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USAIR SHUTTLE TO BEGIN SERVICE APRIL 12

 USAIR SHUTTLE TO BEGIN SERVICE APRIL 12
 ARLINGTON, Va., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- USAir will begin managing


the hourly USAir Shuttle between New York-Washington, D.C., and New York-Boston on Sunday, April 12, taking over in a smooth transition from the current Trump Shuttle operation.
 "The USAir Shuttle marks an important step in our continued program to enhance our marketing presence, to provide new opportunities for our Frequent Traveler Program members, and to build on our strengths at LaGuardia, Washington National and Boston," said USAir CEO and President Seth E. Schofield.
 "The shuttle will link key Northeast business markets to the USAir system which will provide new service not currently available on USAir," Schofield emphasized. USAir currently does not fly between Washington, D.C., and New York LaGuardia and between New York LaGuardia and Boston.
 USAir will manage the shuttle under an agreement with Shuttle, Inc., a new corporation, the stockholders of which will be a group of banks that will be the principle creditors of Shuttle, Inc.
 USAir will pay $16.2 million for the right to manage the shuttle, for a warrant which, once exercised, will represent a 40 percent equity investment, and for an option to buy it in 4.5 years. Of the $16.2 million, $6 million will be for working capital and $10.2 million for transition costs, which include advertising, painting of planes, new uniforms and signage costs. USAir will receive a $1.7 million annual management fee to manage the shuttle.
 Gordon Linkon is the new president and CEO of the USAir Shuttle. His offices are at New York's LaGuardia Airport.
 Linkon emphasized: "Frequent travelers can count on seeing the same friendly faces when they check in and fly on the USAir Shuttle on our first day of service. We recognize the value, loyalty and experience of these long-term shuttle employees. Many of these employees worked for the former Eastern Shuttle, and then continued on with the Trump Shuttle. We are pleased and proud that they are well-known and valued by shuttle passengers."
 The USAir Shuttle will maintain the same, simple check-in procedures with assigned seating. Linkon said, "Our goal is to keep everything about the Trump Shuttle that has made it a quality product for passengers."
 Advertising for the USAir Shuttle start-up is running this week in major media. USAir is also placing representatives in shuttle locations this week to sign up new Frequent Traveler Program members.
 USAir will offer special bonus miles for members of the USAir Frequent Traveler Program who fly the new USAir Shuttle between April 12 and July 15.
 During this introductory period, USAir frequent travelers will receive 2,000 miles per one-way shuttle trip, which is double the normal mileage credit of 1,000 miles.
 Members will also receive a separate 5,000-mile bonus the first time they fly the USAir Shuttle during the introductory period.
 As a result, current USAir Frequent Traveler members will accrue a total of 9,000 bonus miles for the first roundtrip on the shuttle taken between April 12 and July 15. Anyone not currently a member of the USAir Frequent Traveler Program may join instantly and earn the standard sign-up bonus of 2,000 miles, plus the 9,000 bonus miles for their first roundtrip, or 11,000 bonus miles.
 USAir has worked out an arrangement with One Pass, the Trump Shuttle's frequent traveler program, which Linkon said "will be beneficial to both USAir Frequent Traveler Program and One Pass members."
 The USAir Shuttle will operate the same 19 Boeing 727 aircraft currently used by the Trump Shuttle. Aircraft will have new USAir Shuttle logo decals applied by Saturday, April 11, as a temporary measure.
 Over time, the planes will be fully repainted externally in the USAir Shuttle logo paint scheme. The fuselage will be painted white, with the blue and red USAir Shuttle logo on the front sides of the aircraft. The tail will be the USAir-type blue and white striped treatment, with another USAir Shuttle prominently visible. Interiors will not be refurbished as part of this initial transition.
 USAir Shuttle aircraft will meet all federal Stage III noise requirements on schedule. The shuttle had previously contracted for noise hush kits, and several aircraft have already been retrofitted.
 As of April 12, USAir, USAir Express and the USAir Shuttle will have 164 daily departures at Washington National Airport, 142 daily departures at Boston's Logan International Airport, and 165 daily departures at New York's LaGuardia Airport. USAir already is the largest carrier at LaGuardia and National in terms of daily departures, and will become the largest carrier at Logan with the addition of shuttle flights.
 At LaGuardia, USAir and USAir Express will move later this summer into USAir's new East End terminal, now under construction. Completion is anticipated for August 1992. Until then, USAir and USAir Express will continue to operate from the main terminal at LaGuardia and the USAir Shuttle will operate from the current Trump Shuttle terminal.
 "When the new terminal is completed later this year, we will offer passengers the premiere terminal facility at LaGuardia for convenience and comfort," said Linkon. "The shuttle will only be a short walk via covered connector from our other flights in the new terminal, a big plus for all our travelers."
 In Boston, the USAir Shuttle will continue to operate from Terminal A. USAir and USAir Express flights will depart from Terminal B.
 At National Airport, the USAir Shuttle will continue to operate from the current Trump Shuttle location in the Main Terminal. USAir and USAir Express will continue to operate from the Interim Terminal.
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