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American and US Airways start to align customer benefits, gates and counters

American Airlines Group Inc. (Dallas/Fort Worth) today will begin to align customer benefits, creating a more consistent experience for those traveling on flights operated by American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix). This is the first of many actions the airlines will take over the coming months as part of the integration process.

The benefits customers traveling on both airlines will begin to experience today include:

  • AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members can earn and redeem miles when traveling across either airline’s network. All travel on eligible tickets on both airlines will count toward qualification for elite status in the customer’s program of choice.
  • Elite members of each airline can enjoy select reciprocal benefits of both the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs, including First and Business Class check-in, priority security and priority boarding, complimentary access to Preferred Seats, priority baggage delivery, and checked bags at no charge, consistent with the current baggage policies for each carrier.
  • Members of the American Admirals Club or US Airways Club will have reciprocal club benefits, providing them access to the 35 Admirals Clubs and 19 US Airways Clubs. In addition, American AAdvantage Citi Executive cardholders will have access to US Airways Clubs.
  • Airport and Web check-in timeframes will be aligned for both US Airways and American.
  • Boarding announcements will align to accommodate elites of both carriers.
  • Airport ticket counters and gates at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport are now co-located.

Employees at American and US Airways have undergone joint training in preparation for changes effective today. As American Airlines Group Inc. works to fully integrate operations, employees of both airlines will be armed with the tools, information and resources needed to deliver a superior level of service to the combined carrier’s loyal flyers.

Additional customer benefits will roll out as both airlines continue to combine operations. While full alignment will take time, customers can expect the following benefits in the coming months:

  • A codeshare agreement to provide easy access to each airline’s global network. The first phase of the codeshare is expected to be available in the coming weeks.
  • US Airways’ exit from the Star Alliance on March 30, 2014 and entry into the oneworld® alliance onMarch 31, 2014.
  • Co-location of additional ticket counters and gates in key markets, including Miami and Phoenix, as well as other domestic and international stations is expected to completed by the end of the first quarter.
  • Alignment of select frequent flyer program policies, including upgrades.

As American and US Airways work through the integration process, the two airlines will continue to operate separately, with individual loyalty programs, reservations systems and websites. Customers should continue to check in for flights and conduct business with the airline operating their flight just as they did before the close of the merger.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-223 ER N774AN (msn 29581) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

American Airlines: AG Slide Show

US Airways: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. The US Airways special schemes will remain, albeit soon with American Airlines titles. A319-132 N822AW (msn 1410) in the Nevada – Battle Born lands at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

Volaris is coming to Ontario, California

Volaris (Mexico City) has announced the launching of a new international route that will connect the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco with Ontario, California. Operations will begin on April 12, 2014. Ontario will become the 13th destine in the United States.

Ontario is also Volaris’ seventh destination in California, in addition to: Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento.
Schedules and frequencies:

Guadalajara, Jalisco – Ontario, California.
(Starting April 12th. Wednesday and Saturday)
Departing from Guadalajara at  22:40 hours., arriving to Ontario at 00:05 hours

(Starting April 13th. Thursday and Sunday)
Departing from Ontario at 01:20 hours., arriving to Guadalajara at 06:45 hours

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 XA-VOT (msn 3317) lands at Las Vegas.

Volaris: AG Slide Show

Germanwings drops three routes from Berlin in January

Germanwings (2nd) (Cologne/Bonn) will drop all service from Berlin (Tegel) to Bucharest, Geneva and Stockholm (Arlanda) in the first week of January per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 D-AGWU (msn 5457) departs from Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg.

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Jat Airways is replaced by Air Serbia

Jat Airways (Belgrade) is no more. The national carrier of Serbia was succeeded by replacement carrier Air Serbia (Belgrade) yesterday (October 26). Air Serbia is the result of a new strategic partnership between the Government of Serbia and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). The majority 51 percent of the shares of new Air Serbia are now owned by the Serbian Government and the remaining 49 percent by Etihad Airways which has been on a spending spree to to partially acquire and transform underperforming national carriers to feed its own operations.

Jat Airways is now defunct.

Jat Airways logo

Air Serbia’s inaugural flight departed Belgrade yesterday for Abu Dhabi.

