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NEWS
March 21, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THAT TIME you spend waiting around for your next flight at Philadelphia International Airport could be spent investing in public education - if playing a one-armed bandit is your idea of investing. City Council will decide in the coming weeks whether to push for airport slot machines that would benefit Philadelphia's cash-strapped schools. Yesterday, it approved a resolution to hold hearings on the subject. The scheme would still need approval from state lawmakers in Harrisburg.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first US Airways airplane painted in the new American Airlines colors came through Philadelphia Wednesday - Flight 1770 from Atlanta, arriving at 10:37 a.m., at Philadelphia International Airport's Gate B9. It took 13 days and 80 gallons of paint to remove the old US Airways colors, sand, wash, seal seams, repaint, stencil and detail the Airbus A319. In all, 300 US Airways and 350 American aircraft will get a similar makeover. "The integration of our airlines, including painting the rest of the US Airways fleet, will take many months," said American president Scott Kirby.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last May, a Brooklyn-based do-it-yourself craft school and "makerspace" called 3rd Ward came to Philadelphia. The 27,000-square-foot temple to DIY in Northern Liberties was hyped as a new creative engine for the city, and the first step in the New York institution's nationwide expansion. Then, five months later, it shut down. But those who long for a place to brew beer, screen-print T-shirts, sew aprons, build terrariums, and make pickles have a second chance - albeit on a much humbler scale.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
One bright spot in the frigid temperatures Sunday was at Philadelphia International Airport, where skies were clear and sunny - and flights were on time. Flight departure monitors said "on time" for US Airways, United, Southwest, JetBlue, Delta, and Virgin America airlines. Passengers were two types - those whose flights were canceled because of weather last week and could not rebook until Sunday. And those lucky enough to have scheduled their trip on a clear, sunny day. Everyone was fairly upbeat.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Airlines are hoping to slowly return to normal operations Friday at Philadelphia International Airport, where snow and wind forced cancellation of 74 percent of flights Thursday. The only caveat: the shot of snow that was headed our way overnight. The winter storm that had dropped 9.8 inches at the airport by 4 p.m. Thursday was expected to leave a further two to four inches before leaving early Friday, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said. "No plans other than normal operations were announced by airlines at this point," said airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is something to be said for speaking in one voice. Key promoters of the city and region certainly think so, having all agreed to adopt a new marketing tagline - "PHL: Here for the Making. " In coming days, you can expect to see it in ads and promotions by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Select Greater Philadelphia, the Convention Center, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., and Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia International Airport had about 593 canceled arriving and departing flights as of Tuesday afternoon. Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said at 3:30 p.m. there were "very few people" in the terminals. She said one runway was open, and the airport was operational. "Crews are working tirelessly to keep all paved surfaces clear," Lupica said. Airport officials had a conference call with airlines, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter dined on smoked chicken wings, viewed a photo exhibit celebrating the Pennsylvania Ballet's 50th anniversary, and met staff at the posh XpresSpa Wednesday, all in Philadelphia International Airport's newly renovated Terminal F. US Airways chief operating officer Robert Isom came in for the grand opening of the terminal expansion. Travelers mingled with airline and airport employees and the workers in 20 new shops and restaurants in Terminal F served up tasty, free food - including pulled pork sandwiches, roast Brussels sprouts, homemade pretzels, and pastries.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
US Airways Group Inc. announced Monday new nonstop daily flights between Philadelphia and Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh, beginning in May. When the service begins May 23, Philadelphia's dominant airline, which transports more than 70 percent of air travelers who use the airport, will fly to 19 trans-Atlantic destinations from Philadelphia International Airport. The Edinburgh flights will be seasonal, between May 23 and Oct. 1, 2014. The airline will operate 176-seat Boeing 757 aircraft.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A DRUNK Italian sparked a sky emergency Wednesday night when he threatened the flight crew on his Barcelona-bound plane, prompting the pilot to U-turn to Philadelphia, authorities said. The scare started when Massimo Fiorani, 35, staggered up the aisle toward the bathroom as US Airways Flight 742 ascended out of Philadelphia on its way to Spain just before 8 p.m., according to an affidavit. A flight attendant approached Fiorani and asked him to return to his seat. When the attendant placed a hand on his shoulder, Fiorani allegedly threatened to kill him. Several passengers scrambled to help crew members restrain him in flexible handcuffs, an investigator wrote.
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