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US Airways

US Airways was a major American airline that ceased to operate independently when the Federal Aviation Administration granted a single operating certificate for US Airways and American Airlines on April 8, 2015. Publicly, the two carriers appeared to merge when their reservations systems and booking processes were merged on October 17, 2015; the airline had an extensive international and domestic network, with 193 destinations in 24 countries in North America, South America and the Middle East. The airline was a member of the Star Alliance, before becoming an affiliate member of Oneworld in March 2014. US Airways had 343 mainline jets, as well as 278 regional jet and turboprops flown by contract and subsidiary airlines under the name US Airways Express via code sharing agreements; the carrier operated the US Airways Shuttle, a US Airways brand that flew hourly between Logan International Airport in Boston, LaGuardia Airport in New York City, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.

C. As of October 2013, US Airways employed 32,312 people worldwide and operated 3,028 daily flights Roughly 60% of US Airways flights were operated by US Airways Express. In October 1979, after passage of the Airline Deregulation Act, Allegheny Airlines changed its name to USAir. A decade it had acquired Piedmont Airlines and Pacific Southwest Airlines, was one of the U. S.'s seven transcontinental legacy carriers. In 2005 America West Airlines carried out a reverse merger, acquiring the assets and branding of the larger US Airways while putting the America West leadership team in charge of the merged airline. In February 2013 American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge, creating the largest airline in the world; the holding companies of American and US Airways merged effective December 9, 2013. In preparation for their eventual integration, the airlines began offering reciprocal frequent flyer benefits on January 7, 2014, US Airways left Star Alliance to join Oneworld on March 31, 2014.

The combined airline carries the American Airlines name and branding and will maintain the existing US Airways hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington for a period of at least five years under the terms of a settlement with the Department of Justice and several state attorneys general. US Airways management runs the combined airline from the American headquarters in Texas. On April 8, 2015, the FAA granted a single operating certificate for both carriers, marking the end of US Airways as an independent carrier; the brand continued to exist until October. On July 13, 2015 American announced plans to discontinue the US Airways name on October 17, 2015. On that date, the final US Airways flight was San Francisco to Philadelphia via Phoenix and Charlotte, operating as Flight 1939—with 1939 commemorating the birth of All American Aviation, which became US Airways. Repainting of US Airways' planes into the American Airlines scheme was expected to take until "late 2016", with new flight attendant uniforms being introduced in 2016, when US Airways' brand was no longer on its planes, employees or assets, however its livery with the American Airlines logo still remains on several aircraft as a nod to the airline.

US Airways traces its history to All American Aviation Inc, a company founded in 1939 by du Pont family brothers Richard C. du Pont and Alexis Felix du Pont, Jr.. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the airline served the Ohio River valley in 1939. In 1949 the company was renamed All American Airways as it switched from airmail to passenger service. Allegheny's first jet was the Douglas DC-9 in 1966. In 1973 it was the ninth largest airline in the free world by passengers carried. With expansion came growing pains: in the 1970s Allegheny had the nickname "Agony Air". Allegheny's agreement with Henson Airlines, the forerunner to today's US Airways Express carrier Piedmont Airlines, to operate "Allegheny Commuter" flights was the industry's first code-share agreement, a type of service now offered throughout the industry. Allegheny changed its name to USAir in 1979 after the passage of the Airline Deregulation Act the previous year, which enabled the airline to expand its route network to the southeastern United States.

USAir was a launch customer for the Boeing 737-300, as the airline needed an aircraft with greater capacity to serve its growing Florida markets. USAir was the world's largest operator of DC-9 aircraft at the time and approached McDonnell Douglas to negotiate a new design. However, in the late 1970s, the McDonnell Douglas' proposed successor to the DC-9-50 did not suit USAir. After the negotiations with McDonnell Douglas broke down, Boeing came forward with a proposed variant of the 737. USAir selected the new 737 and the company worked with Boeing during its development, taking delivery of the first plane on November 28, 1984. In 1979 USAir's network was east of the Mississippi, plus spokes to Phoenix, it bought San Diego–based Pacific Southwest Airlines in 1986 and Winston-Salem, North Carolina–based Piedmont Airlines in 1987. The PSA acquisition was completed on April 9, 1988 and the Piedmont acquisition on August 5, 1989; the PSA acquisition gave USAir a network on the West Coast, while the Piedmont acquisition gave USAir a strong East Coast presence and hubs in Baltimore and Ch

