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May 28, 2010
British Airways held talks Friday with union leaders to try to avert 10 more days of strikes planned by cabin crews. The talks, aimed at resolving a dispute over changes to pay and working conditions, came on the final day of a five-day walkout by staff. Cabin crews are due to strike again beginning Sunday for five days - and for another five days from June 5 - if a solution is not found. Through that time, British Airways will offer just one flight out of Philadelphia International Airport, departing at 6:10 p.m. The airline hopes to resume a second, 9:15 p.m., flight at the conclusion of the strike, said spokesman John Lampl.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1993 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
A progress report on British Airways $300 million investment in USAir, dominant airline at Philadelphia International Airport: "We're pleased," Sir Colin Marshall, British Airways chairman, said yesterday. Marshall, speaking at a news conference before addressing a meeting of Philadelphia's British American Chamber of Commerce, said British Airways' passenger load has increased since its deal with the USAir Group Inc. "I can't quantify the extra passengers," he said. And he conceded that whatever the total is, it's barely a blip on the radar chart of British Airways operations worldwide.
NEWS
August 20, 2000
The high-profile, high-flying, high-speed Concorde came to a screeching halt last week when British Airways grounded its fleet of the supersonic planes. It was not clear when - or whether - the planes would take off again. The decision was made Tuesday after British and French aviation authorities said they would revoke certification that the plane was airworthy. Air France had grounded its fleet of the planes immediately after the July 25 Concorde crash that killed 113 people near Paris.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1999 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
British Airways for years advertised itself as "the world's favorite airline," a claim based on the fact that it hauls more international passengers than any other carrier. But the boast of the dominant airline on the world's busiest overseas air routes, between North America and Britain, has had a rather hollow ring recently. Many BA shareholders are disappointed with the company's financial performance, including an anemic 3 percent increase in revenues and a 61 percent decline in pretax profits for the fiscal year ended March 31. The airline blamed the profit dip mostly on weakness in the economies of Asia and Britain, as well as overcapacity on North Atlantic routes.
BUSINESS
July 22, 1992 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
USAir hopes to fly out of the losses that still cloud most of America's airlines by forming an alliance with world's most profitable carrier, British Airways. The deal that could put some gas in USAir's sputtering engine would give British Airways a foothold in the U.S. market. USAir said yesterday that British Airways will invest $750 million to buy 44 percent of its stock. "This alliance ensures the long-term viability and strength of USAir as a major U.S. carrier," said USAir chairman and president Seth E. Schofield.
NEWS
July 30, 1992 | BY W. RUSSELL G. BYERS
Even if you've never been on an airplane in your life, pay close attention to the planned purchase of USAir by British Airways. Those Brits can teach us more than just how to run a first-class airline while simultaneously making an honest profit. Only a decade ago, much of Great Britain was ruled by state-controlled monopolies or oligopolies. Thanks to ferocious attacks on this system from former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, that's all changing rapidly. The British government used to own everything from the bus lines, coal mines and airlines.
BUSINESS
September 20, 1992 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Transportation Secretary Andrew H. Card meets Tuesday in Washington with his British counterpart, no one would be surprised to see smoke seeping from under the door. In the last six weeks, a firestorm has erupted over British Airways' proposed acquisition of 21 percent of the voting stock of USAir Group, the parent of the dominant airline in Philadelphia and the East Coast. Card is getting together with John MacGregor, Britain's secretary of state, to discuss the deal, widely viewed as the first major test of whether truly international, cross-border mergers that have become commonplace in many industries are going to be allowed in aviation.
NEWS
August 8, 1999 | By Donald D. Groff, FOR THE INQUIRER
British Airways this month introduces a newly designed baby carrier for children age 2 and younger aboard its transatlantic and other long-haul flights. The carriers are being offered at no charge, but must be reserved at the time of booking. The carriers are designed to attach securely on the bulkhead position and - unlike British Air's existing flat carry-cots - can be adjusted from horizontal to upright, allowing youngsters eye contact with their parents. "Parents told us that there was a real need for some kind of special seating for toddlers who are often too large to lie comfortably in airline carry-cots or sit on their parent's knee but too small to sit in an adult seat," Martin George, the airline's marketing director, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1996 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
British Airways yesterday sought the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by USAir, asserting that it still wanted to be friends with its U.S. marketing-and-service partner and has done nothing illegal by seeking a similar alliance with American Airlines. British Airways, answering the suit USAir filed July 30 in U.S. District Court in New York, accused USAir of trying to use the legal action to extract better terms for itself in the three-year-old USAir-British Airways partnership. USAir is worried that the American Airlines alliance with British Airways will cut it out of lucrative international business, including hundreds of passengers who now transfer daily between the two airlines at Philadelphia and other USAir hub airports.
BUSINESS
November 25, 1992 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
USAir has thrown its support behind proceeding with the design of a $214 million runway aimed at relieving air-traffic congestion at Philadelphia International Airport, Mayor Rendell said yesterday. The impromptu announcement represents an end to an impasse between the city and USAir over capital improvements at the airport. Previously, USAir officials said they would withhold support for the runway until Rendell and other political leaders agreed to turn over city ownership and management of the airport to a regional authority.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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....
BUSINESS
May 5, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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