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July 15, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, said June traffic was up 2.2 percent compared with June a year ago. Planes were 84.9 percent full, down 0.5 percent. American said second-quarter passenger revenue for each mile flown, a key industry measure, was down 6 percent to 7 percent in the three months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. American said it plans to increase total capacity -- seats and flights -- 2 percent in 2016, down 0.5 percent from its previous growth forecast.
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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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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...
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
American Airlines, Philadelphia's largest carrier, reported a record fourth-quarter profit Friday on falling oil prices and strong corporate travel. Business customers and all fliers also fared well, paying lower ticket prices in the latest quarter as American matched the fares of discount carriers Spirit and Frontier Airlines, which have been expanding in cities including Philadelphia. American said it plans to roll out a "basic economy fare" in the second half of this year to compete with the "no frills" ticket prices of Spirit and Frontier.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia region and New Jersey are home to many pharmaceutical and life-sciences companies that send and receive finished medicines and raw drug ingredients around the globe. American Airlines officials snipped a ribbon and provided tours Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport of a new $5 million cargo refrigeration facility catering to the cold storage needs of these companies. The 25,000-square-foot renovated warehouse opened six weeks ago, and can handle nearly four times the amount of perishable, time-sensitive, and valuable airfreight - including vaccines, blood products, gene therapies, tissues, insulin and immunotherapies - that travel in the belly of planes on American and merger partner US Airways passenger flights.
BUSINESS
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 11, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines said Tuesday that passengers on many U.S. flights can now watch free movies and TV shows, listen to music and play games in the main coach cabin at no charge. More than 850 American aircraft now have the free in-seat, wireless entertainment systems. An additional 300 planes will be getting the seat-back systems, and next year all American planes will be equipped with the free inflight programming for domestic flights. American operates a hub and 425 daily flights in Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Delta Air Lines grounded flights worldwide for nearly six hours Monday, snarling flights for hundreds of thousands during the busy summer travel season because of an equipment problem. Shortly before 9 a.m., Delta said the ground stop was lifted, and limited departures were resuming, but delays and cancellations would continue. As of 1:30 p.m., Delta said it had canceled 451 flights due to a power outage, while operating about 1,679 of its nearly 6,000 scheduled for Monday. At Philadelphia International Airport, Steven Bowles, of Allentown, arrived at 7:45 a.m. for a 10:20 a.m. Delta flight.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
When US Airways and American Airlines merged to create the world's largest airline, CEO Doug Parker said all nine hubs would be important to the new American. Four years later, that's still true. Philadelphia continues to be American's European "gateway" with 425 daily departures, and a total of 850 takeoffs and landings each day. Philadelphia is the fourth-largest hub in the network of American, the world's biggest carrier measured by passenger traffic. But the airline has reduced seat capacity at PHL as it reacts to competition and changing priorities - part of routine adjustments, said American, and in no way a reflection on its commitment to Philadelphia, where it employs 8,500 people.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Friday will be one of the busiest travel days of the year at Philadelphia International Airport, when most DNC delegates and visitors will be heading home. The airlines, Philadelphia airport, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) say they will have extra staff on hand to answer questions, handle security screening, and get travelers to their gates. TSA offered travel tips Thursday for airline passengers departing the Democratic National Convention : arrive at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours ahead of international flights and allow extra time for traffic, parking, rental car returns, and airline check-in.
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July 30, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
From before the Democratic National Convention's first gavel till after the last, people with deep pockets were treating Democratic leaders and officeholders to parties and perks. There were butlered hors d'oeuvres of tuna tartare, truffle mac and cheese, unlimited wine and liquor, golfing at Merion - all in all, more than 100 parties, lunches, and outings surrounding the main event. There was Sunday's welcome party at SugarHouse Casino hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, the city's Democratic chief, where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and many other elected officials mingled with donors over free food, booze, and a live band.
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July 24, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney announced an agreement Friday night for workers at Philadelphia International Airport who were threatening a strike during the Democratic National Convention to form a union. Kenney said he and Gov. Wolf had brought SEIU 32BJ, which has been trying to unionize the workers, together with American Airlines to work out a deal. "Beginning today and into next week, 32BJ and American will be working together on such an agreement and to ensure the smooth operation of the airport as thousands of delegates from around the country convene for the Democratic National Convention," Kenney said in a statement.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Shares of American Airlines rose Friday after the company reported second-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations. But on a year-over-year basis, revenue was down 4.3 percent and profits fell 44.3 percent. The bottom line was hurt by a $543 million provision for income taxes, capacity growth by competitors, continued global economic softness, and foreign currency weakness. Philadelphia's largest airline earned $950 million, or $1.68 per share, in the three months ended June 30, compared with $1.7 billion, or $2.41 per share, a year earlier.
NEWS
July 23, 2016
At least 10 clergy members were arrested Thursday during a sit-in at Philadelphia Internal Airport to protest the low wages and treatment of workers subcontracted by American Airlines. Members of the interfaith activist group Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER) staged the sit-in outside the TSA checkpoint in Terminal B. After being issued several warning to leave, eight men and two women were arrested and later issued citations, police said. The demonstration was peaceful and no one was hurt.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Passengers on American Airlines Flight 1822 headed to Philadelphia were forced to evacuate Thursday afternoon while on the taxiway at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida due to a "maintenance issue," American said. The Airbus 320 with 133 passengers and five crew evacuated the aircraft on the tarmac, using emergency slides, about 3:30 p.m. Fourteen passengers and three flight attendants sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals, American spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said.
TRAVEL
July 18, 2016
Q: I have tried in vain to get a refund from American Airlines. On a recent flight back to Bermuda, we experienced hours of delays caused by weather. Finally, our flight was canceled, and chaos ensued. The line to see an agent was two to three hours long, and I was carrying a sleeping child. Agents were yelling, "Call American Airlines!" I had an international cellphone, but called and was told there was a wait time of two hours. Then the agents were yelling at the crowd to use AA.com to rebook their flights.
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