March 26, 2015 |
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.
November 26, 2014 |
Travelers heading to London from Philadelphia will soon have more flight choices. Delta Air Lines announced Monday that it would begin a new nonstop flight from Heathrow Airport to Philadelphia with airline partner Virgin Atlantic starting April 8. American Airlines also announced Monday that it will add a new nonstop morning flight to Heathrow beginning March 29. US Airways currently has two evening flights from Philadelphia to London....
May 5, 2014 |
It's summer in the city, almost, and US Airways' largest international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport is gearing up. Flights to five seasonal destinations - Athens, Glasgow, Venice, Barcelona, and Lisbon - recently took off. On May 23, Shannon, in Ireland, and Edinburgh will launch. Frankfurt is getting a second daily US Airways flight on Thursday. That is in addition to Lufthansa Airlines' year-round service to Frankfurt. This summer, US Airways will have 20 daily departures to 19 cities in Europe and the Middle East, plus flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada.
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.
January 9, 2014 |
US Airways Group and American Airlines said Tuesday that their customers can now earn and redeem frequent-flier miles on either airline. Travelers in American's AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs can go to each other's websites to book travel, earn miles, and use miles on each other's flights. It's the first change for customers since American and US Airways, Philadelphia's dominant airline, merged last month and created the world's largest airline, American Airlines Group Inc. Now a US Airways Dividend Miles member can book a flight on American, earn miles on American, or use US Airways frequent-flier miles on an American trip, and vice versa.
December 11, 2013 |
With the American Airlines and US Airways Group merger completed Monday, the hard work begins of integrating the carriers to create the world's largest airline. US Airways chief executive officer Doug Parker, who leads the new American Airlines Group Inc., began the day by ringing the opening bell on the Nasdaq Stock Market, where the new company debuted under the ticker symbol "AAL. " "After today's celebration, the real work begins," Parker said in a message to employees. "These include integrating our networks, combining our frequent flier loyalty programs, and achieving a single operating certificate.
August 7, 2013 |
European Union regulators have approved the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, conditional on getting a third competitor to fly between Philadelphia and London. American and US Airways agreed to divest, or sell, a pair of slots (takeoff and landing rights) to a rival to fly between Philadelphia International and London Heathrow Airports, the European Commission said Monday. The commission is the executive branch of the European Union. Commission vice president Joaquin Almunia said antitrust authorities examined transatlantic routes affected by the merger and only one - London-Philadelphia - presented a monopoly.
August 2, 2013 |
Now that American Airlines' creditors and shareholders have overwhelmingly approved its bankruptcy-reorganization plan to merge with US Airways, several steps remain before the deal is done. The federal court overseeing the bankruptcy of AMR Corp., American's parent, has scheduled a hearing Aug. 15 to approve the plan. European Union antitrust regulators are poised to sign off by Tuesday. The EU is expected to announce that a competitor airline - in addition to British Airways and the combined US Airways-American - will fly between Philadelphia and London.
July 25, 2013 |
US Airways Group and American Airlines have offered to give up a pair of landing and takeoff slots at London's Heathrow Airport to a competitor that would fly between Philadelphia and London. European Union antitrust regulators have one concern: that after the $11 billion merger of US Airways and American, the new American, as the airline will be called, could substantially hike airfares between London and Philadelphia. Why? The only other competition would be British Airways, which has a joint business agreement and financial stake in American's trans-Atlantic flights.