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By now you've likely already heard about the idiot who, while onboard a US Airways flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, sneezed and claimed that he possibly had Ebola since he'd recently been in Africa. Of course his remark was a joke, but it was treated quite seriously by other passengers and the flight crew, and medical officers in containment suits removed him from the plane after arrival for evaluation.
Of course his flippant attitude about the very serious issue of Ebola crossing borders via air travel is wrong, and of course his actions were beyond foolish, but the incident has some positive aspects as well.
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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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Air travel is going to cost a little more to send the little ones all on their own, as American Airlines is making some changes to their unaccompanied minor policy.
Previously the fee covered minors between ages five and eleven, but now it looks like they’re going to charge you for tweens as well—up to age fourteen. This is on top of regular fares, so you’ll be looking at $150 extra—and that’s each way—to send the kiddos without supervision.
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When American Airlines and U.S. Airways merged, it was promised that the airlines would adopt standard procedures and services that would apply across the two carriers. It started with shared frequent flyer programs, which allowed AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members to enjoy perks on both airlines. The newest idea for collaboration, however, does not have the consumer in mind by any stretch of the imagination.
Announced last week, American Airlines will adopt US Airway's policy and stop serving full meals to First and Business Class passengers on flights shorter than 2 hours 45 minutes. Currently, American Airlines serves full meals on flights longer than 2 hours.
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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.
Planes are people are heading south of the border later this year, as Delta is getting ready to launch some new nonstop flights to Mexico. The plan is to link Los Angeles with Mazatlan just in time for Santa's big day, as things are scheduled to hit the skies on December 20. Boeing 737-800s will be responsible for the flying fun each and every day of the week. Things seem to be a seasonal flight at first, but it does sound like Delta will keep things flying if the demand is there. If Los Angeles isn’t really convenient to where you call home—no problem—Delta also does the nonstop thing to Mazatlan from Minneapolis-St. Paul.
It’s never too early to start planning your trip home for the holidays, and thankfully JetBlue is already doing exactly that. They have a new nonstop option scheduled to start up on November 12, as they’ll be sending their blue planes and blue chips between Orlando and Salt Lake City. JetBlue does plenty of takeoffs and landings from Orlando, and this flight to Utah is destination number 24 departing from the theme park capital of the world. To celebrate the new flights JetBlue is even offering up one-way fares for as low as $89 on certain days between November 12 and December 16, but just note that you need to book by May 15 to take advantage of the offer.
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Which of these words doesn't belong? TWITTER BOEING 777 US AIRWAYS PORN MH370
Actually, if you'd been on Twitter earlier today and spotted a very NSFW mis-tweet reply from US Airways' @usairways account, then you'd know that, unfortunately, all of the above terms are now entwined in one of the most egregious social media slip-ups of all time.
Here's what happened:
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.
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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The opening of a new year brings new opportunity to the world's three largest airline alliances. Some movement, along with a few new entrants in the major alliances will not only strengthen networks, but open up new destinations for using those hard-earned miles. Today, we have a look at what's happening with Star Alliance for 2014.
These next months will see the largest alliance experience a slew of fond adieus and welcomes. Like we mentioned last week when we talked about Oneworld, Star is set to say farewell to US Airways and TAM. The TAM move to Oneworld with merger buddy LAN creates a considerable hole in the Brazilian reach of the alliance, hence discussion of Avianca Brazil becoming an affiliate airline to the alliance.
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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.
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The opening of a new year brings new opportunity to the world's three largest airline alliances. Some movement, along with a few new entrants in the major alliances will not only strengthen networks, but open up new destinations for using those hard-earned miles. Today, we have a look at what's happening with the Oneworld alliance for 2014.
Of course the largest news is the merger between American Airlines and US Airways which will see US Airways leaving Star Alliance for Oneworld on March 31. The alliance will gain a new airline only until the merger is complete, at which point US Airways will wholly sucked into American Airlines.
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The merger of American Airlines and US Airways to create the largest airline the world may have officially taken place on December 9, 2013, but today is almost more of a big deal for frequent flyers of either airline.
January 7, 2014 will go down in the new merged airline's history for two reasons: