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March 1, 2013
US Airways flight attendants ratified a new contract with an 80 percent "yes" vote that provides immediate double-digit pay increases, job protections and improved work rules, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA announced Thursday. The contract will remain in place until the merger with American Airlines is finalized. The flight attendants pledged support for the merger and to be "full partners" with their counterparts at American. Bargaining talks will begin within 30 days between management at US Airways, American and the two flight attendants' groups to negotiate a joint contract.
NEWS
January 3, 2012
US Airways Group Inc. announced Tuesday it will begin nonstop daily seasonal summer service from Philadelphia to Salt Lake City on May 24. Additionally, US Airways will add another daily frequency on March 25 between Philadelphia and St Louis, Mo.; Nashville, Tenn., Houston; Albany, N.Y.; Bangor, Maine; and Indianapolis. Separately, US Airways announced new daily flights at Washington Reagan National airport, where it acquired some takeoff and landing rights from Delta Air Lines.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2012 | Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
US Airways Group Inc. reported slightly higher passenger counts in June, compared with the same month in 2011, buoyed by increased Latin American travel. Total passenger boardings were 5,394,173, up 0.1 percent from 5,387,677 for June 2011. Passenger revenue per available seat-mile increased about 6 percent for the month, president Scott Kirby said in a statement. "Despite record-setting temperatures and severe weather along the East Coast, our team of 32,000 employees ran an outstanding airline, achieving our best-ever June performance in on-time departures and arrivals and baggage handling," Kirby said.
NEWS
January 25, 2012
Soaring fuel prices lowered US Airways Group Inc. fourth-quarter profit to $18 million, or 11 cents a share, down from $28 million, or 17 cents a share, in the final quarter of 2010. Excluding special charges, it earned 13 cents a share. For the year, Philadelphia's dominant airline earned $71 million, or 44 cents per diluted share, lower than the $502 million, $2.61 a share, in 2010. US Airways attributed lower profitability in part to higher fuel prices. US Airways spent $1.2 billion more on fuel in 2011 than in 2010.
NEWS
February 25, 2008 | INQUIRER STAFF
US Airways today said it would operate nonstop flights this summer between Philadelphia International Airport and two West Coast cities, Sacramento, Calif., and Portland, Ore. The airline has flown the Portland route before but not the one to Sacramento. US Airways also said it would have nonstop flights this summer between its Charlotte, N.C., hub and Sacramento and Tuscon, Ariz., All seasonal service normally operates until early September, the airline said. Shares were down 8 cents to $13.40 in midday trading.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2013
US Airways Group Inc. said nearly 5 million passengers boarded its planes in January, a 2.4 percent increase from a year earlier. The Tempe, Ariz.-based carrier, the dominant airline in Philadelphia, flew 4.9 billion mainline revenue-passenger miles, which are the miles a plane flies multiplied by the number of paying passengers, last month, up 4.8 percent from January 2012. US Airways' passenger-load factor, or the percentage of filled seats, was 80.7 percent, up from 78.2 percent a year earlier.
NEWS
January 25, 2013
US Airways Group Inc. flight attendants, including 2,073 based in Philadelphia, have reached a third tentative contract agreement with management. Members had narrowly voted down the previous offer, 51 percent to 49 percent. The new agreement, reached under the supervision of the National Mediation Board, provides "immediate economic improvements" and "a process for additional gains through discussions" related to a possible merger with American Airlines, the union said, adding, "Doug Parker's plan for a US Airways-American merger provides the best opportunities for US Airways flight attendants - and we are now poised to make the most out of those opportunities.
NEWS
June 2, 2011
US Airways Group Inc. today began its first daily nonstop service year-around to Quebec City, Quebec, from Philadelphia International Airport. There are three flights daily to the Canadian city, at 9:30 a.m., 2:49 p.m., and 8:35 p.m. Return flights depart Quebec City at 6:25 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. From Philadelphia, US Airways serves 36 cities in Europe and the Middle East; 14 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and five destinations in...
