US Airways flies again between Charlotte and Paris after an 8-year gap

Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 8:51 by Aviation Correspondent

The United States-based US Airways has resumed non-stop flights between Charlotte in North Carolina, the United States, and Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.

The last flight of US Airways, based in Tempe, Arizona, the United States, on the Charlotte-Paris route was 8 years ago.

In a statement, US Airways said it was using Boeing 767 plane aircraft on the Charlotte-Paris route, with seating for 18 passengers in Envoy, the carrier’s trans-Atlantic business-class, and for 186 passengers in the main cabin.

The new daily Charlotte-Paris flights will operate seasonally through October 24, 2009. However, the US Airways added in the statement, the airline might eventually offer the service year-round.

The resumed flight will leave Charlotte-Douglas International Airport at 4-30 p.m. and land at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris the next day at 6:40 a.m. The return flight will leave Paris around noon and reach the next day in Charlotte at 3:35 p.m.

Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways, said in the statement that, apart from offering non-stop service from Charlotte to three destinations in Europe, the airline was planning to start its first-ever service to South America in the fall of 2009, with daily non-stop service between Charlotte and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

US Airways at present serves Gatwick Airport in London and Frankfurt International Airport in Germany from its hub at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

US Airways, a member of Star Alliance, operates 3,200 flights daily to about 200 destinations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The US Airways’ statement said that, according to the monthly Air Travel Consumer Report of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), US Airways was the Number One ‘on-time’ carrier in United States in 2008 among the ‘Big Six’ hub-and-spoke airlines.