US Airways inaugurates the airline’s first-ever service to Oslo, Norway today from its hub and international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport. The Oslo service is the second phase of US Airways’ expanding trans-Atlantic schedule in 2009. Flights to Birmingham, U.K. began last week, and in just five weeks US Airways begins service to Tel Aviv. In total, US Airways customers will have access to 23 trans-Atlantic destinations this summer. Oslo is the airline’s second Scandinavian destination after Stockholm, Sweden. This seasonal flying will be 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.
Senior Vice President, East Coast, International and Cargo Operations Suzanne Boda said, “Oslo is an ideal complement to our growing trans-Atlantic portfolio, and we’re very excited to offer this to our customers on both sides of the Atlantic. We appreciate the efforts of Oslo officials as well as the support of the Philadelphia Division of Aviation.”
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.