US Airways To End Business By Fall 2015
After 75 years of in the business, US Airways will start the end of its business in July and over a 90-day stretch close out officially in October. Executives of American Airlines who bought the airline in 2013 designed the delayed business fade out to avoid technological glitches and massive flight delays that hurt the United Airlines business once it switched to Continental Airlines’ computer systems in 2012.
USA Today says US Airways flights will become American Airlines flights, however their jets would not be painted over until mid-2016. Executives say both companies will combine labor groups and flight-operating systems through 2017. Although the airline is going out of business, US Airways will not affect the price of airfare in the travel industry.
Yahoo News says, since 2005, mergers have eliminated five airline companies and currently there are only four companies that control more than 80 percent the U.S. air-travel market. Because the American dollar is becoming stronger in the global economy, it’s no surprise that airline fares are rising at a steady pace and travel fees are becoming higher.
As American Airlines begins to shift US Airways flights into their system, executives are not committing to a deadline because of technological issues. Mary Leibman, who serves as the Chief Information Officer for Parent American Airlines Group Inc., revealed to The Associated Press: “I’ve worked in technology long enough to know not to give any specific dates because when you don’t necessarily meet that date for a good reason, it looks like a failure to the outside world.”