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US Airways Prepares for Merger

In preparation for its
anticipated merger with America West Airlines, US Airways has aligned three of
its policies so that the combined carrier will be better able to offer
seamless service to its customers when the merger is completed.  The changes
being announced today are consistent with existing policies at America West
and other low-cost airlines.The following changes are scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, 2005:

  * Children ages 5 to 14 who are traveling as unaccompanied minors will be
accepted by US Airways for travel only on nonstop flights.  The fee for
unaccompanied minor travel will be reduced to $40.

    US Airways will make an exception for unaccompanied minors with ticketed
reservations made prior to Aug. 17, 2005.  They may travel on connecting
flights through Nov. 1, 2005.  Reservations for unaccompanied minor
travel on connecting flights made after Aug. 17, 2005, will be honored
through Sept. 30, 2005.

  * Passengers needing supplemental oxygen will no longer be able to
purchase it on US Airways flights.  However, the airline is working to
implement new policies as a result of the FAA’s recent approval of
Portable Oxygen Concentrators.

  * Live animals will no longer be accepted for travel as checked baggage or
cargo.  US Airways will make an exception for ticketed reservations made
before Aug. 17, 2005, to carry pets as checked baggage, which will be
honored through Nov. 1, 2005.  The policy change does not apply to the
transportation of service animals.


  “We have made these policy changes as part of our strategy to simplify the
new airline’s business while retaining service elements that are important to
our customers.  These changes are more in line with other low-cost
competitors,” said US Airways Executive Vice President of Operations Al
  A small number of US Airways customers who already hold reservations for
travel after Oct. 1, 2005, will be affected by these policy changes.  In order
to minimize any inconvenience, beginning today US Airways will contact all
affected customers and assist them in making alternate arrangements.