It’s the end of an era. U.S. Airways is no more.
The airline’s final flight, No. 1939, as a homage to the year of its first flight, flew this morning from San Francisco to Philadelphia, according to USA Today. The Airbus A321 started its journey in Philadelphia, then flew to Charlotte, N.C.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and San Francisco before its return flight.
U.S. Airways was founded in Pittsburgh in 1937 as All American Aviation and started operations in 1939. It later operated as Allegheny Airlines before taking on the U.S. Airways name.
As USA Today noted, eight of the country’s major airlines have merged over the past 15 years to form four carriers. Some airline mergers in recent years include:
- 2013: U.S. Airways and American Airlines agree to merge and continue using the American name
- 2011: Southwest Airlines buys AirTran Airlines
- 2010: United Airlines and Continental Airlines merge and continue using the United name
- 2008: Delta Air Lines buys Northwest Airlines
- 2001: American Airlines buys Trans World Airlines (TWA)