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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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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...
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.
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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.
NEWS
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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June 15, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
With a pilot shortage looming for U.S. airlines, three subsidiaries of American Airlines announced Monday that they will offer $15,000 signing bonuses to newly minted pilots. Envoy Air (formerly American Eagle), Piedmont and PSA Airlines, which operate short-haul or "express" flights for American, are offering signing bonuses to lure new aviators at a time many senior pilots are near the mandatory retirement age of 65, and it's become harder to be a pilot. New federal pilot-rest rules and tougher qualification standards since 2013 require commercial co-pilots, or first officers, to have 1,500 hours of minimum flight experience, up from 250. Fewer young people are opting for cockpit jobs because of the cost of training and low entry pay – $22,500 to $26,000 to start at the regional airlines, which operate half the nation's scheduled flights.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITERS
Flights between Philadelphia and Cuba have been approved to begin this year. The flights to and from Philadelphia will be on Frontier, which applied in March to operate weekly trips between Philadelphia International Airport and Cuba. Frontier said it plans to fly between Philadelphia and Camagüey four times weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) starting Dec. 15; once weekly, on Saturdays, between Philadelphia and Matanzas, starting Jan. 7, 2017; and three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays)
TRAVEL
June 5, 2016
Q: I reserved airfare last week from Tel Aviv to Las Vegas via American Airlines' website, and within 24 hours I called to cancel. An agent told me that since it was within 24 hours, I could cancel the ticket and I would "very likely" receive a refund. Based on this advice, I canceled the ticket and booked a ticket with slightly different dates. My mother is just recovering from cancer and I was forced to cancel the second ticket again within 24 hours. I did so based on the reservations agent's advice that since I had done so within 24 hours I would likely be OK in receiving a refund.
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May 21, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
American Airlines said Thursday that it would spend $4 million to hire private contractors to help manage security lines at its nine hub airports, including Philadelphia International Airport, during the peak summer travel months. The airline's chief operating officer, Robert Isom, said in a letter to employees that "tens of thousands" of American's customers have missed flights and "tens of thousands of checked bags have been delayed" in Transportation Security Administration bag-check rooms because of low staffing.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
American Airlines, Philadelphia's largest air carrier, reported Tuesday that its April passenger unit revenue was $18 billion, down 0.2 percent compared to April last year. American's planes were 80.4 full, down 1.2 percent from April 2015. Total capacity -- seats and flights -- was up 1.3 percent compared to the period a year ago. The Fort Worth, Tex.-based carrier, which operates 76 percent of the flights at Philadelphia International Airport, said it expects passenger revenue in the current second quarter for each seat mile flown, a key industry measure, to be down 6 percent to 8 percent.
TRAVEL
May 2, 2016
Q: This year, I booked a round-trip flight on American Airlines from Minneapolis to Shannon, Ireland, for May on Travelocity.com. The next day, Travelocity sent me a message that American Airlines had increased the price. I accepted the increase, wanting to keep the schedule I had. All was well until I received my credit card bill, on which I discovered Travelocity had charged me for both the original reservation which they had modified the next day as well as the final one. I spent the better part of a working day on the phone with Travelocity's customer service department, talking to several people, including a supervisor.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A passenger jet had to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport Friday morning after the crew reported smoke in the cabin. No injuries were reported, but flights in and out of the airport were halted for about 45 minutes during the emergency, delaying dozens of scheduled arrivals and departures. American Airlines' spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said American Eagle Flight 4801, which originated at Richmond International Airport and was operated by Piedmont Airlines, had to make the emergency landing after smoke was reported in the cabin.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
American Airlines flew into headwinds with investors Friday. Shares traded down $1.80 to close at $38.21 after Philadelphia's largest carrier reported a first-quarter profit that beat estimates, but analysts and investors worried about the company's near-term revenue guidance. The world's largest airline by passenger traffic earned $700 million, or $1.14 a share, down from $932 million, or $1.39 a share, a year earlier. Passenger unit revenue, the amount for each seat mile flown and a key industry measure, declined 7.5 percent in the three months ended March 31. American predicted a similar drop - between 6 percent and 8 percent - in the second quarter.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
A PERFECT storm is brewing at U.S. airports ahead of the busy summer travel season: longer lines to get through security screening. Airlines and airports are warning fliers to get to the airport two hours early for domestic flights and three hours for international trips. Traffic is up, TSA staffing is down, and the security workers who remain are charged with carrying out more stringent measures after recent terror attacks. Passengers on American Airlines in Philadelphia and in four other cities got a taste of the longer waits over spring break, March 14 to March 20, when lines through screening checkpoints were an hour or longer.
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