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Explanation Of Pic And Caption

Fri Aug 15, 2003 12:54 am

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I found this pic, and the caption really doesn't make much sense, the part referring to the US Airways and British Airways agreement, some info would be great!
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RE: Explanation Of Pic And Caption

Fri Aug 15, 2003 12:56 am

well, it is a little weird, but the registration number towards the tail is an "N" number, presumably a US Airways registered plane.
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RE: Explanation Of Pic And Caption

Fri Aug 15, 2003 1:00 am

US and BA were very close in the early 90's. I forgot what the deal was with those two, but you can search this forum and find lots of info on it. It was discussed here at least 5 times.

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RE: Explanation Of Pic And Caption

Fri Aug 15, 2003 1:01 am

This was an extensive cooperation agreement signed between BA and US in the 1980's (I think) whereby US would operate almost as a US Domestic franchise carrier for BA, hubbing in Pittsburgh and Charlotte, feeding passengers onto transatlantic services operated by US Airways for BA between PIT/CLT and LGW. US Air staff would wear BA uniforms and the aircraft were painted in BA livery (although I think only the 767's were repainted). I think BA took over the operation of flights to PIT and CLT later on, not sure if this was before or after the agreement ended acrimoniously, when BA went with AA as its North American partner. It never really worked out, mostly because the London flights had to go to Gatwick not Heathrow, and the feed to CLT/PIT on US Airways is mostly from the not-very-business orientated US South East.

Possibly if BA had been allowed to buy a majority stake in US Airways, this would have been very a different picture now.
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RE: Explanation Of Pic And Caption

Fri Aug 15, 2003 1:01 am

BA were tied up with US Air for a while in the mid-90's before their interest in AA. Can't remember if there was any change of equity or if it was just a codeshare, but some of the US 767's were painted in BA livery.

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