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Government shutdown holds up US Airways’ new jet

US Airways’ newest Airbus A330 jet is marooned in France because of the federal government shutdown, as the company waits for a Federal Aviation Administration office to reopen so it can complete required paperwork before bringing the plane to Charlotte.

The airline had planned to ferry the new A330 from an Airbus facility to its Charlotte maintenance site on Saturday. But the FAA isn’t able to issue the required authorization for US Airways to take delivery of the jet, one of the thousands of impacts on businesses across the country from the partial government shutdown.

“We eagerly await their reopening in order to process our paperwork so we can bring this aircraft home,” US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr said Monday.

The planned flight from France wouldn’t have included any paying passengers. But 30 US Airways employees who had taken part in charity events had been scheduled to fly on the A330 to Charlotte. They flew on regularly scheduled flights instead, Mohr said.

Mohr said passengers won’t be affected by the delay.

US Airways’ A330 wide-body jets seat between 258 and 291 passengers, depending on the model and configuration. The long-range planes have a list price of $216 million to $239 million.

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