US Airways plans London debut

US Airways has announced it will begin service at London’s Heathrow Airport early next
year.Service between Philadelphia and London Heathrow is scheduled to start on March 29, 2008 with tickets available for purchase on Dec. 1. The airline plans to operate the flights with US Airways flagship international aircraft, the Airbus A330 offering 29 Envoy and 259 economy seats.

The new Philadelphia-Heathrow route will be US Airways’ seventh new transatlantic route since 2006. With the new service, US Airways’ European destinations served from Philadelphia increase to 20.

US Airways President Scott Kirby said, “We are extremely excited to enter the lucrative Heathrow market and bring this valuable service to the Philadelphia community. We were fortunate to identify a unique opportunity to acquire landing and takeoff rights at Heathrow, and given Heathrow’s importance as a European gateway as well as its close proximity to London for business travelers, we are pleased to take advantage of that opportunity.

“We are extremely appreciative to the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of State for their leadership in reaching an Open Skies agreement with the European Union, which makes our entry into Heathrow possible.”

Kirby continued, “At this point we have not made any additional decisions regarding other international service out of Philadelphia. As we stated previously, we look forward to working with Philadelphia Mayor-elect Michael Nutter to achieve our mutual goal of growing international service at Philadelphia International Airport.”