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May 30, 1996 | by Scott Flander, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writers Anthony S. Twyman and Kurt Heine contributed to this report
You might go to the airport someday soon and get the impression that American Airlines basically owns the joint. If American Airlines buys USAir Group, more than 70 percent of Philadelphia International Airport's domestic flights would be operated by American. And for Philadelphia travelers, that could mean higher fares and, maybe, fewer flights to choose from, some airline experts say. Right now, it's far from certain that American will buy USAir. But that possibility is reportedly being discussed by American Airlines and British Airways, which appear to be on the verge of a major trans-Atlantic alliance.
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August 5, 1990 | By Donald D. Groff, Special to The Inquirer
AIRPORT SURCHARGE. American Airlines has begun imposing ticket surcharges of $1 to $4 on each departing passenger at five U.S. airports, in effect passing on to customers charges that the airports have assessed the airline. The airports are New York's La Guardia, Newark International and those in New Orleans and in Fort Myers and West Palm Beach, Fla. The surcharges reflect disagreements over fees between the airline and the airports. At La Guardia, for instance, the airline objects to some airport- improvement costs with which it has been saddled.
BUSINESS
January 3, 1991 | The Inquirer Staff
American Airlines said yesterday that it would lay off an unspecified number of workers because what it termed an illegal sickout by pilots has forced the carrier to cut back its flight schedule. The nation's largest airline said it would reduce the number of flights by 4 percent in mid-January because of what it said was an organized effort by pilots to slow operations to protest a lack of progress in contract talks. The carrier normally operates about 2,300 daily flights worldwide.
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June 25, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia region and New Jersey are home to many pharmaceutical and life-sciences companies that send and receive finished medicines and raw drug ingredients around the globe. American Airlines officials snipped a ribbon and provided tours Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport of a new $5 million cargo refrigeration facility catering to the cold storage needs of these companies. The 25,000-square-foot renovated warehouse opened six weeks ago, and can handle nearly four times the amount of perishable, time-sensitive, and valuable airfreight - including vaccines, blood products, gene therapies, tissues, insulin and immunotherapies - that travel in the belly of planes on American and merger partner US Airways passenger flights.
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March 26, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines canceled about 200 flights today so its crews can inspect some wire bundles aboard its MD-80 aircraft. The canceled flights represent less than 10 percent of the nation's biggest airline's scheduled service for the day. American canceled most of its flights scheduled for today between Philadelphia International Airport and its hub at Chicago O'Hare Airport, and other flights to its Dallas/Fort Worth and...
BUSINESS
March 23, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
In a bid to gear up for the next decade, American Airlines said yesterday that it had placed orders for 75 twin-jet aircraft from Dutch manufacturer Fokker and 35 jetliners from Boeing Co. "Taken together, these transactions complete the task of positioning American for the 1990s," chairman Robert Crandall said at a news conference. The airline, owned by AMR Corp. in Fort Worth, Texas, also took options to purchase another 75 aircraft from Fokker. The order is the largest in Fokker's history, it said.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
American Airlines, Philadelphia's largest carrier, reported a record fourth-quarter profit Friday on falling oil prices and strong corporate travel. Business customers and all fliers also fared well, paying lower ticket prices in the latest quarter as American matched the fares of discount carriers Spirit and Frontier Airlines, which have been expanding in cities including Philadelphia. American said it plans to roll out a "basic economy fare" in the second half of this year to compete with the "no frills" ticket prices of Spirit and Frontier.
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August 10, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines' pilots overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement with the bankrupt airline Wednesday, putting their fate before a federal bankruptcy judge and potentially delaying US Airways' quest to merge and create the world's biggest airline. The Allied Pilots Association, representing 8,000 pilots, voted 4,600 against and 2,935 in favor of the tentative contract. An approval would have sped American's plan to restructure and emerge from Chapter 11 reorganization as a stand-alone company, or part of a merger, one airline analyst said.
