US Airways will join oneworld with effect from March 31st 2014, following completion of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines.
All its regional affiliates, operating under the US Airways Express brand, will also transition to oneworld at the same time.
Their entry into oneworld will follow immediately upon their exit from the Star Alliance with the final flights on March 30th 2014.
All parties are taking every effort to ensure that the alliance transition is as seamless as possible for customers.
Until the full integration of American Airlines and US Airways – which will see the combined airline retaining the American Airlines name – US Airways and its regional carriers will operate as oneworld affiliate members, under the American umbrella.
They will offer oneworld’s full range of services and benefits – although some may be phased in shortly after US Airways joins.
US Airways, American and their oneworld partners are working to provide the most popular benefits and services on an accelerated timeline.
A thorough communications plan is being developed to brief customers in detail on all the benefits and privileges they will receive with US Airways as a member of oneworld and as those benefits become available.
During the transition period as they work towards their full integration, American and US Airways will maintain their current loyalty programmes.
On its own, US Airways is the fifth largest airline in the USA and one of the 30 largest in the world.
With its regional affiliates, it serves more than 200 destinations and 30 countries with a fleet of more than 625 aircraft.
It carried 82.5 million passengers in 2012 and currently operates 3,200 departures a day.
It will add 60 destinations to the oneworld map – most in its US home but also three in Canada and one in Mexico – along with its key hubs of Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington DC’s Reagan National, expanding oneworld’s presence across the USA, particularly throughout the East Coast and across the North Atlantic.
Its merger with American Airlines creates the world’s largest airline on most measures, giving oneworld the leading alliance position in the USA, the world’s largest air travel market.
The new American will offer service to more than 330 destinations in more than 50 countries, carrying 190 million passengers a year on a fleet of 1,500 aircraft.