US Airways Group
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- US Airways, based out of Tempe, Arizona, is the fifth-largest air carrier in the United States.
- US Airways is a member of an industry alliance that staunchly opposes a carbon dioxide cap and trade system in the European Union. Such a policy could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.
- In 2006, US Airways barred six Muslim imams from boarding a flight to Phoenix and airport officials handcuffed, detained and interrogated them for several hours.
-- Profile Updated 08/05/2010
About US Airways Group
US Airways is the fifth largest air carrier in the United States. Most of the 200 cities served by the airline are in the United States, but the network includes Canada, Europe, and Latin America. US Airways operates 350 mainline jets, with an additional 300 aircraft operating through its regional subsidiaries. The company is a member of the Star Alliance, the world’s first and largest alliance of airlines. US Airways reported $17.45 billion in sales and employed 45,140 in 2008.
There are no known affiliates associated with US Airways Group.
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US Airways Group
Tempe, AZ 85281 United States
• US Airways is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global group of airlines and airports. The IATA has staunchly opposed plans for a carbon emissions trading system in the European Union that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of global climate change. The organization has argued that such a scheme would be prohibitively expensive for the airlines and make it more difficult to retain profits.
-- New York Times, 02/11/2009
• According to the 2008 US Airways Environmental Responsibility Report, "recycling, waste minimization, and pollution prevention are key factors in US Airways efforts to protect our natural resources." However, the 24 page report made no mention of any in-flight recycling programs. In addition, a search of usairways.com found no mention of onboard recycling. According to an article published in 2002, US Airways did have a aluminum can recycling program on flights but it was terminated.
-- E: The Environmental Magazine, 09/01/2002
Ethics and Governance
• In 2007, US Airways failed at its bid to make a hostile takeover of industry rival Delta Airlines after a large group of Delta’s creditors said that the airline would be better off emerging from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a standalone company. US Airways initially made a $9.8 billion bid to acquire Delta, but then increased its offer to $10.3 billion after Delta’s management opposed the merger. Delta’s unsecured creditors were unmoved by the higher offer, stating that approving the merger would lead to a lengthy and expensive legal process and that the airline should remain a standalone company.
-- Fox Market News, 01/31/2007
• US Airways Group received a perfect score for the fourth year in a row on the Human Rights Campaign 2009 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 02/28/2009
• In late 2006, US Airways barred six Muslim clerics from a Minneapolis-to-Phoenix flight. The imams, who had prayed on their prayer rugs prior to boarding the flight, were removed from the plane after a passenger told a flight attendant that he was alarmed by their behavior. The men were then handcuffed, detained and questioned. Company officials also stated that the passenger overheard them making what he thought were anti-American statements. Flight attendants consulted with local law enforcement and the FBI, who decided that the men posed a security risk.
-- Washington Post, 11/28/2006