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Air France signs an agreement with representative unions on compensation

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Air France and its representative unions CFDT, CFE-CGC/UNAC, FO/SNPNC, SPAF and UNSA aérien Air France (both ground staff and cabin crew components) signed an agreement regarding employee compensation. These unions represent 76.4% of the employees who voted in the last union elections. This agreement is therefore considered valid and will be implemented.

“I would like to thank everyone involved at Air France for the quality of our discussions over the past few weeks, and for the trust that has prevailed throughout,” said Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM and Air France. “This way of working between all parties provides Air France and the Air France-KLM Group with a new perspective going forward, and it is my hope that it will ensure the future success of our airlines.”

The key provisions of the agreement include a general pay increase of 2%, retroactive to January 1, 2018, and a general pay increase of 2% on January 1, 2019.

The next round of annual salary negotiations (NAO) will begin with all representative unions in October 2019. These discussions will be based on the global economic environment, the present situation of the Air France-KLM Group, as well as the company’s economic performance.

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Delta continues international growth in Boston with new nonstop flights to Scotland

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Delta Air Lines is adding another new international route from Boston, with a daily nonstop flight from Boston Logan International Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland, next summer.

The route will be the eighth nonstop trans-Atlantic destination from Boston on Delta and its partners during the summer 2019 season.

The new route complements Delta’s existing service between Boston and the U.K., which includes flights to London-Heathrow, offered both on Delta and joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic, as well as Virgin Atlantic’s service to Manchester.

 

The flying will operate on the following schedule effective May 23:

Boston Logan International Airport – Edinburgh Airport

  • Departs BOS at 10:15 p.m.
  • Arrives EDI at 9:25 a.m. (next day)

Edinburgh Airport – Boston Logan International Airport

  • Departs EDI at 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrives BOS at 1:02 p.m.

The onboard Delta experience will be on Boeing 757 aircraft equipped with 16 seats in Delta One, 44 seats Delta Comfort+ and 108 seats in the Main Cabin. Every seat includes access to Wi-Fi, free personal in-flight seatback entertainment screens and power ports as well as complimentary beverages, snacks and meals.

Edinburgh service follows recently announced nonstop service from Boston to Lisbon. Meanwhile, Delta’s Dublin service, which debuted in 2017, will operate on larger 767-300ER aircraft in 2019 due to increased demand.

Along with its partners, Delta operates 118 peak-day departures from Boston, an increase of 12 departures compared with 2017 and up 32 departures over 2016. Earlier this month, Delta marked its 49th and 50th nonstop destinations from Boston to Las Vegas and Philadelphia respectively – up from just 32 destinations from Boston in 2016.

Delta will serve a total of 16 international destinations from Boston in 2019. Additional Boston service enhancements made in 2018 include new service to Charleston, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Savanah; additional flights to top business markets Jacksonville, Atlanta, Tampa, Kansas City, Nashville, and Pittsburgh; and continued leisure expansion with new Saturday service to Aruba, marking Delta’s sixth destination in the Caribbean from Boston. Delta’s partner Virgin Atlantic offers service to London-Heathrow; partner KLM will begin nonstop Amsterdam service in March; and partner Korean Air will begin service to Seoul-Incheon in April.

Delta also serves Edinburgh from its New York-JFK hub.

Copyright Photo (all others by Delta): Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 WL N699DL (msn 29970) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 924146.

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American Airlines, Los Angeles World Airports break ground on $1.6 billion reimagining of Terminals 4 and 5 at LAX

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Today, American Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officially broke ground on a $1.6 billion modernization project to fully reimagine Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminals 4 and 5. The project marks American’s largest individual investment at an airport in its 92-year history and reaffirms the airline’s commitment to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino and LAWA Commissioner Sean Burton and CEO Deborah Flint joined American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, Senior Vice President of Los Angeles Suzanne Boda and frontline team members for a ceremony to unveil the project and begin construction in Terminal 5.

“Los Angeles stands at a global crossroads — a place where the world comes to meet, innovate and create,” Garcetti said. “American’s commitment to the reinvention of Terminals 4 and 5 will create good, middle-class jobs and better connect Los Angeles to the world.”

