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American Airlines and Japan Airlines to add direct flights between Tokyo and Las Vegas in support of CES 2020

American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N774AN (msn 29581) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947034.

American Airlines and Pacific Joint Business partner Japan Airlines (JAL) for the second year are adding direct flights between Tokyo (NRT) and Las Vegas (LAS) to support the high demand for CES® 2020. American is also adding nonstop flights from Austin, Texas (AUS), and San Jose, California (SJC), and upgauging existing flights from Philadelphia (PHL) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to LAS surrounding the main event, which runs January 4–12, 2020.

Tokyo demand

“As CES continues to grow each year, we will continue to deliver on our promise to strengthen the value of our global network,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning.

This will be the second year that American is providing direct access to LAS from NRT in support of CES. The flight will be operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, featuring 36 fully lie-flat, all-aisle access Flagship Business seats that provide customers access to The Club at LAS to freshen up upon arrival or relax before departing.

Flight times between NRT and LAS will provide a seamless connection onto JAL’s network to and from Southeast Asia, including Singapore; Bangkok; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Manila, Philippines.

Domestic demand

American is also adding direct flights from major tech cities Austin and San Jose for the first time, offering additional service to fly next-generation innovators to the conference. Both flights will be operated on a Boeing 737-800 with optimal schedules and convenience for CES attendees.

“Whether it’s customers taking advantage of the direct flight from Austin or connecting on a lie-flat product all the way from South America to Las Vegas, we want to make sure the world’s best innovators have options on the world’s largest carrier,” Raja said.

In addition to the new direct service in January, two flights from American’s hubs — PHL and DFW — will be upgauged to an Airbus A330 and a 777-200, respectively, for an 18% increase in seats domestically. As American’s largest trans-Atlantic hub, PHL will provide more seats for customers connecting from Europe.

Tickets will be available for purchase on July 22.

New Service to LAS (all times are local):

Direct service:

Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Operating days Aircraft
AA186 NRT LAS Jan. 4 Jan. 12 6:20 p.m. 11:35 a.m. Mon., Wed., Thur., Sat. 777-200
AA187 LAS NRT Jan. 4 Jan. 12 11:15 a.m. 4:15 p.m. (next day) Mon., Wed., Sat. 777-200
Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Operating days Aircraft
AA186 NRT LAS Jan. 4 Jan. 12 6:05 p.m. 11:20 a.m. Tues., Fri., Sun. 777-200
AA187 LAS NRT Jan. 4 Jan. 12 10:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. (next day) Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sun 777-200
Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
AA1465 SJC LAS Jan. 6 Jan. 6 2:13 p.m. 3:43 p.m. 737-800
AA1465 LAS SJC Jan. 10 Jan. 10 6:55 p.m. 8:25 p.m. 737-800
Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
AA1534 AUS LAS Jan. 6 Jan. 6 5:30 p.m. 6:40 p.m. 737-800
AA1534 LAS AUS Jan. 10 Jan. 10 5:25 p.m. 10:10 p.m. 737-800

Upgauged service:

Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
AA589 PHL LAS Jan. 4 Jan. 6 5:50 p.m. 8:18 p.m. A330
AA749 LAS PHL Jan. 9 Jan. 11 8:05 a.m. 3:53 p.m. A330
Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
AA2238 DFW LAS Jan. 4 Jan. 12 7:10 a.m. 8 a.m. 777-200
AA749 LAS DFW Jan. 4 Jan. 12 2 p.m. 6:50 p.m. 777-200

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N774AN (msn 29581) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947034.

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American provides an update on the Boeing 737 MAX

American Airlines made this announcement:

American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft this year. We are in continuous contact with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other regulatory authorities.

American is extending cancellations for the MAX through November 2. By doing so, our customers and team members can more reliably plan their upcoming travel on American. In total, approximately 115 flights per day will be canceled through November 2.

Our Reservations and Sales teams will continue to work closely with customers who are impacted by these cancellations.

Frequently asked questions

Question: My flight was previously scheduled on a MAX. Will it be canceled?
Answer: Not all flights that were previously scheduled on a MAX will be canceled, as we plan to substitute other aircraft types. In total, approximately 115 flights will be canceled per day.

Question: My flight wasn’t scheduled to be on a MAX. Why has it been canceled?
Answer: A flight that was not scheduled as a MAX flight might be canceled to enable our team to cover a MAX route with a different aircraft. Our goal is to minimize the impact to the smallest number of customers.

Question: How will customers know if they are impacted?
Answer: American’s Reservations team will contact affected customers directly by email or telephone. Customers who booked through a travel agent will be contacted by their agency directly.

Question: My flight was canceled and I don’t want to rebook. Can I get a refund?
Answer: Yes. If a flight is canceled and a customer chooses to not be rebooked, they may request a full refund by visiting aa.com/refunds.

Unions at American Airlines laud bill protecting aviation careers and passengers’ safety

Four large unions representing 70,000 workers at American Airlines applauded Rep. Peter DeFazio for introducing H.R. 3632, the Fair and Open Skies Act, to prevent the undermining of labor standards in the aviation industry.

