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…So Which Airline Actually Died Today: US Airways or American Airlines?

Although the airline technically no longer exists since the operating certificates of US Airways and American Airlines were combined into one single operating certificate as approved by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States effective as of Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the last flight to be operated by US Airways will be flight 434 — an overnight flight which is scheduled to depart from San Francisco at approximately 10:00 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, October 16, 2015; and is scheduled to land at Philadelphia International Airport sometime after 6:00 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, October 17, 2015 — and the official Internet web site of US Airways will shut down.”

The differences between that paragraph and what actually happened was…

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The Last Flight to Be Operated by US Airways Will Be…

Although the airline technically no longer exists since the operating certificates of US Airways and American Airlines were combined into one single operating certificate as approved by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States effective as of Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the last flight to be operated by US Airways will be flight 434 — an overnight flight which is scheduled to depart from San Francisco at approximately 10:00 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, October 16, 2015; and is scheduled to land at Philadelphia International Airport sometime after 6:00 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, October 17, 2015 — and the official Internet web site of US Airways will shut down, according to…

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Single Operating Certificate Approved for American Airlines; US Airways is Officially No More

The operating certificates of US Airways and American Airlines have been combined into one single operating certificate as approved by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States effective as of today, rendering US Airways as the latest airline in commercial aviation in the United States to technically no longer exist.

American Airlines and US Airways had officially merged as of December 9, 2013 to become the largest airline in the world, taking the title from United Airlines on Friday, August 27, 2010, which in turn de-throned Delta Air Lines on Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

It appears that…

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One AAdvantage For Non-Elite and Silver Preferred Members of Dividend Miles

If you are not an elite member — or if you happen to hold Silver Preferred elite level status — of the US Airways Dividend Miles frequent flier loyalty program, there is one bit of good news for you pertaining to the recent announcement of it being brought into the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program that if it has been reported elsewhere, I have not seen it…

…and that is that — because you will be able to combine your US Airways Dividend Miles frequent flier loyalty program account with your American Airlines AAdvantage Dividend Miles frequent flier loyalty program account — you will be able to redeem your hard-earned miles free of charge as opposed to spending your money on the following fees…

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Obese Airline Passengers: The Debate Continues

You would most likely not allow me as your seat mate to use half of the space in your seat to place my belongings. Why would you tolerate having me take up half the space of the seat for which you paid simply because I was obese?

Looking at this from the other perspective, would you willingly pay full fare knowing you would have the use of only half of your seat? Would you do it if the airfare was only half of what you would typically pay?

With airlines attempting to cram more passengers onto airplanes in order to literally squeeze more revenue from each flight, there is no relief to this issue anytime soon…

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What is Wrong With This Photograph?

It is time to play another edition of What is Wrong With This Photograph?, which this time uses a picture which was taken by Charles — also known as CMK10 from FlyerTalk — who generously gave me permission to post it here.
Take a look at the sign for a US Airways Club lounge…

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AAdvantage Revenue-Based? “Not Now; but Maybe”

Converting the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program from a distance-based program to a revenue-based program is supposedly “not even on the plate right now”, according to an interview posted by Business Travel News magazine with Doug Parker, who is the chief executive officer of American Airlines. “We have to get the two frequent-flyer programs merged first. If it makes sense to make that innovation, we may do that, but to try to change the program now would be foolish.”

This may come as some relief to members of the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program, who feared that it would follow in the footsteps of the United Airlines MileagePlus and Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty programs — both of which had virtually identical announcements released earlier this year that the earning of miles would be based primarily on revenue rather than on distance flown.

Although…

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