December 10, 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.
July 1, 2013
Spying will not keep U.S. safe Routine government spying on everyone in the United States is not a run-of-the-mill scandal. We cannot buy safety by tearing apart our Constitution. The tremendous store of personal information our government collects invites capricious tyranny. Now being policed by the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, CIA, FBI, and more, we are indebted to Edward Snowden for disclosing vast government spying - despite great risk to himself. His was a courageous, patriotic act. Diane Laison, Philadelphia Snowden's leaks were reckless Due to Edward Snowden, our methods of preemptively intercepting communications by terrorist groups have been compromised.
May 22, 2013 |
A US Airways executive told the Independence Business Alliance on Monday that Philadelphia's largest airline was pursuing and seriously committed to diversity in its workforce. Suzanne Boda, one of the three highest-ranking women at US Airways and the executive overseeing the airline's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee group - called Spectrum - said that from chief executive officer Doug Parker down, US Airways was "proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
April 25, 2013 |
Shares of Delta Air Lines and US Airways Group were higher Tuesday after both carriers reported profitable first quarters that beat analysts' estimates. Delta said it was the best first quarter in more than a decade, with earnings, excluding special items, at $85 million, or 10 cents a share. Analysts had estimated six cents. US Airways reported a profit of $55 million, or 31 cents a share, excluding special items. That beat analysts' average estimate of 28 cents and compared to a first-quarter 2012 net loss, excluding one-time charges, of $22 million, or 13 cents per share.
March 30, 2013 |
The new American Airlines may close a flight operations center outside Pittsburgh in a couple of years, and the jobs would move to American's larger operations control center in Dallas, US Airways chief executive officer Doug Parker said. Parker, who will lead the new American after the merger with US Airways, said this week that no decision had been made, but that the combined airline, which will be based in Fort Worth, Texas, would not need two operations control centers. Many of the 500 workers who now coordinate US Airways' 3,000 daily flights near the Pittsburgh airport will be offered jobs in Dallas, he said.
February 16, 2013 |
Call him a visionary. Call him possessed. Doug Parker pulled it off. The US Airways chief executive officer and his team began doggedly pursuing American Airlines in January 2012, less than two months after the larger rival filed for bankruptcy protection. Parker, 51, a longtime proponent of airline consolidation, tried unsuccessfully three other times to merge US Airways - twice with United, in 2008 and 2010, and in a 2006 bid for Delta Air Lines. The longest-serving chief executive of a major airline changed tactics this time and outsmarted AMR Corp.
January 25, 2013
US Airways Group Inc. flight attendants, including 2,073 based in Philadelphia, have reached a third tentative contract agreement with management. Members had narrowly voted down the previous offer, 51 percent to 49 percent. The new agreement, reached under the supervision of the National Mediation Board, provides "immediate economic improvements" and "a process for additional gains through discussions" related to a possible merger with American Airlines, the union said, adding, "Doug Parker's plan for a US Airways-American merger provides the best opportunities for US Airways flight attendants - and we are now poised to make the most out of those opportunities.
August 4, 2012 |
US Airways chief executive Doug Parker is in hot pursuit of a dream - to create what could be the world's biggest airline. Parker's target is bankrupt American Airlines. A merger between American and US Airways, the dominant airline at Philadelphia International Airport, would create a company that is wonderfully well-positioned in a complicated industry that has been forced to consolidate. The bigger the airline, Parker believes, the better the chances to strengthen routes, dictate pricing, and grow profits.