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May 18, 2011 | By Andrea Rothman and Laurence Frost, Bloomberg News
Black boxes from the fatal Air France crash in 2009 revealed no new technical issues with the Airbus SAS A330 jet on first examination, investigators said Tuesday, but added that it was too soon to blame human error. Analysis of voice and data recorders is "just beginning," France's BEA accident-investigation bureau said after Airbus told the airlines that preliminary findings did not yet warrant changes to equipment or operating guidance systems. After the crash, carriers had been told to switch speed sensors on the model.
BUSINESS
September 25, 1990 | By Tom Belden, Inquirer Staff Writer
USAir and Air France are moving toward a broad agreement aimed at helping the airlines sell more tickets in each other's home territories, the carriers said yesterday. The marketing deal, the first that Air France has made with a U.S. carrier, calls for coordinating the two airlines' airport facilities, advertising and promotion, scheduling and computer-reservation systems. In the proposed compact, USAir would gain the use of Air France terminal facilities at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris when it launches nonstop flights between Philadelphia International Airport and Paris starting in early 1991.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1996 | BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS Inquirer Staff Writer Tom Belden contributed to this report
Air France said yesterday it had signed separate agreements for transatlantic alliances with Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines, ending a long search for partners to broaden its reach into the lucrative U.S. travel market. The airlines plan to sell seats on each other's flights in a practice known as code-sharing, link some cargo operations, and market their transatlantic flights jointly in separate pacts, Air France said. State-owned Air France is trying to keep pace with a series of recent pacts between U.S. and European carriers, notably a proposed linkup between British Airways and American Airlines, that seek to draw lucrative long-haul passengers through key European hubs.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1999 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, Philadelphia will always have Paris. In Philadelphia's case, it is air service, rather than a great romance. Starting March 26, Philadelphia will have 13 round-trip flights a week to the French capital - one less than it has now - with the return of Air France to the route after an absence of more than seven years, airline and airport officials announced yesterday. The nonstop Air France service, every day except Thursday, will compete with a daily US Airways round-trip.
TRAVEL
December 16, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: I traveled to Europe on a codeshare flight between Delta Air Lines and KLM. Before I left the United States, I carefully checked the size and weight restrictions for my two bags on both the Delta and KLM websites, because I'm an artist and I needed to take rolls of paper with me. I made sure my bags complied. The trip from Portland, Ore., to Copenhagen, Denmark, went off without a hitch; I paid $50 to check a second bag. However, on the flight from Toulouse, France, to Portland, Ore., I had to pay 200 euros for the second bag. When the gate agent saw my second bag, she declared it "too long," she never measured it. Although the flight was on KLM, the airport staff worked for Air France.
NEWS
April 8, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: In late December, my Air France flight from Paris to Strasbourg was delayed because of an electrical problem. We returned to the terminal 2½ hours later only to find ourselves stuck in a mess of weather delays and cancellations - with having to wait in a two-hour-long line multiple times - only to have each subsequent flight canceled. After being scheduled for a flight the next day, we returned to the airport only to find our new flight delayed three hours. We then opted to take advantage of a deal Air France was offering to travelers to cancel their tickets for a full refund.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1987 | By Tom Belden, Inquirer Staff Writer
Air France yesterday said that on Saturday, Dec. 5, it would start once-a- week direct flights between Philadelphia and Paris. It would be the first new scheduled international service in or out of Philadelphia International Airport in more than six years. The service, the first the government-owned Air France has offered here since 1974, is scheduled to increase to twice a week on March 31, with Thursday and Saturday flights. It will increase again, to three times a week, flying on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting June 6, 1988.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A French citizen who forced his way into the cockpit of a USAirways flight last month was charged today with a federal count of identity fraud. Jeannard, 61, was dressed as a pilot - a white shirt with an Air France logo and captain's epaulets - when he boarded Flight 1935 on Mar. 20 which was bound for West Palm Beach. A gate attendant had refused Jeannard's request for a first class upgrade. Another employee asked if he worked for Air France. He said he did and flashed an ID card that had originally been issued to his mother, a former Air France employee.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 60-year-old man from France was arrested Wednesday evening after trying to impersonate a pilot and taking a seat in the cockpit of a plane that was about to depart from Philadelphia International Airport, police said. Whether the man, identified as Philippe Jeannard, was engaged in a sinister plot or a mental flight of fancy was unclear, police said. That he tried to impersonate a pilot on the plane was "definitely concerning," Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said Thursday.
TRAVEL
December 23, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: A few months ago I purchased tickets to Lilongwe, Malawi, for church missionary work through a full-service travel agency. I had two sets of round-trip tickets: One from San Francisco to Cairo by way of Paris on Delta Air Lines and Air France/KLM and one from Cairo to Lilongwe by way of Nairobi on Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways, Delta, and Air France/KLM are all alliance partners. On my return trip, my Kenya Airways flight from Lilongwe arrived late in Nairobi and, even though my connecting flight to Cairo was still at the gate, I was not allowed to board.
