. If that becoming a massive regional carrier to feed UA and Star then they have to do it. Otherwise none of this matters.
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Wed Apr 28, 2004 9:18 am

Great new! Great Airline! The best alliance around!
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:03 am

UALPHLCS,
What problems are you talking about? With us/ua?

profit sharing problems?

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bmacleod
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RE: US Airways To Became Full Member Of Star Alliance

Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:28 am

Interesting too, when just 3 years ago US Airways and UA were set to merge, a few months before 9/11 hit....

[Edited 2004-04-28 19:29:43]
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