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American Airlines to re-bank its hubs to increase revenue

American Airlines‘ (Dallas/Fort Worth) new management led by new CEO Doug Parker is re-banking its hubs to increase revenue starting with the Miami hub in August according to the Dallas News.

Previously the old AA management had developed a “rolling hub” concept like other carriers did after the 9/11 attacks rather than a true “all at once” hub of the past. Parker is going back to the true hub concept which will increase revenue and allow for more quick connections. However during storm events, it can also stretch the hub facilities including runway capacities and available gates. Summer afternoon thunderstorms affect many of the hubs, especially Miami and winter snow and ice storms affect the northern hubs. When the weather is fine, the hub usually works well and it makes money. When things back up due to weather or a security-related event, the hub can unravel quickly leading to missed connections.

Like other carriers, American is now going back to a banked schedule for its hubs.

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Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s newly-repainted Boeing 777-223 ER N791AN (msn 30254) in the Oneworld scheme arrives at Los Angeles.

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American Airlines and American Eagle cancel nearly 500 flights today at DFW

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) issued this short statement concerning its largest hub at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) due to a winter ice storm:

Because of the anticipated winter weather American Airlines and American Eagle have proactively canceled nearly 500 flights in and out of the DFW Airport through 11 a.m. central time Friday, December 6.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American Airlines’ Boeing 777-223 ER N790AN (msn 30251) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. American Eagle Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N928AE (msn 14500911)  lands at Baltimore/Washington.

AMR Corporation and US Airways file a motion to set merger trial for November 12, 2013

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc. (Dallas/Fort Worth), and US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways) (Phoenix) have announced that they filed a motion to set a trial date and a supporting brief in the United States District Court for the District Of Columbia in connection with the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the merger of the two airlines. In the motion, American Airlines and US Airways have requested a November 12, 2013 trial date.

In their filing, the Companies explain that their proposed trial date is very reasonable by recent historical standards. The DOJ request for 180 days, especially with one of the parties in bankruptcy, however, would be unprecedented and unreasonable in the circumstances. Based on the DOJ merger cases litigated to a decision since 2001, the average time from the DOJ’s complaint to trial is 70 days.

Top Copyright Photo: Ole Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. American Airlines’ Boeing 777-223 ER N781AN (msn 29586) approaches Madrid for landing.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N814AW (msn 1281) lands at Long Beach near Los Angeles.

American Airlines completes Electronic Flight Bag (iPad) implementation

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has completed the successful rollout of its industry-leading Electronic Flight Bag program with the discontinuation of paper revisions to terminal charts, making it the first majorcommercial airline to fully utilize tablets in all cockpits during all phases of flight. In April, American completed testing on its Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft and has secured FAA approval to use the Apple iPad on all of its current fleet types – Boeing 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD-80.

An Electronic Flight Bag, which replaces more than 35 pounds of paper-based reference material and manuals that pilots often carried in their carry-on kitbag, offers numerous benefits for American and its pilots.

“Our Electronic Flight Bag program has a significant positive environmental and cost-savings impact,” said David Campbell, American’s Vice President – Safety and Operations Performance. “In fact, removing the kitbag from all of our planes saves a minimum of 400,000 gallons and $1.2 million of fuel annually based on current fuel prices. Additionally, each of the more than 8,000 iPads we have deployed to date replaces more than 3,000 pages of paper previously carried by every active pilot and instructor. Altogether, 24 million pages of paper documents have been eliminated.”

All American pilots now enjoy the benefits associated with replacing their heavy kitbags – one of the airline’s biggest sources of pilot injuries – with a 1.35-pound iPad. The digital format also requires less time to update each of the six or more paper manuals found in each pilot’s kitbag, as manual paper revisions take hours to complete every month, compared to the minutes it takes for electronic updates.

“Our focus on technological improvement throughout our operation has never been stronger as we continue to build the new American,” said Patrick O’Keeffe, American’s Vice President – Airline Operations Technology. “As the first major commercial airline to successfully complete the Electronic Flight Bag transition across its fleet, we are proud to count this among our other successful programs that provide the tools our people need to perform their duties safely and efficiently.”

