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USAIR FLORIDA SHUTTLE BEGINS NEW SMALL PACKAGE DELIVERY SERVICE

    ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- USAir, the airline with the most daily departures in the state of Florida, has started a new intra- Florida small package service, offering same-day door-to-door delivery from 19 airports in the state.
    The airline has teamed up with Sonic Courier Systems of Tampa, Fla., to offer the new intra-Florida product which is an expansion of USAir's existing PDQ (Packages Delivered Quick) service.
    Now, Florida customers shipping packages intra-s ?will call 800-546-4599 to reach a new 24-hours-a-day customer service center, staffed by Sonic.
    USAir will send a Sonic courier out to the customer's home or office to pick up the package and then deliver it to the nearest airport for its intra-state USAir flight.  When the flight arrives at its final destination city, USAir will have the package delivered by Sonic to the recipient within 90 minutes of the time the USAir aircraft arrives at the gate.  Personnel will then call the shipper to provide feedback on actual time of delivery and the name of the person who signed for that delivery.
    "This new service is a first for an airline within the state of Florida," said Matt Knox, USAir's senior director-cargo and contract sales.  "Other airlines offer same-day delivery service and other shippers provide door-to-door delivery, but USAir is the first to link the two under an airline-run program.  This is a very customer-focused product, as evidenced by our post-delivery call to the shipper, giving the customer peace of mind that the delivery has actually arrived."
    Knox emphasized that USAir and USAir Express operate more than 300 flights daily within Florida, including hourly service between Miami and both Orlando and Tampa.
    Packages under 70 pounds qualify for the intra-Florida rate, which is as low as $79 including tax.  There are substantial discounts for multiple piece shipments.
    Normal USAir PDQ rates apply for small packages originating from outside Florida to Florida destinations and vice versa.
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    CONTACT:  USAir Corporate Communications, 703-418-5100
    (U) CO:  USAIR IN:  AIR SU:  PDT ST:  VA,FL


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