US Airways will
increase its capacity by up to 90 percent to five destinations from Ronald
Reagan Washington National Airport this fall, with the resumption of
mainline roundtrip service to both Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y.,
Indianapolis, and Manchester, N.H., as well as first-time mainline service
between Reagan National and Columbus, Ohio, all beginning Sept. 8, 2004.
“We take yet another step forward with the implementation of US Airways’
Transformation Plan by upgrading these important markets with dual-class
mainline aircraft,” said Andrew P. Nocella, US Airways vice president of
network and revenue management. “Lower fares are stimulating our business
to the point that the smaller aircraft are no longer the optimal choice in
US Airways will upgrade one of its five daily Washington-Columbus
roundtrip flights from 50-seat regional jet (RJ) service to 737 service,
adding 30 percent more seats and bringing mainline service to Columbus for
the first time.
All three daily Washington-Buffalo flights will be upgraded from 50- and
72-seat RJ service to mainline service, flown using 120-seat Airbus A319
and 126-seat Boeing 737-300 aircraft and representing a 90 percent
capacity increase in the market.
Between Washington and Syracuse, US Airways currently operates one 72-seat
RJ and four 37-seat Dash-8 turboprop aircraft. Beginning in August, two
turboprop flights will upgrade to 50-seat RJ service, and in September,
one of the new RJ flights will be upgraded to 737 service, a 38 percent
increase in seat availability from today’s schedule.
Washington-Indianapolis service will shift from five daily 50-seat RJ
flights to four-times daily service, with three 737s and one 50-seat RJ.
The new schedule will offer customers 71 percent more seating capacity
than previously had been available.
One daily outbound Washington-Manchester flight will be added to the three
existing roundtrip flights, and will be operated using a 72-seat RJ. The
current service is operated using 50-seat RJs, and one flight will be
upgraded to 737 service, resulting in an overall seat capacity increase of