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April 16, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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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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August 21, 2012
American Airlines flight attendants have approved cost reductions, including changes to work hours and pensions, sought by the bankrupt carrier, the union said Sunday. Despite the "yes" vote, union leaders said they continue to support a merger with US Airways Group Inc. and have "zero confidence" in American's current management. "We firmly believe that the only way for American Airlines to grow and compete and perhaps even to survive is through a merger" that puts US Airways chief executive Doug Parker and his team in charge, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said on its website.
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October 12, 2012
American Airlines said Thursday it will reduce its flight schedule by 1 percent through the first half of November because of continuing flight delays and cancellations. While "encouraged" by improvements in some performance metrics, the Fort Worth, Tex.-based carrier said "overall, we are not yet back to the levels our customers deserve and expect. " The change will not affect holiday travel, American said in a memo to employees. American earlier reduced its flying by 1 percent to 2 percent through October.
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December 1, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A significant group of financial creditors of bankrupt American Airlines said it would support a stand-alone carrier after bankruptcy only if there were to be a new board of directors - and key stakeholders, including labor, were part of the selection. The group laid out its position in a letter to American pilots' union president Keith Wilson made public to 8,000 members of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) on Wednesday. The 12 creditors, represented by the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy, said that as "material" stakeholders "we intend to be one of the primary negotiators of any plan of reorganization.
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April 16, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 10, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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April 4, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 29, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 5, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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February 26, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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February 17, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Jonathan Lai, and Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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February 15, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 30, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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