As part of the Electronic Flight Bag program, American’s pilots use mobile software and data from Jeppesen, a unit of Boeing Digital Aviation. The FAA-approved Jeppesen Mobile Terminal Chart application is allowed for gate-to-gate use throughout all phases of flight and, with the exception of a few select documents, replaces paper operating manuals with up-to-date electronic information that is easier to access.

“We congratulate American Airlines on the success of its Electronic Flight Bag program,” said Jeppesen President Thomas Wede. “Working closely together on this program over several years, we take pride in American’s achievements as it continues to eliminate paper-based materials in the flight deck, reducing pilot workload and increasing operational efficiency in a competitive business environment.”

American and the Allied Pilots Association (APA) began working on the feasibility of using a tablet device as an Electronic Flight Bag in June 2010, and American was the first commercial airline to receive FAA approval to use a tablet during all phases of flight in December 2011 on its Boeing 777 fleet. American has worked closely with its pilots throughout all phases of development that led to the program’s full integration.

Beginning July 10, American Eagle Airlines pilots will have the option to use Apple iPads to access reference material and manuals, making American Eagle one of the first regional carriers to adopt Electronic Flight Bags.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-223 ER N782AN (msn 30003) arrives at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) hub.

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American launches Dallas/Fort Worth-Seoul (Incheon) service

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today (May 9) launched daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea.

The new service is operated as part of American’s joint business agreement with fellow oneworld®alliance member Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo).

The new route is operated with a Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft (above), featuring 16 Flagship Suite seats in First Class that transform into fully lie-flat 6-foot-6-inch beds with drop-down armrests. The aircraft will also feature inflight entertainment at every seat, including Korean movies and pop music (K-Pop), Hollywood movies (with Korean audio or subtitles), and games.

Daily DFW-ICN Service Schedule

AA 27

  • Departs DFW at 10:20 a.m. CT
  • Arrives at ICN at 2:50 p.m. KST the following day

AA 26

  • Departs ICN at 4:50 p.m. KST
  • Arrives at DFW at 4:05 p.m. CT the following day

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters. Boeing 777-223 ER N775AN (msn 29594) taxies at the large DFW hub.

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American has a day it would like to forget

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) yesterday was a day that did not fit the image that the company would like to project as an airline that is being reborn after emerging from Chapter 11. American was forced to ground all of its flights yesterday (April 16) for several hours after a nationwide problem with its computer systems. Over 400 flights were cancelled. The company apologized to its customers and slowly returned to normal operations later in the day.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 777-223 ER N759AN (msn 32638) in the old 1968 livery with the special “Susan G. Komen for the Cure” markings arrives at Miami.

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AMR Corporation reports a 4Q 2012 net profit of $262 million, a $1.4 billion improvement over 4Q 2011 and a $1.9 billion loss for 2012

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc. (Dallas/Fort Worth), today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. Key points include:

  • Revenue of $24.9 billion in 2012, the highest in company history
  • Full-year operating profit of $494 million, excluding special items, a $749 million improvement over 2011
  • Full-year net loss of $1.9 billion.  Excluding reorganization and special items, the full-year net loss was $130 million, a $932 million improvement over 2011
  • American took delivery of 11 new aircraft in the fourth quarter (nine 737-800s and two 777-300ERs) and 30 new aircraft during the full year (28 737-800s and two 777-300ERs), putting the airline on track to have the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleet among U.S. network carriers by 2017

“We have made enormous progress towards building the new American,” said Tom Horton, AMR’s Chairman and CEO. “It is remarkable what the American team has been able to accomplish, including generating record revenue and a return to an operating profit for the year while restructuring every aspect of our company. I want to thank all of our people for their dedication, hard work and commitment to serving our customers during this time. Our momentum is growing toward emerging as a strong, healthy and vibrant competitor. In fact, with what we have accomplished, we expect to show strong results beginning in the first quarter of 2013.”

In the fourth quarter, AMR reported a net profit of $262 million compared to a net loss of $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. AMR’s fourth quarter results include $350 million of net positive reorganization and special items, which are detailed below.

Excluding reorganization and special items, the net loss in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $88 million, a $121 million improvement from the prior year. The fourth quarter of 2012 was negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the early November snow storm in the Northeast and, separately, by the residual headwind on fourth quarter bookings from the operational disruptions experienced in late September and early October. The cumulative impact from these events is estimated to have reduced net profits by $142 million.

