July 19, 2014 |
It couldn't get any worse for Malaysia Airlines, still reeling from the disappearance of Flight 370 in March, when reports came Thursday that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in Ukraine as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At the very least, it's a marketing nightmare - two catastrophes for an airline in 41/2 months. What passenger, going forward, will book a flight on the government-run carrier, which until this year had a reputation for high levels of service and safety?
June 18, 2014 |
The 11,000 mechanics, fleet service, maintenance, and other ground workers at US Airways have reached tentative three-year contract agreements with management of newly-merged US Airways and American Airlines. The International Association of Machinists (IAM) negotiating committees unanimously endorsed the tentative agreements and recommended ratification, paving the way for joint collective bargaining with their American Airlines' counterparts at the Transport Workers Union (TWU)
June 7, 2014 |
American Airlines will break ground in the next 30 days to build a new center in North Texas to oversee daily flight operations of the combined American and US Airways which merged in December. American, in a letter to employees, said the flight operations center would be near the company headquarters and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. "A new, state-of-the-art facility that can house all of our team members and the technology needed for our daily demands" is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015, the company said.
May 7, 2014 |
THE NUTTER administration yesterday announced an agreement with the Philadelphia International Airport's suburban neighbors that could settle four lawsuits, save the homes of 300 Tinicum Township residents and allow a $6.4 billion infrastructure plan for the airport to move forward. The settlement, which would end an eight-year dispute among the city, the township, Delaware County and the Interboro School District, calls on the airport to pay $1.86 million annually to the other three entities, plus a onetime payment of $500,000.
April 30, 2014 |
Virgin America, California's hip and high-tech airline, is pulling its flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and flying the airplanes instead to more lucrative corporate travel markets - between Dallas and New York City and Washington. The airline began Philadelphia flights two years ago. It said the service will end Oct. 6. The Burlingame, Calif., carrier said Friday that it had been awarded two gates at Dallas' Love Field by the Justice Department and planned to begin flights in October to New York LaGuardia and Reagan Washington National Airports.
April 16, 2014 |
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.
April 10, 2014 |
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...
April 4, 2014 |
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.
March 29, 2014 |
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.
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.