US Airways plans international growth in 2013

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US Airways anticipates that capacity will grow by about 2.5% in 2013, largely on the back of new international flying.

Derek Kerr, chief financial officer of US Airways, says that the capacity growth will be a result of larger aircraft replacing smaller ones despite the airline's fleet count remaining flat, during an earnings call today.

The Tempe, Arizona-based Star Alliance carrier has 21 deliveries scheduled for 2013, says Kerr. This includes 16 Airbus A321s and five Airbus A330-200s that will replace 18 Boeing 737-400s and three Airbus A320s.

The A330s would be used to expand international services. Kerr says that two would be used to launch service between Charlotte and Sao Paulo, one for a new service to Europe and two to replace Boeing 767-200s on flights to Europe. Those 767s would in turn replace Boeing 757-200s on other European routes and the 757s shifted back to domestic operations.

Scott Kirby, president of US Airways, told Flightglobal that the airline plans to launch flights between Phoenix and both London and Frankfurt over the near-term, in September.

The airline intends to release formal guidance for 2013 at a later date, adds Kerr.