US Airways Finalizes Sao Paulo Route
Sao Paulo has been in the works for awhile with US Airways. The destination will be added to US Airways route map with flights between their hub in Charlotte (CLT) to Sao Paulo (GRU) beginning on May 5, 2013.
This will become US Airways’ second destination in South America and will compliment existing non-stop service to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) from Charlotte (CLT). The new flight will be operated using Boeing 767-200 equipment (pictured above) with 18 seats in Envoy Class (Business) and 186 in Economy.
The news of this new route follows the announcement of the Charlotte (CLT) to London-Heathrow (LHR) as part of US Airways’ growing international presence at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The new route to London-Heathrow will also begin next year. Additionally, the airline will add additional flights to Frankfurt Intl (FRA) next summer.
Speaking about the international expansion, Andrew Nocella, US Airways’ senior vice president, Marketing and Planning, said, “US Airways’ new service to South America’s most important business market strengthens our international network and provides consumers throughout the United States and Brazil with a convenient new travel option.” Nocella continued, “Brazil is important for US Airways, which has served Rio de Janeiro since 2009. Thanks to the support of the U.S. Department of Transportation and key stakeholders, we are now able to expand our presence to the largest market in the country.”
The new route is important for trade with businesses in North Carolina. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said, “With the addition of US Airways’ new route to Sao Paulo, Charlotte now boasts two flights to the world’s sixth-largest economy.” Mayor Foxx further comments, “Through their ongoing expansion of overseas service, our Airport and US Airways continue to cement Charlotte’s reputation as an international city where businesses want to locate and people want to live.”
Charlotte – Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport Schedule
|Origin||Destination||Departure Time||Arrival Time|
|Charlotte-Douglas (CLT)||Sao Paulo (GRU)||5:50pm||4:30am +1 (next day)|
|Sao Paulo (GRU)||Charlotte-Douglas (CLT)||8:25am||5:25pm|
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The outbound flight to Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) will be US Airways Flight 802. The return flight to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is scheduled to be US Airways Flight 803.
Charlotte’s Douglas Airport is easy to navigate and provides connecting flights to destinations across the United States.
US Airways Still in Talks with American Airlines
US Airways is still in talks with American Airlines. According to a leak reported by Reuters (1) American Airlines creditors are still entertaining an offer from US Airways:
Under an all-stock merger that US Airways proposed in mid-November at a meeting with AMR’s unsecured creditors committee, AMR creditors would own 70 percent of the merged company and US Airways shareholders 30 percent, the people said.
US Airways and AMR are negotiating toward a potential merger agreement that the smaller rival hopes could come as soon as January, one of the people added, asking not to be named because the matter is not public.
AMR creditors think they should get an equity stake of closer to 80 percent in a merged entity, rather than the 70 percent proposed by US Airways, the people said. AMR and US Airways also disagree on potential cost and revenue benefits from a merger as well as labor integration challenges, they added.
American Airlines is still developing its own plan to exit Chapter 11 as a stand-alone carrier. We believe it will be best for consumers as well as everyone employed at American that the carrier exit as as a stand-alone airline.
A merger would only benefit US Airways and it’s safe to say competition will be further reduced, smaller to mid-sized cities will see less flights, and fares will increase in mid-sized and smaller markets.