For full-year 2012, American recorded a net loss of $1.9 billion, compared to 2011’s full-year net loss of $2.0 billion. AMR’s full year 2012 results include $1.7 billion of net negative reorganization and special items, which are detailed below.

Excluding reorganization and special items, the net loss for 2012 was $130 million, a $932 million improvement over 2011. The company’s operating profit, excluding special items, of $494 million for 2012 was a $749 million improvement over last year.

Restructuring Progress

During the last year, AMR has completed the majority of its financial restructuring, including reducing debt, renegotiating aircraft leases and facilities agreements, grounding older airplanes, rationalizing the regional fleet, and renegotiating supplier relationships. AMR expects these actions to continue to increasingly improve its cost structure in 2013, as the company approaches its targeted restructuring related savings by the end of 2013.

In 2012:

  • American achieved labor cost reductions of 17 percent across all workgroups, including management, independent employees and unionized workgroups, all of which ratified agreements for six-year terms. Progress was also made at American Eagle, which achieved costs savings and reached agreements with its unionized workgroups
  • American made changes to its organizational structure to reduce management positions, making American’s management workgroup the leanest among the network carriers
  • Renegotiated the financing terms for more than 400 mainline and regional aircraft, which includes completing its financial contracts on its 216 Embraer aircraft. Improved terms on these aircraft significantly lower AMR’s aircraft ownership related costs, while also harmonizing its aircraft retirement and new aircraft delivery schedules
  • Negotiated more than 95 percent of American’s 725 facility leases
  • Evaluated and/or renegotiated over 9,000 vendor/supplier agreements – American’s suppliers have made significant contributions to its strategic plan for success, allowing AMR to meet its savings objectives as outlined in its business plan
  • Realized over $400 million in restructuring related savings in the fourth quarter, primarily from renegotiated aircraft leases, reductions to management and support staff positions, freezing the pension plans for all workgroups, and sun-setting the retiree medical program for active employees

“Throughout 2012, we have executed on all aspects of our business plan – streamlining our organizational structure, increasing unit revenues, reducing unit costs, and restructuring our balance sheet,” said Bella Goren, AMR’s Chief Financial Officer. “The strong financial foundation we are building gives us the ability to deliver returns to our financial stakeholders and make investments that create enhanced value for our customers and our people.”

Revenue Performance

For the fourth quarter of 2012, the company reported consolidated revenue of $5.9 billion, 0.3 percent lower compared to the prior year. The combined effects of Hurricane Sandy, the November snow storm in the Northeast, and the booking headwind from the earlier operational disruption, negatively impacted revenue by an estimated $155 million in the fourth quarter.

Fourth quarter consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) was comparable to the same period last year, and mainline PRASM decreased by 0.4 percent. Absent the same factors that impacted revenues – described above – American estimates that PRASM would have been approximately 2.0 percentage points higher than the fourth quarter of 2011.

For full-year 2012, AMR reported record consolidated revenue of $24.9 billion, up 3.7 percent compared to 2011, on 1.0 percent less capacity. For 2012, AMR’s consolidated and mainline PRASM rose 5.8 percent and 5.6 percent year-over-year, respectively. Consolidated revenue performance was driven by a 4.6 percent year-over-year improvement in yield, or average fares paid, and record high consolidated and mainline load factors, or percentage of seats filled, of 82.2 percent and 82.8 percent, respectively. Domestic PRASM improved 5.5 percent in full-year 2012 versus full-year 2011, with PRASM increases across all five of American’s hubs.

International PRASM increased 5.7 percent in 2012 over the prior year, driven by improved yield performance across all entities and increased load factors. “We are making tremendous progress strengthening American’s global network by focusing the flying from our hubs to the most important domestic and international cities with the highest concentration of business travelers,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We are enhancing relationships with the best international alliance partners and creating a pipeline of industry-leading products and services, including a significant renewal and transformation of our fleet that will drive revenue performance in the coming years.”

American’s 2012 revenue improvement is a result of solid execution on its network, alliances, and product strategy. The recent revenue progress does not yet account for the benefits expected from initiatives accomplished in the restructuring.

