NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Now the end for US Airways has a date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.
That is when the 76-year-old airline, which began flying as mail-carrier All American Aviation in 1939, will fly its last flights, when all of its kiosks will become American Airlines (AAL) kiosks, and when all of its flight numbers will be American Airlines flight numbers.
US Airways and American merged in 2013.
American has tentatively identified the last flights, both flown by Airbus A320s, that will depart the night of Friday, Oct. 16.
Among its distinctions, US Airways is the largest Airbus operator in the world, thanks largely to an order then-CEO Stephen Wolf placed in 1997. The order was combined with an America West Airbus order after the carriers merged in 2005.
On Oct. 16, US Flight 434 will depart San Francisco at 9:55 p.m. PDT. It will arrive in Philadelphia at 6:18 a.m. EDT Saturday.
Also, US Flight 496 will depart Phoenix at 9:55 pm PDT and arrive in Denver at 12:34 a.m. MDT.American spokeswoman Martha Thomas cautioned that "airline schedules are fluid and subject to change." In fact, the last flight of a Piedmont Airlines Boeing ( BA) 767, which was also the last time a 767-200 flew a passenger flight for a U.S. carrier, was rescheduled at the last minute on Feb. 12.
The scheduled last flight from Charlotte to Philadelphia, assigned flight number US 767, became the penultimate flight when the aircraft was called into service for additional flying when another aircraft was taken out of service for a mechanical reason.
As for signage changes at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which became a principal US Airways hub after US Air merged with Piedmont Airlines in 1989, they are scheduled to be unveiled on Oct. 17.
Most of the work regarding the Oct. 17 changeover will occur in advance.
Until then Leibman said, passengers should notice little change. Only 4% of the reservations in the American system are for US Airways flights that depart after Oct. 17 and therefore need to acquire new flight numbers.
Some changes will occur after Oct. 17. Most subsequent changes will involve flight operations and involve systems for pilot and flight attendant crew management as well as maintenance and engineering systems, Leibman said.
Also, given painting schedules, the last airplane with US Airways colors will not be repainted until 2016.