“Our mission to create a world-class airport can only be realized in collaboration with our airline partners like American Airlines, and we are grateful for the substantial commitment they have made to improving our guests’ experience at LAX,” Burton said. “We have set high expectations for LAX, and the project we are kicking off today will raise the bar for both American and this airport.”

In June 2017, American signed a letter of intent with LAWA, which set the framework for the carrier’s record investment. Now, less than 18 months later, construction is officially underway.

“Today marks an important milestone in the journey to creating an airport experience second to none,” said Flint. “The improvements included in the lease agreement between Los Angeles World Airports and American Airlines are ones that go to the heart of the guest experience. Working together with our airline partners as we reimagine our airport, we will transform LAX into the gold-standard airport that this city deserves.”

“American has proudly served Los Angeles for more than 70 years,” Parker said. “From the very beginning, when LAX first became a commercial airport in 1946, we’ve played a major role in keeping Southern California connected to the world. This remains one of the most important and fastest-growing markets for American, and today is a tremendous step forward as we continue to grow and strengthen our presence in the City of Angels.”

“Our $1.6 billion investment will not only transform the customer experience at LAX, it will also give our team members a better place to work every day,” Boda added. “It’s an exciting time for American Airlines. We’re investing back into our business and the communities we serve. That’s exactly what we’re doing here in Los Angeles, and thanks to our strong partnership with LAWA, the airport experience at LAX will soon set an example for the world.”

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Renderings of the $1.6 billion modernization project to fully reimagine Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminals 4 and 5.

The future of LAX begins

The project will fully modernize and update the infrastructure of LAX’s two busiest domestic terminals. When completed, the new facility will create a world-class customer experience from end to end, with open and efficient check-in and security processing areas; more inviting gate areas with increased seating and access to modern amenities; and greater ability for airline operations to quickly adapt to and incorporate rapidly evolving new technologies.

Renderings released at the event show the unified departure hall, which will combine the entranceway of Terminals 4 and 5. Together with the secure-side bridge connecting Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), which was completed by American and LAWA in 2016, movement between terminals for connecting passengers will become significantly easier and more convenient.

The project will also reimagine the workspace of American’s 7,300-plus team members at LAX. Collaborative and open spaces will be designed to meet modern needs, with renovated break rooms; multi-use small and large meeting rooms; and team gathering spaces incorporated throughout the terminals.

Construction is now underway to reconfigure the Terminal 5 ticket lobby, allowing for the buildout of the Landside Access Modernization Project (LAMP) Core, a new facility being built in between Terminals 4 and 5 that will provide vertical circulation (elevators, escalators and stairs) for passengers arriving from the new Automated People Mover (APM) train system. From there, the project will continue in a carefully planned, phased approach that will move from curbside to gate areas.

In total, the project is expected to generate more than 6,000 jobs with more than 30 percent dedicated to local labor and 20 percent for minority- and women-owned business participation.

Additional benefits and features include:

  • Fully upgraded and modernized Terminal 4
  • Unified 300,000-plus square-foot, 28-gate complex for Terminals 4 and 5
  • Less roadway congestion thanks to access from public transportation via the new APM train system
  • A spacious new departure hall that allows direct natural sunlight throughout the building to reduce energy consumption
  • Reconfigured ticket counter and check-in areas to reduce wait times before security screening
  • Seamless access from check-in area directly to security screening areas
  • 16 lanes for security screening with automated technology
  • Transparent design with modern signage to intuitively guide passengers to their gates
  • Modern, state-of-the-art finishes and restroom facilities
  • Upgraded amenities at gate areas, including more access to power outlets and world-class dining and retail options

Strengthening the Los Angeles community

American was one of LAX’s first commercial carriers and the airline continues to grow and strengthen its presence of 70-plus years at the hub through significant direct and indirect investments in the region.

