May 8, 2013 |
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport filed complaints with the U.S. Transportation Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and three airlines that contract with it failed to provide proper training and equipment to safely do their jobs. The complaints, filed Thursday, allege violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and ask the Transportation Department to impose fines and order US Airways, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
February 20, 2013
Just as air travel makes the world seem smaller, the airline industry itself continues to shrink - at least, in terms of the number of carriers with logos emblazoned on commercial jets. After four airline consolidations over the last five years, the Philadelphia region now faces the loss of its most familiar service through the planned merger of US Airways and American Airlines. At some point over the next two years, American Airlines' red-white-and-blue bird insignia will replace the US Airways flag.
November 1, 2012 |
Philadelphia International Airport, which curtailed flights for the superstorm, is back in business. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Delta Air Lines resumed nine flights in and out of Philadelphia. Lufthansa Airlines landed a 4:30 p.m. jet from Frankfurt, and sent a 6 p.m. return flight to Germany. US Airways Group, which operates 430 daily departures from Philadelphia, planned to resume a normal schedule Wednesday morning. Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica confirmed that Delta began flying Tuesday, as did Lufthansa.
September 28, 2012
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will arrive in Philadelphia tonight on a campaign swing. According to his schedule, Romney will hold an "arrival event" at Atlantic Aviation at Philadelphia International Airport at 9:15 p.m. before spending the night at a nearby hotel. On Friday, Romney is slated to appear at a rally at Valley Forge Military Academy & College in suburban Wayne.
July 18, 2012 |
Spirit Airlines, the low-cost carrier known for its cheap fares and its add-on charges, will start regular service between Philadelphia and Dallas-Fort Worth next year. The flights will begin with four days a week in April and increase to daily service in June, Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said Monday. Spirit currently is the only scheduled airline flying out of Atlantic City International Airport, but Atlantic City officials said they did not expect the new Philadelphia competition to affect the casino city.
June 29, 2012 |
Boeing's long-awaited new 787 Dreamliner, touted as the fuel-efficient, passenger-friendly plane of the future, made its first visit to Philadelphia on Wednesday to strut its stuff. Built largely of graphite fiber and epoxy resin composite materials to be lighter and easier to maintain, the sleek twin-engine, long-range Dreamliner burns less fuel, emits fewer harmful emissions, and offers a cabin designed to better mimic life on earth. In flight, the passenger compartment is pressurized to simulate 6,000 feet above sea level, compared with the current standard of 8,000 feet.
June 22, 2012 |
Flight attendants for Air Wisconsin, which operates as a US Airways Express carrier at Philadelphia International Airport, ratified a new labor contract with the airline Thursday, according to the union that represents the 300 flight attendants. Terms of the four-year pact were not disclosed, but the union said it included "increased compensation and improvements to scheduling and quality of life issues. " From hubs in Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Raleigh, N.C., and Norfolk, Va., Air Wisconsin operates nearly 500 daily flights as US Airways Express, serving 70 cities in the United States and Canada.
June 14, 2012 |
Alaska Airlines ranked first and US Airways ranked last in customer satisfaction among traditional airlines, according to the latest survey by J.D. Power & Associates, released Wednesday. JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines were tops among low-cost carriers, with Frontier Airlines ranked lowest. The study measured overall customer satisfaction based on performance in seven factors: cost and fees, in-flight services, boarding/deplaning/baggage, flight crew, aircraft, check-in, and reservations.
June 2, 2012 |
City officials have selected a joint venture of three companies to manage the planning and construction of the multi-billion-dollar expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. CH2M HILL, a Denver-based engineering and construction firm, will be the lead company, and will work with minority-owned companies Delon Hampton & Associates of Washington D.C. and CMTS Inc. of Dallas. The city has agreed to pay the team $25 million for the first four-year term of the project. The project-management team will oversee the complex financial, engineering, design and scheduling elements in preparing for the expansion of the city-owned airport, airport chief executive officer Mark Gale said Thursday.