Operating Expense

For the fourth quarter, AMR’s consolidated operating expenses, excluding special items, decreased $139 million, or 2.3 percent, versus the same period in 2011. American’s mainline cost per available seat mile (unit cost) in the fourth quarter decreased 3.3 percent versus the same period last year, excluding special items in both periods. Taking into account the impact of fuel hedging, AMR paid $3.22 per gallon for jet fuel in the fourth quarter versus $3.01 a gallon in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 6.6 percent increase. As a result, the company paid $135 million more for fuel in the fourth quarter of 2012 than it would have paid at prevailing prices from the prior-year period.

Excluding fuel and special items, mainline and consolidated unit costs in the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased 8.9 percent and 7.6 percent year-over-year, respectively, primarily driven by American’s restructuring efforts. “The significant improvement in the fourth quarter in non-fuel unit cost underscores the results we have been able to achieve in our restructuring efforts and the competitive cost structure we have put in place for the future,” said Bella Goren, AMR’s Chief Financial Officer.

Since many of the restructuring savings were implemented near the end of the year, AMR’s full year 2012 consolidated operating expenses, excluding special items, were up 0.3 percent, or $84 million, year-over-year. They also reflect a negative impact of $514 million due to higher fuel prices in 2012.  American’s 2012 mainline unit costs, excluding special items, increased 1.5 percent versus the prior year. Excluding fuel and special items, mainline unit costs decreased 0.9 percent for the same period.

An unaudited summary of full-year 2012 results is available in the tables at the back of this press release.

Cash Position

AMR ended the fourth quarter with approximately $4.7 billion in cash and short-term investments, including a restricted cash balance of $850 million, compared to a balance of approximately $4.7 billion in cash and short-term investments, including a restricted balance of approximately $738 million, at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011.

2012 Notable Accomplishments

American has made significant progress in its plan to transform the airline into an industry leader. While the restructuring process is allowing the company to achieve a competitive cost structure and strengthen its balance sheet, American also showed improvement across all aspects of its business. Key accomplishments in 2012 include:

Financial:

  • The largest annual revenue in company history
  • Unit revenue growth that outpaced the industry average in 2012 – driven by strong customer demand for American’s product. Mainline and consolidated PRASM, passenger yield and load factor in 2012 were all records for any year in AMR’s history
  • Full-year 2012 operating profit, excluding special items, of $494 million, a $749 million improvement over 2011

Fleet Renewal and Transformation:

American made substantial progress on its fleet renewal plans and is on pace to have the youngest fleet in the industry in the next five years.

  • In the fourth quarter, the size of American’s fleet of 737-800s surpassed that of its MD-80s.  737-800s offer a 35 percent reduction in fuel cost per seat versus the MD-80
  • American became the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the Boeing 777-300ER, giving the airline’s fleet additional network flexibility, while delivering a state of the art customer experience, and better operating economics
  • American has 59 new mainline aircraft slated for delivery in 2013 and is in the midst of a significant renewal and transformation of its fleet

Customer Experience Enhancements:

American has taken many steps to provide an exceptional customer experience throughout the entire travel journey.

  • Announced a redesigned interior of its international widebody aircraft, including 777-200ERs and 767-300ERs
  • Will be the first domestic carrier to offer three-class service and fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats on transcontinental flights
  • Installing Main Cabin Extra to give customers more leg room in the Coach cabin
  • Introduced new travel options and a brand new booking path on AA.com offering customers more choices to book competitive, round-trip fares, as well as select new combinations of products and services customers value most

Network and Alliances Strategy:

American bolstered its network and alliances by expanding service from its hubs to the domestic and international cities most desirable to high value customers and by enhancing existing and forging new strategic partnerships.

  • International Expansion – American announced new routes and expansion into new international markets that have strong growth prospects, including:
    • Manaus and Sao Paulo, Brazil; Roatan, Honduras; Asuncion, Paraguay; Puebla, Mexico; Bogotá, Colombia
    • Dusseldorf, Germany and Dublin, Ireland
    • Seoul, South Korea
  • Joint Businesses – The continuing maturation of American’s joint business agreements with IAG, parent of British Airways and Iberia, over the Atlantic, and Japan Airlines over the Pacific, were instrumental in driving unit revenue improvements of 5.9 percent and 9.6 percent over the Atlantic and Pacific in 2012, respectively
  • Codeshare – American expanded its long-standing partnership with LATAM Airlines group by embarking on codeshare agreements with TAM and LAN Colombia
  • oneworld® – New member airberlin and members-elect Malaysia and Qatar Airways will bolster American’s network

Reorganization and Special Items:

AMR’s fourth quarter 2012 results include $350 million of net positive reorganization and special items.

