October 3, 2015 |
Ever been on a plane and wondered whether your luggage made the flight? Now, American Airlines passengers can track their checked bags - in real time - by going to the American website, and typing in bag claim information. American, which transports 76 percent of air travelers in Philadelphia, introduced the service on Aug. 21. Carriers that offer real-time luggage tracking include US Airways, which is now part of American, and Delta Air Lines. Southwest and United Airlines do not offer the service.
September 29, 2015 |
In its century-plus history of baking in the Italian Market, Isgro Pastries had never received an order quite like this. It came Wednesday through a friend and neighbor of third-generation owner Gus Sarno on behalf of someone who preferred not to be identified. It was for a cake. A very big cake. And it was to be served at Archbishop Charles Chaput's 71st birthday celebration with a "very special guest. " And, oh, yes, it had to be done in just two days - when the Secret Service would come by to pick it up. And it was totally confidential.
September 24, 2015 |
Although Alitalia whisked Pope Francis from Rome to Cuba and then to Washington on Tuesday, American Airlines will fly him from Joint Base Andrews, Md., to New York, and then to Philadelphia. American, which has a hub in Philadelphia, will also fly the pope back to Rome at the end of his Philadelphia visit. The U.S. Conference of Bishops chartered the Boeing 777 to transport Francis while he is traveling in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved "Shepherd One" as the plane's call sign, and air traffic controllers will use that name when speaking to American pilots operating the plane.
September 19, 2015 |
American Airlines said its computers were back online after problems Thursday that grounded flights headed to Dallas, Chicago, and Miami. Flightaware.com listed 382 delays for American flights. "Issues started at noon Eastern Time and were resolved by 1:30 p.m. Eastern," American spokesman Casey Norton said. "We extended the groundstop to 2:15 p.m. Eastern. " American flights destined for Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago O'Hare, and Miami International airports were held on the ground at their departure cities until the problems were resolved.
September 15, 2015
The Multicultural Affairs Congress , a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, has named the following to its advisory board: Lakshman Amaranayaka, managing director, customer operations of American Airlines; Clare Baruti, national director of sales for Hersha Hospitality Management; Carlos Cartagena, founding principal of Turnkey Strategic Management Solutions; Tonya Comer, owner/principal of Tonya Comer Interiors; Helen Fitzpatrick, director,...
August 22, 2015 |
American Airlines will discontinue flights between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel, in January because the route was losing money with intense competition from the New York-area airports. American will close its station in Tel Aviv. The airline does not fly to Israel from another city. "At the six-year mark, we have yet to turn a profit on this route," said Rhett Workman, American's managing director of government and airport affairs. "We really tried to make a go of it. We were hoping that with the merger" of US Airways and American in December 2013, "and, more recently, with the significant reduction in fuel prices, the route would turn to the black.
August 15, 2015 |
It was a pipe dream hatched by firefighters at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida: to build a 9/11 memorial at the NASA center to honor the hundreds of firefighters and others killed when the World Trade Center towers collapsed in a terrorist attack. And they wanted to add an artifact - a 7-foot-long steel beam - recovered from the rubble at the towers. The space center firefighters raised the money to build a pair of concrete scale replicas of the twin towers. But persuading the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to give them the relic took several years.
August 13, 2015 |
Standard & Poor's downgraded its "A+" rating to "A" on Philadelphia International Airport's revenue bonds. The ratings agency said the outlook was "stable" for the airport's debt. "The downgrade reflects our assessments of PHL's additional borrowing plans," S&P credit analyst Joseph Pezzimenti said. He cited "high carrier concentration, moderately high exposure to connecting traffic, marginal S&P adjusted debt-service coverage, relatively weak liquidity position, and moderately high airline cost structure.
August 10, 2015 |
Philadelphia has long wanted a direct flight to the Asia Pacific region. A survey of business travelers here in 2012 found the top desired international business destinations were Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Mumbai, India. Philadelphia already has a lot of international service to Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. But attracting a nonstop flight to China, Japan, Hong Kong, or Korea has proven difficult. "We are the largest metropolitan area in the United States without direct nonstop service tothe Asia Pacific," Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale saidin a recent interview.
July 29, 2015 |
When Big Pharma cuts jobs and outsources work, as it often does, that creates an opportunity for other firms to grow. Marken has jumped into such a breach, taking over a link in the vast drug supply chain that begins in the lab and ends with drugs going into a patient. The company is focused on the delivery and care of temperature-sensitive products. About two-thirds of new drugs are expected to need cooling. So the Durham, N.C.-based Marken is opening a site in Aston to be near Philadelphia International Airport.