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American Airlines’ San Francisco-New York flight diverts to Kansas City because of a “suspicious” device

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) flight from San Francisco to New York (JFK) yesterday (January 5) diverted to Kansas City after a “suspicious device” was discovered in one of the lavatories. The Boeing 767-300 with 215 passengers and nine crew members diverted to Kansas City for a precautionary emergency landing. The object turned out to be an unattended flash drive taped to the wall of the lavatory.

Read the full report from Channel 7 News (Denver): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER N369AA (msn 25196)  taxies at Los Angeles.

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American and US Airways settle with the Department of Justice giving up 52 DCA slot pairs and 17 LGA slot pairs, paving the way towards a merger

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways) (Phoenix) today announced that the airlines have settled the litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the States of Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Tennessee, the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and the District of Columbia challenging the merger of AMR and US Airways. The companies also announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) related to small community service from Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA).

Tom Horton, chairman, president and CEO of AMR, and incoming chairman of the board of the combined company, said, “This is an important day for our customers, our people and our financial stakeholders. This agreement allows us to take the final steps in creating the new American Airlines. With a renewed spirit, we are about to create the world’s leading airline that will offer, along with our oneworld® partners, a comprehensive global network and service by the best people in the business. There is much more work ahead of us but we’re energized by the challenge and look forward to competing vigorously in the ever-changing global marketplace.”

Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways, and incoming CEO of the combined airline, said, “This is very good news and we are grateful to all who have made it happen. In particular, we are thankful to our employees, who throughout this process continued to believe in a better future as one airline and who voiced their support passionately and consistently. We also want to thank the elected officials in the states and communities we serve, the business leaders in our hub cities, and the thousands of customers who endorsed and supported this effort. Thank you as well to the U.S. Department of Justice, the state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Transportation. We are pleased to have this lawsuit behind us and look forward to building the new American Airlines together.”

Under the terms of the settlement, the airlines will divest 52 slot pairs at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and 17 slot pairs at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as certain gates and related facilities to support service at those airports. The airlines also will divest two gates and related support facilities at each of Boston Logan International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas Love Field, Los Angeles International Airport, and Miami International Airport. The divestitures will occur through a DOJ approved process following the completion of the merger. Despite the divestitures, the new American is still expected to generate more than $1 billion in annual net synergies beginning in 2015, as was estimated when the merger was announced in February.

After completion of the required divestitures, the combined company expects to operate 44 fewer daily departures at DCA and 12 fewer daily departures at LGA than the approximately 290 daily DCA departures and 175 daily LGA departures that American and US Airways operate today. The divestitures required by the settlement are not expected to impact total employment at the new American.

To ensure much of the service currently operated by the carriers to small- and medium-sized markets from DCA is maintained, the new American has agreed with the DOT to use all of its DCA commuter slot pairs for service to these communities. The new American intends to announce the service changes that will result from the divestitures in advance of the sale of the DCA and LGA slots, so that the airlines acquiring those slots have the opportunity to maintain service to those impacted communities.

In the settlement agreement with the state Attorneys General, the new American has agreed to maintain its hubs in Charlotte, New York (Kennedy), Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago (O’Hare), Philadelphia, and Phoenix consistent with historical operations for a period of three years.  In addition, with limited exceptions, for a period of five years, the new American will continue to provide daily scheduled service from one or more of its hubs to each plaintiff state airport that has scheduled daily service from either American or US Airways. A previous settlement agreement with the state of Texas will be amended to make it consistent with today’s settlement.

Completion of the merger remains subject to the approval of the settlements by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and certain other conditions. The companies now expect to complete the merger in December 2013.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. American Airlines’ Boeing 767-323 ER N376AN (msn 25445) touches down in Zurich.

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US Airways stockholders approve the merger with American Airlines

US Airways Group, Inc. (Phoenix), the parent of US Airways (Phoenix), today announced that its shareholders approved the merger agreement with AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc. (Dallas/Fort Worth).

The merger agreement was approved by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of US Airways stock, which represented over 99% of the votes cast by US Airways shareholders on the proposal. Of the 132,788,060 shares voted, 132,273,780 shares voted in favor of the proposal; 257,757 shares voted against; and 256,523 abstained. Shareholders also approved other proposals related to the merger.

Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways, and incoming CEO of the combined company, said, “We are pleased that our shareholders overwhelmingly supported our merger with American Airlines.  This approval is a major milestone on our path to completing the merger, and we continue to make excellent progress overall thanks to the focused efforts of the dedicated representatives from both companies. By bringing together two highly complementary networks and generating significant revenue synergies, the new American Airlines will deliver enhanced value for its shareholders.  I want to thank our shareholders, our customers and our more than 100,000 dedicated employees for their support throughout this process and look forward to moving forward as an even stronger airline.”

As previously announced, AMR and US Airways agreed to combine to create the new American Airlines, a premier global carrier.  Headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth, the new American Airlines will become a highly competitive alternative for consumers to other global carriers and is expected to offer more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries.  The combined airline will offer customers more choices and increased service across a larger worldwide network and through an enhanced oneworld® Alliance.  Together, American Airlines and US Airways are expected to operate a mainline fleet of almost 950 aircraft and employ more than 100,000 team members worldwide.

The merger is subject to regulatory approvals, other customary closing conditions and confirmation of AMR’s Plan of Reorganization by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  The companies continue to expect to complete the combination in the third quarter of 2013.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323X N275AY (msn 370) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER N336AA (msn 25193) lands at Zurich.

American is tentatively awarded the Los Angeles-Sao Paulo route

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has been awarded tentative Los Angeles-Sao Paulo authority. AA has applauded the Show Cause Order announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), tentatively awarding American with route authority and frequencies to begin service this fall from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo.

LAX currently has no nonstop service to Brazil by a U.S. carrier.

American currently serves Brazil from Miami to Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo; from New York to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo; and from Dallas/Fort Worth to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER N369AA (msn 25196) prepares to land at New York (JFK).

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American to fly Miami-Milan Malpensa starting on November 21

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today announces daily nonstop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Malpensa Airport (MXP) in Milan. The new route will start on November 21.

Daily MIA-MXP Service Schedule (all times local):

AA 206

  • Departs MIA at 5:55 p.m. ET
  • Arrives at MXP at 9:35 a.m. CET the following day

AA 207

  • Departs MXP at 11:25 a.m. CET
  • Arrives at MIA at 4:40 p.m. ET

The new service between Miami and Milan will be operated as part of American’s joint business agreement with British Airways and Iberia. Through the airlines’ enhanced relationship, American’s customers have access to more than 125 destinations throughout Europe. In addition to the new service from Miami, American also currently serves MXP from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The new route will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 with 218 seats.

Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER N7375A (msn 25202) lands at the Miami hub (please click on the photo for the full size view).

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American Airlines begins nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare and Dusseldorf, Germany

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) yesterday (April 11) launched new service to Dusseldorf, Germany, from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, adding a new destination to American’s global route map. The new flight, is operated with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 28 Business Class seats and 184 Main Cabin seats.

There are about 200 Germany-based companies in the Chicago area at 500 locations.

Daily ORD-DUS Service Schedule:

AA 242

  • Departs ORD at 3:35 p.m.
  • Arrives at DUS at 7:00 a.m. the following day

AA 241

  • Departs DUS at 9:45 a.m.
  • Arrives at ORD at 12:05 p.m.

In addition to the new route between Chicago and Dusseldorf, American is launching new international service to Asia and Europe later this spring and summer, delivering on the airline’s business plan and network strategy designed to provide more access and choices for customers in key international markets. American will add new service to Europe between New York – JFK and Dublin, Ireland, beginning June 12.  From its largest hub in Dallas/Fort Worth, American will also launch its first-ever service to Seoul, South Korea, on May 9. American also launched new service to Latin America with a daily nonstop flight between Dallas/Fort Worth and Lima on April 1.

From Chicago, American flies to London, Manchester, Dublin, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, and seasonally to Rome and Helsinki in Europe, as well as Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Additionally, American and American Eagle offer nonstop service to three cities in Canada and four cities in Mexico.  From O’Hare, American, American Eagle and the American Connection® carrier offer more than 460 daily departures.

Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero. Boeing 767-323 ER N7375A (msn 25202) lands at the Miami International Airport hub.

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American asks the bankruptcy court for an extension to file its reorganization plan

American Airlines (AMR Corporation) (Dallas/Fort Worth), which is merging with US Airways (Phoenix), has asked the bankruptcy court to extend its deadline for submitting its Chapter 11 reorganization plan from April 15 to May 29.

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Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. The first Boeing 767-300 to wear the new look is the pictured 767-323 ER N368AA (msn 25195) at San Francisco.

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American Airlines expands its partnership with the LATAM Airlines Group with new codeshare agreements with TAM and LAN Colombia

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), which offers more flights to more destinations in Latin America than any other U.S. airline, has signed agreements to codeshare with both TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) and LAN Colombia (Bogota), representing a solid stepping stone in building a stronger bilateral relationship between American and LATAM Airlines Group. Once approved, these new codeshare relationships will provide expanded opportunities for American to serve new markets in Brazil and Colombia and for TAM Airlines and LAN Colombia in the United States.

In addition, American plans to operate a new Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Bogota (BOG) route beginning in late 2013. American will also add service to Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA), Brazil from Miami beginning in late 2013, demonstrating its mission to provide customers with expanded options through a growing network footprint in Latin America. With the addition of Curitiba and Porto Alegre, American will serve nine destinations in Brazil.

Once the codeshare agreements are approved, these new relationships will provide American’s customers seamless connecting service within Colombia and Brazil.  At the same time, this partnership will allow TAM and LAN Colombia’s customers access to new destinations in the U.S. such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas and Seattle.

TAM operates nearly 5,600 weekly flights to 42 destinations throughout Brazil as well as 18 international destinations in the United States, Latin America and Europe. LAN Colombia operates more than 930 weekly flights to cities throughout Colombia as well as destinations in Brazil and the United States. From its Bogota hub, LAN Colombia offers 134 daily flights, including service to 20 Colombian cities.

American offers codeshare service, with fellow oneworld® alliance member LAN Airlines, to cities throughout South America from LAN’s hubs in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru.

The new route between DFW and Bogota complements American’s existing service to Colombia through Miami (MIA), where it offers up to 35 nonstop flights per week to Bogota, Cali and Medellin. American’s MIA and DFW hubs allow it to serve 90 percent of U.S. – Latin America traffic more efficiently than any other airline’s combination of hubs. American offers more service to South America than any other U.S. airline.

American also offers the most service between North America and Brazil, American currently serves Brazil from Miami to Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo; from New York JFK to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo; and from Dallas/Fort Worth to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. In addition, early next year the Dallas/Fort Worth – Sao Paulo flight will be the first to feature the newest addition to American’s fleet, the Boeing 777-300 ER.

Top Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade. Boeing 767-323 ER N354AA (msn 24035) arrives at Rio de Janeiro ‘s Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Airbus A330-223 PT-MVC (msn 247) of TAM Linhas Aereas arrives at London (Heathrow).

AMR and the Allied Pilot Association (APA) agree on a new contract

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth) (American Airlines) and the Allied Pilots Association (APA) (Dallas/Fort Worth) have agreed on a new contract, still subject to the approval of the members.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Members of the Oneworld alliance a sighing in relief with this agreement, if approved, it will allow AA to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN (msn 29432) approaches the runway for landing at Miami.

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American addresses bankruptcy judge’s concerns, makes a new push to void the pilot’s contract

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) through the AMR Corporation has listened to the concerns of bankruptcy court judge Sean Lane and revised its motion accordingly. AMR is now making a new effort to seek bankruptcy court approval to void the collective bargaining contract with its pilots through the Allied Pilots Association (APA) according to this report by Reuters.

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Meanwhile, the creditors committee (after being briefed by AMR) urged both the pilots and the flight attendants to quickly reach a new agreement with management rather than take the consequences of a voided contract. The creditors told the unions AMR cannot sweeten the deal already tentatively agreed by management and union leadership. The pilot membership voted down the recent tentative agreement. APA’s president resigned after the members voted down this agreement.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 767-323 ER N360AA (msn 24041) departs from Los Angeles.