More Europe service from Charlotte next summer
A US Airways Boeing 767-200 (Image Source: Jan Fernandez)The Phoenix-based airline's busiest hub may truly be surpassed in terms of European flights by its northern counterpart, Philadelphia, but Charlotte is slowly catching up with its seasonal flights. US Airways has announced four more European cities will be connected to the airport next summer.
Some long-awaited destinations will finally be connected to the Queen City next year. However, they aren't destinations you'd first expect — with the exception of the long-rumored Manchester — US Airways would announce.
Dusseldorf in Germany didn't make the cut this time around. Instead, two of the three destinations are Star Alliance hubs: Lisbon and Brussels. TAP Portugal and Brussels Airlines are both members of Star Alliance and have agreements with US Airways.
Flights to Lisbon will be operated using Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Brussels will receive Boeing 767-200s.
Manchester, also a new route, was expected. It will operate on Boeing 757-200 aircraft, however, the smallest aircraft in the fleet capable of flying to Europe. From Philadelphia, the airline sends their largest aircraft — the Airbus A330.
The last new destination, also on the Iberian Peninsula, isn't as clear as the other three — Barcelona. It is not a Star Alliance hub, at least not anymore due to the demise of Spanair, but it is a large tourist destination. US Airways is putting an A330 on the route, the largest in the fleet.
All of these flights will begin in late May, with the exception of Brussels, which will begin in early June.
The new flights come as a surprise as the airline is in a stage of uncertainty regarding a merger with bankrupt American Airlines. The expansion must go on, however, for US Airways as they attempt to grow their presence. Though all of the flights will be summer seasonal, it is still an increase for all involved.
The schedule is as follows (all times are local):
|Route||Flight number||Departure time||Arrival time||Aircraft||Begins|
|CLT-LIS||US760||8:25pm||9:20pm||Boeing 757-200||May 23|
|LIS-CLT||US761||11:20am||3:15pm||Boeing 757-200||May 23|
|CLT-MAN||US746||8:35pm||9:30am||Boeing 757-200||May 22|
|MAN-CLT||US747||2:25pm||6:20pm||Boeing 757-200||May 23|
|CLT-BCN||US744||6:35pm||9:10am||Airbus A330||May 22|
|BCN-CLT||US745||2:30pm||6:15pm||Airbus A330||May 23|
|CLT-BRU||US762||4:30pm||7:00am||Boeing 767-200||June 5|
|BRU-CLT||US763||10:15am||1:45pm||Boeing 767-200||June 6|