US Airways began its adventurous history in 1939 as All American Aviation, flying single-engine Stinson Reliant aircraft as a contract carrier for the US Postal Service. By 1953, All American became Allegheny Airlines, with the goal to become one of America's premier airlines in the East. Allegheny grew by acquiring other airlines: first Lake Central Airlines in 1968, then Mohawk Airlines in 1972. In 1979, Allegheny became US Air, reflecting its intent to grow to the West Coast. Then came mergers with PSA in 1988, Piedmont in 1989, Trump Shuttle in 1992, and America West in 2005. Now the fifth-largest airline in the United States, operating more than 2,000 flights daily, US Airways will become part of the largest line when it completes a pending merger with American Airlines.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
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