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USAIR CHAIRMAN LAUDS DOT DECISION APPROVING BRITISH AIRWAYS AGREEMENTS

 ARLINGTON, Va., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- USAir Chairman Seth E. Schofield said he is "very pleased" with the Department of Transportation approval of the USAir-British Airways code-sharing and aircraft lease agreements.
 "Secretary Pena and his staff are to be congratulated for recognizing that the agreements meet every test of the law and are in complete accord with the current air treaty between the U.S. and the United Kingdom," Schofield said.
 "The ultimate beneficiaries will be USAir shareholders, customers and employees, as well as the many communities where USAir is the primary provider of commercial air service."
 The agreements include an initial investment by British Airways of $300 million in USAir that took place on Jan. 21, 1993, establishment of a code-sharing partnership on designated flights of the two airlines, and the leasing of USAir aircraft and flight and cabin crew services to British Airways. The code-sharing and lease agreements were submitted to the DOT for approval.
 The code-sharing agreement will provide many USAir communities with direct "seamless" service to a British Airways transatlantic gateway. On May 1, code sharing will be offered on flights from Cleveland, Syracuse and Rochester to London and beyond via the Philadelphia gateway. More cities and gateways will be added later.
 Designated USAir domestic flights will carry the airline codes of both USAir (US) and British Airways (BA) in the airline reservations systems. The domestic segments will continue to be flown by USAir.
 Passenger benefits of the code-sharing agreement include one-time through check-in and baggage check between interior U.S. cities and London, simplified reservations and fare quote procedures and overall enhancement of reliability and convenience. USAir Frequent Traveler Program members will also continue to accrue USAir mileage credit when traveling on British Airways.
 Under terms of the lease agreement, over the next 13 months on a phased plan USAir will lease to British Airways three Boeing 767-200 aircraft along with the services of cockpit and cabin crews. British Airways will utilize the aircraft and crews on nonstop service from Pittsburgh and Baltimore/Washington International Airport to London's Gatwick Airport. USAir will share in the profits generated in these markets. Under this arrangement, Pittsburgh will receive its first nonstop service to London, and Baltimore/Washington International and Philadelphia will continue to receive nonstop London service.
 When British Airways receives authority from the U.K. government to serve Charlotte, USAir will reapply to extend the code-sharing and wet lease agreements to the Charlotte-London market. Until those arrangements are approved for Charlotte, USAir will continue to provide Charlotte-London service.
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