CVG777
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USAirways/Metrojet Equipment Changes

Tue Apr 10, 2001 11:55 am

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?

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RE: USAirways/Metrojet Equipment Changes

Wed Apr 11, 2001 4:20 am

I have not heard of that, but I have heard of US using Shuttle aircraft to operate on mainstream services.
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RE: USAirways/Metrojet Equipment Changes

Wed Apr 11, 2001 4:32 am

How do they deal with "bumping" their First Class passengers to the Main Cabin when that happens?
 
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RE: USAirways/Metrojet Equipment Changes

Wed Apr 11, 2001 4:53 am

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.


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Although they have all now returned to mainline flying, they haven't all had the "Shuttle" title removed. Maybe this is what you saw in FLL/MIA.

I don't think you'd ever see a true Shuttle a/c operating mainline since they would have to downgrade F-class pax, which is a big no-no with a premium product.
 
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RE: USAirways/Metrojet Equipment Changes

Wed Apr 11, 2001 4:59 am

You know what, I think it was the other way around, that mainline A319s were being used a while ago on shuttle routes.
-Tom
 
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RE: USAirways/Metrojet Equipment Changes

Wed Apr 11, 2001 5:06 am

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).

Hope this helps...
 
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RE: USAirways/Metrojet Equipment Changes

Wed Apr 11, 2001 8:26 am

Thanks for the info BizJet. That is probably why I saw those aircraft there, because I usually only get to the airports on the weekends.

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