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US Formally Announce FEB Schedule Changes

Mon Oct 18, 2004 9:37 pm

Philadelphia

US Airways' hub in Philadelphia will continue to serve as a primary connecting point in the Northeast and as a gateway to Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Total departures from Philadelphia will increase to 495 each business day, or seven percent more than the November 2004 schedule, and 32 percent more than February 2004.

Connecting arrival and departure banks also will be replaced by a steady flow of flights throughout the day.

Further, two new destinations will be added to the schedule, with 50-seat RJ flights to and from Wilmington, N.C., and Washington Dulles International Airport, operated by Mesa Airlines and PSA Airlines, respectively.

Charlotte

US Airways' largest hub will grow to 564 daily weekday departures (from the current 495) and by two departure and arrival banks, an increase of 100 daily flights as compared to the February 2004 schedule. Charlotte will continue as a modified hub-and-spoke system to maximize revenue and profitability. The current schedule includes eight flight-connecting banks.

Charlotte will continue to be US Airways' largest gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, and transatlantic service to Frankfurt and London (Gatwick Airport) will continue as well. Service from Charlotte to Sarasota will be seasonally upgraded to Boeing 737 jets, replacing 50-and 70-seat RJs.

Ronald Reagan Washington National

New nonstop service will be added to six key business destinations, including Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago (O'Hare) with four daily nonstop roundtrip flights each, as well as Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston (George Bush Intercontinental), with three daily nonstop roundtrip flights each.

The new markets will feature the 72-seat Embraer 170 Regional Jet on most flights. Mainline jets will replace 50-seat RJ and 37-seat turboprop service on selected flights from Washington to Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Manchester, N.H.; and Raleigh, N.C., versus the February 2004 schedule. Departure levels will be unchanged in Washington versus February 2004, with seat capacity increasing by 40 percent to reflect the use of larger RJs and mainline aircraft.

With the change, US Airways will provide nonstop service in 15 of Washington's 20 largest markets.

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

As previously announced, US Airways will expand service in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla., on Feb. 13, 2005. Daily departures will increase from 27 this fall to 54, with the introduction of daily nonstop service to nine destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as six new nonstop destinations in the U.S. In February, US Airways will initiate service to Guatemala City, Guatemala; Panama City, Panama; Kingston, Jamaica; and San Salvador, El Salvador, all subject to foreign government approval. US Airways will also introduce nonstop daily flights to Key West, Fla., operated by PSA Airlines. Connections will be created in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood for passengers traveling from the Northeast to points in Latin America and the Keys. US Airways' new low GoFares are available on all nonstop flights to and from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh continues to be an important part of the US Airways network. US Airways expects to operate approximately 229 daily departures to 67 destinations with the February schedule, including 28 of the top 30 markets for local travelers.

As previously announced, a redesigned Pittsburgh schedule will take effect on Nov. 7, 2004. Currently, minimal changes are planned to the Pittsburgh schedule between November 2004 and February 2005. Depending on final network and schedule decisions made by non-owned affiliate carrier providers, the total departure count could vary slightly.

Boston and New York LaGuardia

Capacity from Boston and New York will increase by 36 and 12 percent, respectively. Capacity growth occurs as larger RJs and mainline equipment replace smaller, less efficient aircraft.

US Airways Shuttle

Shuttle flights currently operate hourly between New York LaGuardia, Boston Logan and Washington Reagan National.

Beginning on Feb. 6, 2005, Shuttle flights between Washington and Boston will depart 45 minutes after the hour, rather than on the hour or half-hour.

Shuttle service between New York and both Boston and Washington will continue to operate hourly on the hour. The new service pattern is another part of US Airways' overall plan to ensure increased efficiency through better aircraft utilization and airport staffing.

Transatlantic

US Airways will continue to offer nonstop service to its existing 11 destinations in Europe from its international gateways in Philadelphia and Charlotte. Overall Atlantic capacity is expected to remain unchanged in 2005.

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RE: US Formally Announce FEB Schedule Changes

Tue Oct 19, 2004 12:48 am

Interesting to see the new nonstop destinations from DCA. Kinda looks like they are trying to attack some hubs with new service from DCA to CLE, DTW, ORD, DFW, IAH, and ATL. Didn't US try DCA-ATL with high frequencies once before? They only had to deal with DL in the past, but now FL is in the mix.

FLL-EYW makes sense from a hub standpoint, but there's a whole lot of capacity and frequency in that market. Could a 170 fly in from CLT, and get back out with a full load? I hear that DL's CRJ700's are frequently weight restricted on the ATL-EYW route.
 
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RE: US Formally Announce FEB Schedule Changes

Tue Oct 19, 2004 2:57 am

God, I wish GSP would get 170's or mainline jets back somewhere...
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RE: US Formally Announce FEB Schedule Changes

Tue Oct 19, 2004 3:31 am

Kinda looks like they are trying to attack some hubs with new service from DCA to CLE, DTW, ORD, DFW, IAH, and ATL.

They're not intentionally attacking hubs. It just happens that the hubs are basically the only places left that US doesn't already serve from DCA.

Didn't US try DCA-ATL with high frequencies once before?

I'm not sure what you mean by high frequencies. US has indeed flown DCA-ATL before (and BWI/IAD/RDU/BOS-ATL). Most recently, it was flown with 3x Mesa ERJ and it was cancelled with 9/11. Before that, it had 3 or 4 frequencies, and was flown with F100-size equipment for a while.

FLL-EYW makes sense from a hub standpoint, but there's a whole lot of capacity and frequency in that market.

US will capture both connecting and O&D traffic with FLL-EYW. There is indeed a lot of capacity in that market, but there is just a great a demand. And even with all that capacity, US Airways will be offering the only jet service between South Florida and the Keys.

Could a 170 fly in from CLT, and get back out with a full load? I hear that DL's CRJ700's are frequently weight restricted on the ATL-EYW route.

US will be flying CLT-EYW nonstop with EMB-170s once they have some more planes. Right now, there just aren't enough planes to go around. The EMB-170 has significantly better short field performance than the CRJ-700.
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