TEMPE, Ariz., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) has filed a supplement to its March 4 application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the rights to operate daily, year-round service between Sao Paulo, Brazil and the airline's hubs in Charlotte, N.C. and Philadelphia.
"US Airways' application injects important new competition into a highly regulated market," said Senior Vice President, Marketing and Planning Andrew Nocella. "Thanks to our new service from Charlotte, more than 85 cities in the United States will have easy one-stop access to South America's most important business market. Our proposed new service from Philadelphia would provide 65 communities in the country with one-stop access."
The airline will begin service between Charlotte, its largest hub, and Sao Paulo on June 8 using frequencies leased from another carrier. An award of rights for Charlotte – Sao Paulo flights will ensure US Airways avoids a service interruption due to the frequency lease terminating prior to Open Skies between the United States and Brazil commencing in 2015. Each year more than 36 million US Airways customers fly through Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which is the third-largest U.S. airline hub, on more than 640 daily flights to 136 destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico and Latin America.US Airways' proposed service between Philadelphia and Sao Paulo would link the largest city and airline hub in the U.S. without nonstop service to Brazil with the country's largest city. Each year more than 21 million US Airways customers fly through Philadelphia International Airport, which is the airline's second largest hub and international gateway, on more than 450 daily flights to 117 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Central America. To see a copy of US Airways' filing with the DOT, visit www.regulations.gov. About US Airways US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,100 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations. Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best for Vets employer for the past three years. US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCG) -Fly with US- SOURCE US Airways