In May 2017, Boda was named Senior Vice President of Los Angeles for American, a newly created position charged with developing and achieving the airline’s strategic goals in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Since 2013, the carrier has increased its employee presence in Los Angeles by nearly 60 percent, including the hiring of nearly 200 Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking flight attendants and customer service agents. Today, American is the largest airline employer at LAX with more than 7,300 team members based at the hub, producing a $13.4 billion total economic output (direct, indirect and induced combined) in the greater Los Angeles area.

On Nov. 8, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) will recognize American as the 2018 Corporate Honoree at the 22nd annual Eddy Awards®. The Eddy Awards celebrate exceptional contributions to economic development in the L.A. region, consistent with LAEDC’s focus on increasing shared prosperity for residents and communities.

American is the largest carrier at LAX with more than 200 daily flights on peak days to 70 destinations and is the only airline with nonstop service to five continents. Since 2015, the carrier has added service to 26 new destinations from LAX, including Sydney; Hong Kong; Tokyo (Haneda Airport); Beijing; Auckland, New Zealand; and, most recently, Buenos Aires, making American the first and only airline to offer nonstop service from LAX to Argentina’s capital city.

In addition to strengthening the local economy, American has established strong partnerships with community organizations focused on education, human services and military/veterans initiatives. Highlights include:

  • Donating 10,000 premium amenity kits to the Los Angeles Mission, enough to reach nearly one in five who experience street homelessness each night
  • Helping to open Flagship Compton, a gourmet food truck built from a World War II Douglas DC-3 aircraft that now serves as a fundraising tool for Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, a living classroom in South Los Angeles that brings aviation history to life and is empowering the dreams of more than 5,000 local youth to take flight
  • Strengthening the partnership with Stand Up To Cancer through a collaborative, multifaceted awareness campaign with Marvel Studios
  • Supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation’s military and veterans programs, including Snowball Express in which 12 chartered American aircraft will fly to more than 35 locations, picking up children and spouses of those who have died in service to our nation for a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando for five days.

The most premium amenities at LAX, complimented by a premium airport experience

With three Admirals Club lounges and the recent addition of a Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining, American offers the most premium amenities of any carrier at LAX.

The opening of Flagship First Dining last December gives American’s customers traveling in first class on qualifying international flights or on nonstop transcontinental flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) exclusive access to a preflight tableside restaurant experience that offers complimentary, full-service dining with seasonal, locally inspired dishes and drinks. It is the first product of its kind to be offered by a domestic carrier at LAX.

The newly renovated Flagship Lounge, which also opened in December, allows customers flying in international first class or business class or on nonstop transcontinental flights to JFK an exclusive space to unwind, work or refresh before their flight. Customers can enjoy a range of food options, including a robust hot and cold buffet and a chef action station with freshly made-to-order dishes, along with the ability to pair meals with premium wine, champagne and spirits, or a refreshing drink from the “build your own cocktail” station.

The addition of Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining are part of a $200 million investment in American’s premium travel experience. At LAX, other dedicated investments include a new Admirals Club in Terminal 5, a redesigned and renovated Admirals Club in Terminal 4 and a new Admirals Club in the American Eagle terminal.

Thoughtful planning to ensure a world-class experience

Construction at Terminals 4 and 5 will occur in a carefully planned, phased approach to ensure a world-class experience for American’s nearly 16 million annual customers and more than 7,300 team members at LAX. The majority of the public-facing components of the project are expected to be complete in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

During construction, customers are encouraged to use the following tips and tools:

  • Download the American App before you fly to check in, access your mobile boarding pass, track your bags, stay informed of your flight status and more.
  • Visit aa.com prior to arriving at LAX for special updates, airport details and ticket counter hours.
  • Arrive early to allow plenty of time to navigate traffic and secure parking.

Alaska Airlines: We fly greener

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement on its blog (blog.alaskair.com):

With more than 1,200 flights transporting more than 130,000 passengers every day, we are conscious of our environmental footprint. We’re always looking for ways to reduce the burden we place on the planet from eliminating plastic straws on our flights to partnering with Neste, a leading producer of renewable fuels.

But it’s hard to wrap your head around tens of millions of tiny straws or visualize millions of gallons of fuel. The truth is, the numbers in our latest Sustainability Report add up to make a difference.

