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POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 2:27 PM

Very little is likely to be more helpful in the years ahead for PHL air travelers than what Amtrak has planned for the ground in the Northeast. Amtrak's latest updates on its high-speed rail plans have been all over the news, but here for the record, the archives and additional promotional purposes is The Inquirer's story on what all should hope comes to pass. and Paul Nussbaum's sidebar on Amtrak president Joe Boardman calling for more NY tunnel spending.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 11:33 AM

UPDATED WITH CORRECT INFO, acknowledging comment below:

Offered today for your pleasure whle flying or just thinking (for or against) of your next airline flight are a few columns and articles related to the agony and the ecstacy that most travelers are experiencing riding in the coach cabins of most carriers these days.

Last week, Inquirer beat writer Paul Nussbaum reported on a visit by Boeing's newest, highly touted jet, the 787 Dreamliner, to PHL. l'm looking forward to flying on this aircraft, whenever I find it a sensible option. The report notes that just how comfortable the plane's soothing new interior may be for passengers could depend on which airline is flying it and the seating configuration it chooses. In some configurations, coach seats are a wider-than-average 18.5 inches but you still get only 31 inches of pitch, or legroom, between rows

POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2012, 4:40 PM

Here's the most recent development in the American bankruptcy case. If you read to the end, you will learn that US Airways had nothing to say about what American wants to do, which would put another hitch in US's effort to take over AA. Read more here ...

POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 5:36 PM

A longtime professional colleague, Bill McGee, former editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter and widely respected for his aviation expertise, has just published an important book for anyone who travels on commercial airliners. The work, Attention All Passengers: Why flying is no fun anymore (and may be dangerous), is getting good reviews. I haven't read a copy yet but you can hear what the author is telling reporters in interviews, including one by NPR "Fresh Air" co-host Dave Davies, that aired today and can be found at this link.  

POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 9:54 AM

After a week of travel, we're back to posting. Here's a story from late last week with some recent developmemnts in the ongoing saga of American's bankruptcy case.

POSTED: Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:20 PM

After a couple of months of ample reporting of the negative aspects of American Airlines future -- and there are plenty, which is why it's in Chapter 11 -- a publication with a traditionally conservative viewpoint has a good article on the airline's strengths in terms of its route network and operations. Read the US News & World Report story here ...  

POSTED: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 11:39 AM

US Airways CEO Doug Parker, speaking to shareholders in the financial center of the universe, New York, this week, pointed to union and Wall Street support for his effort to acquire American Airlines parent AMR out of bankruptcy. Customers, such as those of you who commented on a Wednesday post about the same topic, aren't as important a consideration when merging airlines. Read more here ...

POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 4:18 PM

You've already seen the bad news: US Airways came in last among major carriers in J.D. Power's annual customer satisfaction rankings. The good news: Alaska Airlines, which started service to PHL on Monday, came in first.

Now the rest of the news: Sources say US Airways should be ready next month to file papers with the U.S. Justice Department to review on antitrust grounds its expected application to acquire American Airlines' parent AMR as part of the bankruptcy process. This US-AA merger train seems to be moving ahead, doesn't it? Find that story here ....

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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at Reach Tom at

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