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As of October 17, US Airways will no longer exist — its signage will be removed from airports, and its website will be taken offline. In February 2013, US Airways and American announced plans to merge the two companies, creating the largest airline in the world. The two-year process, including the transition to a single operating certificate, will end Saturday when the two formerly separate entities will merge reservations systems.
The move to combine reservation systems was announced in July, with no date set at that time. The big question that still remains, though, is if the combining of servers will be a smooth transition – unlike the disastrously long and messy United-Continental merger. American Airlines announced that it will staff a 24/7 command center with 1,000 employees from October 17 through October 24 to resolve any issues that might come up following the system merger.
The last US Airways flight will depart San Francisco tonight, arriving in Philadelphia on Saturday morning. From then, US Airways will be gone forever — with the exception of the repainting of all US Airways planes, which American expects to complete by late 2016.
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