November 20, 2015 |
HUNDREDS OF THE lowest-paid employees at Philadelphia International Airport walked off the job for 24 hours starting late Wednesday night to protest for higher pay and better working conditions. Although the work action by nonunionized employees of three companies that have subcontracts with airlines did not disrupt flights, said a spokeswomen for the airport and its largest tenant, American Airlines, the workers drew influential allies to their cause. A handful of City Council members were at the airport yesterday morning to stand with the baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants and others - as was Mayor-elect Jim Kenney.
November 19, 2015 |
American Airlines announced Tuesday that, starting in the second half of next year, it will no longer reward miles for travel based on distance flown, but rather on dollars spent in fares. That will hurt leisure travelers who fly long distances on bargain fares, in contrast to business travelers, who often book expensive last-minute tickets. Revenue-based travel-rewards programs favor passengers who spend the most with an airline. American, which combined its frequent-flier program with merger partner US Airways, initially continued to credit miles rather than fares.
November 10, 2015 |
Philadelphia International Airport handles 30.7 million travelers and nearly 420,000 airplane takeoffs and landings a year. By another measure the airport is among the best at connecting passengers around the world, according to a recent study, and it's dominated by one major airline. Among major airline hubs, or so-called megahubs, Philadelphia is the 14th-most-connected airport in the world, and No. 11 in the United States. The aviation data firm OAG calculated that on a single peak summer travel day - Aug. 7, 2015 - fliers passing through or beginning trips in Philadelphia had 87,483 possible flight connections within an eight-hour period.
October 25, 2015 |
American Airlines, which reported a record $1.7 billion third-quarter profit despite lower revenue, is battling with discount carriers over fares in U.S. cities, including Dallas and Chicago. Philadelphia's busiest airline, with 76 percent of the flights here, said Friday that it is matching fares on all nonstop routes where it competes with the so-called ultra-low-fare carriers, such as Spirit and Frontier. American president Scott Kirby said American would offer tickets next year priced to better compete with the discount airlines.
October 17, 2015 |
Some came purposely to ride on the final US Airways flight between Philadelphia and San Francisco - and back. Others on Friday morning were on Flight 1939, named for the year US Airways was founded, by chance. Joe Hart, 56, was heading home to Charlotte, N.C., while Joy and Rob Barcome, both 51, were on their way to a wedding. Chavez Carter, 31, was going to attend homecoming at his alma mater, Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. "It's serendipitous, I suppose," said Ben Fedeles, 32, an Air Force officer headed back to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
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,...