CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – The final US Airways flight is in motion and expected to make a stop in Charlotte, before becoming one with American Airlines.
Starting at 12 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, all US Airways flights will become American Airlines, following the merge that was announced in 2013.
Friday, US Airways flight 1939, named after the year the company began operating, will fly from Philadelphia to Charlotte, to Phoenix and finally to San Francisco. All American Aviation eventually became US Airways, starting service in 1939.
US Airways was formed in Pittsburgh as All American Aviation and later operated as Allegheny Airlines before becoming US Airways, the Associated Press reports.
The flight attendants for US Airways flight 1939 say they found out about the significance of this trip today in Philadelphia.
One of the passengers on the 135 seat plane says he wanted to be a part of the historic flight. He said he used his miles to make the trip from Philadelphia to Charlotte, then to Phoenix and San Francisco on flight 1939.
“US Airways was founded in 1939. I was founded in 1939.” Norm Hawkins said. “The very first airplane I ever flew was Alleghany Airlines which became US Air and also I’m a private pilot. How could I not fly on this flight?.”
After midnight Friday night, customers will only be able to to find American Airlines kiosks, desks, and website.