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April 24, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
American Airlines flew into headwinds with investors Friday. Shares traded down $1.80 to close at $38.21 after Philadelphia's largest carrier reported a first-quarter profit that beat estimates, but analysts and investors worried about the company's near-term revenue guidance. The world's largest airline by passenger traffic earned $700 million, or $1.14 a share, down from $932 million, or $1.39 a share, a year earlier. Passenger unit revenue, the amount for each seat mile flown and a key industry measure, declined 7.5 percent in the three months ended March 31. American predicted a similar drop - between 6 percent and 8 percent - in the second quarter.
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April 20, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
A PERFECT storm is brewing at U.S. airports ahead of the busy summer travel season: longer lines to get through security screening. Airlines and airports are warning fliers to get to the airport two hours early for domestic flights and three hours for international trips. Traffic is up, TSA staffing is down, and the security workers who remain are charged with carrying out more stringent measures after recent terror attacks. Passengers on American Airlines in Philadelphia and in four other cities got a taste of the longer waits over spring break, March 14 to March 20, when lines through screening checkpoints were an hour or longer.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines saidpassenger traffic increased by 3.3 percent on 3.8 percent more capacity -- seats and flights -- in March compared to a year earlier. Planes were 81.7 percent full. Philadelphia's largest carrier, which operates 76 percent of flights at Philadelphia International Airport, said it expects first-quarter passenger unit revenue to fall 7 percent to 8 percent, worse than an earlier forecast for a 6 percent to 8 percent slide. American last week suspended its Philadelphia to Brussels flight until June 14. American said it will operate the Brussels flight only during the peak summer travel months, and not year around.
TRAVEL
April 11, 2016
Q: I recently booked two tickets to Scotland on American Airlines for this summer. A few weeks ago, I saw that the cost of the tickets had dropped considerably. I called American about this and said I felt I was being penalized for booking early. The representative spoke to her boss about the discrepancy in price and said the airline would issue two vouchers for $494 each. She said the flight had to be booked within a year but I could travel later than a year. She also told me they were transferable.
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April 9, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines said Thursday it will resume Philadelphia-to-Brussels flights as a seasonal flight starting June 14. The flight, which operated daily except Tuesdays, has been suspended since the terrorist attacks last month. This year, the flights will operate in the peak summer season between June 14 and Aug. 21 and they will resume in May 2017, jetting out six days a week. American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said the decision about the Brussels flight does not affect Philadelphia's other European destinations.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2016
Question: I booked a round-trip frequent-flier ticket (25,000 miles) on American Airlines last year for a trip from Chicago to San Antonio when I learned that my Army son was going to be promoted to major in San Antonio on Labor Day weekend. As is common in the Army, he was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., a few months later, so he had his promotion ceremony in Illinois, not Texas. I called American to see whether I could get my miles back and was told that it would cost me $150 to do so. I was wondering whether you thought there was any chance for me to get the miles back at no cost, or for a reduced cost, since it was only because of the military's change to my son's orders that I did not complete the trip as planned.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
The reopening of Brussels Airport has been delayed indefinitely following last Tuesday's terrorist attack because of terminal damage and the need for additional security measures at all Belgian airports ordered by the Belgian government. American Airlines, which operates 76 percent of the flights at Philadelphia International Airport, said Tuesday that it would route passengers through other airports in Europe until it can resume its daily flight to and from Brussels to Philadelphia.
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March 26, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines said its Philadelphia flight to Brussels will not resume until Wednesday March 30 with the first return flight from Brussels on Thursday March 31. American, which operates a hub and 76 percent of the flights at Philadelphia International Airport, issued an update and said flight plans are "subject to change, pending direction from Brussels Airport and the appropriate authorities. " Customers booked on cancelled flights are being re-routed through other airports in the region, the airline said.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines, the largest carrier at Philadelphia International Airport, announced Wednesday it will begin profit sharing with employees based on 2016 earnings. The payout will be 5 percent of every pre-tax dollar earned, and will go to about 110,000 of American's 120,000 employees. Some managers will not qualify. Delta, Southwest, and United airlines all have employee profit sharing. The announcement by American CEO Doug Parker and president Scott Kirby came after unions for American pilots and flight attendants pressed hard to share in the profits - $7.6 billion in 2015.
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