This past weekend, American and US Airways completed the last “major” step of their merger, whereby the two airlines integrated their reservations systems. With this step, US Airways officially ceased to exist as a brand, as “legacy” US Airways flights now operate with American flight numbers.
Merging reservations systems to create the world’s largest airline is no simple task, so I was suggesting to be prepared for the worst this past weekend. As it turned out, American did a spectacular job this past weekend, and everything went over without a hitch. That’s massively impressive, when you think of the scale of what they were undertaking.
As part of the US Airways brand disappearing, there was a special commemorative US Airways flight this past weekend, which went from Philadelphia to Charlotte to Phoenix to San Francisco to Philadelphia. The flight was aptly numbered #1939, which was the year that US Airways’ predecessor started operations.
Not surprisingly there were celebrations surrounding the flight, and US Airways’ former CEO, Ed Colodny, was even on the final flight.
Anyway, American filmed the four-segment journey of US Airways 1939, and uploaded this pretty awesome video about the flight:
Very, very cool!
I wish I could have made the flight, but sadly I had a schedule conflict.
Kudos to American for how impressively the merger has gone, and especially the integration this past weekend. They’ve actually learned from the mergers of the other major US carriers, and tried to take those lessons and apply them to their own merger. They’ve really done a textbook perfect job, in my opinion.
Beyond that, kudos to American for commemorating an amazing brand. As much as US Airways was made fun of for years for being “no frills,” they ran a solid, dependable operation. When you boil it down, America West has become the world’s largest airline. That’s impressive.
Was anyone able to take the last US Airways flight this past weekend? How was the experience?