Back to the Future Day is this coming Wednesday:
I’ve been waiting for Back to the Future Day—October 21, 2015, when Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future from 1985—pretty much my entire life.
In the ‘real world’ US Airways had its last flight on Friday, October 16. But thanks to Twitter, we learn that US Air actually survived as an independent brand at least until October 21, 2015.
Let’s take a closer look. US Air even had an Asia route network. Here they’re advertising a flight to Vietnam.
Why couldn’t the integration of American and US Airways have been delayed just one more week…?
Probably because it’s been 22 months since
US Airways acquired American the merger of the two airlines and they were ready. It went really really smoothly. Here’s an image I tweeted yesterday. I think United just didn’t get it (their acquisition by merger with Continental, not so smooth).
Here’s my conclusion on the whole event, as offered to the Arizona Republic,
Gary Leff, who writes the frequent-flier blog “View from the Wing,” booked a flight from Austin to Phoenix this morning so he could see firsthand how the airline’s operations were faring. He was in Florida when America West and US Airways changed their computer systems in 2007 and recalls long lines and excruciating waits to reach a reservations agent on the phone.
“Everything is going a lot more smoothly than I expected even though I expected it to go smoothly,” he said.
Monday could bring a bigger test as business travelers head to the airport and crowds swell, but Leff said he thinks any major technology problems would have surfaced by now. Plus, he added, airport agents will have two days of experience on the new system by Monday morning.
“The agents will be more comfortable with it,” he said.