  • Of that amount, AMR recognized a $569 million non-cash income tax benefit from continuing operations during the fourth quarter of 2012 related to gains in Other Comprehensive Income
  • The company recognized a $441 million loss in reorganization items resulting from certain of its direct and indirect U.S. subsidiaries’ voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 on November 29, 2011. These items primarily result from estimated claims associated with restructuring the financing arrangements for certain debt, aircraft leases, as well as professional fees
  • The company recognized $58 million in special charges, primarily associated with personnel related restructuring costs
  • The fourth quarter results also include a $280 million benefit from settlement of a commercial dispute

AMR’s full year 2012 results include $1.7 billion of net negative reorganization and special items.

  • Of that amount, the company recognized a $2.2 billion loss in reorganization items resulting from certain of its direct and indirect U.S. subsidiaries’ voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 on November 29, 2011. These items are primarily from estimated claims associated with restructuring the financing arrangements for certain debt, aircraft leases, and rejecting certain special facility revenue bonds, as well as professional fees
  • The company recognized $387 million in special charges, primarily associated with personnel related restructuring costs
  • As described above, in the fourth quarter, the company recognized a $569 million non-cash income tax benefit from continuing operations, and a $280 million benefit from a settlement of a commercial dispute

Capacity Guidance

AMR estimates consolidated capacity in the first quarter of 2013 to be down 1.7 percent versus the first quarter of 2012.

Factors contributing to this estimated reduction in capacity include the absence of Leap Day in 2013, and progress American has made in implementing its Main Cabin Extra program removing seats from the coach cabin. To date, American has completed the retrofit of its Boeing 757 and 767 fleets, has completed approximately half of its 737 fleet, and will commence the retrofit of the MD-80 fleet in January 2013 with completion targeted for the second quarter.

As previously reported, American experienced an unusually high number of pilot retirements in the fall of 2011 that resulted in capacity reductions for the period November 2011 to February 2012.

Absent the impact of the capacity reductions in January and February of 2012 due to pilot retirements, consolidated capacity in the first quarter of 2013 is estimated to be down 3.4 percent year-over-year.

First Quarter Unit Costs Guidance

AMR will continue to realize restructuring related savings and estimates that in the first quarter of 2013, unit costs will improve year-over-year, despite a capacity headwind due to consolidated capacity decreasing by 1.7 percent and lapping some restructuring related savings that impacted the first quarter of last year.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The new stretched Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft are being delivered in a non-logo gray scheme pending the unveiling of a new livery. The first new Triple Seven is due to go into revenue service on January 31. Is a pending merger announcement with US Airways holding up the unveiling of the new look? Classic Boeing 777-223 ER N785AN (msn 3005) taxies at the Miami hub in the old 1968 livery.

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American Airlines announces new routes to Asia, Europe and Latin America

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced today that it will launch service to markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America, delivering on the airline’s business plan and network strategy designed to offer customers more choices to new destinations. Next year, American will begin the following international services: Dallas/Fort Worth – Seoul, South Korea; Dallas/Fort Worth – Lima, Peru; Chicago O’Hare – Dusseldorf, Germany; and New York JFK – Dublin, Ireland.  This new service enhances American’s network footprint and will provide more access and choices for customers in key international markets.  It will also add domestic service to match customer demand through its Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago hubs.

Last week, American announced that international unit revenue increased 8.0 percent for the first nine months of 2012, driven by increased load factors across all entities and improved yield performance. Unit revenue performance in the Pacific entity for the same period was strong, up 13.3 percent, driven by increased demand for the premium cabins, greater revenues from Asia point-of-sale and joint selling efforts with joint business partner, Japan Airlines. The Latin American entity posted a 7.2 percent unit revenue increase for the first nine months of 2012, including yield improvements in Mexico and Central and South America. The growing strength of American’s enhanced network, together with coordinated selling efforts with joint business partners British Airways and Iberia over the Atlantic, helped drive a 6.5 increase in trans-Atlantic unit revenue improvement for the first nine months of 2012 versus the prior year.

