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This week in Hamburg, Germany, airlines and media are happily schmoozing during the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, and you know what happens when airline executives mix with international journalists? Hands are shaked, cocktails are quaffed, and big announcements are made.
American Airlines was nearly first out of the gate with a doozy of a news drop, that they'll be retrofitting their entire 777 fleet to new Business Class and Main Cabin seats. Previously, only AA's brand new Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A321Ts boasted these best seats in the fleet, but this news means the bulk of AA's international service on 777-200s will soon join the fun.
Filmmaker Casey Neistat, a master of viral videomaking, just released his newest mini-film and we have to admit that it's right up our alley. The 3-minute, 20-second clip is essentially one long ad for J.Crew's new Ludlow Traveler suit, which Casey sports while demonstrating 17 tips for traveling in style, bucking the growing trend of wearing slouchy sweatpants on planes and ill-fitting khaki cargo shorts on foreign streets.
While we're all for his tips to wear a suit onboard a long flight, change for sleep, then change again to be ready to go at your destination, we're not so sure about the surfing or snowboarding in a suit. But speaking of flights, Neistat is a dedicated AA frequent flyer and, for this film, worked with the airline to set up some of the more unique shots.
Can you spot all the American Airlines cameos?
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Let’s face it. When you’re at an airport you hate and are annoyed by everyone else. In such a tense environment, it's rare for someone to be courteous, even if that means a simple smile.
Personally, we love being at airports. Everyone is coming and going all over the world and they rarely come together and interact during this transition. It's all so serendipitous, if it weren't for the stress.
Recently while flying American Airlines from New York-JFK to Miami, our first plane suffered from some Navigational Equipment problems, so we were held an additional 50 minutes which inevitably got us there in time to watch our connecting flight push back from the gate with no representatives in sight. The next flight (from MIA to EYW) was 3 hours later. That meant 3 hours stolen from our Key West beach time. AA did end up compensating me 500 miles and a food voucher.
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Of course it won't have the old stripes...
American is due to receive 42 total Dreamliners (12 787-8s and 30 787-9s) and the first delivery should happen in the fourth quarter of 2014. All we want for Christmas is the option to fly an American Airlines 787, truly.
These planes were first projected to arrive in 2012, but you know how the Dreamliner program met with delays? At least it's two years late, but not too late.
Shameless star Emmy Rossum was spotted at LAX yesterday after taking what sounds like the most relaxing American Airlines flight ever.
Rossum tweeted from the flight, writing, "#100happydays The peace of flying in an airplane makes me happy. #4happychicks."
The good old days of earning miles for JetBlue on American flights or vice versa are officially gone. The two airlines ended their partnership this week that previously offered a shared mileage program on select routes and options for purchasing connecting flights from the two carriers via a single ticket.
"Through the merger with US Airways, American's network along the East Coast provides greater connectivity and customer benefits and there is no longer a need to supplement our combined network coverage with the JetBlue agreement," American Airlines' spokesman Casey Norton told Reuters.
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We’ve had a thing for American Airlines over the last year, and rightfully so. The carrier gobbled up a competitor, scored a new paint job and branding, and ordered a bunch of new airplanes. They’re going for a fresh look and identity moving forward, and the latest plans to upgrade some less-than-new Boeing 767s just moves them further forward.
One could call the Boeing 767-300ER the workhorse of the carrier’s fleet, and they’re going to upgrade and improve the business class cabin and most of the other interior bits and pieces in about half of the them. It sounds like April 1 will be the day these updated planes hit the skies, as a nonstop flight between New York-JFK and Zurich will be the first route with the refreshed aircraft.
The planes will head into the hangar for this extended maintenance through 2015, so be on the lookout for more and more updated aircraft arriving to a route near you.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't 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.
A trip down memory lane is always fun, and for this Throwback Thursday we're taking a stroll down our own. We asked a few of our own contributors to think way, way back to the first time they stepped foot on a plane and share what the experience was like.
Whether it was a family trip to Disney World or seeing Grandma for Thanksgiving, the memories involve some airlines no longer in the skies and some that've endured the test of time:
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We’re sure you had your fill of celebrities and famous people with this weekend’s Academy Awards and whatnot, but if you’re looking for more then American Airlines has you covered. The carrier just launched their latest advertising campaign, and they’re playing up the good ol’ days.
Selling the idea that “the legend is back,” American Airlines is offering up the memory of yesteryear. They’re showing off what a transcontinental flight used to be, but at the same time giving a glimpse into what it’s like right now. Famous faces from the big screen, like Grace Kelly and Gregory Peck, are paired up with modern celeb flyers, like Julianna Margulies and Neil Patrick Harris.
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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.
· American Airlines:
It looks like the new American Airlines is on the move again, as the carrier already has their eyes on the summer weather and some new flights. It sounds like they’re more than ready to move forward with new nonstop flights between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Shanghai, as the planes and people are set to hit the skies for the first time on June 11.
Daily flights will be an option aboard some Boeing 777-200s, and flights were opened up for your booking pleasure earlier in the week. In case you’re looking to call ahead to arrange a taxi—your flight will leave Dallas at just before 11am and will arrive at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport the following day at just before 3pm, all times local.
· Copa Airlines:
For those looking to head to Central America there’s a strong possibility that Copa Airlines will be flying toward your desired destination. It sounds like they’re ready to add more options to their route network, and they have their eyes on Florida. The plan is to do the nonstop thing between Fort Lauderdale and their hub down in Panama City.
The new flights should head into the clouds beginning on July 11, as Boeing 737-700s will do the flying between the two countries. This is destination number four for the airline in the Sunshine State, and overall they’re now flying to eleven destinations in the states.
It’s official US Airways and American Airlines are merging into one big happy airline family. Okay—we knew this was happening, but this week was the first time that a US Airways plane was painted in the new livery and took to the skies.
An Airbus A319 is the first plane make the transition from US Airways to American Airlines, and it took off just the other day—Flight 2060—as it did its thing between Charlotte and New York-LaGuardia. Despite the new paint and new look this plane is still technically a US Airways bird, as US Airways will still technically operate these flights. That’s just how it works until both carriers begin to utilize the same operating certificate.
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Flying with American Airlines has become a better experience over the last year or so, and we remain optimistic that the shack up with US Airways can only improve things over time. However, one area that has always been a less than awesome feature of the airline is its regional jet service, but we could probably say that same about any of the major carriers. Anyway, it looks like American Eagle and its regional jet operations are getting a name change, but we have to say that they made a somewhat curious choice.
American Eagle will be known as Envoy before too long, and that’s funny to us since Envoy is the branding that US Airways uses to distinguish its business class offerings. We just hope that future Envoy flyers realize that they are not getting a lie-flat seat, and instead are just getting crammed into a tight and narrow regional jet. We guess the powers that be wanted to keep the name in the family, so get used to something like "Operated by Envoy" being stamped across your boarding pass.