Banana (slur)

Banana is a pejorative for ethnic East Asian or Southeast Asian people who are considered to have abandoned their Asian cultural identity or lost touch with it in order to adopt a Western cultural identity. Banana may be used as a pejorative term, similar to the pejorative term "race traitor" or it may be used as a non-pejorative term for the purpose of humorous self-deprecation. Banana is derived from the banana fruit, "yellow on the outside, white on the inside" in color when the fruit is matured; the term implies the Asian person is physically Asian but practices the "white" culture and mannerisms of the Western world. Usage of Banana can range in intent, ranging from the racist implication that the person is a "race traitor" to Asian people and culture, to being used humorously by Westernized Asians as a form of self-identification or self-deprecation. Banana is used as a pejorative term directed towards an ethnic East Asian or Southeast Asian person considered to have lost touch or abandoned their East Asian cultural identity for a Western cultural identity from another East/Southeast Asian person.

Banana can refer to Asians raised in a Western country, a highly-assimilated first-generation immigrant living in a Western country, or to an Asian resident in Asia, seen as excessively Westernized. Asians that engage in "banana behavior" may jokingly refer to themselves as a banana as a type of reappropriation. Banana is related to the Cantonese slang term Jook-sing, which refers to an overseas Chinese person, born in a Western environment, or a Chinese person who more or identifies with Western culture than traditional Chinese culture. In Singapore, it can be used to refer to those of Chinese heritage who do not speak the Chinese language. King of the Hill: In the Season 10 episode "Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana?", the character Ted Wassanasong refers to Khan Souphanousinphone as a Banana:Ted: You've become what is known as a "banana". Kahn: "Banana"? Ted: Consider the properties of a banana, Kahn, its skin is yellow. The term banana is referenced in the episode's title. Crazy Rich Asians"She thinks you’re some kind of unrefined banana—yellow on the outside, white on the inside."

Goh Peik Lin telling Rachel Chu that she is a banana Coconut – similar term used for South Asians and indigenous Australians List of ethnic slurs Twinkie – synonym for banana Dan Lee Tu: "Twinkie", "Banana", "Coconut". In: Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife - Volume 1. ABC-CLIO, 2011, ISBN 9780313350665, S. 88-89 James Allen Wren: Twinkie, Coconut. In: American Myths and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore. ABC-CLIO, 2016, ISBN 9781610695688, S. 74-76

Akeakamai

Akeakamai was a female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, along with a companion female dolphin named Phoenix, tankmates Elele and Hiapo, were the subjects of Louis Herman's animal language studies at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii. The most well-known paper is the original work described in Wolz. Akeakamai was the subject of many other scientific studies of dolphin cognition, language acquisition, sensory abilities. Physically identifying features of Akeakamai included a straight eye line, a half-circle-shaped notch in the right side of her tail fluke, a small "Eiffel Tower"-shaped mark above her right eye, a thin notch in the side of her upper mouth, a wide melon, she had characteristic in-air whistle calls, including an unusual high-low-high whistle, well below typical signature whistle frequencies. In the Hawaiian language, Akeakamai means "philosopher" or "lover of wisdom". Akeakamai was the name given to an uplifted dolphin character in David Brin's science fiction novel Startide Rising.

Akeakamai was euthanized due to cancer on November 12, 2003. Animal language Cetacean intelligence Akeakamai can be seen in: National Geographic's Dolphins with Robin Williams, BBC's Wildlife on One's Dolphins: Deep Thinkers with David Attenborough, ABC's Touched by a Dolphin with Sharon Lawrence, The Discoverers IMAX, Dolphins IMAX, NOVA; the Dolphin Institute Dolphin research publications. Not all include Akeakamai