In 1993, British Airways entered into a strategic alliance with USAir. British Airways bought into USAir with a large stock purchase. In addition to code sharing, USAir handed over the rights to its Charlotte-London Gatwick route (the company’s first TransAtlantic route, inherited from Piedmont). USAir continued to operate the flights with GE-powered 767-200s, three of which were painted in British Airways’ Landor paint scheme. The happy marriage did not last long. Under new management, USAir challenged its relationship with BA in court in 1996, and the two severed ties in 1997.