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.
January 4, 2014 |
The votes are in, and the majority of employees at the recently merged US Airways Group and American Airlines chose the bright new flag design for the tails of more than 1,100 airplanes. "After three weeks, much conversation, and more than 60,000 employees voting, we now have an answer," Doug Parker, the new American Airlines CEO, said in a memo to employees Thursday. "It was very close, but the majority has spoken, and the new flag tail will proudly represent American Airlines - and all of us - for years to come.
December 14, 2013 |
American Airlines Group Inc. said Thursday it has signed deals to buy 90 jets, including 30 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft and 60 Embraer E175 planes, with a total value of $3.92 billion. The planes have 76 seats. The order with Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Embraer S.A. was about $2.5 billion based on the list price. The order with Bombardier Inc., of Montreal, Canada, was valued at about $1.42 billion. American, which closed its merger with US Airways Group on Monday, said the regional jets will provide improved economics and replace smaller, less fuel efficient 50-seat regional aircraft.
November 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A federal bankruptcy judge overseeing American Airlines' plan to emerge from bankruptcy said Monday that he would rule before Thanksgiving on whether to approve a Justice Department settlement that would allow the merger with US Airways Group to go forward. Judge Sean H. Lane had been expected to wrap up the case, but instead heard arguments from a San Francisco lawyer seeking a temporary restraining order on behalf of 40 consumers who contend the public would be hurt by the merger creating the world's largest airline.
November 23, 2013 |
US Airways Group and American Airlines still plan to close their merger in December, if a U.S. bankruptcy judge signs off on a settlement reached Nov. 12 with the U.S. Justice Department. A hearing is scheduled Monday. But a federal judge in Washington, who was scheduled to hear the Justice Department's antitrust objections - before the airlines and regulators reached a settlement - has set out a timetable stretching into March for making public the terms of the settlement, including publishing in the Federal Register and three newspapers.