Category Archives: American Airlines

American adds MAX 8 service between Los Angeles and Washington Reagan

American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N308RD (msn 44446) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104586.

American Airlines will add Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 service between Los Angeles and Washington (Reagan National) starting on September 5, 2018. The route will operate daily according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N308RD (msn 44446) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104586.

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American to add eight new domestic routes

American Airlines Airbus A319-115 WL N9021H (msn 6277) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403757.

American Airlines is adding eight new mainline and American Eagle routes from Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and New York (LaGuardia):

According to Airline Route, the carrier will add from:

Dallas/Fort Worth to:

Buffalo (A319, daily effective December 19, 2018)

Del Rio (Envoy Air, daily effective November 4, 2018)

Sarasota/Bradenton (SkyWest, effective December 19, 2018)

Wilmington, NC (Mesa, daily effective December 19, 2018)

Miami to:

Greensboro (Envoy Air, daily effective November 4, 2018)

Knoxville (Envoy Air, effective December 19, 2018)

New York (LaGuardia) to:

Charleston, SC (Republic, twice-weekly effective November 4, 2018)

Savannah (Republic, twice-weekly effective November 4, 2018)

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A319-115 WL N9021H (msn 6277) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403757.

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American to start Miami – Greenville/Spartanburg service

American Eagle (2nd)-Envoy Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N644AE (msn 145204) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104675.

American Airlines will start American Eagle service connecting the Miami hub with Greenville/Spartanburg, SC. The route will commence on December 19, 2018 and will be by Envoy Air Embraer 145 regional jets according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Envoy Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N644AE (msn 145204) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104675.

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American Airlines applauds ratification of U.S.-Brazil open skies agreement

American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N791AN (msn 30254) (Oneworld) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941955.

American Airlines applauds the United States and Brazilian governments for finalizing an Open Skies agreement that will allow for increased air service between the two countries.

“We applaud the U.S. Departments of State and Transportation and the Brazilian Ministry of Transport for taking this important step to enhance the U.S.-Brazil aviation relationship,” said Nate Gatten, American’s senior vice president – Government Affairs. “We commend Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Chao and their teams for their leadership and commitment to finalizing this agreement. As the leading U.S. carrier in Latin America, American has long advocated for an Open Skies policy between the U.S. and Brazil. This agreement will strengthen economic ties between the U.S. and Brazil and deliver significant benefits for consumers.

U.S.-Brazil Open Skies will pave the way for the U.S. Department of Transportation to approve American’s proposed joint business with LATAM Airlines Group. The American-LATAM joint business, which was announced in January 2016, will cover all travel between the U.S. and Canada and Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

The joint business will give customers an improved route network with increased connectivity and capacity, access to lower fares, and a seamless travel experience between American and LATAM flights. The joint business previously received regulatory approval from Brazil in October 2017, Colombia in May 2017 and Uruguay in November 2016.

American has proudly served Brazil for 28 years and has more flights between the U.S. and Brazil than any other carrier. American has nearly 600 team members in Brazil and more than 70 weekly flights to Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Sao Paulo (GRU), Manaus (MAO), Belo Horizonte (CNF) and Brasilia (BSB) from American’s hubs in Miami (MIA), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N791AN (msn 30254) (Oneworld) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941955.

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American Airlines announces changes to emotional support animal policy

American Airlines has announced changes to its emotional support animal policy. In the latest episode of Tell Me Why, American’s vodcast series for team members that shares the “why” behind the decisions we make, Albert Rizzi, founder and chief executive officer of My Blind Spot, Inc., talks about working with Suzanne Boda, American’s Senior Vice President, Los Angeles, to develop these changes. He also discusses how we support our customers who have disabilities and what we’ve done to ensure we make decisions that maximize both inclusiveness and safety.

You can watch Tell Me Why and read more about the emotional support animal policy changes below. You can also download Tell Me Why as a podcast from iTunes or Google Play.

5 Things You Should Know

  1. We support the rights of customers, from veterans to people with disabilities, with legitimate needs for a trained service or support animal. Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our customers and working dogs onboard our aircraft.
  2. American, like other airlines, has experienced an increase in customers who are transporting a service or support animal onboard our aircraft — more than 40 percent from 2016 to 2017.
  3. Prior to enacting these changes to our animal policy, which will become effective July 1, American met with a number of disability groups to get their input, including American Association of People with Disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Council for the Blind and My Blind Spot. At American, we want to have policies and procedures in place that protect our team members and our customers who have a real need for a trained service or support animal. We appreciate the dialogue and partnership we have with these organizations.
  4. Some of the changes include additional restrictions on animal types, including insects, hedgehogs and goats. American will now enforce the existing 48-hour advanced notice and pre-clearance policy for emotional support animals, but will have procedures in place for emergency travel booked within 48 hours of departure.
  5. Details regarding our policies are available here.

Photo: American Airlines.

American Airlines celebrates the opening of five new gates at Chicago O’Hare

American Airlines celebrated the opening of five new gates at its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on May 11, the first new gates to be constructed at the airport in 25 years. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined CEO Doug Parker; Franco Tedeschi, vice president — ORD Hub Operations; Ginger Evans, commissioner — Chicago Department of Aviation; and ORD team members for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of what is known as the L-Stinger.

The $78 million construction project was completed on time over the span of 20 months. With the additional gate capacity, American is flying more seats out of Chicago this summer than at any point in the last 10 years. Just last week American inaugurated new service from Chicago to Venice, Italy (VCE), and Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR).

“Today marks a historic moment for O’Hare as we open the airport’s first new gates in 25 years,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I want to thank American Airlines for recognizing the value of this investment and look forward to working with all of our airline partners as we begin moving forward on our transformational plan that represents a watershed moment for O’Hare and Chicago’s economic future.”

The new gates are the latest in American’s investment in ORD, including a new Flagship Lounge and renovated Admirals Club lounges, and later this year, a new hangar and ground equipment maintenance facility.

All images by American Airlines.

Three New Flights, Two New Airlines, One New Cool Destination for DFW Airport Customers

Iceland has become a new destination from DFW. Instead of one airline, the new destination will be served by three airlines this summer:

DFW made this announcement:

Customers at Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport have three new, nonstop flights to Icelandjust in time for the peak summer travel season. Two Icelandic-based airlines, Wow air and Icelandair, will begin flying from DFW to Reykjavík–Keflavík (KEF) International Airport in late May, and American Airlines will launch its KEF flight in early June.

Iceland is an increasingly popular tourist destination and has become a convenient stopover for travelers connecting to Europe. Between the two Icelandic carriers, DFW customers will have access to 39 destinations in Europe and the Middle East. American Airlines connects travelers to Iceland through its largest hub.

New Iceland services schedule

  • Wow air
    Begins May 24, 2018
    Departs DFW at 4:10 p.m. (CDT)
    Arrives KEF at 4:45 a.m. (GMT)
    Aircraft: Airbus A330
    Seats: 350
    Service: Seasonal (summer); three times per week
    Operates from DFW Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Icelandair
    Begins May 31, 2018
    Departs DFW at 4:20 p.m. (CDT)
    Arrives KEF at 5:10 a.m. (GMT)
    Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
    Seats: 183
    Service: Year-round; four times per week
    Operates from DFW on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • American Airlines
    Begins June 7, 2018
    Departs DFW at 8:20 p.m. (CDT)
    Arrives KEF at 9:15 a.m. (GMT)
    Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
    Seats: 176
    Service: Seasonal (summer); daily
    Operates from DFW seven days per week