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US Airways CEO Doug Parker Attends Honor Ceremony Regarding Flight 1549

TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2009--Earlier today, US Airways' (NYSE: LCC) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker was invited by City of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak at an honor ceremony regarding the extraordinary efforts of the New York City and New Jersey rescue workers and the crew of Flight 1549 involved in yesterday's accident. His remarks follow:

"Thank you Mayor Bloomberg, and thank you for the invitation to join you here today. Let me first say how happy and relieved we are for our passengers, our crew and their families. Yesterday's response was nothing short of amazing.

On behalf of the US Airways family, we are extremely grateful for the way the people of New York City, and the surrounding areas, pulled together to help the passengers and crew of flight 1549. I would like to publicly thank the local New York and New Jersey police and fire departments, the U.S. Coast Guard, the New York Harbor Master, the many ferry boat operators and New York water taxis, the New York Port Authority, and EMTs who came to our aid yesterday. I also thank the Office of Emergency Management for the city of New York, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and all of the other agencies and organizations who were part of the outstanding support team.

I, like the rest of you, am extremely proud of our crew for their quick and heroic actions. Today they are safe and doing well, and along with so many other members of our team, are assisting with the official investigation, and they also extend their gratitude to all of the organizations I just mentioned.

Yesterday's event unfolded in a matter of minutes. Determining exactly what happened will take much longer, and the NTSB is here to take the lead on this investigation. US Airways will do whatever we can to assist them.

In the meantime, our continued focus and support will be on our passengers, their families and our crew. Thank you."

Airline officials are in direct contact with local, state and national authorities and are cooperating fully with emergency response efforts. US Airways has activated the "US Airways Care" Team of specially trained employee volunteers to assist families and passengers.

Individuals who believe they may have family members on board flight 1549 may call US Airways at 1-800-679-8215 within the United States. This number can be reached toll-free from international locations through AT&T's USADirect(R). To contact an AT&T operator, please visit for USADirect(R) access codes.

US Airways will continue to release information as it becomes available. Please monitor for the latest information. (LCCG)

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CONTACT: US Airways, Tempe Media Relations, 480-693-5729

Source: US Airways