April 16, 2013 |
Computer problems have forced American Airlines, one of the nation's largest air carriers, to keep hundreds of its flights from departing across the country. The Fort Worth-based airline said it has been struggling with intermittent computer problems for a while. Because of the latest glitch, all American Airlines flights that are on the tarmac will remain there until at least 2 p.m. PDT. [Updated , 12:45 p.m. PDT April 16: American Airlines said it would waive the change fees for passengers whose flights were delayed and who wanted to book another flight.
April 14, 2013 |
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March 19, 2013 |
The proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways will reduce competition and lead to higher fares, critics of the union argued before a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday. But supporters of the merger said the creation of the nation's largest airline will improve service and protect the jobs of hundreds of airlines workers. The testimony came Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. The merger, which was announced last month, must still get approval of the U.S. Department of Justice and the judge overseeing the bankruptcy proceeding of AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines.
March 12, 2013 |
Another airline executive is speaking out on a plan by federal regulators to allow passengers to bring small knives into the cabin of commercial planes. Doug Parker, chief executive at US Airways, wrote to the head of the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, asking that the agency reconsider the proposed policy change. The TSA announced last week plans to let passengers carry small folding knives -- with blades no more than 2.36 inches long and 1/2 inch wide -- into the cabin of a commercial plane, starting April 25. It is the biggest relaxation of the list of prohibited items since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
February 18, 2013 |
In the wake of the deal to merge American Airlines and US Airways, many business travelers are asking themselves the same question: What does this mean for me? Change is the only certain answer. And change, according to some airline experts, is not good for business travelers who have grown accustomed to their regular airline routes, connecting hubs and frequent flier programs. "What I can see is 900 pitfalls," said Joe Brancatelli, a business travel expert who writes a regular online column on the subject.
February 17, 2013 |
In the wake of the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, many business travelers are asking themselves the same question: What does this mean for me? The only certain answer is change. And change, according to some airline experts, is not welcomed by business travelers who have grown accustomed to their regular airline routes, connecting hubs and frequent flier programs. “What I can see is 900 pitfalls,” said Joe Brancatelli, a business travel expert who writes a regular online column on the subject.
February 14, 2013 |
The latest in a series of airline mergers and acquisitions was formally announced Thursday morning, creating a mega-carrier that is expected to dominate its competitors in size and resources. As expected, the boards of AMR Corp. and US Airways Group formally announced that they had voted unanimously to unite the two companies under the American Airlines name, with headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. "Today, we are proud to launch the new American Airlines -- a premier global carrier well equipped to compete and win against the best in the world," said AMR Chief Executive Tom Horton, who will take the role of executive chairman of the combined board of directors for at least a year.
February 14, 2013 |
The combination of American Airlines and US Airways will create the world's largest airline. And, if critics are to be believed, it will also cause world-class headaches for customers. If previous airline mergers are any guide, melding the two carriers into a behemoth with more than 100,000 employees is likely to lead to reservation glitches, union tension, higher fares and cuts in service to smaller, less-profitable cities. During the announcement of the $11-billion deal Thursday, chief executives of US Airways and American promised an idyllic marriage that will benefit consumers and shareholders.
February 13, 2013 |
A long-anticipated merger of American Airlines and US Airways is expected to be announced Thursday after weeks of closed-door negotiations, according to people briefed on the deal. The transaction would create the nation's largest carrier and cap an era of consolidation in a troubled industry. The marriage of American, based in Fort Worth, and its smaller competitor based in Tempe, Ariz., would form an airline valued at $11 billion. The union would be the latest in a string of mergers and acquisitions in an industry struggling to stay airborne amid fluctuating fuel costs, labor strife and economic turbulence.