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Your 2013 aviation baseline

For reference purposes, with the impending US Airways/American Airlines merger.

US Airways fights from Charlotte for Thursday, June 27, 2013:

US Airways flights by aircraft type:
Widebody: 10 (3 A330-300, 2 A330-200, 5 767-200ER)
Narrowbody mainline: 275 (8 757, 46 737-400, 85 A321, 52 A320, 83 A319, 1 E190)
Large regional jets: 171 (29 E175, 93 CRJ900, 49 CRJ700)
50-seat regional jet: 125 (117 CRJ, 8 ERJ)
Turboprop: 73 (49 DHC-300, 24 DHC-100)
Total flights: 654
Total seats available: 66,712

Total nonstop destination served by US Airways at some point during the year: 141
Seasonal destinations for which the season isn’t now: 2 (Key West, St. Croix)

European destinations: 7 flights to 6 cities Frankfurt x 2 (A333, A332), London Heathrow (A333), Rome (A333), Paris (A332), Madrid (767), Dublin (757)
Year-round flights to Europe: Just Frankfurt and London — the reason is summer seasonal
South American destinations: Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (both 767)

Destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central American, and Bermuda with daily or near daily flights: 14 (Aruba, Bermuda, Cancun, Freeport, Grand Cayman, Mexico City, Montego Bay, Nassau, Providenciales, Punta Cana, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Jose, San Juan)
With Saturday only flights: 8 (Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Cabo, Cozumel, Liberia, St. Kitts, St. Lucia)

Destinations served in Canada: 3 (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa)

Destinations served year-round in the continental US: 104
Seasonal destinations in the continental US: 3 (Portland, OR, Sacramento, Key West)
Number of states served: 38 (includes the seasonal flight to Portland, OR)
Destinations served in the mountain and pacific time zones: 10 with 39 daily flights (Phoenix 9, Denver 6, Las Vegas 5, Los Angeles 5, San Francisco 5, Seattle 4, San Diego 2, Portland, OR 1, Sacramento 1, Salt Lake City 1)

Year-to-comparison: Comparable figures from last summer are available here. US Airways flights from CLT are up by 11 (1.7 percent) versus last summer (654 this summer, 643 last summer). The number of seats available though is up by more than, increasing by 5.2 percent, meaning that average aircraft size increased. This is mainly the result of US Airways taking delivery of new 186-seat Airbus A321 aircraft to replace older 125-seat Boeing 737-300 and 144-seat Boeing 737-400 jets that are being retired.

On the regional flying side, capacity but not flights are up as well, as 79-seat CRJ900s have replaced 50-seat jets on a number of routes. There are 198 flights a day on aircraft seating 50 or less this summer, compared to 222 flights a day last summer.

New destinations added in the past year: Just Sao Paulo. Also the London flight shifted to Heathrow from Gatwick.

American Airlines flights from CLT:

Destinations served: 4 (Chicago Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami, New York LaGuardia)
Flights a day: 22 (6 140-seat MD-80, 5 65-seat CRJ700 regional jets, 11 50-seat ERJ regional jets)
Total seats: 1,780

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