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This is What Happened When a Boeing 777 Hit Severe Turbulence

December 16, 2014 at 6:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

What crazy force is powerful enough to lift a 200lb galley cart off its wheels and toss it around an airplane cabin? The answer: turbulence.

It can happen to any aircraft, at any location, and today 240 passengers and 15 crew onboard an American Airlines Boeing 777 found this out firsthand.

The flight—AA 280 bound from Seoul's Incheon Airport to Dallas-Ft Worth—didn't complete its 12-hour nonstop route, instead diverting to Tokyo-Narita after severe turbulence injured 14 onboard, with 5 eventually needing further assistance at a hospital. The passengers will spend the night at a hotel before continuing on to Dallas tomorrow. The photos shared from the flight come from a passenger seated in First Class; we can only wonder at the mess Economy endured.

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Throwback Thursday: The Awesome Airplane Coach Lounges of the 1970s

December 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Before airlines considered the economy cabin worthy of nothing more than a seat 18" wide and about 8 peanuts as a complimentary snack, it used to be they would reward any passenger flying one of their newest planes with an in-flight lounge experience.

The onboard First Class lounges of the 1970s are things of legend, of course, but what about coach? On selected aircraft, they too enjoyed a dedicated space for enjoying in-flight diversions like gossiping, having a cocktail, card-playing and, in the case of American Airlines' 747-100 Coach Lounge, even piano-playing.

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Have a Peek at American Airlines' New Crew Uniforms for 2015

December 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems American Airlines is on the cusp of releasing their updated uniform designs to debut in 2015, on both AA and US Airways crew as the companies continue their merger.

The process began way, way back in January 2013; that's nearly two years of work before actual garments were available to preview. In the meantime, the designers, duo KAUFMANFRANCO, were also working on their seasonal runway collections; it's in their Fashion Week credo that they share their raison d'être and a sense of what to expect from the AA uniforms: "We deliver clothes that are deceptively understated but when you take a closer look at them, they are actually quite complex, not based on decoration but on the cut, fabric and detailing.”

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Throwback Thursday: The First Airline Lounge Opened 75 Years Ago

November 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

This week we got a little restless and hopped down to Dallas for the day, with the express purpose of wandering around AA's C.R. Smith Museum, about a 10-minute drive from DFW Airport. We'll have more on it later since it is a very worthwhile diversion, but allow us to highlight their small exhibit on the history of airline lounges.

You see, American Airlines originated the ideas of airport lounges way, way back when commercial aviation was still in its infancy. 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Admirals Club, the first of which debuted in December 1939 as the "Flagship Club" at what is now New York's LaGuardia Airport.

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Lufthansa, American Airlines, and Finnair Flaunt New Routes for 2015

November 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Lufthansa:
Good news for those trying to get to—or from—the Sunshine State, as Lufthansa is getting ready to make Tampa one of its newest nonstop destinations. The flights are scheduled to begin on September 25 of next year, so you have quite some time to get the funds in place. Things will begin by heading back and forth four times each and every week, but then things will bump up to five times per week when the weather gets warmer. It’ll be Airbus A340s doing the flying, but just note one thing—this will be one of the first flights operated by the carrier’s new low cost carrier arm.

· Finnair:
Want to go to Finland? Finnair can take your there from all kinds of different destinations, but beginning next year Chicago becomes a new option. The plan is to start the flights beginning in June of next year, as it’ll be a seasonal affair between Chicago-O’Hare and Helsinki. Airbus A330s will do the back and forth thing, and it sounds like the flights will operate thrice weekly. Just be sure not to miss your flight, as things will end for the year on October 17.

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Hey, Good Looking: American Airlines' First 787 Revealed

November 3, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comment (1)

How you doing? That’s what we’d like to say to American Airlines’ brand new Boeing 787. It just rolled out of the hangar complete with the airline’s new livery on the new plane, and we have to say that it looks pretty darn snazzy.

Right now the only place you can check it out is over in Everett, Washington, but if all goes according to plan it’ll be in the hands of the pilots and people over at American Airlines before the end of the year.

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New Details of the American and US Airways Frequent Flyer Program Merger

October 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've known for a long time that American and US Airways were planning on merging their frequent flier programs. This week, new details were released regarding how the programs will be integrated. Here's what AAdvantage and US Dividend Miles members need to know going forward:


· The two frequent flier programs will merge in the second quarter of 2015. You can see a full timeline here.

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Cookies on a Plane: Which Airlines Still Bake Treats Onboard

October 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes you just need a chocolate chip cookie, but munching on such treats while hurtling through the air is sadly mostly a thing of the past. We've seen some airlines warming up cookies onboard as recently as 2012, but mergers and cutbacks mean these sweet bites are rarer than ever.

Don't despair! A few airlines do still deliver cookies on select services:

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Dallas' Love Field Finally Says Adios to the Wright Amendment

October 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

...As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas - even if the federal government has to force it to be.

The Wright Amendment was enacted in 1980 as a change to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. It was all about protecting the risk and financial investment put into opening Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport in 1974, sheltering it from the older, smaller Love Field just a 21-minute drive away.

While the amendment was not technically created because of Southwest Airlines, the fear was that if Southwest, or any large carrier, continued to operate out of Love Field (previously the main airport in North Texas) it would decrease passenger numbers at the shiny, new and expensive DFW Airport.

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American Airlines, JetBlue, and Virgin America Lead the New Routes News

October 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· JetBlue:
The free snacks and blue chips are on the move once again, as JetBlue is adding a couple new options to their route network. The carrier plans to do the nonstop thing between Las Vegas and San Francisco beginning on January 5. Things will head back and forth two times each and every day, and it’ll be some of the carrier’s Airbus A320s doing the flying. JetBlue isn’t done there either, as they have one more flight to add. October 29 will bring nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale too.

· American Airlines:
Here’s a new option for those that enjoy the up in the air experience offered up by American Airlines. The carrier will be heading in and out of Delta’s home in Atlanta, as they’re planning to start new nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Atlanta. The plan is to start taking to the skies beginning on March 5. American Airlines plans to send planes and people between the two cities three times each day, and they’ll be doing it all with some help from their Boeing 737-800s.

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You'll Soon Be Able to Earn Airline Miles by Test Driving a Cadillac

October 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Partnerships between airlines and car companies are nothing new, but the latest wheeling and dealing between American and Cadillac has resulted in a pretty cool opportunity for AAdvantage members: The chance to earn 7,500 frequent flier miles for test driving a Cadillac.

Like United and Mercedes, American and Cadillac will partner on the ground at airports, offering tarmac transfer service for high-status fliers. It's already up and running at LAX, and the plan is to expand this program to Dallas, JFK, and LaGuardia by the end of the year.

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American Airlines Chucks Even More Manuals in Favor of Technology

September 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

American Airlines was one of the first carriers to bring tablets into the cockpit, and now they’re taking the electronic devices one step further.

The carrier recently announced that flight attendants would also be ditching paper manuals in favor of electronic materials. American airlines just got the go ahead from those in charge of making the rules to utilize some new Samsung tablets, and it’s all in an effort to save fuel costs—an estimated million dollars or so per year.

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