History of US Airways Virtual Airlines

US Airways Virtual Airlines was initially founded by Humberto Aguin sometime during 2004. David Athay was taken on as the organization's Chief Operations Officer, and he worked to establish an Operations Manual and the initial system needed for accepting new pilots. The goal was to start operating immediately while the management team finished building more complex systems in the background. The fledgling US Airways Virtual Airlines experienced many obstacles along the way, as is the case with any upstart organization. Under then President Aguin's leadership, the airline accepted its first few pilots and their pilot reports. This marked the first chapter in the history of the presence of US Airways in the virtual airline arena.

During the holiday season of 2005, Nicholas Stutzman, a long time virtual aviation enthusiast, was considering the organization of a fictitious east coast virtual airline, Colonial America. Nick's many years of experience working with the web combined with his passion for the virtual aviation community sparked a keen interest in starting an organization of his own. He knew, however, in the back of his mind that an organization based on a real world airline would be ideal. On top of that, Nick was and is a huge fan of US Airways. After watching the US Airways Virtual Airlines website lay dormant for many months, Nick contacted President Aguin and began a series of talks centered on the details and terms of a possible acquisition of the airline.

On New Year's Day, 2006, the domain changed hands from Humberto to Nick and work began in earnest on a massive reorganization. The organization announced from its headquarters in Tempe, AZ that Humgerto Aguin was named Founder Emeritus and that Nicholas Stutzman was named President and Chief Executive Officer. President Stutzman announced five strategic imperatives for the airline's future success, but the development of the airline was reduced to a snail's pace. Working alone on the coding and site design turned out to be a monumental task, but at long last, the site was completed almost a year and a half to the day after Nick acquired the airline.

US Airways Virtual Airlines went fully operational on Sunday, June 10, 2007 and is proudly accepting new pilots today. Our history is being rewritten with each new pilot, and we are eagerly looking forward to a bright future.

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