BOSTON -- USAir will take over the Trump Shuttle as soon as March 15, industry sources said yesterday.
The airline is expected to follow tradition by briefly offering reduced fares and frequent-flier incentives on the Boston-New York-Washington routes.
The nation's fifth-largest carrier would not comment on when it would assume the Trump Shuttle operation or on what promotions if would offer, saying its plans for fare promotion, advertising strategy and marketing plans were still under development.
It said a final agreement with Trump's creditors should be completed shortly.
"We're still finalizing our agreement with the banks," said David Shipley, a USAir spokesman.
USAir reached a preliminary agreement in December to operate the Trump Shuttle under the USAir name for 10 years.
The pact -- reached with Citibank and several other banks that lent $365 million to Donald Trump to acquire the former Eastern Airlines shuttle -- also gives USAir the option to acquire the shuttle in five years.