US Airways will join oneworld® with effect from March 31, 2014, following completion today of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines. All its regional affiliates, operating under the US Airways Express brand, will also transition to oneworld at the same time.
US Airways will add 60 destinations to the oneworld map – most in the United States but also three in Canada and one in Mexico – along with its key hubs of Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington DC’s Reagan National, expanding oneworld’s presence across the United States.
Until the full integration of American Airlines and US Airways – which will see the combined airline retaining the American Airlines name – US Airways and its regional carriers will operate as oneworld affiliate members, under the American umbrella. They will offer oneworld’s full range of services and benefits – although some may be phased in shortly after US Airways joins. US Airways, American and their oneworld partners are working to provide the most popular benefits and services on an accelerated timeline.
The 140 million members of established oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programs, including Finnair Plus, will also receive alliance services and benefits when flying on US Airways from March 31. From day one, this will include the ability to earn mileage and tier status points and, for Emerald and Sapphire cardholders, to access US Airways’ lounges when flying on oneworld departures, although the ability to redeem rewards for flights on US Airways, may be phased in shortly afterwards.
US Airways’ network will also be covered by oneworld’s range of alliance fares – the most extensive offered by any of the global alliances.
The addition of US Airways represents the latest landmark in oneworld’s biggest membership expansion yet. Other elements include the forthcoming transition into oneworld by SriLankan Airlines and Brazil’s TAM. With the addition of these airlines, the oneworld network will expand to almost a thousand destinations in more than 150 countries, served by 14,250 daily departures - equivalent to a oneworld flight taking off or landing every three seconds around the clock – carrying 475 million passengers last year and generating annual revenues of US$ 140 billion.
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