The strengthening of American’s global network is just another example of the company’s progress toward its business plan, which includes focusing its hubs in the most important domestic and international cities, enhancing relationships with the best international alliance partners and creating a pipeline of industry-leading products and services, including a significant renewal and transformation of an aircraft fleet that American expects to be the youngest and most fuel-efficient among its U.S. airline peers by 2017.

New Service to Asia

From its largest hub at Dallas/Fort Worth, American will launch its first-ever service to Seoul on May 9, 2013.  As one of the top 10 premium markets in the world, the new service to Seoul reinforces American’s commitment to customers and the Asia-Pacific region.  The new service will be operated as a part of American’s joint business agreement with Japan Airlines and will provide convenient access for customers traveling from South Korea to connect to more than 200 flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to cities in the United States and Latin America.

More Service to Europe

Beginning April 11, 2013, American will add service between Chicago O’Hare and Dusseldorf, Germany. American will code share with oneworld® alliance partner, airberlin – further reinforcing an already strong relationship and allowing customers to fly not only to Dusseldorf, but also to cities such as Moscow, Tel Aviv, and Nice through airberlin’s extensive network. This route will also operate as part of the joint business agreement with British Airways and Iberia.

In addition, American also will add new service between New York – JFK and Dublin, Ireland, beginning June 12, 2013.  These new flights also will be operated in conjunction with American’s Atlantic joint business partners, British Airways and Iberia. From JFK, American flies non-stop to nearly 50 cities throughout Asia, Europe, North America and South America with nearly 90 daily departures.

Increased Service to Latin America

Beginning April 2, 2013, American will add service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Lima, Peru.  American provides more service than any other airline between North America and Latin America with more than 900 weekly flights to 49 destinations.  With the addition of Dallas/Fort Worth – Lima, customers can access 30 destinations to Central America, Mexico, and South America from the Dallas/Fort Worth hub.

In addition, this added service continues to enhance American’s relationship with oneworld partner, LAN, including reciprocal frequent flyer benefits for American Airlines AAdvantage® and LANPASS members, and reinforces American’s commitment to the Peruvian market by providing seamless connections to multiple destinations including the Dallas/Fort Worth – Tokyo non-stop.

New Domestic Cities from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago:

On February 14, 2013, American will also add new domestic service, through its regional affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet, from Dallas/Fort Worth to the following cities: Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas, Columbia, Mo., and Fargo, N.D, as well as new Chicago O’Hare – Columbia, Missouri service.

DFW is the largest of American’s five domestic hubs offering more than 740 departures to nearly 170 cities in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

Below is a summary of the new service:

International

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Lima (LIM)
AA2193 Leave DFW: 5:30 p.m. Arrive LIM: 12:25 a.m. (next day)
AA2194 Leave LIM: 2 a.m. Arrive DFW: 9:15 a.m.
Aircraft Type: Boeing 757
Frequency: Daily service
Start Date: April 2, 2013

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) – Dusseldorf (DUS)
AA242 Leave ORD: 5 p.m. Arrive DUS: 8:15 a.m. (next day)
AA241 Leave DUS: 12:10 p.m. Arrive ORD: 2:20 p.m.
Aircraft Type: Boeing 767-300
Frequency: Daily service
Start Date: April 11, 2013, subject to government approval

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Seoul (ICN)
AA27 Leave DFW: 10:30 a.m. Arrive ICN: 3 p.m. (next day)
AA26 Leave ICN: 5 p.m. Arrive DFW: 4:20 p.m.
Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-200
Frequency: Daily service
Start Date: May 9, 2013, subject to government approval

New York – JFK-Dublin (DUB)
AA290 Leave JFK: 6:55 p.m. Arrive DUB: 6:55 a.m. (next day)
AA291 Leave DUB: 9 a.m. Arrive JFK: 11:30 a.m.
Aircraft Type: Boeing 757-200
Frequency: Daily
Start Date: June 12, 2013, subject to government approval

