MIAMI — Fans of domestic widebody flights will be able to fly a US Airways Airbus A330-300 round-trip between Philadelphia and Miami this winter, when the 291-seat aircraft replaces the normal 124-seat Airbus A319 on US Airways Flights 2051 and 710. The A330-300 will begin serving the route in both directions on November 6th, 2014 and service will continue through December 1st, 2014, when both flight legs are replaced by Airbus A321s. The flight schedules for the A330 service are as follow:
US 2051 — PHL – MIA — D: 0940 A: 1243 — 333 — Daily
US 710 — MIA – PHL — D: 1400 A: 1644 — 333 — Daily
US Airways operates nine Airbus A330-300s, which are configured in a two-class configuration featuring 28 Envoy Suites and 263 Economy Class seats. The Envoy Suites will be sold as First Class for the roughly three-hour flight, and currently, a mid-week return (roundtrip) flight is pricing at $709, or $355 each way.
Passengers that fly the Envoy Suites will have flatbed seats and audio video on demand (AVOD) seatback entertainment, but will not have access to WiFi, which will be offered on three of the new American’s combined seven daily flights between Philadelphia and Miami.
Given the seasonal nature of its primarily trans-Atlantic long haul network, US Airways is more aggressive than other US carriers in redeploying its widebody fleet onto high volume domestic routes (in particular to Orlando and San Juan). However, this winter, those flights will perhaps be drawn back a bit so as to allow the A330 fleet to be repainted in American Airlines colors.