This legislation would prohibit the Department of Transportation from issuing a permit to a foreign airline unless DOT determines the airline is not a “flag of convenience carrier.” The bill defines that phrase as “a foreign air carrier that is established in a country other than the home country of its majority owner or owners in order to avoid regulations of the home country.” Flag of convenience schemes are typically used to reduce labor costs.

“Flags of convenience threaten the career prospects of pilots, flight attendants, and other employees across the airline industry, and that employment insecurity in turn threatens passenger safety,” said Capt. Eric Ferguson, President of the Allied Pilots Association. “Because they don’t directly employ their pilots but instead use third-party staffing agencies, flag of convenience airlines never develop a proper safety culture, since their pilots too often fear retribution for voicing safety-related concerns.”

“The Association of Professional Flight Attendants thanks Chairman DeFazio for introducing the Fair and Open Skies Act, a critical piece of legislation that would protect airline safety and uphold crucial labor standards,” said Lori Bassani, National President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. “We stand with our union brothers and sisters in advocating for this bill which would prohibit flag of convenience carriers from skirting labor and safety regulations that are meant to keep passengers and crew safe.”

“Flag of convenience airlines threaten safety, drive down salaries, and worsen the passenger experience,” said John Samuelsen, International President of the Transport Workers Union. “These airlines are yet another attack on airline workers by greedy airline bosses who care more about profits than they do about safety, fairness or common decency.“

“Flags of convenience have devastated working conditions in the maritime industry,” said Sito Pantoja, General Vice President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. “We must do all we can to prevent these schemes, which are designed to avoid taxes, abuse lax safety standards and exploit poor labor regulations, from infecting our airline industry. The IAM thanks Rep. DeFazio for his leadership role in this fight.”

Rep. DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced a similar bill two years ago that garnered 137 co-sponsors. The language of that bill was eventually included in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018, which the House overwhelmingly passed. However, the language was struck from the final draft during negotiations with the Senate.

The Transport Workers Union represents more than 150,000 members across the airline, railroad, transit, universities, utilities, and services sectors.

The Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States —represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants is the largest independent Flight Attendant union proudly representing the 28,000 Flight Attendants at American Airlines.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represents more than 100,000 airline members in North America.

American Airlines is the world’s largest passenger carrier.

American Airlines and Cathay Dragon launch codeshare agreement

American Airlines has launched a codeshare agreement with Cathay Dragon, adding service to four new destinations and increased service to three existing markets in Southeast Asia.

American will place its code on select Cathay Dragon flights from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), providing American’s customers seamless connecting service to seven cities beyond Hong Kong. The new codeshare flights are available for sale now for travel beginning July 11.

The agreement allows American’s customers to connect to four new destinations in Asia:

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh (DAC)
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX)
  • Da Nang, Vietnam (DAD)
  • Phuket, Thailand (HKT)

It also increases frequencies to three existing markets served by American’s other partners in Asia:

  • Penang, Malaysia (PEN)
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL)
  • Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN)

Established in 1985, Hong Kong-based Cathay Dragon is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Group and an affiliate member of oneworld®. The airline’s network covers 53 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, including 23 destinations in mainland China. The codeshare relationship with Cathay Dragon will further strengthen American’s existing partnership with the Cathay Pacific group in the years to come.

American has proudly served Hong Kong since 2013 and currently operates daily, year-round service from Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

Photos: Cathay Dragon.

Want your name on an airliner? American Airlines has the answer

American Airlines has made this announcement:

American Airlines will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add a loved one’s name to one of its planes in honor of those who are cancer survivors, current cancer fighters and those who lost their battle with cancer. Anyone who makes a donation of $25 or more to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) during the month of July can add the name of a person they stand up for to an American Airlines Airbus A321. The plane, which will begin flying this fall, will be wrapped with a special SU2C design that includes names submitted.

The campaign launches July 1 with a digital and television ad featuring Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador and superstar Tim McGraw alongside six American team members from across the U.S. Tim as well as each team member in this new campaign has been personally affected by cancer, either as a survivor or a co-survivor caring for a loved one fighting the disease.

“Every family in America has a cancer story, my own family included. Too many of us have lost our parents, children, spouses and friends to this terrible disease,” McGraw said. “I’ve been so touched by the stories of the American Airlines team members I’ve met over the past month and I’m honored to lend my voice to this campaign to help create a world where all cancer patients can become long-term survivors and have more time with the people they love.”

As part of the company’s multi-year, multi-million dollar collaboration with SU2C, 100% of donations received will go to support Stand Up To Cancer’s collaborative cancer research programs.

“Our national collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer was driven by their proven approach to cancer research and our corporate purpose to care for people on life’s journeys. In a few short years, we’ve seen donations contribute to scientific breakthroughs and more access to meaningful clinical trials,” said Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President of People and Communications at American. “Today, we ask anyone who has been impacted by cancer join us in our shared goal to make every cancer patient a long-term survivor.”

American team members in Los Angeles and Nashville participated in the campaign, which includes pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, Customer Service agents and Fleet Service team members.

To honor its own team members, the first names added to the plane will be those of American team members who self-identified as cancer survivors or are currently battling cancer.