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April 25, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A FRENCH MAN was federally charged Tuesday with using a fraudulent ID card to access the cockpit of a plane at Philadelphia International Airport and impersonating a pilot last month, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Philippe Jeannard, 61, of La Rochelle, France, is accused of using the identification card of a former Air France employee to get into the cockpit of a US Airways flight to West Palm Beach, Fla., on March 20. When the co-pilot discovered Jeannard sitting in the jump seat behind the captain's seat and questioned him, Jeannard claimed to be a 747 pilot for Air France, investigators said at the time of the incident.
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April 24, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A French citizen who forced his way into the cockpit of a USAirways flight last month was charged today with a federal count of identity fraud. Jeannard, 61, was dressed as a pilot - a white shirt with an Air France logo and captain's epaulets - when he boarded Flight 1935 on Mar. 20 which was bound for West Palm Beach. A gate attendant had refused Jeannard's request for a first class upgrade. Another employee asked if he worked for Air France. He said he did and flashed an ID card that had originally been issued to his mother, a former Air France employee.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
Dog found skinned, chained to tree in W. Philly A young, once-healthy pit bull was found dead - skinned over most of its body - in a grassy area in West Philadelphia just before noon Friday, said the Pennsylvania SPCA. "We're not sure how the dog died," said George Bengal, director of law enforcement at the SPCA. "All but the legs and head were skinned. Someone must have used a knife or a razor to do it. I don't believe that was the cause of death. It looks like it was done after the dog was deceased.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 60-year-old man from France was arrested Wednesday evening after trying to impersonate a pilot and taking a seat in the cockpit of a plane that was about to depart from Philadelphia International Airport, police said. Whether the man, identified as Philippe Jeannard, was engaged in a sinister plot or a mental flight of fancy was unclear, police said. That he tried to impersonate a pilot on the plane was "definitely concerning," Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said Thursday.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | BY JAD SLEIMAN, Daily News Staff Writer sleimaj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A PASSENGER who apparently didn't want to settle for coach on his flight from Philadelphia to Florida on Wednesday night posed as a pilot so he could sit in the cockpit instead, police say. Philippe Jeannard, 60, of La Rochelle, France, had a ticket for the flight but allegedly donned what appeared to be an Air France captain's outfit and gained access to the cockpit of a US Airways flight departing Philadelphia International Airport. "When Jeannard could not produce proper credentials, he was removed from the flight and the police were notified," said Jillian Russell, a Police Department spokeswoman.
TRAVEL
December 23, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: A few months ago I purchased tickets to Lilongwe, Malawi, for church missionary work through a full-service travel agency. I had two sets of round-trip tickets: One from San Francisco to Cairo by way of Paris on Delta Air Lines and Air France/KLM and one from Cairo to Lilongwe by way of Nairobi on Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways, Delta, and Air France/KLM are all alliance partners. On my return trip, my Kenya Airways flight from Lilongwe arrived late in Nairobi and, even though my connecting flight to Cairo was still at the gate, I was not allowed to board.
TRAVEL
December 16, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: I traveled to Europe on a codeshare flight between Delta Air Lines and KLM. Before I left the United States, I carefully checked the size and weight restrictions for my two bags on both the Delta and KLM websites, because I'm an artist and I needed to take rolls of paper with me. I made sure my bags complied. The trip from Portland, Ore., to Copenhagen, Denmark, went off without a hitch; I paid $50 to check a second bag. However, on the flight from Toulouse, France, to Portland, Ore., I had to pay 200 euros for the second bag. When the gate agent saw my second bag, she declared it "too long," she never measured it. Although the flight was on KLM, the airport staff worked for Air France.
NEWS
July 18, 2012 | By Thomas Adamson, Associated Press
PARIS - They are among France's darkest days: Police dragged more than 13,000 Jews from their homes, confined them in a Paris cycling stadium with little food or water, and then deported them to their deaths in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. But even in France, one of the most brazen collaborations between authorities and the Nazis during World War II is unknown to many in the younger generation. Police are hoping to change that, opening up their archives on France's biggest single deportation of French Jews for the first time to the public on Thursday.
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April 8, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: In late December, my Air France flight from Paris to Strasbourg was delayed because of an electrical problem. We returned to the terminal 2½ hours later only to find ourselves stuck in a mess of weather delays and cancellations - with having to wait in a two-hour-long line multiple times - only to have each subsequent flight canceled. After being scheduled for a flight the next day, we returned to the airport only to find our new flight delayed three hours. We then opted to take advantage of a deal Air France was offering to travelers to cancel their tickets for a full refund.
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