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American Begins Integration of US Airways Reservations System

Integration of US Airways reservation system begins, marking the 90-day countdown to the merged airline’s final scheduled flight.

The days of flying US Airways are numbered, as the reservation system is set to be fully integrated into American Airlines by October. The Dallas Morning News reports the integration began over the weekend of July 18, setting in motion the final days of US Airways ticketing.

According to an internal timeline obtained by Airways News, the process will entail switching all US Airways flights to American flights between now and October 17. The airline anticipates only the airline code will change, while flight numbers will remain the same.

During the transition period, flyers can still book their travel on both the American and US Airways website. However, those flyers who use the US Airways website will find only American flights available for purchase. The US Airways website will be phased out once the transition is complete.

Although American claims the process will be a seamless transitions, not all flyers are as optimistic. In an editorial printed by American Business Journals, the trade newspaper notes when US Airways made a similar transition with America West Airlines in 2007, the process was not a clean transition. In an attempt to avert any crisis that may result from the transition, Bloomberg reports American has hired around 1,900 new employees to help during the ticketing transition.

The transition is the latest step in bringing both American and US Airways together after the 2013 merge. Earlier this year, US Airways flights dropped the callsign “Cactus” after the airline obtained a single operating certificate. In April, the two airlines combined their frequent flyer programs, making American AAdvantage Miles the single frequent flyer program for both airlines.

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