“We are so honored to team up with American Airlines in this empowering campaign, which offers anyone who’s been affected by cancer the chance to join our mission, publicly honor a loved one and stand up to cancer,” said Rusty Robertson, a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “American Airlines continues to be a tremendous supporter of SU2C, and the critical dollars raised by this incredible campaign expands our mission to accelerate the pace of cutting-edge research and innovative cancer treatments to save lives now.”

To make a donation to SU2C and add a name to this special plane, visit aa.com/standupbetween July 1–31, 2019. Donors can visit aa.com/standup again in late September to see the location of their submitted names on the plane before it begins flying in September. Terms and conditions apply.

American Airlines adds three new routes to Caribbean and Latin America from New York

American Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL N354PT (msn 31275) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403715.

American Airlines has made this announcement:

The growth of American Airlines in the Caribbean and Latin American continues with the announcement of three new routes from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) beginning in November.

On November 21, 2019 American will launch daily service from JFK to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ), and San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO). Saturday-only service to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR), follows starting December 21. All flights will be operated on a Boeing 737-800 with convenient schedules for a full week-long vacation or a quick weekend escape. The new routes are complemented by the extension of seasonal service between JFK and Antigua (ANU).

A trip across town to New York LaGuardia (LGA) offers even more opportunities to catch some sun. American will extend recently launched summer service to Aruba (AUA) to operate year-round beginning in December.

Also, on December 18, American will add a second daily flight from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), and the airline is extending seasonal service between DFW and San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL), to operate year-round.

All new service will be available for sale July 1.

New Routes from JFK

Origin Destination Frequency Departure Arrival Start Date
JFK
MBJ
MBJ
JFK
1x daily 7 a.m.
12 p.m.
11 a.m.
4:09 p.m.
Nov. 21
JFK
SJO
SJO
JFK
1x daily 3:59 p.m.
11:03 p.m.
9:42 p.m.
5:19 a.m.
Nov. 21
JFK
LIR
LIR
JFK
Saturday 7:00 a.m.
11:04 a.m.
10:55 a.m.
4:59 p.m.
Dec. 21

Extension/Increase

Origin Destination Frequency Departure Arrival Start Date
JFK
ANU
ANU
JFK
Daily 7:30 a.m.
1:45 p.m.
12:44 p.m.
5:26 p.m.
Nov. 21
LGA
AUA
AUA
LGA
Seasonal → Year-round
Saturday
8:20 a.m.
3:10 p.m.
2:10 p.m.
7 p.m.
Dec. 21
DFW
SJU
SJU
DFW
1x → 2x 10:50 p.m.
2:30 a.m.
5:22 a.m.
5:58 a.m.
Dec. 18
DFW
SAL
SAL
DFW
Seasonal → Year-round
Sun., Mon., Thur., Fri.
8:25 p.m.
1:53 a.m.
12:02 a.m.
5:30 a.m.
Jan. 7

New international routes are subject to government approval.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL N354PT (msn 31275) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403715.

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American Airlines officially announces the schedule of final MD-80 revenue flights

American Airlines has made this announcement:

On September 4, 2019 American Airlines will retire its last 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. The MD-80, also known as the Super 80 (DC-9-82 and DC-9-83), was the workhorse of the airline’s fleet throughout the 1980s and beyond, providing customers and team members with heartfelt memories on adventures ranging from family vacations to key business trips. It’s a bittersweet but well-earned retirement as American celebrates the aircraft’s history while modernizing its fleet.

Below is the schedule of the final revenue flights on the “Mad Dog” before their desert farewell ferry flights to Roswell, New Mexico (ROW). All schedules are subject to change based on operational needs.

Flight Date Departure Time Arrival Time
1449 Sept. 3 GRR 1425 DFW 1606
2372 Sept. 3 SAT 1955 DFW 2110
2257 Sept. 3 MSY 1943 DFW 2122
1010 Sept. 3 DFW 2034 STL 2218
267 Sept. 3 DFW 2226 TUL 2329
2454 Sept. 4 ICT 0500 DFW 0615
2180 Sept. 4 AMA 0500 DFW 0618
2232 Sept. 4 LBB 0500 DFW 0627
2586 Sept. 4 PNS 0500 DFW 0656
2200 Sept. 4 CLE 0540 DFW 0732
2891 Sept. 4 VPS 0545 DFW 0754
2338 Sept. 4 MFE 0615 DFW 0755
2540 Sept. 4 OMA 0600 DFW 0758
2605 Sept. 4 RDU 0600 DFW 0758
2326 Sept. 4 DSM 0600 DFW 0800
2185 Sept. 4 SAT 0700 DFW 0814
2500 Sept. 4 CVG 0629 DFW 0802
1999 Sept. 4 STL 0730 DFW 0924
1538 Sept. 4 VPS 0719 DFW 0934
1038 Sept. 4 ICT 0810 DFW 0937
2335 Sept. 4 ABQ 0650 DFW 0938
80 Sept. 4 DFW 0900 ORD 1135

Map: American’s final MD-80 route (Great Circle Mapper).