US Airways or US Airlines is a major U.S. airline owned by the US Airways Group, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. It operates an extensive international and domestic network, with 198 desinations throughout North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. The airline is a member of the Star Alliance Network ande utilizes a fleet of 346 mainline jet aircraft and 285 regional jet and turbo-prop aircraft. The carrier operates the US Airways Shuttle, a US Airways brand which provides hourly service between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. Regional airline service is branded as US Airways Express, operated by contract and subsidiary airline companies. As of January 2013, US Airways employed 32,213 people worldwide and operated 3,028 daily flights (1,210 US Airways Mainline, 1,818 US Airways Express).
In February 2013, American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge, creating the largest airline in the world. In the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2013, stakeholders of AMR, American Airlines’ parent, will own 72% of the company. US Airways shareholders will own the remaining 28%. The combined airline will carry the American Airlines name and branding. The holding company will be renamed American Airlines Group Inc. The US Airways’ management team, including CEO Doug Parker, will retain most operational management positions. The headquarters for the new airline will also be consolidated at American’s current headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.