October 25, 2014 |
U.S. airline stocks rallied Thursday after several carriers reported healthy third-quarter profits, helped by strong bookings and declining jet-fuel prices. Ebola fears have not noticeably discouraged travel, airline executives said. "The demand environment remains solid, and strong revenue trends have continued," Southwest Airlines chief financial officer Tammy Romo said on an investor call. American Airlines, Southwest, and JetBlue Airways posted record profits for the three months ended Sept.
February 26, 2014 |
Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are the latest regional employers to announce plans to stop hiring smokers. The Main Line health system - made up of Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital - on Monday said it would no longer hire users of tobacco and nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes. Beginning May 1, job applicants must certify that they have not used such products in the previous 90 days, and will abstain during their employment.
July 7, 2013 |
CAIRO - Tens of thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi marched in Cairo yesterday, and gunfire and stone-throwing marked clashes taking place after dark. Medical officials say at least 12 people were killed in clashes in the coastal city of Alexandria, bringing the nationwide toll to 30. The Thursday swearing-in of Adly Mansour, the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, as Egypt's interim president illustrated the military's desire to be seen as quickly returning the nation to civilian control.
July 5, 2013
Police say girl may still be alive LONDON - Police say they have launched a full inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and want to trace 38 "persons of interest" in the case. Detectives say it is possible that the girl, who vanished from a Portuguese holiday resort six years ago, is still alive. Scotland Yard said Thursday that 12 of the individuals of interest are British, and the rest from a variety of European countries. The force says it is working with governments across the continent to find out more.
May 23, 2013 |
The nation's aviation-security chief said Tuesday that he still intends to let passengers carry small knives on commercial flights and that the controversial rule could be implemented soon. John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, told the Inquirer Editorial Board that the policy could be put into effect as soon as "next week or the following week. " Later, he said it would more likely be "in the next 30 days. " A storm of protest from flight attendants, air marshals, and several major airlines had stalled the move.
April 29, 2013 |
Airlines survived $147-a-barrel oil, a financial collapse on Wall Street, and a recession in 2008 by doing two things: slashing capacity - fewer flights, different-size aircrafts, recalibrated routes - and charging annoying fees for everything from baggage to "choice" seats. Nationwide, there are 8 percent fewer airplane seats with passengers in them than five years ago, according to airline analyst Daniel McKenzie, of Buckingham Research Group in New York. He recently analyzed which cities got hardest hit with seat cuts and which had the most growth.
July 18, 2012 |
PHILLY'S airport is flying high. City officials yesterday announced that Spirit Airlines, a budget carrier, will soon offer flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth. Spirit is the third new airline to add Philly routes in the past six months, following similar announcements from Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. "We have not had new airlines in eight years and now we have three," said Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler.
June 14, 2012 |
Alaska Airlines ranked first and US Airways ranked last in customer satisfaction among traditional airlines, according to the latest survey by J.D. Power & Associates, released Wednesday. JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines were tops among low-cost carriers, with Frontier Airlines ranked lowest. The study measured overall customer satisfaction based on performance in seven factors: cost and fees, in-flight services, boarding/deplaning/baggage, flight crew, aircraft, check-in, and reservations.
June 12, 2012 |
Alaska Airlines' first flight to Philadelphia arrived Monday to applause, music and speeches, with a Philadelphia native at the controls. Alaska Airlines is the second carrier to start service at Philadelphia International in the past three months, after the airport had gone eight years without a new airline. Virgin America inaugurated flights between Philadelphia and Los Angeles and San Francisco in April. Before that, Southwest's arrival in 2004 was the last new start at the airport.
February 8, 2012 |
Alaska Airlines, popular in the Pacific Northwest and known for customer service, will begin daily nonstop flights between Seattle and Philadelphia, starting June 11. The Seattle-based carrier is the second airline in the last month to announce it is coming to Philadelphia International Airport. Virgin America Inc. said in January it would begin nonstop daily flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco from Philadelphia beginning in April. "We are very excited to bring Philadelphia an airline that has distinguished itself among travelers and industry experts," said Philadelphia airport chief executive officer Mark Gale.