Final Flight: U.S. Airways Merges with American Airlines

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DALLAS-Call it the final flight. On Friday U.S. Airways Flight 1939 departed Philadelphia for San Francisco for the last time.

After 76 years in the air and more than 6,700 daily flights, U.S. Airways will be phased out as part of a 2013 merger with American Airlines.

Closer to home at DFW International Airport, passengers waited to board the last few flights before the clock strikes midnight, and the U.S. Airways signage is replaced with a new logo.

But this isn’t the first or last airline to reach its final destination.

Who remembers  the bright flying colors of Dallas-based Braniff Airlines?

The end of the plain planes came in 1982, after 54 years of service out of DFW Airport.

Other airlines that were permanently grounded include Pan American Airways, arguably one of  the most glam airlines of its time, and who could forget those blue flight attendant uniforms?

And for all the kids out there, you’ll remember Continental, headquartered in Houston; it united with United Airlines back in 2010.

The new U.S. Airways and American Airlines merger will create the nation’s biggest domestic carrier. Let’s hope the transition is smooth and our tickets are a little cheaper.

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