US Airways

9:03 am
Wed May 8, 2013

US Airways Mechanics File For Election To Join Teamsters

U.S. Airways mechanics held a press conference in South Charlotte to announce that they filed to hold an election today to join the Teamsters. An election will be held later this summer, pending approval from the National Mediation Board.
Credit Joel Coffidis

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.

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9:40 am
Fri March 22, 2013

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

Bette Burke-Nash (l) and Joan Myers-Singh worked for Eastern Airlines in Washington D.C. Nash is the longest-serving US Airways employee. She began her career as a stewardess in 1957. Eastern did not merge with today’s US Airways but its hourly shuttle routes between D.C., New York and Boston became part of the airline.
Credit 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.

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9:31 am
Fri March 22, 2013

US Airways CEO: 'We're Very Concerned' About Charlotte Airport

US Airways CEO Doug Parker speaking to media at the airline's training center in Charlotte on Thursday morning.
Credit 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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1:35 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

US Airways CEO Comes To Charlotte To 'Celebrate' Merger

US Airways CEO Doug Parker visited the airline's training facility in Charlotte on Thursday, March 21, 2013 to tout a proposed merger with American Airlines.
Credit Julie Rose

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

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4:51 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

US Airways, American Merger: A Monopoly Or Not?

US Airways CEO Doug Parker will be in Charlotte this week touting a proposed merger with American Airlines. He'll meet with US Airways employees and members of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

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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4:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Philosophy Behind Charlotte Airport's Success

US Airways operates nearly 90 percent of the daily flights at CLT.
Julie Rose

One claim keeps coming up in the debate over transferring control of the Charlotte airport to a regional authority and the speculation over what a merger between American and US Airways will mean for Charlotte.  That claim is that Charlotte is the cheapest place for airlines to do business. WFAE wondered whether that's true and why it matters.

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4:32 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

A Cautionary Airport Tale For Charlotte As US Airways/American Merge

A statue of Queen Charlotte, for whom the city was named, greets travelers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Credit wallygrom / Flickr

  Thursday's official news of a merger between US Airways and American Airlines brought a sigh of relief to Charlotte, which seems poised to maintain its prominence as a major hub. But WFAE's Julie Rose reports there's reason for some caution amid the optimism.

Adie Tomer of the Brookings Institution has one word for Charlotte – Cincinnati. It was a major hub for Delta back in 2008 when the airline merged with Northwest. Everyone was breathing a sigh of relief there, too, says Tomer.

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