US Airways added seven new Airbus A321s to an existing order for 30 Airbus A320 family aircraft. The amendment also converts existing orders for one A320 aircraft and seven A319 aircraft to an order for eight A321 aircraft.
Deliveries of the 15 A321 aircraft will begin in 2008 and run through 2010.
Deliveries under the prior order were not scheduled to begin until 2009. The A321 aircraft will be configured to accommodate 183 passengers in two classes of service (16 first class, 167 main cabin).
US Airways has certain conversion flexibility within the A320 family on the remaining 22 aircraft.
“This transaction provides important fleet flexibility to US Airways,” said Chairman, President and CEO Doug Parker. “The expanded and accelerated order positions will either allow US Airways to replace less efficient aircraft more quickly or allow for modest expansion should market conditions warrant.”
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 842 destinations in 152 countries worldwide.
US Airways has also been nominated at this year’s World Travel Awards in the category of North America’s Leading Airline.