August 11, 2016 |
American Airlines said Tuesday that passengers on many U.S. flights can now watch free movies and TV shows, listen to music and play games in the main coach cabin at no charge. More than 850 American aircraft now have the free in-seat, wireless entertainment systems. An additional 300 planes will be getting the seat-back systems, and next year all American planes will be equipped with the free inflight programming for domestic flights. American operates a hub and 425 daily flights in Philadelphia.
May 30, 1996 |
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.
August 2, 2012
Looking to boost revenue and attract international travelers, US Airways on Wednesday began offering first-class style meals for coach customers on flights to Europe, the Middle East and South America - for $19.99. Travelers will have to order the premium meals at least 24 hours in advance, US Airways said. They can select either a vegetarian or chicken meal. Philadelphia's dominant airline said it would also offer free wine with the meals. At the same time, the airline said it would no longer accept cash for on-board purchases on international or domestic flights.
February 3, 2016 |
You will still have to pay to check a bag, or get a pillow, a blanket, or a seat with extra legroom. But in a throwback to an earlier era, American and United Airlines are bringing back free snacks in the economy cabin. The perks all but disappeared after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the 2008 recession. American, Philadelphia's largest carrier, announced Monday it will offer coach passengers crunchy Biscoff-brand cookies and pretzels, starting this month, on coast-to-coast flights between New York and Miami and California, and in April on all U.S. flights.
October 18, 1989 |
Congressional agreement on his proposal to ban smoking on virtually all domestic airline fights is "a milestone in the effort to protect the health of nonsmokers," Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D., N.J.) said yesterday. The agreement, reached by Senate and House negotiators late Monday night, would ban smoking on all flights within the continental United States and any domestic flights lasting less than six hours. The ban would extend to flights to and from the U.S. territories in the Caribbean Sea. In effect, the only U.S. flights on which smoking would be allowed are those to and from Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean, which last at least six hours.
May 31, 1991 |
Anti-smoking forces, who won a surprising victory in 1989 when Congress banned smoking on nearly all domestic flights, launched a more ambitious attack yesterday - a campaign to prohibit smoking on international flights. In announcing the latest front in the war on smoking, the Coalition on Smoking OR Health argued that smoking on flights is both a health problem and a safety hazard. The group, made up of the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society, has enlisted the aid of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
July 15, 2012 |
Technology couldn't be more pervasive. It is always at our fingertips, meeting every need at every moment, providing constant communication. Right? Judging by how quickly people fire up their phones after the plane lands, not quite. One of the last significant hurdles for wireless communication is the airplane. Though WiFi is increasingly available on domestic flights, it remains expensive and relatively little-used, according to most analyses. On international flights, where it can be argued that it is most needed, WiFi remains a rarity.
November 6, 2014 |
US Airways and American Airlines, which are combining their frequent-flier programs, will continue to reward miles for travel based on distance flown, not fares paid. That benefits leisure travelers, who hunt for bargain fares, in contrast to business travelers, who often book expensive last-minute tickets. US Airways Dividend Miles members, who fly occasionally, won't notice much difference - they will get a new American frequent-flier number next year. US Airways' most frequent jet-setters, who log 25,000 miles or more a year, will see changes.
June 27, 2016
Name: DealRay.com. What it does: A subscription- based travel service that sends you a text message when it finds an exceptionally good flight deal. Free for the first month, then a subscription is $9.99 a month. What's hot: I'm impressed that DealRay keeps its promise to respect the user's privacy. The texts it sends are few enough that it's exciting when one arrives. I got alerts for deals such as "$402 or Less for Round-Trip to Paris from New York, Los Angeles, or Fort Lauderdale from November through March on Norwegian" and "Asia Round-Trips from $379 - Thailand, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Manila & Shanghai from East & West Coasts on Various Airlines.
February 26, 1990 |
The fume-dependent seemed determined yesterday not to flinch as they ground out their butts, gritted their teeth and boarded their smokeless flights. "I'm sure it's not going to affect me," said Bob Muse of Philadelphia, who was finishing a cigarette at Philadelphia International Airport before boarding a 2 1/2-hour flight to St. Louis. "I think it's good for me. " Another businessman traveling to St. Louis on the same flight shrugged when asked how he would cope with the new smoking ban on almost all domestic flights.