Showing posts with label US Airways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US Airways. Show all posts

24 October, 2014

Profits Up for US Carriers

American Airlines Group, United Airlines and other carriers reported strong third-quarter profits on Thursday, helped by falling fuel costs, and mostly shrugged off concerns that Ebola could affect their outlook.
Despite concerns about increased competition in some markets, several major U.S. carriers also signaled they would boost capacity, betting on a steady increase in passenger traffic through next year.
American, which exited bankruptcy last year via a merger with U.S. Airways, saw a nearly 4 percent gain in its shares as it forecast healthy unit revenues for the current quarter. United, while projecting a more moderate unit revenue increase compared to last year, reported that third-quarter profit more than doubled.

10 October, 2014

"I have ebola" Passenger Escorted off US Aircraft.

It could have been a scene from a disaster movie, four people dressed complete hazard protection suits invade an aircraft and cart one of the passengers with a deadly contagious disease away. Only this was no Hollywood blockbuster, the was a real life event when an American passenger flying from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic was forced to aircraft after sneezing and yelling: “I have Ebola!”. The remaining 255 other passengers were made to stay on board for two hours.
The unnamed passenger, whom it was confirmed later isnt infected with Ebola, was escorted off the plane by officials. The man had reportedly been sneezing and coughing, which are said to be early signs of having the deadly virus, throughout the four-hour journey to Punta Cana.
A video captured by one of the other passengers shows four officers dressed in protective Hazmat (hazardous materials) suits boarding the flight, while a flight attendant tries to reassure fliers that the situation “looks worse than it really is”. She adds that, having worked in the airline industry for about 30 years, she was sure “the man who has said this [joke] is an idiot”.
Passengers sat near the man covered their faces and those filming the incident yelled at him while he was forced to remove his luggage from the overhead lockers and leave the plane. He was detained at Punta Cana International Airport where he underwent extensive medical checks and was interviewed by airport officials before it was confirmed he did not have Ebola. He is believed to have the flu. US Airways refused to comment on the situation.

05 August, 2014

No meals for American First and Business Class

American Airlines is all set to drop all meals for its premium passengers on most short flights from next month. The largest American carrier will offer just snacks instead of a meal to first and business class passengers on most flights under two hours and 45 minutes. 

The change means a continuity of service between American with US Airways, which this spring reduced its meal cutoff to 2:45 from three hours and 30 minutes. The two airlines merged in December, the new rules will cover flights in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. They were detailed on American's website, however there is no reduction in the fares charged by the airline.  

16 April, 2014

US Airway's Porno Tweet

US Airways has offered an explanation and another apology after a pornographic image was shared from the airline's official Twitter account.
The carrier said the photo was sent accidentally to one of its customers who launched a series of complaints against the airline on Monday. The image featured a womanposing with a toy plane inserted in her vagina.
"We apologize for the inappropriate image we recently shared in a Twitter response," Davien Anderson, a spokesperson for the airline, said in an statement emailed to Reuters. "We deeply regret the mistake and we are currently reviewing our processes to prevent such errors in the future."
Airline representatives said the image, which originated from a German amateur porn site, was sent to the airline's Twitter account by another user. Employees in charge of the airline's Twitter account meant to flag the image as inappropriate but mistakenly included it as part of a reply, USA Today reports.

22 September, 2013

US / American Merger Lawsuit

An American Airlines jet takes off while U.S. Airways jets are lined up at Reagan National Airport on the day U.S. Airways' stockholders are expected to vote on whether to approve the $11 billion merger of the two airlines effectively creating the world's largest carrier, in Washington July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Larry DowningUS Airways and American Airlines, whose proposed merger has been stalled by U.S. government opposition, urged a court on Friday to require the Justice Department to turn over documents relating to its approval of four previous airline mergers.
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on August 13 to stop the planned merger of US Airways (LCC.N) and American's parent, AMR Corp (AAMRQ.PK), arguing that the deal would lead to higher air fares and other fees. A judge will hear the case without a jury in November and decide whether the deal can go forward.
The airlines have said that the merger is needed to help them compete in a rapidly consolidating industry.
In their motion, US Airways and American asked for analyses, studies, forecasts and other documents relating to the Justice Department's approval of the four mergers completed over the past decade.
Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) acquired Northwest Airlines in 2008, United (UAL.N) merged with Continental in 2010 and Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) bought discount rival AirTran in 2011. US Airways bought America West in 2005.
Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona said that the agency would reply formally to the motion next week.
The motion for the material, which could be quite extensive, will likely be granted, said Robert Skitol, an antitrust expert with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
"There's no doubt about it being very burdensome," said Skitol. "This is very resource-intensive."
Previously, the government had said the request was too broad, and that data on previous mergers not relevant to this case.
The airlines and the Justice Department could settle the antitrust lawsuit, which would likely require the companies to sell certain assets. Any divestitures would require approval from the judge overseeing American's emergence from bankruptcy.
The airlines have defended the deal in court filings, saying it would create $500 million in savings to consumers annually by building a stronger competitor to Delta and United.
In its complaint, the Justice Department focused on Ronald Reagan National Airport, just outside Washington, D.C., where the two companies control a combined 69 percent of takeoff and landing slots. It also listed more than 1,000 routes between two cities where the two airlines dominate the market.

The case at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is No. 1:13-cv-12346.