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July 17, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighty African American and minority ramp workers employed by American Airlines in Philadelphia and Washington have asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate American for alleged racial discrimination, safety and workplace violations, and removal of faulty airline equipment during a federal investigation. The workers, who load and unload baggage and cargo from planes and operate trucks and heavy equipment on the tarmac, sent a complaint letter Tuesday, asking Lynch to look into maintenance improprieties, as well as workplace racism.
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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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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.
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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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July 17, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighty African American and minority ramp workers employed by American Airlines in Philadelphia and Washington have asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate American for alleged racial discrimination, safety and workplace violations, and removal of faulty airline equipment during a federal investigation. The workers, who load and unload baggage and cargo from planes and operate trucks and heavy equipment on the tarmac, sent a complaint letter Tuesday, asking Lynch to look into maintenance improprieties, as well as workplace racism.
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July 12, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines will transfer US Airways passenger bookings to the American reservations system the weekend of July 18, for travel beginning 90 days later, on Oct. 17. Airport check-in kiosks, gates, and ticket counters will get new American signage. The US Airways website will disappear at that time, American announced Friday, a key step in blending the two airlines under their 2013 merger agreement. Philadelphia International Airport is a hub for US Airways and American, which operate 460 daily flights and have 77 percent of the air travel market here.
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July 10, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
United Airlines grounded takeoffs nationwide for nearly two hours Wednesday morning, snarling flights for thousands during the busy summer travel period because of a computer problem. It was the second computer woe for the Chicago-based carrier in five weeks. On June 2, about 150 flights were grounded because of an issue with the flight-dispatching system. Five of United's 18 daily nonstop flights out of Philadelphia International Airport were delayed about two hours, said Mary Flannery, airport spokeswoman.
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July 3, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit capacity, or available seats, in an effort to keep airfares high. American Airlines, which operates a hub with 460 daily flights at Philadelphia International Airport, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines each confirmed receiving a letter from the Justice Department in connection with the agency's antitrust probe. All said they were cooperating. Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce on Wednesday acknowledged an investigation into "possible unlawful coordination by some airlines," but declined to identify the carriers.
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July 2, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dubai's Emirates Airline on Tuesday called U.S. competitors' criticism of Persian Gulf airlines' business practices "inaccurate assertions, outright distortions, and legal misrepresentations" of the Open Skies aviation agreement. Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, spoke to reporters after meeting with state, transportation, and commerce officials in Washington to rebut claims by U.S. legacy carriers Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines that Emirates unfairly benefited from $6.8 billion in subsidies from the United Arab Emirates.
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July 2, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
WITH MUCH fanfare, a new airport lease agreement came in for a final and smooth landing yesterday after a somewhat turbulent journey to Mayor Nutter's desk. Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke jointly signed the five-year lease between Philadelphia International Airport and the airlines that use the city-owned facility. Under the lease agreement, effective today, airline subcontractors must pay $12 an hour to about 2,000 airport workers, including baggage handlers, aircraft cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants.
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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.
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June 13, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two days of intense negotiations, airlines at Philadelphia International Airport and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) reached an agreement on "labor peace" language in a new five- to seven-year lease with the city. Beginning July 1, about 2,000 workers employed by airline subcontractors, including skycaps, wheelchair attendants, aircraft cabin cleaners, and baggage handlers, will be paid $12 an hour, in keeping with a "living wage" standard approved by Philadelphia voters in May 2014.
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June 12, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
A NEW LEASE agreement between Philadelphia International Airport and the airlines that use it will serve as more than just an economic stimulus. The lease, approved by City Council yesterday, ensures that airport subcontractors will pay workers $12 per hour as required in the living-wage standard passed by Mayor Nutter in January. The lease will take effect July 1. The agreement follows extensive discussion among the airport's chief executive officer, Mark Gale; SEIU Local 32BJ's vice president, Gabe Morgan; and American Airlines vice president of government and airport affairs Michael Minerva.
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June 12, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city has a pending lease deal with the airlines at Philadelphia International Airport, but it could be scuttled over a City Council "labor harmony" provision making it easier for lower-paid workers at the airport to unionize. American Airlines, Philadelphia's hub carrier with 70 percent of the airport passenger traffic, and the other airlines have agreed to a new five-year lease with two one-year extensions with the Nutter administration that provides $158.2 million in capital investment.
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