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News Article - October 05 2006

US Airways' Philadelphia Eagles Plane Takes Flight for Fans
   TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) catches football fever with the release of the newly painted US Airways Philadelphia Eagles plane (registration N709UW). The Airbus A319 plane incorporates the logo and colors of the Eagles with the US Airways name and stylized version of the flag appearing on the fuselage.

  

  "Many of our loyal customers who fly in and out of our Philadelphia hub also happen to be passionate Eagles fans. As the official airline of the Eagles and as the hometown airline we're proud to show our support to the hometown team. This plane serves as a reminder that US Airways is dedicated to Philadelphia," said US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.

   "We are proud to have US Airways as the official airline partner for the Philadelphia Eagles," said Eagles president Joe Banner. "The new Eagles-themed plane embraces the passion of our fans and is a great opportunity to take that passion to new heights -- literally."

   The plane was dedicated to US Airways employees, the city of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Eagles fans in a ceremony at Philadelphia International Airport today.

   Here are some facts regarding the process of painting an airplane:

   * The US Airways Philadelphia Eagles livery was designed by US Airways creative services employee Paula Douglass.

   * Typically, 60 gallons of paint are required to paint an aircraft.

   * The entire process, on average, requires a plane to be out of service for eight to nine days.

   * It takes about 72 hours for the paint to dry.

   * Aircraft require repainting every six to seven years, depending on how the coat is maintained and polished.

   Philadelphia is US Airways' second largest hub employing 5,700 aviation professionals and offering 440 daily flights to 113 non-stop destinations. Philadelphia also serves as US Airways' international gateway serving 16 destinations in Europe and 14 in the Caribbean and Latin America.

   US Airways and America West's recent merger creates the fifth largest domestic airline employing nearly 35,000 aviation professionals. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 3,800 flights per day and serve more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. US Airways is a member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 841 destinations in 157 countries worldwide. This press release and additional information on US Airways can be found at http://www.usairways.com. (LCCG)

Source - US Airways

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