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US Airways Awarded Coveted 2012 MRO of the Year Award for Airline Maintenance Excellence

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

US Airways Awarded Coveted 2012 MRO of the Year Award for Airline Maintenance Excellence16:30 EDT Tuesday, April 03, 2012Airline Recognized for Industry-Leading Maintenance Practices and SMS ValidationTEMPE, Ariz., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) today was recognized by Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine for technical excellence during the publication's annual aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) awards held in Dallas.  This prestigious industry award is given to the world's top MRO and maintenance-related companies that demonstrate outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120103/LA28814LOGO) "This award is a testament to the 3,600 maintenance and engineering employees at US Airways ? each of whom make it their daily mission to ensure our aircraft are ready for flight with minimal deferred items ? and it is a privilege to accept it on their behalf," said Robert Isom, US Airways' executive vice president and chief operating officer.  "We are especially gratified by this prestigious recognition because this award specifically cites two elements paramount to our maintenance programs: Our acute focus on running a reliable airline for our customers and the Federal Aviation Administration's validation of our Safety Management System program."US Airways' maintenance program was recognized for lowering deferred maintenance items under the airline's FAA-approved minimum equipment list (MEL) and non-essential furnishing (NEF) programs, reducing the number of aircraft out of service due to maintenance-related items, and becoming the first airline to have its FAA-approved Safety Management System (SMS) program validated by the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)."US Airways demonstrated several significant achievements, making them this year's 'Outstanding Airline Maintenance Group,'" said Lee Ann Tegtmeier, editor-in-chief of Aviation Week's Overhaul & Maintenance.  "One of the most notable was how it was able to defer fewer maintenance items and reduce how long deferred maintenance items stayed open by 19 percent. 2011 was US Airways' fourth consecutive year of improvement, and it is more than deserving of this MRO of the Year Award."The award was presented earlier today during Aviation Week's MRO Americas 2012 Conference & Exhibition at the Dallas Convention Center. About US AirwaysUS Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,290 airports in 189 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report for 2010 and 2011. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCG) -Fly With US- SOURCE US AirwaysFor further information: US Airways Media Relations, +1-480-693-5729