December 14, 1997
Planning to knock back a few at the airport before boarding your British Airways flight this holiday season? Well, you better watch out. . . . Citing an increase in disruptive and drunken behavior, the airline last week tightened its policy. If the crew has an inkling that someone might be drunk or disorderly, that person will not be allowed to board, British Airways spokesman John Lampl said. The previous policy barred obviously inebriated passengers.
September 19, 2004 |
Iraqi Airways resumed international flights Saturday for the first time in 14 years, with a plane taking off from neighboring Jordan for Baghdad and another leaving the Iraqi capital for Damascus, Syria. The Iraqi Airways flight from Amman to Baghdad was the state airline's first international flight since sanctions were imposed on Saddam Hussein's regime in 1990. "This is the start of regular flights by Iraqi Airways," said airline spokesman Raad Aghabi.
August 5, 2002 |
US Airways Group Inc. invited some bondholders to a meeting in New York on Thursday to discuss the airline's financial restructuring and the potential effect on their investments. The meeting is for investors whose bonds are backed by some of the carrier's older aircraft and whose debt payments have been deferred, the company said in a notice to those bondholders.
July 12, 1997 |
British Airways offered to open new talks with the transport workers union, seeking a truce with 8,500 striking flight attendants while averting a separate confrontation with ground workers. The Transport and General Workers Union handles negotiations for the attendants, who walked out Wednesday in a pay dispute, and 9,000 ground workers, irked by the airline's plans to sell in-flight catering operations. The flight attendants' strike, which ends today, has been costly for British Airways.
July 17, 2008 |
The pilots union for US Airways said Wednesday that the airline was pressuring pilots to carry less fuel than they believed was safe in order to save money. US Airways Capt. James Ray, a spokesman for the US Airline Pilots Assn., which represents the airline's 5,200 pilots, said eight senior pilots and the union had filed complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration.
March 14, 2005
The March 5 editorial, "The Bottom Line at 30,000 Feet," questions whether British Airways may have put cost-cutting before passenger safety. This is simply untrue. British Airways would never compromise the safety of our operation. First, a Boeing 747 is fully certified to fly on three engines, and the operation of BA268 on Feb. 20 did not compromise any safety regulations. The United Kingdom aviation safety regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, accepts this. Although the incidents are rare and infrequent, our pilots are trained to fly a Boeing 747 safely on three engines, and the aircraft manufacturer has designed the aircraft to fly normally in this situation.
July 11, 2002 |
US Airways Group Inc. received a conditional $900-million loan guarantee that the carrier said it needs to raise $1 billion in new financing and avoid a bankruptcy filing. The application was approved on conditions that include the seventh-largest U.S. carrier giving the government a bigger potential stake in the company and completing concession agreements with workers and creditors, the Air Transportation Stabilization board said. The carrier has been trying to shave $1.
July 9, 2002 |
US Airways Group Inc. and its pilots' union struck a tentative deal that would yield $465 million each year in wage cuts and other concessions for 6 1/2 years to help keep the airline afloat, according to the Air Line Pilots Assn. The agreement is a major step forward in the No. 6 carrier's bid to cut costs, win approval of its application for government-backed loans and if possible, avoid bankruptcy.
July 8, 2008 |
US Airways Group Inc., which will begin charging passengers for coffee and sodas next month, has expanded the number of seats that cost passengers as much as $30 extra to reserve. About 16% of seats in coach are now included in the "choice seats" program, double the 8% from its May start. The fee now applies to tickets for seats in the center, along with aisle and window, near the front of the cabin, the Tempe, Ariz., carrier said in an employee newsletter. US Airways is moving to more "a la carte" pricing, where charges for services or products such as checked luggage or onboard food and drinks are separate from the ticket.
April 19, 2001 |
United Airlines Inc. executives said they will miss another target date for completing their complex $4-billion acquisition of US Airways, signaling that the deal is in serious trouble. This is the fourth time that airline executives have postponed a closing date they mentioned publicly or privately. Executives said they won't be able to complete the deal by June 30 and declined to say whether they could finish by the Aug. 1 deadline in the merger agreement.