US Airways final flight expected this fall

American Airlines and US Airways merged in late 2013 and decided to keep the better-known American name.

The last flight for US Airways will take place this fall, and one more name in airline history will disappear.

The farewell flight for US Airways will be a red-eye — Flight 434 is scheduled to leave San Francisco around 10 p.m. and land in Philadelphia after 6 a.m. on Oct. 17. The US Airways website will be turned off. Airport kiosks and signs will change to American Airlines.

The two airlines merged in December 2013 and decided to keep the better-known American name. Vestiges of the carrier will survive for some time, however, as some planes won’t be repainted yet in American’s colors and logo. Both airlines serve Charleston.

In the last 10 years, mergers have eliminated Northwest, Continental and AirTran. Before that, Pan Am, TWA and many smaller carriers disappeared.

American Airlines Group Inc.’s biggest challenge may be combining the computer systems of two airlines without creating the kinds of problems that have plagued United and Continental after they combined reservations systems in 2012. Maya Leibman, American’s chief information officer, said American has built in redundancies and disaster-recovery programs in key systems.

Customers booked on US Airways flights after Oct. 17 will get a new flight number bearing American’s AA code. That’s only about 4 percent of all reservations in the American and US Airways systems, they said.

American is the biggest airline operator in the world by passenger traffic, having surpassed United after the merger with US Airways.