Domestic

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Beaumont/Port Arthur (BPT)
AA2543 Leave DFW 8:40 a.m. Arrive BPT 9:50 a.m.
AA2521 Leave DFW 11:20 a.m. Arrive BPT 12:35 p.m.
AA2523 Leave DFW 3:10 p.m. Arrive BPT 4:20 p.m.
AA2525 Leave DFW 6:25 p.m. Arrive BPT 7:35 p.m. (except Saturday)
AA2510 Leave BPT 6:30 a.m. Arrive DFW 7:45 a.m.
AA2543 Leave BPT 10:20 a.m. Arrive DFW 11:30 a.m.
AA2521 Leave BPT 1:05 p.m. Arrive DFW 2:15 p.m.
AA2523 Leave BPT 4:50 p.m. Arrive DFW 6 p.m. (except Saturday)
Aircraft Type: CRJ 200
Frequency: All flights are daily except as noted above
Start Date: Feb. 14, 2013

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Columbia, Mo. (COU)
AA3396 Leave DFW Noon Arrive COU 1:25 p.m.
AA3348 Leave DFW 6:55 p.m. Arrive COU 8:25 p.m. (except Saturday)
AA3215 Leave COU 6:45 a.m. Arrive DFW 8:35 a.m.
AA3291 Leave COU 5:40 p.m. Arrive DFW 7:25 p.m. (except Saturday)
Aircraft Type: Embraer 145
Frequency: All flights are daily except as noted above
Start Date: Feb. 14, 2013

Chicago – O’Hare (ORD) -COU
AA3919 Leave ORD 3:55 p.m. Arrive COU 5:10 p.m.
AA3900 Leave COU 1:55 p.m. Arrive ORD 3:20 p.m.
Aircraft Type: Embraer 145
Frequency: Daily
Start Date: Feb. 14, 2013

Dallas/Fort Worth – Fargo (FAR)
AA2537 Leave DFW: 12:05 p.m. Arrive FAR: 2:30 p.m.
AA2537 Leave FAR: 3:05 p.m. Arrive DFW: 5:50 p.m.
Aircraft Type: CRJ 200
Frequency: Daily
Start Date: Feb. 14, 2013

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 777-223 ER N760AN (msn 31477) arrives at New York (JFK).

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American Airlines becomes the first commercial carrier with FAA approval to use Electronic Flight Bags in all phases of flight

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced it is expanding its iPad Electronic Flight Bag program after becoming the first commercial carrier to receive FAA approval to use the Apple iPad in the cockpit during all phases of flight.

American’s pilots will be using iPad, the only FAA-approved tablet as an Electronic Flight Bag in approved aircraft. An Electronic Flight Bag reduces or replaces paper-based reference material and manuals often found in a pilot’s carry-on kitbag. Removing the 35-pound kitbag from each American Airlines plane will save an estimated $1.2 million of fuel annually based on current fuel prices.

Alaska Airlines is also using the iPad in the cockpit.

As part of the Electronic Flight Bag program, American’s pilots will use mobile software and data from Jeppesen, a unit of Boeing Flight Services. The FAA-approved Jeppesen application, which is allowed for gate-to-gate use throughout all phases of flight, will replace bulky paper operating manuals with real-time, up-to-date electronic information that is easier to access.

American’s pilots will start using iPads this month on the airline’s Boeing 777 fleet. American aims to have FAA approval for use in all fleet types by the end of 2012. Beginning in January 2013, American will stop distributing paper revisions to its flight manuals and most navigation charts.

To ease the transition company-wide, all active pilots and instructors will receive an iPad for use in training and inflight.

American first received FAA approval to use iPads in the cockpit in 2011, which came several months after American completed testing with pilots using iPads in the cockpit. The first FAA-approved device to be tested is the iPad, and if other tablets are approved by the FAA they will be evaluated for use.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-223 ER N757AN (msn 32636) climbs awy from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Bankruptcy judge rules AMR can void the American Airlines pilot’s contract

AMR Corporation (American Airlines) (Dallas/Fort Worth) now has what it has wanted. Bankruptcy Court Judge Lane has issued his decision which now permits AMR and American Airlines to unilaterally void its contract with its pilots, represented by the Allied Pilots Association. AMR has stated it needs labor stability and around 20 percent lower costs to emerge from its Chapter 11 reorganization. Who now will make the next move?

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-223 ER N756AM (msn 30264) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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