April 15, 2014 |
For more than a half-century, the Army's flight activity center has worked out of Hangar 5 on the Navy side of what is now Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The hangar was originally designed for the Navy's antisubmarine blimp fleet during World War II, and was later taken over by the Army, which now needs a larger, more modern facility. This month, the first step was taken toward a new $42 million complex that will focus on aviation modification, research, development, and maintenance.
April 3, 2014 |
EGG HARBOR TWP. United Airlines on Tuesday launched daily, nonstop service out of Atlantic City International Airport, in Egg Harbor Township, making it the first major carrier to operate out of the airport in several years. The two inbound and two outbound flights offer airline customers service to United's largest hubs in Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The flights enable customers to connect flights for one-stop service to points throughout the Midwest and Western United States, Canada, Asia, and Latin America.
April 3, 2014 |
Bali, Casablanca, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Bangkok. Philadelphia's geographic reach is about to get wider. Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of the oil-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar, will begin nonstop daily flights Wednesday from Philadelphia International Airport to Doha, the capital of Qatar, which borders Saudi Arabia. The Boeing 777-200 LR is expected to land at 7:30 a.m., with about 250 passengers on board, including Qatar Airway's CEO Akbar Al Baker. The plane's return flight to Doha is 10:15 a.m. Fares from Philadelphia start at $1,540 round-trip.
March 21, 2014
I DON'T CARE about Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. At least, I don't care as much as people who have been glued to their flat-screen TVs (or hand-held electronics) for the latest, because the "latest" has too often been groundless speculation (a stowaway did it) and sometimes insanity (alien abduction). I do care about the lives of the hundreds of innocent passengers and crew. The spiderweb of tragedy radiates out to their families, friends and associates. But my caring doesn't change facts on the ground (or in the air)
March 14, 2014 |
TEN SECONDS felt like an eternity to Anthony Bezich. That tends to happen when the plane you're sitting on is sliding out of control down the runway. "I was panicking: My concern was, 'Are we gonna crash like a car? Are we gonna slide into the river?' " he said last night in a phone interview from the US Airways passenger lounge at Philadelphia International Airport. "When we stopped, there was this huge wave of calm; well, relative to having just been in a crash. " The flight that Bezich and his wife were on, US Airways 1702, never left the city last night.
March 8, 2014 |
The new American Airlines Group Inc. is continuing to tweak its schedule as it looks ahead to combining US Airways and American, which will be Philadelphia's dominant airline. The latest evidence is the addition of three new nonstop destinations out of Philadelphia to Charleston, W.Va.; Memphis, and Lexington, Ky., announced by American and US Airways on Thursday. The flight additions would seem to bode well for the future of Philadelphia International Airport as a hub for the new American, the world's largest airline by passenger traffic, ahead of United and Delta airlines.
March 5, 2014 |
This winter's weather has been worse for airlines than any other time since the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A string of brutal storms since Dec. 1 took a $5.8 billion toll on passengers, airlines, and U.S. airports, compared with $3.3 billion in a typical winter, according to masFlight, a software company specializing in airline operations. From Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, one million flights were delayed or canceled, affecting 90 million passengers. About one million passengers a day had travel plans interrupted, 200,000 more each day than in a usual winter.
March 4, 2014 |
Though buses, trains and planes could be delayed because of the snowstorm forecasted to hit the Philadelphia region Sunday, announcements about those likely delays are right on schedule. A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia International Airport said Sunday afternoon that airlines were reporting "96 canceled flights tonight in anticipation of the storm. " Most airlines reported reducing flight activity tomorrow until noon, said spokeswoman Victoria Lupica. "We are fully staffed and prepared to treat all paved surfaces when precipitation begins," she said.
March 1, 2014 |
The USS Somerset doesn't simply honor those who fought and perished aboard United Flight 93. From stem to stern, the gleaming warship embodies their spirits and preserves the memory of what has come to be known as America's first strike in the war against terror. The bow stem, the leading edge of the ship that cuts its path through the sea, was made from the melted-down remnants of a dragline crane, an old coal-shoveling machine that had been abandoned. The crane became a prominent landmark near the field where the hijacked Boeing 757 crashed on Sept.
February 26, 2014 |
A former American Eagle flight between Watertown, N.Y. and Chicago O'Hare Airport will move to a new route between Watertown and Philadelphia International Airport, beginning May 8. US Airways, which merged with American Airlines in December, said the move will better connect passengers in Watertown, 60 miles north of Syracuse and near Fort Drum military base, to transatlantic and East Coast destinations from US Airways' international hub in...