- US Airways Express
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Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Philadelphia International Airport Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
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US Airways Express is an airline
brand name, rather than a fully certificated airline, and as such, the US Airways Express name is used by several individually owned airlines or airline holding companieswhich provide regional airlineand commuter service for US Airways.
Operations are conducted from smaller markets in the
United States, Canada, and the Bahamasprimarily centered around US Airwaysmajor airline hubs and focus citystations at
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
McCarran International Airport
Pittsburgh International Airport
New York City's LaGuardia Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Logan International Airport
US Airways Express can trace its beginnings to 1967, when
Henson Airlinesbegan operating as Allegheny Commuterfor Allegheny Airlines, predecessor to US Airways. The initial route was Baltimore-Hagerstown. This is generally credited as the industry's first code-share agreement and the first major airline to use another airline as its commuter partner. Henson Airlines was the major predecessor to today's US Airways Express carrier Piedmont Airlines. Pacific Southwest Airlinesand Piedmont were both major carriers that merged with USAir, which became US Airways, and the corporate names were retained to protect their trademarks. However, the routes, aircraft, and other characteristics of the rebranded regional carriers bear no relation to their namesakes.
US Airways's new livery will also be applied to the US Airways Express fleet.
Airlines that make up US Airways Express
Aircraft operated as US Airways Express as of May 2008 [http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/aboutus/pressroom/factsheets.aspx] :
Past airlines and fleet
Airlines which have previously operated as US Airways Express or its predecessors include
Allegheny Airlines, CCAir, CommutAir, Crown Airways, FloridaGulf Airlines, Jet Express, Liberty Express Airlines, Midway Airlines, MidAtlantic Airways, Paradise Island Airlines, Potomac Air, Ransome Airlines, Shuttle America, Southern Jersey Airways, StatesWest Airlinesand Suburban Airlines.
Aircraft types formerly operated as US Airways Express or its predecessors include the
Dornier 328, deHavilland Dash 7, Shorts 360, Jetstream 31, Jetstream 41, EMB-120 Brasilia, Shorts 330, Fokker F27, DHC-6 Twin Otter, Nord 262, Mohawk 298, Fairchild Metro, EMB-110 Bandeirante, CASA 212, DHC-3 Otter, deHavilland Heron, Volpar Beech 18, Riley 400, and Beech 99.
Accidents and incidents
January 3, 1992: CommutAirFlight 4821, using a Raytheon Beech 1900C Airliner and operating for USAir Express, was flying from Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake when it crashed into wooded mountaintop as it was landing at Adirondack Regional Airport. Of the 4 people on board (2 passengers and 2 crew) 2 died while the other 2 sustained serious injuries. The cause of the crash was determined to be pilot error in establishing a stabilized approach and cross-checking instruments. [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19920103-0]
Air Midwest Flight 5481- using a Beechcraft 1900D operated by Air Midwest as US Airways Express under a franchise agreement, crashed into an airport hangar and burst into flames 37 seconds after leaving Charlotte/Douglas International Airportin Charlotte, North Carolinafor Greenville-Spartanburg International Airportin Greer, South Carolinaon January 8, 2003. All 19 passengers and 2 pilots aboard died in the accident.
* On 26th August 2005 in
Houston, a US Airways Express Embraer ERJ-170landed with the parking brake set, causing extensive damage to the gear. No passengers were injured and the plane has been repaired and is back in service.
* [http://www.usairways.com/awa/?redir=http://www.usairways.com/ US Airways Express web site]
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