NONSTOP PHILA.-TO-CHINA FLIGHTS SET FOR 2009
The first nonstop flights out of Philadelphia International Airport to China will begin in 2009, now that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved a Philadelphia-to-Beijing route, US Airways said Tuesday.
The airline (NYSE:LCC) announced earlier this year that it hoped to make Philadelphia the first base for its nonstop flights to China.
"We are extremely honored by the department's decision to award US Airways with this service," US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said, adding, "US Airways has been presented with an historic opportunity for our airline's employees and our customers."
US Airways, the dominant carrier at the airport, said Philadelphia is "the second largest U.S. metro area without nonstop service to China."
Flights will use widebody Airbus A340s with the capacity to hold 269 passengers, and originate in Charlotte, N.C.
Source - Biz Journal