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August 23, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The federal judge in Washington who will hear the high-stakes case of whether US Airways Group and American Airlines can merge to create the world's largest airline has a deep record on antitrust and national security law. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly began her career as a law clerk for a Washington appeals court judge, worked as a prosecutor for three years in the criminal appeals division of the Justice Department, and spent more...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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May 14, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines will begin transferring US Airways passenger reservations to its own system this summer, with the goal of phasing out the US Airways brand by the end of the year. American, which merged with US Airways in December 2013, notified travel agents and online ticket sites Tuesday that it would begin the transition as early as July, with the final "operational cutover" 90 days later, in October, when flights with the US Airways brand will end. Getting to a single reservation system is one of the most complex steps in the merger that created the world's largest airline with 100,000 employees and 6,700 daily flights.
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April 26, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant air carrier, reported Friday a record $1.2 billion profit in the first three months of this year, mainly because of lower fuel prices. American earned $402 million in the same period last year. Jet-fuel costs dropped 42.2 percent in the three months ended March 31 compared to the same period last year. Management said that although passenger travel demand remained healthy, revenue was impacted by a stronger U.S. dollar, foreign currency fluctuations, competition on international routes, and economic softness in Latin America.
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April 11, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. airlines and travel groups will be watching as President Obama interacts with Cuban President Raul Castro this week at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking their first meeting since the White House announced new regulations that would make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. It has been 54 years since U.S. airlines have flown commercial flights to Cuba, but that could soon change. American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, along with JetBlue, United, Delta, and Southwest Airlines have all expressed interest since Obama announced in December that the U.S. would move to renew diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba.
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April 9, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines and merger partner US Airways have been approved to receive a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, effective Wednesday. Although passengers will not notice differences, behind the scenes US Airways and American have aligned many operating policies and procedures to become a single airline. For the time being, passengers can still book trips on separate US Airways and American websites until there is a single ticket-reservation system, expected by the end of the year.
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March 26, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines will combine the frequent-flier program of merger partner US Airways into its AAdvantage program, starting Saturday. The move to a single frequent-flier plan will take several days and will mesh 30 million US Airways' Dividend Miles members with 70 million American customers, American said in an e-mail message to travelers Tuesday. Although the two carriers officially merged in December 2013, the process of combining frequent-flier programs, obtaining a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, and getting to a single computer reservation system are major steps that will not be completed until late this year.
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March 19, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines, Philadelphia's largest air carrier after merging with US Airways, will join the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index after the stock market closes on Friday. American will replace Allergan Inc., which is being acquired by Actavis P.L.C. in a $66 billion deal. Shares of American opened Tuesday at $52.64, up 5 percent from the closing price Monday. The stock rose 5.9 percent to $53.19 in mid-morning trading. American joins other U.S. airlines, Delta and Southwest, on the S&P 500 which is seen by some money managers and pension plan administrators as a reflection of the overall performance of the stock market.
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