April 16, 2014 |
Labor unions at US Airways will meet with CEO Doug Parker and senior management April 29 to discuss concerns and "critical issues" that they say remain unresolved since the merger of US Airways and American Airlines in December. When Parker and his team pulled off the $11 billion deal, endorsed by pilots and flight attendants at American, the combination to create the world's largest airline appeared to have the blessing of labor at both companies. But four months later, five US Airways unions say they aren't happy with the way things are going.
April 10, 2014 |
On the eve of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that will bring Comcast Corp. face-to-face with one of its sharpest critics, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, the cable-TV company released on Tuesday a 650-page public interest filing on the potential benefits of the $45.2 billion deal for Time Warner Cable Inc. Comcast steadfastly maintained that creating a huge company that provides cable television and Internet and phone service will not eliminate any...
April 4, 2014 |
Mike and Sue Edmonds were on Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to Doha from Philadelphia on Wednesday, on their way to visit their daughter, 22, a teacher in Bangkok. "We got an excellent fare - $950 round-trip to Bangkok," said Sue Edmonds. "We looked into Qatar Airways because it has a good reputation. It's a long flight. We wanted to be comfortable. We're very excited. " The couple from Emmaus, Lehigh County, joined dozens of passengers boarding the 10:15 a.m. flight, which had arrived from Doha two hours earlier to cheers and a water-cannon salute at Philadelphia International Airport.
March 29, 2014 |
US Airways frequent fliers will have a new set of foreign airlines with which to earn and redeem miles for travel, starting Monday. In another step toward merging with American Airlines, US Airways will leave Star Alliance, a global airline partnership, to join Oneworld, the alliance that includes American. Oneworld has 16 member airlines, including British Airways, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Qatar Airways. Qatar, which joined Oneworld in October, will begin nonstop daily flights Wednesday from Philadelphia to Doha, with connections to 136 destinations in India, Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East.
March 5, 2014 |
This winter's weather has been worse for airlines than any other time since the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A string of brutal storms since Dec. 1 took a $5.8 billion toll on passengers, airlines, and U.S. airports, compared with $3.3 billion in a typical winter, according to masFlight, a software company specializing in airline operations. From Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, one million flights were delayed or canceled, affecting 90 million passengers. About one million passengers a day had travel plans interrupted, 200,000 more each day than in a usual winter.
February 28, 2014
ARIZONA GOV. Jan Brewer ended up killing by veto the shameful bill that would enable bigots to legally discriminate against non-heterosexuals in the name of their God. The Legislature passed Senate Bill 1062 last week, allowing people to refuse to serve or do business with gays and lesbians if they have strongly held religious beliefs opposing homosexuality. Imagine, if the law had been approved, the sign that could appear outside restaurants, hotels, or stores: No Gays, by God. Never mind how any proprietor would know who is or isn't gay. It's not as easy to discriminate against gays as it is against African-Americans or women, unless the state plans to provide residents with documents showing they're card-carrying heterosexuals.
February 26, 2014 |
A former American Eagle flight between Watertown, N.Y. and Chicago O'Hare Airport will move to a new route between Watertown and Philadelphia International Airport, beginning May 8. US Airways, which merged with American Airlines in December, said the move will better connect passengers in Watertown, 60 miles north of Syracuse and near Fort Drum military base, to transatlantic and East Coast destinations from US Airways' international hub in...
February 17, 2014 |
It has been a tough week for florists. And restaurants. And jewelers. And airlines. Oh, make that just about any business that depends on customers. After a relentless weeks-long onslaught of rough winter weather, Mother Nature did its best on Thursday to deck what was left of our region's economy. A foot of snow closed malls, shuttered stores, delayed travelers, and kept legions of workers at home with their wallets. "It is like everything else," said economist Joel Naroff of Bucks County.
February 15, 2014 |
Leaders for pilots at American Airline's American Eagle subsidiary have rejected a tentative contract offer, without sending it to pilots for a vote. American tried unsuccessfully to spin-off Eagle in recent years because its costs were too high. Management asked the pilots to make labor-cost concessions, but the union leadership Wednesday said the cuts were too steep. American, led by CEO Doug Parker, could shut down Eagle - as Delta Air Lines did with its Comair subsidiary in September 2012 - and contract the flying to other regional carriers.
January 30, 2014 |
Shares of American Airlines Group soared almost 6 percent Tuesday, as the recently merged US Airways-American reported fourth-quarter results that beat estimates. The combined carrier, whose merger closed Dec. 9, said that passenger demand was strong and that "a number of network initiatives" would be introduced in coming months worth more than $400 million in annual earnings improvement. The airline will begin the initiatives as soon as the technology is ready, American president Scott Kirby said during a fourth-quarter-earnings conference call.