Final US Airways flight begins journey from Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The final US Airways flight has begun its roundtrip journey between Philadelphia and San Francisco.

The plane is Flight 1939, named for the airline's founding year.

The flight left Philadelphia International Airport at 10:36 a.m. Friday — 31 minutes late.

The Airbus A321 will make scheduled stops in Charlotte, North Carolina, Phoenix and San Francisco before returning as a red-eye flight back to Philadelphia on Saturday.

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HOLD FOR BUSINESS PHOTO-- This is a US Airways jet taking off from Pittsburgh International Airport on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Imperial, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
The first Airbus A319 for US Airways was officially handed over at the Dasa aircraft factory in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, northern Germany, on Friday, October 16, 1998. US Airways has ordered 109 A319 Airbuses with 120 passengers seats each. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
US Airways employees enter a plane parked at the gate, Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at Logan International Airport in Boston. US Airways has become the first major airline to declare bankruptcy since last year's terrorist hijackings, a move that came 11 months to the day after the industry was rocked by the attacks. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A US Airways Airbus takes off from Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa., Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002. The bankrupt airline, has cut about 11,000 jobs since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and has announced plans to cut 2,100 more by the end of the year. The jobs will most likely be lost from the airlines three hubs; Pittsburgh, Charlotte, N.C., and Philadelphia, said Roy Freudlich, spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Association.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
The air traffic control tower can be seen in the background as a US Airways jet takes off in the snow at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004. President Bush canceled a scheduled visit to Charlotte Thursday as a winter storm swept over North Carolina from the South, dumping about 6 inches of snow and more across a wide swath of the state. (AP Photo/Erik Perel)
A Southwest Airlines aircraft taxis past a US Airways aircraft at the Philadelphia International Airport, Sunday, May 9, 2004. Sunday was the first day of operations in Philadelphia for Southwest Airlines which has sparked battle between the two carriers resulting in lower priced airfares for travelers. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)
A US Airways plane pulls into the gate at Pittsburgh International Airport Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, in Imperial, Pa. US Airways' efforts to extract $800 million in cost cuts from its unions and avoid a return to bankruptcy suffered a major setback when a divided pilots union refused to submit a contract proposal to its membership for a vote. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A US Airways flight prepares to depart from a gate at Pittsburgh International Airport as a US Airways Express regional jet taxis past Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, in Imperial, Pa. The nation's seventh largest airline has filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in two years. The airline filed after it was unable to obtain $800 million in annual cost cuts from its workers' unions that the company said it needed to stay afloat. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Baggage is unloaded from a US Airways flight at Raliegh-Durham Airport, Sept. 23, 2004, in Raleigh, N.C. US Airways warned in a bankruptcy court filing that it may have to liquidate by February if a judge does not impose a temporary 23 percent pay cut on its union employees. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Dozens of baggage claim tags from luggage found and claimed are stacked on the window sill near the customer service office of US Airways terminal at Philadelphia International Airport, in Philadelphia, Saturday Dec. 25, 2004. Senior officials of the U.S. Department of Transportation have been talking with US Airways management about problems that left thousands of travelers separated from their bags, a department spokesman said Saturday. The problems, which US Airways attributed to the weather, alsoleft many travelers stranded on Christmas. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
Tom Lafferty, left, stops for free coffee at the US Airways terminal at Philadelphia International Airport, in Philadelphia, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, as he speaks with US Airways employees Anita Beier, right, and Eric Moorefield. More than 100 US Airways executives and other employees volunteered to serve coffee and snacks, sort and move bags and help passengers find their way Sunday at Philadelphia International Airport to try to avoid a repeat of the bankrupt carrier's Christmas weekend debacle. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)
U.S. Airways pilot Capt. Bill Shoemaker waves a "terrible towel" from the flight deck as the Pittsburgh Steelers football team plane arrives at Detroit Metro Airport, Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, in Romulus, Mich. The Steelers play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Passengers exit a U.S. Airways plane on the runway after landing at Miami International Airport Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. A small fire can be seen on aircraft, bottom center. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
Passengers exit a U.S. Airways plane on the runway after landing at Miami International Airport Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. The jetliner's landing gear caught fire when two of its tires blew out on the runway at Miami International Airport, officials said. No one was injured, and the fire was quickly extinguished. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
