The airline confirmed yesterday that it would end non-stop service to Newark after March 7, as well as discontinuing its popular LaGuardia to Hudson River flight. Officials with the air carrier cited the high cost of fishing the aircraft out of the river, paying passengers $5,000 each and cleaning the seats after each flight.
"Even though Flight 1549 was popular with the thrill-seekers and the suicidal, we felt we could no longer offer the level of service and professionalism to our customers when Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger abruptly resigned from US Airways, opting to become the new pilot of Air Force One", said an unnamed airline spokesman. "We wish him well in his future endeavors."
President Obama, meanwhile, announced the appointment of Capt. Sullenberger as chief pilot of Air Force One this afternoon, saying only, "It was time for a change. Plus, when I fly to Hawaii, there's a lot of Pacific Ocean out there for Sully to put 'er down."