August 11, 2016 |
American Airlines said Tuesday that passengers on many U.S. flights can now watch free movies and TV shows, listen to music and play games in the main coach cabin at no charge. More than 850 American aircraft now have the free in-seat, wireless entertainment systems. An additional 300 planes will be getting the seat-back systems, and next year all American planes will be equipped with the free inflight programming for domestic flights. American operates a hub and 425 daily flights in Philadelphia.
August 10, 2016 |
Delta Air Lines grounded flights worldwide for nearly six hours Monday, snarling flights for hundreds of thousands during the busy summer travel season because of an equipment problem. Shortly before 9 a.m., Delta said the ground stop was lifted, and limited departures were resuming, but delays and cancellations would continue. As of 1:30 p.m., Delta said it had canceled 451 flights due to a power outage, while operating about 1,679 of its nearly 6,000 scheduled for Monday. At Philadelphia International Airport, Steven Bowles, of Allentown, arrived at 7:45 a.m. for a 10:20 a.m. Delta flight.
August 9, 2016 |
When US Airways and American Airlines merged to create the world's largest airline, CEO Doug Parker said all nine hubs would be important to the new American. Four years later, that's still true. Philadelphia continues to be American's European "gateway" with 425 daily departures, and a total of 850 takeoffs and landings each day. Philadelphia is the fourth-largest hub in the network of American, the world's biggest carrier measured by passenger traffic. But the airline has reduced seat capacity at PHL as it reacts to competition and changing priorities - part of routine adjustments, said American, and in no way a reflection on its commitment to Philadelphia, where it employs 8,500 people.
July 30, 2016 |
Friday will be one of the busiest travel days of the year at Philadelphia International Airport, when most DNC delegates and visitors will be heading home. The airlines, Philadelphia airport, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) say they will have extra staff on hand to answer questions, handle security screening, and get travelers to their gates. TSA offered travel tips Thursday for airline passengers departing the Democratic National Convention : arrive at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours ahead of international flights and allow extra time for traffic, parking, rental car returns, and airline check-in.
July 30, 2016 |
From before the Democratic National Convention's first gavel till after the last, people with deep pockets were treating Democratic leaders and officeholders to parties and perks. There were butlered hors d'oeuvres of tuna tartare, truffle mac and cheese, unlimited wine and liquor, golfing at Merion - all in all, more than 100 parties, lunches, and outings surrounding the main event. There was Sunday's welcome party at SugarHouse Casino hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, the city's Democratic chief, where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and many other elected officials mingled with donors over free food, booze, and a live band.
July 24, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney announced an agreement Friday night for workers at Philadelphia International Airport who were threatening a strike during the Democratic National Convention to form a union. Kenney said he and Gov. Wolf had brought SEIU 32BJ, which has been trying to unionize the workers, together with American Airlines to work out a deal. "Beginning today and into next week, 32BJ and American will be working together on such an agreement and to ensure the smooth operation of the airport as thousands of delegates from around the country convene for the Democratic National Convention," Kenney said in a statement.
July 24, 2016 |
Shares of American Airlines rose Friday after the company reported second-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations. But on a year-over-year basis, revenue was down 4.3 percent and profits fell 44.3 percent. The bottom line was hurt by a $543 million provision for income taxes, capacity growth by competitors, continued global economic softness, and foreign currency weakness. Philadelphia's largest airline earned $950 million, or $1.68 per share, in the three months ended June 30, compared with $1.7 billion, or $2.41 per share, a year earlier.
July 23, 2016
At least 10 clergy members were arrested Thursday during a sit-in at Philadelphia Internal Airport to protest the low wages and treatment of workers subcontracted by American Airlines. Members of the interfaith activist group Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER) staged the sit-in outside the TSA checkpoint in Terminal B. After being issued several warning to leave, eight men and two women were arrested and later issued citations, police said. The demonstration was peaceful and no one was hurt.
July 23, 2016 |
Passengers on American Airlines Flight 1822 headed to Philadelphia were forced to evacuate Thursday afternoon while on the taxiway at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida due to a "maintenance issue," American said. The Airbus 320 with 133 passengers and five crew evacuated the aircraft on the tarmac, using emergency slides, about 3:30 p.m. Fourteen passengers and three flight attendants sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals, American spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said.
July 18, 2016
Q: I have tried in vain to get a refund from American Airlines. On a recent flight back to Bermuda, we experienced hours of delays caused by weather. Finally, our flight was canceled, and chaos ensued. The line to see an agent was two to three hours long, and I was carrying a sleeping child. Agents were yelling, "Call American Airlines!" I had an international cellphone, but called and was told there was a wait time of two hours. Then the agents were yelling at the crowd to use AA.com to rebook their flights.