July 12, 2015 |
American Airlines will transfer US Airways passenger bookings to the American reservations system the weekend of July 18, for travel beginning 90 days later, on Oct. 17. Airport check-in kiosks, gates, and ticket counters will get new American signage. The US Airways website will disappear at that time, American announced Friday, a key step in blending the two airlines under their 2013 merger agreement. Philadelphia International Airport is a hub for US Airways and American, which operate 460 daily flights and have 77 percent of the air travel market here.
July 10, 2015 |
United Airlines grounded takeoffs nationwide for nearly two hours Wednesday morning, snarling flights for thousands during the busy summer travel period because of a computer problem. It was the second computer woe for the Chicago-based carrier in five weeks. On June 2, about 150 flights were grounded because of an issue with the flight-dispatching system. Five of United's 18 daily nonstop flights out of Philadelphia International Airport were delayed about two hours, said Mary Flannery, airport spokeswoman.
June 3, 2015 |
PERHAPS Charlie Wilson should be playing the Powerball lottery these days. After all, the guy is on a hot streak. Recently, Wilson, lead singer of 1970s R&B headliner the Gap Band, and four of his collaborators - including his brother Lonnie (another brother/co-writer, Robert, died in 2010) - settled with DJ/producer Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars and others who had claimed composing credits on Ronson's megahit, "Uptown Funk. " Wilson and his partners (and their legal eagles) successfully argued that the song was a little too similar to the Gap Band's "Oops Upside Your Head.
May 21, 2015 |
JetBlue Airways will begin nonstop flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 19. The New York-based carrier will offer an introductory $49 one-way fare until midnight Tuesday, May 19. Currently, JetBlue has five daily nonstop flights between Philadelphia and Boston. The Fort Lauderdale flights will be twice daily, departing Philadelphia at 7:30 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. and leaving Florida at 9:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2831
May 20, 2015 |
U.S. airlines are expecting their busiest summer ever, with 222 million travelers - or 2.4 million a day - expected to fly between June 1 and August 31, Airlines for America, the industry group for U.S. carriers, said Monday. The 4.5 percent increase from last summer will include 31 million travelers on international flights. To accommodate the anticipated busy summer travel season, airlines are adding flights and seats, and deploying larger aircraft, said John Heimlich, chief economist for the Washington, D.C. trade group.
May 14, 2015 |
American Airlines will begin transferring US Airways passenger reservations to its own system this summer, with the goal of phasing out the US Airways brand by the end of the year. American, which merged with US Airways in December 2013, notified travel agents and online ticket sites Tuesday that it would begin the transition as early as July, with the final "operational cutover" 90 days later, in October, when flights with the US Airways brand will end. Getting to a single reservation system is one of the most complex steps in the merger that created the world's largest airline with 100,000 employees and 6,700 daily flights.
April 17, 2015 |
WHEN Brent Celek shows up at the Linc on Sunday morning, he won't be there to play, or even to practice. He will, however, be there to work. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Birds' hunky tight end will be slinging sammies in lot K of Lincoln Financial Field. He's taking part in the Linc's debut "Flight Market. " The event is a daytime version of the Food Trust's always-packed, four-Thursdays-a-year Night Markets, wherein local gourmet trucks alight on a Philly neighborhood and foodies stand in line in a pay-as-you-go pig-out.
April 11, 2015 |
It happens in a flash of feathers and fur. In one second - maybe two - it's over. There's either one dead rabbit, or one hungry hawk. The battle between avian predator and prey, waged and honed over evolutionary time, has captivated Haverford College professor Suzanne Amador Kane since 2009. What tactics are at work? How can a hawk fly in hot pursuit through a forest without breaking its neck? To find out, she worked with falconers worldwide and a goshawk named Shinta in the Netherlands, affixing tiny spy cameras to backpacks and helmets worn by the birds.
April 11, 2015 |
U.S. airlines and travel groups will be watching as President Obama interacts with Cuban President Raul Castro this week at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking their first meeting since the White House announced new regulations that would make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. It has been 54 years since U.S. airlines have flown commercial flights to Cuba, but that could soon change. American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, along with JetBlue, United, Delta, and Southwest Airlines have all expressed interest since Obama announced in December that the U.S. would move to renew diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba.
April 1, 2015 |
An airplane crash in Chester County that ended in two deaths Sunday came during a routine flight review conducted every two years to test pilots' skills, officials said Monday. The two victims aboard the flight were both certified pilots, officials said. The pilot flying the fixed-wing, single-engine airplane was accompanied by a certified flight instructor with Federal Aviation Administration designations. On Monday, 24 hours after the crash, many questions remained - mainly, what caused a small plane to fall abruptly from the sky Sunday after traveling just two miles from the Brandywine Airport in West Goshen Township.