More Media reports on the HP/US "Marriage/Merger" Airport Celebrations
Below are several brief excerpts for Day 1 Merger celebrations at various stations!
Airline merger celebrated
Local US Airways operation 'dances' into a new day as America West deal takes hold
BY CHIP JONES
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
It was song and dance day yesterday at Richmond International Airport.
"Hey, you want to go dancing?" a US Airways pilot called to a ticket agent in evening wear. "Why go to work today?"
"Hey big boy!" replied agent Donna Peele, resplendent in a sparkling gold evening gown.
"Let the Dance Begin," a sign declared. "America West and US Airways."
Adonis Campbell is checked in at the US Airways ticket counter by Donna Peele in her celebratory gold evening dress.
The white Christmas lights on the counter, the cinematic images of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and the cardboard-cutout cameras were part of a management-approved costume ball letting travelers know that US Airways' merger with America West became official yesterday.
US Airways celebrating
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
With images of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers posted behind them, Richmond-based employees of US Airways staged a cinematically themed celebration today of their merger with America West and the carrier's emergence from bankruptcy protection.
Groomed For Revival
By TED JACKOVICS firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: Sep 28, 2005
TAMPA - The five-month courtship between US Airways and America West was consummated Tuesday in a merger that created the nation's fifth-largest airline and -- for the time being -- one of the airline industry's biggest comeback stories.
Employees in the new airline, called US Airways and based at the former America's West's hometown of Tempe, Ariz., decorated ticket counters at Tampa International Airport and elsewhere with wedding cakes and birth announcements to symbolize the occasion.
Something old is new again as merged US Airways debuts
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
By Dan Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The union of US Airways and America West, billed as the nation's largest full-service, low-cost airline, began yesterday with airport celebrations across the country, including free cake and a marching band at Pittsburgh International.
Darrell Sapp, Post-Gazette
Carol Marchett, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, and James Lawson, as a stork, roam through the Airside Terminal yesterday at Pittsburgh International Airport. The two were celebrating the union of US Airways and America West.
New Day for US Airways
US Airways emerged from bankruptcy Tuesday as a changed airline, merged with another carrier America West.
It was a day of high hopes for employees and passengers as the new US Airways takes off. The airline at the Wilkes-Barre Scranton airport threw a Survivor party to celebrate the news.
The employees were calling themselves survivors. A year ago experts predicted the end of US Airways, the largest carrier at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport.
Now, after big wage and benefit cuts and the merger with America West, many see reason to celebrate.
Local workers mark airline’s turning point
Local employees of US Airways will give out donuts and cake to air travelers today in celebration of the carrier’s exit from federal bankruptcy protection and merger with America West Airlines.
Employees have decorated a table in an island theme in the passenger area of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, employee Meg Horger said. Employees around the country are staging similar celebrations in a competition for an office makeover.
Union of AmWest, US Airways begins festively
Stephanie Paterik and Dawn Gilbertson
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 27, 2005 11:50 AM
The bride and groom made it to the altar today as America West Airlines and US Airways began merged operations.
The atmosphere at Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the hub of America West operations, was festive. Customer service representatives wore white veils, and balloons and banners decorated the terminal.
HUB REPORTS: PIT CLT PHL LAS
US Airways hubs put on party hats
Cities celebrate merger, aid travelers
Mary Jo Pitzl
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 28, 2005 12:00 AM
It was business as usual, with a dash of fun thrown in, as other hub cities for the new US Airways celebrated the merger Tuesday. with America West Airlines.
In Charlotte, N.C., employees donned costumes and enjoyed a dunk tank and a cookout on the tarmac ramp.
A costumed "Queen Charlotte," depicting the city's namesake, even made an appearance at the Charlotte airport.
Bride Susan Ezzell, an America West supervisor, laughs during her mock wedding to groom Paul DaSilva (far left), a US Airways pilot, near the American West ticket counter in Terminal 4 Tuesday to mark the merger.
Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic
In Pittsburgh, another key US Airways hub, a steel-drum band from a local high school greeted morning travelers, who were served cake and coffee in celebration of the merger.
Festivities aside, flights arrived and departed as usual at the busy airports.
But today, the America West ticket counters were scheduled to close, with operations moving to the US Airways counters. Airport volunteers would be on hand to guide any travelers confused about the merged airlines, she said.
In Philadelphia, a top airline official was flipping burgers at an employee celebration. Anthony Mulé, senior vice president for customer relations, manned the grill as the busy hub (453 departures daily) marked the new era for US Airways.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, a key America West hub, reported smooth operations along with employee frivolity.
McCarran handles 116 daily departures of the new airline, 107 of them are from former America West, while nine are from US Airways, said Debbie Millett, an airport spokesman.