ARLINGTON, Va., June 2, 2003—US Airways announced today that it has entered into a marketing agreement with Caribbean Sun Airlines, with the first code share flights to begin on June 15, 2003, offering daily connecting service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and the destinations of Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Tortola.
These code share flights are now available for purchase. The agreement provides travelers with the convenience of a single ticket between the U.S. and Caribbean Sun’s island destinations, with conveniently coordinated flight schedules, through check-in, including a boarding pass for the connecting code share flight, and baggage checked through to the final destination.
The agreement includes network expansion and affiliation through US Airways’ Dividend Miles frequent flyer program. Beginning June 15, 2003, Dividend Miles members will be able to earn miles on all flights operated by Caribbean Sun. Dividend Miles members will be able to redeem miles on flights operated by Caribbean Sun at a later date to be announced.
Caribbean Sun operates 37-seat deHavilland Dash 8-100 aircraft. Its flights will link to US Airways service at San Juan to Boston, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In San Juan, Caribbean Sun operates from the same concourse as US Airways, and utilizes the same ticket counter.
“This code share agreement is part of our plan to extend our GoCaribbean Network to bring more of the Caribbean to more of our customers,” said Douglas D. Leo, US Airways vice president of international. “With convenient connections, Caribbean Sun will provide customers with new ways to reach these popular and attractive Caribbean destinations.”
R. Allen Stanford, Chairman of Caribbean Sun Airlines said, “This agreement is an important part of realizing our goal to stimulate traffic to the Caribbean and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with US Airways.”
US Airways’ GoCaribbean initiative is a major marketing venture that recognizes the regional airline network in the Caribbean as partners, offering additional customer conveniences. Under this initiative, US Airways has added greater access to the Caribbean in cooperation with Windward Island Airways (Winair) and Caribbean Star Airlines. Combined with US Airways’ mainline and Express operations, US Airways and GoCaribbean serves over 35 destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America.
US Airways, the US Airways Express carriers and US Airways Shuttle provide service to nearly 200 destinations worldwide, including 37 states in the U.S. In the Caribbean, US Airways serves Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Montego Bay, Nassau, Providenciales, Punta Cana, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and St. Croix. US Airways Express also serves North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay from select cities in Florida. Through the GoCaribbean network carriers, US Airways serves Anguilla*, Dominica, St. Eustatius*, Nevis*, Port of Spain, Saba*, St. Barths*, St. Vincent, Tobago, Tortola, and Georgetown, Guyana.
US Airways will add flights between Charlotte and Mexico City starting Oct. 26, 2003, and between San José, Costa Rica and both Charlotte and Philadelphia on Nov. 8, 2003.
*Destinations offered through code share arrangement with a GoCaribbean Network partner.
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