US Airways integrating ‘east’ and ‘west’ fleets in May

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US Airways will go metal neutral on its Airbus A320 family and Boeing 757 fleets from 1 May, as the airline eliminates its “east” and “west” aircraft designations.

The fleets of both aircraft types are split between those in the American Airlines Group-subsidiary’s legacy US Airways operations – “east” – and legacy America West Airlines operations – “west”. The split is a remnant of the two carrier’s merger in 2005.

US Airways aims to maximise aircraft use and increase scheduling efficiency by integrating the two fleets, it says in a letter to employees earlier in April.

Cockpit and cabin crews will continue to work separately based on their east and west designations.

US Airways aims to integrate its pilot and flight attendant groups as part of its merger with American Airlines.

American and US Airways merged in December 2013 and are targeting operational integration by the end of 2015.