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The long and drawn out death of the US Airways brand after its acquisition of American Airlines only served to highlight the decline of its product in the years leading up to the merger.

The final US Airways flight is taking off from Philadelphia and making stops in Charlotte, North Carolina; Phoenix and San Francisco.

Flight 1939, named for the airline’s founding year, is scheduled to depart Philadelphia International Airport at 10:05 a.m. Friday and arrive in Charlotte about two hours later.

The Airbus A321 will return to Philadelphia on Saturday under the American Airlines banner, following the completion of a merger announced in 2003.

Pittsburghers were upset the flight wasn’t stopping there. US Airways was formed in Pittsburgh as All American Aviation. It later operated as Allegheny Airlines before becoming USAir.

US Airways dropped Pittsburgh as a hub in 2004 and American Airlines shut down its nearby flight operations control center in August, shifting about 650 jobs to Fort Worth, Texas.

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Photo credit: A US Airways plane taking off in Miami. Joao Carlos Medau / Flickr

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