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BRITISH AIRWAYS TO LAUNCH USAIR CODE-SHARE, FIRST SERVICES FROM U.S. TO START MAY 1

 NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- British Airways (NYSE: BAB) announced today it will launch code-shared flights with USAir May 1 from Cleveland, Syracuse and Rochester to London via Philadelphia.
 The code-share was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation today and allows the two carriers to offer new services from domestic points to London.
 "We are delighted that Secretary Pena and his team have given us the opportunity to offer our U.S. customers the facility to travel on a global network with simplified service, both in booking and at check- in," said John Story, executive vice president, USA.
 "Ultimately we look forward to linking more domestic flights on USAir, the largest carrier in the Northeast, to flights on British Airways, the world's largest international airline, providing new benefits to the traveling public," he added.
 Designated domestic flights will carry the airline codes of both USAir (US) and British Airways (BA). While the domestic segments will be operated by USAir, they will also be presented in travel agent and other airline reservations systems as British Airways flights connecting with other British Airways flights to London.
 The DOT decision follows British Airways' decision on Jan. 21, 1993, to invest $300 million in USAir with an option to invest a further $450 million in two stages over the next five years.
 Passenger benefits include one-time through check-in to London and beyond, one-stop shopping for reservations and fares and coordinated schedules offering a range of worldwide connections. USAir frequent flyers will also continue to accrue mileage credit when traveling on British Airways.
 Also, as a result of the DOT approval, British Airways plans to lease USAir 767-200 aircraft, flight and cabin crews. Ultimately, given all approvals, they will operate, in British Airways' colors, service between Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Charlotte to London's Gatwick International Airport, routes currently flown by USAir.
 British Airways now serves 48 destinations in 31 countries from London Gatwick Airport.
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 /CONTACT: Sandy Gardiner, 718-397-4725, John Lampl, 718-397-4729, of British Airways/
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