At American Airlines, Some US Airways branding will stay until early 2018

American Airlines is slowing switching branding on former US Airways planes. Photo: Andrew Wee/Flickr (Creative Commons)

American Airlines is slowing switching branding on former US Airways planes. Photo: Andrew Wee/Flickr (Creative Commons)

US Airways is slowing disappearing - on the inside of planes, at least. 

American Airlines told employees this week that it has started changing interior branding on former US Airways planes to match American standards. For customers, US Airways does not exist any more, but there are still vestiges of it, including inside planes (even ones that have been painted in American's colors) and in cabins. 

American says work to change interior branding began in October 2015 on former US Airways A330s. But the project will not be finished until early 2018, more than two years from now. 

That is actually fast timeframe. Airlines hate taking planes from service, so they usually change interior branding - the official industry term is "trim and finish" - during regular maintenance checks. But by waiting for checks, American estimates it would not finish the interiors project for six or seven years. Instead, American will mix regular maintenance conversions with some "special visit allocations."

American has a more aggressive timeline for painting US Airways planes. The final US Airways plane will be painted in American colors by Summer 2016.  


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