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July 11, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Who's paying for the Democratic convention? The public should be able to learn that now, say civic watchdog groups, some local Bernie Sanders backers, and even the state open-records agency. On Friday, Mayor Kenney joined the chorus. But with barely two weeks until the convention is gaveled to order at the Wells Fargo Center, the people raising the money still aren't saying. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, committed to raising more than $60 million to host the Democrats' convention, says it won't disclose that information until after the July 25-28 event.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, said June traffic was up 2.2 percent compared with June a year ago. Planes were 84.9 percent full, down 0.5 percent. American said second-quarter passenger revenue for each mile flown, a key industry measure, was down 6 percent to 7 percent in the three months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. American said it plans to increase total capacity -- seats and flights -- 2 percent in 2016, down 0.5 percent from its previous growth forecast.
NEWS
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 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.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frontier Airlines will add flights to 10 new cities from Philadelphia this spring, among 42 new routes nationwide announced by the Denver-based airline on Thursday. Flights from Philadelphia International Airport to New Orleans; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Indianapolis will begin April 14. Nonstop flights to Nashville, Cleveland, and St. Augustine, Fla., will start April 15. Frontier will begin flying to Cincinnati on May 13, to Austin, Texas, on May 15, and to Kansas City, Mo.; and Milwaukee on June 2. One-way fares on the new routes were advertised on the airline's website, flyfrontier.com, as low as $59 to $99 Thursday.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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...
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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.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
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.
TRAVEL
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.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Ron Blount doesn't care. Doesn't care whether the entire city, or state, or Democratic Party gets angry at the city's cab drivers if they decide to strike during the Democratic National Convention July 25-28. "We've been screwed, and we're going to screw you back. When they come here, Philadelphia is going to be in chaos, because working poor people are being screwed in this city. The schools are falling apart," said Blount, leader of Unified Taxi Workers Alliance. "And they are coming here to have a party?
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, said June traffic was up 2.2 percent compared with June a year ago. Planes were 84.9 percent full, down 0.5 percent. American said second-quarter passenger revenue for each mile flown, a key industry measure, was down 6 percent to 7 percent in the three months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. American said it plans to increase total capacity -- seats and flights -- 2 percent in 2016, down 0.5 percent from its previous growth forecast.
NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Who's paying for the Democratic convention? The public should be able to learn that now, say civic watchdog groups, some local Bernie Sanders backers, and even the state open-records agency. On Friday, Mayor Kenney joined the chorus. But with barely two weeks until the convention is gaveled to order at the Wells Fargo Center, the people raising the money still aren't saying. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, committed to raising more than $60 million to host the Democrats' convention, says it won't disclose that information until after the July 25-28 event.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines and seven other U.S. carriers won tentative government approval Thursday to fly nonstop to Havana, the Cuban capital. American will operate five daily flights -- four from Miami and one from Charlotte, N.C. Philadelphia travelers flying on American, which operates 433 daily flights and a hub here, will be able to connect through Miami or Charlotte to Havana. American said the Havana flights will go on sale later this month after the U.S. Transportation Department issues its final decision, with commercial service to begin in November.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
U.S. airline stocks tumbled again Wednesday after a Wall Street analyst downgraded ratings on American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, and on United Airlines. Credit Suisse analyst Julie Yates cited negative trends including weak European travel demand, expensive labor costs, and disappointing revenue per seat mile flown, a key industry measure. Depreciation of foreign currencies against the U.S. dollar has hampered inbound international travel, even before Britain voted to leave the European Union, the U.S. Travel Association said in a report.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Airline stocks plunged Friday on an anticipated drop in travel demand after Britain's surprise vote to leave the European Union rattled world markets. But the plunging pound - and, to a lesser extent, the euro - should soon make it cheaper for Philadelphia passengers traveling to Europe. American Airlines, Philadelphia's largest carrier, with an international gateway here to Europe, could be hit hardest among the big U.S. airlines. Its stock dropped more than 10 percent Friday to close at $27.05.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
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.
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