US Airways

American Airlines Business Class Philadelphia-Munich Flight 716 – Review

American Airlines took the next big step in its merger two weeks ago, when it pulled the plug on merger partner US Airways’ reservations system and discontinued operating US Airways as a separate airline and subsidiary.
There was no better way to see how well things in the trenches were going than to fly a few days after the reservation system’s merger on a former US Airways international flight, in this …

Lobby Bar – October 16: Bare Travel Necessities, Edible Bedding, and the Long Way Around

Lobby Bar – A Somewhat Sarcastic Summary of FBT News and Views
Proper send off. With a series of his favorite pictures, Jonathan Spira mourns the scheduled death of US Airways, happening tomorrow. It was a tough and expensive choice to make, but rather than re-outfit the US Airways jets with American Airlines livery, the planes will be buried in a 1,300 acre plot in Arizona.
Autopilot 3.0. Jonathan Spira takes a …

Delta, Southwest, China Southern Top 3 Airlines in Traffic for 2014

Delta, Southwest, China Southern Top 3 Airlines in Traffic for 2014

Two U.S. airlines and one in Asia carried more passengers than any others last year, according to figures published by the International Air Transport Association on Wednesday.
Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and China Southern Airlines were the top three airlines in the world, the same rankings as 2013, based on the number of scheduled passengers carried, according to statistics published by the IATA.  Additionally, all three airlines showed substantial increases …

American to End Service to Tel Aviv in 2016

American to End Service to Tel Aviv in 2016

American Airlines announced plans to discontinue its sole flight to Israel come next year.
The flight, which links Philadelphia with Tel Aviv, has been in existence for six years and started as a US Airways route. In explaining the reasons for the cancellation, the airline said that the route has never turned a profit and had lost over $20 million in the past year alone.
“The route has not been profitable,” the airline …

American Airlines to Celebrate Final US Airways Flight with Commemorative Flight Number 1939

American Airlines to Celebrate Final US Airways Flight with Commemorative Flight Number 1939

American Airlines provided further details about US Airways’ final flight on October 17, 2015. The final flight will operate as Flight 1939, a number selected to commemorate the airline’s founding in 1939.
US Airways started as All American Aviation in that year, becoming Allegheny Airlines, USAir, and finally US Airways before its 2013 merger with American.
The carrier’s swan song will celebrate the airline’s major hubs by departing Philadelphia and stopping in Charlotte …

American Airlines Strategy for 2015 and Beyond: The World’s Biggest Airline Prepares for Takeoff

American Airlines just completed a quarter in which it reported the “highest quarterly earnings that any commercial airline ever reported in a quarter.” The earnings, $1.9 billion, were the highest the airline itself ever had in a quarter in its entire history, not a total surprise given that American is now the world’s largest airline.
On a conference call on Friday, airline executives provided details on their plans for the remainder …

Delta and LaGuardia Slowly Recovering from Power Failure

Delta and LaGuardia Slowly Recovering from Power Failure

Workers at New York’s LaGuardia Airport accidentally cut an electrical cable, causing a power outage at the airport’s Terminal C early Friday morning.  The incident resulted in over a hundred flight cancellations and delays.
Delta Air Lines was most heavily impacted, as the airline was forced to cancel approximately 119 Delta mainline and Delta connection flights at the New York City airport as of 10:30 a.m. EDT.  The carrier said that …