February 4, 2016
By Paul Halpern In January, the world of music lost several giants known as much for their hit songwriting as for their multi-decade performance careers: David Bowie, Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane, and Glenn Frey of the Eagles. When luminaries pass away within weeks of each other, articles often appear attempting to find commonalities - sometimes real, other times contrived. In the case of Bowie and Kantner, there is indeed a deep cosmic connection. Both were avid readers who loved science fiction, popular science, and outer-space themes.
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.
January 27, 2016 |
About 9 percent of departing flights were canceled at Philadelphia International Airport Monday, and another 5 percent were delayed, in the aftermath of the weekend storm that that dropped near-record snowfalls from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Philadelphia International listed 53 cancelled flights originating in Philadelphia Monday, and 30 delayed flights, according to the flight tracking website, flightaware.com. American Airlines, which operates 76 percent of scheduled flights in Philadelphia, cancelled 219 flights across its network Monday, or about 7 percent, according to flightaware.
January 26, 2016
In the Region Genesis cuts profit forecast Genesis Healthcare Inc. , the Kennett Square nursing home operator, cut its earnings estimate for 2015 by nearly 10 percent Monday. Genesis told investors it expected to report operating earnings of roughly $249 million, down from its $275 million estimate in November. Those figures are the midpoints for projected ranges of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, Genesis said. The company, which plans to report 2015 earnings on Feb. 22, attributed the shortfall to $15 million from higher-than-expected self-insurance reserves, $6 million from higher bad-debt expense, and $5 million from lower-than-expected internal growth.
January 24, 2016 |
Airlines have canceled all flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday. The airport will remain open and crews will be working to clear snow from the runways so that flights can resume Sunday morning. "We're going to be working to keep at least one runway clear just in case of flight diversions or an emergency," airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said. "Other runways and taxiways will be cleared, too, in anticipation of resuming operations on Sunday. " Some airlines have canceled flights here, beginning Friday evening.
January 23, 2016 |
American Airlines has reduced its flight schedule Friday evening and is canceling all flights on Saturday at Philadelphia International Airport due to the impending winter storm. American and merger partner US Airways operate 76 percent of the flights in Philadelphia. Flights here will resume on Sunday morning, the airline said. American said the storm will impact travel at 42 airports. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2831@LoydLinda
January 22, 2016 |
Ahead of the winter storm expected here beginning Friday, airlines announced they will waive ticket change fees and fare differences for customers who want to postpone travel. American Airlines, which operates 76 percent of flights at Philadelphia International Airport, said passengers flying between Jan. 21 and Jan. 24 can change their tickets, and delay travel as late as Jan. 27 at airports from New Hampshire south to North Carolina and Tennessee. Delta and United airlines will waive change fees for passengers traveling Jan. 22-24.
January 21, 2016
THINGS HAVE gotten so bad in the state Legislature in Harrisburg that a number of inmates are fleeing the asylum. So far, 16 incumbents - 11 Republicans and five Democrats - have announced they will not seek re-election. Some are doing it for career reasons. State Rep. Dwight Evans, for instance, is quitting to run against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. But a number said they are departing the scene because they essentially have lost faith in the chambers where they have served. As state Rep. Peter Daley put it: "I'm benching myself for a while.
January 14, 2016 |
Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday it will begin nonstop flights from Philadelphia to San Antonio, Tex., starting May 13, and to Columbus, Ohio, beginning June 2. One-way fares were advertised as low as $99 to San Antonio, and as low as $59 to Columbus, on the airline's website, flyfrontier.com. Last week, Frontier added flights to 10 new cities from Philadelphia to begin this spring, among 42 new routes announced nationwide. The flights from Philadelphia International Airport to San Antonio will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.