June 15, 2016 |
With a pilot shortage looming for U.S. airlines, three subsidiaries of American Airlines announced Monday that they will offer $15,000 signing bonuses to newly minted pilots. Envoy Air (formerly American Eagle), Piedmont and PSA Airlines, which operate short-haul or "express" flights for American, are offering signing bonuses to lure new aviators at a time many senior pilots are near the mandatory retirement age of 65, and it's become harder to be a pilot. New federal pilot-rest rules and tougher qualification standards since 2013 require commercial co-pilots, or first officers, to have 1,500 hours of minimum flight experience, up from 250. Fewer young people are opting for cockpit jobs because of the cost of training and low entry pay – $22,500 to $26,000 to start at the regional airlines, which operate half the nation's scheduled flights.
June 13, 2016 |
Flights between Philadelphia and Cuba have been approved to begin this year. The flights to and from Philadelphia will be on Frontier, which applied in March to operate weekly trips between Philadelphia International Airport and Cuba. Frontier said it plans to fly between Philadelphia and Camagüey four times weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) starting Dec. 15; once weekly, on Saturdays, between Philadelphia and Matanzas, starting Jan. 7, 2017; and three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays)
June 5, 2016
Q: I reserved airfare last week from Tel Aviv to Las Vegas via American Airlines' website, and within 24 hours I called to cancel. An agent told me that since it was within 24 hours, I could cancel the ticket and I would "very likely" receive a refund. Based on this advice, I canceled the ticket and booked a ticket with slightly different dates. My mother is just recovering from cancer and I was forced to cancel the second ticket again within 24 hours. I did so based on the reservations agent's advice that since I had done so within 24 hours I would likely be OK in receiving a refund.
May 21, 2016 |
American Airlines said Thursday that it would spend $4 million to hire private contractors to help manage security lines at its nine hub airports, including Philadelphia International Airport, during the peak summer travel months. The airline's chief operating officer, Robert Isom, said in a letter to employees that "tens of thousands" of American's customers have missed flights and "tens of thousands of checked bags have been delayed" in Transportation Security Administration bag-check rooms because of low staffing.
May 12, 2016 |
American Airlines, Philadelphia's largest air carrier, reported Tuesday that its April passenger unit revenue was $18 billion, down 0.2 percent compared to April last year. American's planes were 80.4 full, down 1.2 percent from April 2015. Total capacity -- seats and flights -- was up 1.3 percent compared to the period a year ago. The Fort Worth, Tex.-based carrier, which operates 76 percent of the flights at Philadelphia International Airport, said it expects passenger revenue in the current second quarter for each seat mile flown, a key industry measure, to be down 6 percent to 8 percent.
May 2, 2016
Q: This year, I booked a round-trip flight on American Airlines from Minneapolis to Shannon, Ireland, for May on Travelocity.com. The next day, Travelocity sent me a message that American Airlines had increased the price. I accepted the increase, wanting to keep the schedule I had. All was well until I received my credit card bill, on which I discovered Travelocity had charged me for both the original reservation which they had modified the next day as well as the final one. I spent the better part of a working day on the phone with Travelocity's customer service department, talking to several people, including a supervisor.
May 1, 2016 |
A passenger jet had to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport Friday morning after the crew reported smoke in the cabin. No injuries were reported, but flights in and out of the airport were halted for about 45 minutes during the emergency, delaying dozens of scheduled arrivals and departures. American Airlines' spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said American Eagle Flight 4801, which originated at Richmond International Airport and was operated by Piedmont Airlines, had to make the emergency landing after smoke was reported in the cabin.
April 24, 2016 |
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.
April 20, 2016 |
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.