NEWS
August 31, 2012
The flight attendant unions at American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc. said the two unions will work together to support a merger between the two carriers. It was the first endorsement of a merger by US Airways flight attendants, and 2,092 are based in Philadelphia. The Association of Flight Attendants (US Airways) and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (American) said in a joint statement: "Both unions firmly believe that an American Airlines/US Airways merger is in the best interest of the flight attendants at both carriers, and are committed to working to further the goal of that merger.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2013
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June 3, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although American, Delta, and United want to squelch the rapid U.S. growth of Persian Gulf airlines, Qatar Airways announced Monday that it will fly a larger wide-body aircraft daily between Philadelphia and Doha, the Qatari capital, starting Jan. 1, 2016. Qatar picked Philadelphia to be the first U.S. airport to fly its larger Airbus A350 XWB jet, which offers wider seats in business and economy classes, less engine noise, and mood lighting to reduce fatigue, the airline said. "Philadelphia is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.A., and is an important international business hub that is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies," Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines will begin transferring US Airways passenger reservations to its own system this summer, with the goal of phasing out the US Airways brand by the end of the year. American, which merged with US Airways in December 2013, notified travel agents and online ticket sites Tuesday that it would begin the transition as early as July, with the final "operational cutover" 90 days later, in October, when flights with the US Airways brand will end. Getting to a single reservation system is one of the most complex steps in the merger that created the world's largest airline with 100,000 employees and 6,700 daily flights.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines and merger partner US Airways have been approved to receive a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, effective Wednesday. Although passengers will not notice differences, behind the scenes US Airways and American have aligned many operating policies and procedures to become a single airline. For the time being, passengers can still book trips on separate US Airways and American websites until there is a single ticket-reservation system, expected by the end of the year.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines will combine the frequent-flier program of merger partner US Airways into its AAdvantage program, starting Saturday. The move to a single frequent-flier plan will take several days and will mesh 30 million US Airways' Dividend Miles members with 70 million American customers, American said in an e-mail message to travelers Tuesday. Although the two carriers officially merged in December 2013, the process of combining frequent-flier programs, obtaining a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, and getting to a single computer reservation system are major steps that will not be completed until late this year.
NEWS
January 3, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
New information on a US Airways jetliner crash March 13 in Philadelphia indicates that the accident was caused by pilot error, according to federal documents cited on an aviation news website. Initial reports were that Flight 1702, bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had blown a tire in the front landing gear, causing pilots to abort the takeoff, and that gusting winds might have played a role. The jet skidded nose-down to a stop about 6:20 p.m. at Philadelphia International Airport, and the 149 passengers and five crew were evacuated, with no serious injuries reported at the time.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said the first year since US Airways and American officially merged "has gone really well, but we are by no means done. " Since the merger was completed a year ago Tuesday, operations have been combined in more than 80 airports. Dozens of aircraft have been painted in the new American colors. Passengers can access both airlines' networks through "codeshare" ticketing. Frequent fliers can earn and redeem travel miles on US Airways and American flights.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
US Airways resumed its nonstop flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv, Israel, at 9:10 p.m. Thursday. The first return flight from Tel Aviv will arrive in Philadelphia on Saturday morning. "Based on a thorough review of all information available," US Airways' parent company, American Airlines, said the carrier would fly Thursday night "as scheduled. " Delta Air Lines said it would resume its once-daily flight from New York John F. Kennedy Airport to Israel on Thursday evening. United Airlines restarted its flights to Tel Aviv starting with a 4:45 p.m. flight Thursday from Newark, N.J., and a second flight that was scheduled to depart Newark at 10:50 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 11,000 mechanics, fleet service, maintenance, and other ground workers at US Airways have reached tentative three-year contract agreements with management of newly-merged US Airways and American Airlines. The International Association of Machinists (IAM) negotiating committees unanimously endorsed the tentative agreements and recommended ratification, paving the way for joint collective bargaining with their American Airlines' counterparts at the Transport Workers Union (TWU)
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A disruptive passenger whose behavior caused a US Airways flight to London to return to Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday night has been charged with intimidation of a flight crew member and related federal offenses. Robert John Coppack, 40, who has dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom, was on Flight 728 when two female passengers complained to a flight attendant that he had touched them inappropriately, and said they felt uncomfortable sitting next to him, according to court papers.
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