News Article - September 27, 2007

  The Federal Aviation Administration has granted US Airways Group Inc. its single operating certificate. The airline, the dominant carrier at Philadelphia International Airport, merged with America West Holding Corp. two years ago. But the FAA has regarded the two carriers as separate until it awarded the single certificate Wednesday. Work toward a single certificate began shortly after the merger of US Airways and America West on Sept. 27, 2005. It involved integrating the separate airlines' information-technology and flight-operations systems, and airport, maintenance and on-board policies. The certification became official after the integration of the airlines' flight-operations systems this week.

   The next step in the airline's integration is to negotiate single contracts with pilots, flight attendants, and ground and maintenance employees. Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways (NYSE:LCC) has struggled to reach an agreement with its two pilot groups, the "east" pilots from the former US Airways and "west" pilots from the former America West. CEO Doug Parker has said he has no timeline for bringing the two groups together. US Airways is the fifth-largest domestic airline. The company operates 3,800 daily flights to more than 230 destinations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Source - Biz Journal