We did the math to see how far those straws would reach if we lined them up end-to-end, or how many flights we could power with the fuel we saved. Below are our findings.

Want to join us in flying greener? Share or embed this infographic, offset your travel and learn more about our commitment to sustainability.

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Kuwait Airways becomes the newest customer of the Airbus A330neo

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Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of the state of Kuwait, has signed a Purchase Agreement (PA) for eight A330-800 aircraft. The agreement was signed by Yousef Al-Jassim, Kuwait Airways Chairman and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.

The announcement marks an important step in Kuwait Airways’ fleet renewal and expansion strategy. The national carrier of Kuwait also has A350 XWB and A320neo Family aircraft on order. The delivery of the new Airbus fleet will start in 2019.

Launched in July 2014, the A330neo Family is the new generation A330, comprising two versions: the A330-800 and A330-900 sharing 99 percent commonality. It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 Family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent per seat versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500 nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation. The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A350 XWB-inspired Sharklets. The cabin provides the comfort of the new Airspace amenities.

The A330 is one of the most popular widebody families ever, having received over 1,700 orders from 120 customers. More than 1,400 A330s are flying with over 120 operators worldwide. The A330neo is the latest addition to the leading Airbus widebody family, which also includes the A350 XWB and the A380, all featuring unmatched space and comfort combined with unprecedented efficiency levels and unrivalled range capability.

United Airlines bolsters domestic network: Adds 22 new routes for 2019

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United Airlines today announced it is continuing to strengthen its domestic route network by offering more ways for customers to connect to 22 destinations from six of its U.S. hubs.

The airline also announced it will begin nonstop service to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, from Chicago, Newark and Washington, D.C. (Dulles).

Maximizing the Unique Strengths of its East Coast hubs

Beginning this month, United’s enhanced East Coast schedule, announced in May, takes effect. The adjustments maximize the airline’s unique strengths of its East Coast hubs in Newark and Washington Dulles. The additional routes announced today will continue optimizing access to key business and leisure destinations from Newark while shifting short-haul connecting flights to Washington Dulles.

United is shifting shorter-haul flights to Elmira, New York; Lexington, Kentucky; and Manchester, New Hampshire from Newark to its Washington Dulles hub. Additionally, United will introduce new nonstop service between Washington Dulles and Asheville, North Carolina.

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Growing California’s global airline in Los Angeles and San Francisco

United Airlines, California’s global airline, offers customers more destinations within California than any other airline and serves more U.S. destinations from San Francisco than any other U.S. airline.

Beginning June 6, 2019, United will begin nonstop service between San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio.

From its hub at Los Angeles International Airport, United will begin nonstop service to Eugene, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; and Pasco/Tri-Cities, Washington, beginning March 31, 2019.

Enhancing United’s mid-continent hub operations in Chicago and Denver

Beginning April 6, 2019, United will begin nonstop weekend service between Chicago O’Hare and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. United is the only airline offering nonstop service between Chicago and Hilton Head Island.

From O’Hare, United operates more flights than any other airline. Earlier this year, United made schedule improvements at its Chicago hub to enable more departures and more connections while reducing the amount of time customers spend waiting at the airport.

United announced last week its enhanced schedule offering at Denver International Airport, the airline’s fastest growing hub, offering more flights, better flight times and more connections. United also announced it will begin new service between Denver and Charleston, South Carolina; Eureka, California; and Fairbanks, Alaska.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by United): United Airlines Boeing 737-924 ER SSWL N66837 (msn 60122) (50 Years-Special Olympics) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 943455.

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American Airlines employees “go pink” this month

American Airlines has made this announcement:

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, American Airlines and its team members and customers are “going pink” this month to raise awareness and critical funds for long-time partner Susan G. Komen®.

Winnie Su, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based Envoy Flight Attendant, is all too familiar with breast cancer. She loves her job, and her calm, positive demeanor is well known among customers and her colleagues. But when Winnie went from not knowing she had breast cancer to a stage 2B diagnosis overnight, she was shocked. Hear Winnie share her story of who helped her make it through to the other side of breast cancer in the video below.