It's not quite a trip report, that's why I'll try to post here.
I am a Star Alliance slave in Europe, my usual choice for flights within the U.S. would be United but recently I took a number of flights on US Airways. The fares and times were just too good to miss.
I found out that the US/HP integration is still more a wish than a real thing. I have booked the tickets on usairways.com. The US Airways desk at the aiport wouldn't print a receipt for the e-ticket: "sir, we can't do it, this is an America West ticket and we don't have an America West station at our airport". Do they still use separate booking system ? The flights were a mixture of US and HP
mainline plus US Express. Only afterwards did I find out the I won't be getting any Lufthansa Miles for flights on America West metal. Strange, given the fact that the planes on those flights have been painted in the new, shiny, US Airways colors.
One of the flights was Republic EMB-170 for US Airways Express. A great small plane with huge windows. However, I was surprised to see how worn out it was inside. That plane could have been three years old at most, it looked scratched, not very clean. They must run them pretty hard at Republic. All the same the ride was great and the approach into DCA
was very spectacular. On the way back I took a US 737-300 and that way I found out what a REALLY worn out plane looks like.
On the contrary, all Airbus flights, including a couple of transcons were very pleasant. The load factors on transcons were between 80 and 100%. Other flights, like HP
up and down the West Coast from/to PHX
were fairly light, around 50%. I found the PHX
hub nice and adequate. My favorite for the US Airways system remains CLT
, especially the new D concourse.
To sum it up, an altogether pleasant experience. But, please, next time I fly with you, make it work as one airline.