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Friday at 12:05 p.m., a flight from Philadelphia will land at Charlotte Douglas Airport. This is not normally news, or history. But this flight will be both.

If you happen to be in the terminal around that scheduled landing time make sure to stop by gate D-13 and look for US Airways flight 1939. It will be on the ground for two hours and then it’s off to Phoenix. When it takes off it will mark the end of an airline.

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Dozens of flights were canceled yesterday at North Carolina’s major airports as a computer problem snarled air traffic along the East Coast.  At least 150 departures were affected at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, while 22 flights were canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said late Saturday afternoon that the computer problem had been resolved and flights were returning to normal. 

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American Airlines announced their first quarter profits Friday. And they were a record $932 million. It’s great news for the airline and their stockholders and certainly noted by North Carolina lawmakers. 

The North Carolina state fair is known for its ferris wheels, fried food and racing pigs. Now a group called Grass Roots North Carolina wants it to add concealed handguns, too.  A judge on Monday will hold a hearing on the gun-rights group’s argument that a recent change in state law makes it illegal for the fair to ban concealed-carry permit holders from bringing guns.

American Airlines Reports Record Profit After Merger

Apr 25, 2014
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In its first quarter after merging, the combined American Airlines and US Airways reported record profits, despite brutal winter weather.


US Airways Cancels Half Of Flights Due To Storm

Feb 12, 2014
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US Airways is already canceling flights from Charlotte today, in anticipation of the weather. The airline has canceled more than half of its 640 planned departures from Charlotte-Douglas International airport today.

Airline Merger Creates Few Immediate Changes At CLT

Dec 9, 2013
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US Airways and American Airlines officially merged Monday to create the world’s largest airline. Charlotte’s airport, a current US Airways hub, will become the second-busiest in the new airline’s network but customers and employees are not expected to see immediate changes.


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Charlotte's airport will remain a major hub for U.S. Airways for at least three years after the company merges with American Airlines. That's part of a settlement the airlines reached with the Justice Department and state attorneys general today, which had sued to block the merger.


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Go ahead and keep that tablet or e-reader on during your next US Airways flight.

Beginning today, the airline that operates more than 90 percent of flights out of Charlotte Douglas International will allow use of portable electronic devices from start to finish on flights.  Cell phone calls will not be allowed in flight, but customers will no longer be chided by flight attendants to turn off and stow small devices.  Anything weighing over two pounds will still need to go overhead or under the seat during takeoff and landing. 

Charlotte’s largest airline has reported lower net income for the third quarter compared to the same period a year ago.  U.S. Airways says it made $216 million in the quarter.  That’s down from $245 million last year.    But the airline says it made a record pre-tax profit of nearly $370 million this quarter.    Speaking during a conference call with analysts Wednesday, U.S. Airways president Scott Kirby was asked if the strong earnings undercuts the pending merger with American Airlines, which last week also reported record profits.   

A federal decision to limit take-off and landing on one of Charlotte Douglas International's four runways has caused a sudden decrease in the airport's capacity and a spike in noise complaints from neighborhoods to the north.  The change may also accelerate plans for a new runway.


Attorneys for US Airways and American Airlines say they won't make the first move to settle a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice attempting to block the airlines from merging.

The Justice Department contends the merger will make it easier for the remaining mega-airlines – Delta, United and American – to cooperate on prices, rather than compete.  That means airfares will go up and service will decline, warns the lawsuit.  But an attorney for US Airways and American, Rich Parker, says the DOJ is "very wrong."

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Justice Department is suing to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, because of antitrust concerns. That merger would create the nation’s largest airline, and has been in the works since February. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey for an overview of what it means

Charlotte Rejects Airport Compromise

Jul 9, 2013
Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer aboard NBC Charlotte's AirStar

RALEIGH A leading House Republican said Monday night that lawmakers will introduce a new proposal for the Charlotte airport this week after city leaders essentially rejected their proposal for a joint study commission.

The new proposal could make creation of a new airport authority more likely.

“I’m astounded,” Rep. Ruth Samuelson said of the city’s reaction. “I’m deeply, deeply disappointed. We made a good faith, unprecedented (offer). We’re done offering a study.”

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The merger of US Airways and American Airlines could have a greater impact than those airlines have previously stated, both on airline prices and on Charlotte’s status as a hub for US Airways traffic, according to a new government analysis of the merger.


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US Airways mechanics and technicians now have enough signatures to call for a union vote. At a news conference in south Charlotte, they announced that nearly 3,000 mechanics and technicians signed a petition to hold an election to be represented by another union, the Teamsters. Mechanics complained about low wages, high insurance premiums and poor representation by their current union, The International Association of Machinists. Luis Martinez is a lead mechanic for US Airways in Charlotte.

Celebrating 45 Years With US Airways (Well, Sort Of)

Mar 22, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

These days, it's not that often that employees work for the same company for most if not all of their careers. Thursday night, US Airways celebrated employees who have done just that.


Julie Rose

"Agnostic" is how one US Airways executive described the company's stance on whether the Charlotte airport should be overseen by the city or placed in the hands of a regional authority.  US Airways CEO Doug Parker carried that same tune while in town Thursday, but also made it clear the airline doesn't want a backseat entirely. 


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On Thursday, US Airways CEO Doug Parker paid his first visit to Charlotte since the company announced plans to merge with American Airlines. 


US Airways, American Merger: A Monopoly Or Not?

Mar 19, 2013

The CEOs of American Airlines and US Airways defended their proposed merger Tuesday before a congressional anti-trust panel. Framing the creation of the world's largest airline as anything other than a monopolistic move requires careful wordsmithing.

To follow the argument from American Airlines CEO Tom Horton, you need to put aside conventional wisdom that having fewer companies in a marketplace leads to anti-competitive behavior.   

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