US Airways Express
|Frequent-flyer program||Dividend Miles|
|Airport lounge||US Airways Club|
|Parent company||American Airlines Group|
|Key people||Doug Parker (CEO)
Derek Kerr (CFO)
US Airways Express is a flight connection service brand name for the spoke-hub of U.S. mainline carrier US Airways, under which a number of individually owned regional airlines operate short and medium haul routes. Mainline carriers often use regional airlines to operate services in order to increase frequency, serve routes that would not sustain larger aircraft, or for other competitive reasons. US Airways Express operations are conducted from smaller markets in the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas primarily centered around US Airways' major hubs and focus cities. US Airways Express will be rebranded as American Eagle as part of the US Airways merger with American Airlines.
US Airways Express can trace its beginnings to 1967, when Henson Airlines began operating as Allegheny Commuter for Allegheny Airlines, predecessor to US Airways. The initial route was Baltimore-Hagerstown. This is generally credited as the industry's first code-share agreement and the first major airline to use another airline as its commuter partner. Henson Airlines was the major predecessor to today's US Airways Express carrier Piedmont Airlines.
Pacific Southwest Airlines and Piedmont Airlines were both major carriers that merged with USAir, which later became US Airways, and the corporate names were retained to protect their trademarks. However, the routes, aircraft, and other characteristics of the rebranded regional carriers bear no relation to their namesakes.
The aircraft livery of US Airways Express aircraft is identical to US Airways' mainline colors except for the word Express which is attached to the basic US Airways livery. In April 2013, an internal memo distributed to American Eagle branded employees at AMR Corporation's subsidiaries: (OW) Executive Airlines and (MQ) American Eagle Airlines; indicated the US Airways Express banner and marketing brand, were expected to be discontinued although the remaining and independently operating airline subsidiaries, were expected to continue but operated with American Eagle branded colors.
|Airline||IATA code||ICAO code||Call sign||Aircraft operated||Parent|
|Air Wisconsin||ZW||AWI||Wisconsin||Bombardier CRJ-200||CJT Holdings|
|Chautauqua Airlines||RP||CHQ||Chautauqua||Embraer ERJ-145||Republic Airways Holdings|
|Mesa Airlines||YV||ASH||Air Shuttle||Bombardier CRJ-900||Mesa Air Group|
|Piedmont Airlines||US||PDT||Piedmont||de Havilland Canada Dash 8-100
de Havilland Canada Dash 8-300
|American Airlines Group|
|PSA Airlines||US||JIA||Blue Streak||Bombardier CRJ-200
|American Airlines Group|
|Republic Airlines||YX||RPA||Brickyard||Embraer 170
|Republic Airways Holdings|
|SkyWest Airlines||OO||SKW||SkyWest||Bombardier CRJ-200||SkyWest, Inc.|
|Trans States Airlines||AX||LOF||Waterski||Embraer ERJ-145||Trans States Holdings|
Aircraft operated as US Airways Express as of 1Q 2013:
|Bombardier CRJ-900||9 First 70 Coach||38||Mesa Airlines, SkyWest Airlines|
|Bombardier CRJ-700||9 First 58 Coach||14||PSA Airlines|
|Bombardier CRJ-200||50||119||Air Wisconsin, PSA Airlines, SkyWest Airlines|
|Embraer 175||8 First 72 Coach||38||Republic Airlines|
|Embraer 170||9 First 60 Coach||20||Republic Airlines|
|Embraer ERJ-145||50||12||Chautauqua Airlines, Trans States Airlines|
|Bombardier Dash 8-300||50||11||Piedmont Airlines|
|Bombardier Dash 8-100||37||33||Piedmont Airlines|
Airlines which have previously operated as US Airways Express or its predecessors include:
Accidents and incidents
- January 8, 2003, Air Midwest Flight 5481 a Beechcraft 1900D operated by Air Midwest as US Airways Express under a franchise agreement, crashed into an airport hangar and burst into flames 37 seconds after leaving Charlotte/Douglas International Airport located in Charlotte, North Carolina for Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer, South Carolina. All 19 passengers and 2 pilots aboard died in the accident.
- January 3, 1992, CommutAir Flight 4821 a Raytheon Beech 1900C Airliner operating for USAir Express, was flying from Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake when it crashed into wooded mountaintop as it was landing at Adirondack Regional Airport. Of the 4 people on board (2 passengers and 2 crew) 2 died while the other 2 sustained serious injuries. The cause of the crash was determined to be pilot error in establishing a stabilized approach and cross-checking instruments.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to US Airways Express.|
- "Aviation museum gives a glimpse of the WWII way of life for many". The Record Herald. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
- "History of People Express". Century of Flight. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
- American Eagle to employees: Be patient | Airline Biz Blog. Aviationblog.dallasnews.com (2013-04-09). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
- Fact sheets. US Airways. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
- "CommutAir". CommutAir. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
- "NTSB- Air Midwest Flight 5481". NTSB. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
- ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 1900C-1 N55000 Saranac Lake-Adirondack Airport, NY (SLK)