US Airways customers today have a new United Kingdom option with nonstop service to Birmingham from the airline’s international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport. Birmingham is the first of three new US Airways offerings in 2009, preceding Oslo, Norway and Tel Aviv service to begin later this summer.
Senior Vice President, East Coast, International and Cargo Operations Suzanne Boda said, “We’re thrilled to expand our presence in the United Kingdom with new Birmingham flying. Our customers will have spectacular trans-Atlantic access via our international gateway at Philadelphia from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, Manchester and Glasgow, in addition to Birmingham. We appreciate the support and hard work of Birmingham officials as well as the continued partnership of the Philadelphia Division of Aviation.”
This seasonal route is operated with Boeing 757 ETOPS aircraft configured with 12 seats in Envoy, US Airways’ trans-Atlantic business class and 164 seats in the main cabin.
US Airways was America’s number one on-time airline in 2008 among the “Big Six” hub-and-spoke airlines according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) monthly Air Travel Consumer Report. US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,100 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline employs more than 33,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers our customers more than 16,500 daily flights to 912 destinations in 159 countries worldwide. And for the eleventh consecutive year, the airline received a Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Charlotte, North Carolina hub line maintenance facility.