**FILE** US Airways patrons talk as they stand in line at the ticket counter at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa. in this, March 18, 2007 file photo. How do you turn a profit and make the customer happy, with less staff, fewer seats available and smaller planes? That's been a tough question of late for the slimmed-down airlines, with flight cancellations, computer glitches, lost baggage and weather-related problems getting increased attention. There's but so much the airlines can do when it snows or ice freezes runways, and passengers seem to want it both ways - cheap fares and their flights always on time. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, file)
A pair of U.S. Airways jets sit on the tarmac at Sky Harbor International Airport Thursday, April 26, 2007 in Phoenix. US Airways Group Inc. on Thursday said profit edged up 2 percent in the first quarter on modest revenue growth, and the airline company backed its forecast for a profitable year. (AP Photo/Matt York)
** FILE ** US Airways (and America West which is also US Airways) jets load and unload at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix in this Oct. 25, 2006 file photo. US Airways pilots say they're ruining their chance for better pay and benefits with internal squabbles over seniority. The battle stems from efforts by the Tempe, Ariz.-based airline to merge its work force following America West Airline's acquisition of the former US Airways in 2005. Internal frustrations came to a peak last week when, in a rare move, the former US Airways union sued its counterparts at America West. (AP Photo/Matt York)
A U.S.Airways jet takes off at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Wednesday, April 23, 2008, in Seattle. US Airways Group Inc. said Thursday, April 24, 2008, it swung to a loss in the first quarter, punished like other airlines by the rising cost of jet fuel. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Passengers wait in line at the check-in counter for US Airways at Philadelphia International Airport, Friday, June 13, 2008. Shares of US Airways Group Inc. soared Friday after the carrier revealed a number of measures to cope with rising fuel costs and an analyst upgraded the stock. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
Passengers in an inflatable raft move away from an Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that has gone down in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. 15, 2009. It was not immediately clear if there were injuries. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Authorities arrive on the scene of an Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that has gone down in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. 15, 2009. It was not immediately clear if there were injuries. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
An Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that went down in the Hudson River is seen in New York, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2008 (AP Photo/Edouard H. R. Gluck)
Maria Campanella wears a hat representing US Airways flight 1549, which landed safely in the Hudson River, during the Easter Parade in New York, Sunday, April 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, a US Airways plane takes off from Miami International Airport in Miami. U.S. Airways Group Inc., the product of one combination and long the seeker of another, won't be tying up with United Airlines. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, file)
FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2009 file photo, US Airways planes are seen at Reagan National Airport in Washington. US Airways said returning business travelers who paid more for their tickets helped it earn $279 million in the second quarter.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)
In this July 19, 2011 photo, baggage is unloaded from a U.S. Airways jet at Logan International Airport in Boston. US Airways Group Inc. said Thursday, July 21, its second-quarter profit fell 67 percent as fuel prices jumped. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, baggage is loaded onto an US Airways jet at the Miami International Airport in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A US Airways employee assists a customer at a ticket counter at the Charlotte/Douglas International airport in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
The interior of a US Airways jet is shown at the Charlotte/Douglas International airport in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
US Airways jets are parked at their gates at the Charlotte/Douglas International airport in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker, right, and American Airlines CEO Tom Horton conclude a news conference at DFW International Airport Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas. The two airlines will merge forming the world's largest airlines. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker, left, and American Airlines CEO Tom Horton visiting with employees after a news conference at DFW International Airport Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas. The two airlines will merge forming the world's largest airlines. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
American Airlines planes and a US Airways plane at parked at Washington's Reagan National Airport, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. The Justice Department and a number of U.S. state attorneys general on Tuesday challenged a proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, an American Airlines plane and a US Airways plane are parked at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington. A Federal bankruptcy judge is approving the settlement in the U.S. government's antitrust lawsuit against American Airlines and US Airways, clearing the airlines to complete their merger early December 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
A person walks around a damaged US Airways jet at the end of a runway at the Philadelphia International Airport, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. Airline officials said the flight was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff around 6:30 p.m., after the front landing gear failed. An airport spokeswoman said no injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A US Airways Express plane is de-iced at the Indianapolis International Airport, early Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Indianapolis. The early morning temperature at the airport was below zero. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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All future flights will fly under the American Airlines banner, following the completion of a merger announced in 2013.

US Airways was formed in Pittsburgh as All American Aviation. It later operated as Allegheny Airlines before becoming US Airways.


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