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As of this week, American Airlines and US Airways are now flying under one operating certificate and the US Airways brand is officially starting to fade. Travelers won’t notice much of a difference except for a few small things like unified messaging and marketing. In addition to hearing “Welcome to American Flight xxx” when you board your flights though, there will also be a subtle difference on the radio.
Over air traffic control, the US Airways callsign has always been “Cactus,” a throwback to their merger with America West back in 2005. Most dramatically, you can hear the Cactus callout on the US1549 crash in the Hudson a few years back, but for enthusiasts and dreamers like myself, Cactus is simply a reference to old times past.
The last flight bearing the Cactus callsign landed in Philadelphia from London Heathrow on Wednesday. From here, American has the helm.
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Interesting — “cactus 450” call sign that US Airways flights used is gone Apr 8. Pilots just made a slightly emotional announcement.
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