Air Serbia logo

Here is the history of troubled Jat Airways (from their website):

Jat Airways’s predecessor, the Society for Air Transport AEROPUT, was founded on June 17, 1927. This date marks the beginning of civil aviation in our country. The first aircraft to fly under the company name Yugoslav Airlines took off 20 years later, on April 1, 1947.

In mid-January 1947, the civil aviation traffic administration became part of the Transport Ministry, thereby confirming its civilian status. On March 17, 1947, pilots, navigators, radio operators and flight mechanics were transferred from the Transport Regiment to the newly formed company. In the meantime, the company acquired modified aircraft and the first flying season was launched on April 1, 1947.

After weathering the winds of war, AEROPUT pilots and mechanics joined Yugoslav Airlines crews in JAT’s earliest days.

Yugoslav Airlines kicked off with two Douglas C-47 aircraft modified into a DC-3 and two JU-52 Junkers. In the course of the year, the fleet grew by another JU-52, four DC-3s and one unmodified C-47 intended for cargo transport. These aircraft maintained regular traffic on domestic lines: Belgrade-Zagreb-Ljubljana and Zagreb-Sarajevo, and on international lines: Belgrade-Prague-Warsaw.

The first three Sud Aviation Caravelle airplanes joined the JAT fleet in 1963, and the fleet continued to grow six years later with the addition of the first Douglas DC-9, and seven years later with the first Boeing 707. At the same time, the last of the piston-engine veterans – the DC-3 and Convair – were withdrawn from the fleet. The introduction of jet engine aircraft enabled more comfortable and affordable flights – far exceeding the characteristics of piston engine aircraft. With increased capacity and range, these planes served as a basis for expanding the flight network, enabling the company to appear in third markets and make a bid for genuine air traffic growth. This was the main course of Yugoslav Airlines development through the early 1970s, a period tentatively termed by the company as “the beginning of jet aviation”.

Just as the beginning of the 1960s was decisive due to the introduction of the first jet-engine aircraft, so were the 1970s with the introduction of the “big Boeing” – the Boeing 707, after which the first charter lines were established to North America with regular traffic. In addition to the introduction of the Douglas DC-10-30, the first wide-body aircraft, in 1978, this period represented the beginning of one of the most important stages in JAT’s evolution.

Persistent investment in modernization and the acquisition of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 guided Yugoslav Airlines to yet another phase of development, the so-called wide-body stage, which was followed several years later by the purchase of a medium-range aircraft – the Boeing 737. This acquisition, among the first in Europe, established a basic pre-condition for further expansion of traffic in nearly all directions. Also, existing lines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa were significantly extended, followed by network expansion to the US, Canada and Australia.

During those “golden years”, as some JAT chroniclers have dubbed the period, Yugoslav Airlines opened many offices abroad, carried five million passengers annually, continued to develop and modernize its technical operations parallel to developing service activities such as general aviation, hotel commerce, operating its own training centre and investing in infrastructure. JAT also constructed a large hangar to accommodate wide-body aircraft and a jet-engine test stand, which enabled the company to master the technique of examining engines and other components for modern fleets. Furthermore, the company proved excellent in business skills, successfully negotiating contracts with several third world companies.

Meanwhile, JAT developed its information system and introduced automatic ticket sales. In short, the company made a bid to meet its competition by responding to the growing demands and expectations of its passengers while continuing to satisfy regular passengers by living up to the famous company slogan – JAT is MORE THAN FLYING.

Yugoslav Aerotransport changed its name to Jat Airways on August 8, 2003.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. A fine taxiway study of Jat Airways’ Boeing 737-3Q4 YU-AON (msn 24208) in the last color scheme at Zurich. The Jat Airways Boeing 737-300s are being replaced with newer Air Serbia Airbus A319s, another narrow body customer loss for Boeing.

Jat Airways: AG Slide Show

Air Serbia: AG Slide Show


Bottom Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Former TACA AIrbus A319-132 N473TA (msn 1140) has become A6-SAA on lease from Etihad Airways to Air Serbia.

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.

American Airlines: AG Slide Show

US Airways: AG Slide Show

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

Spirit Airlines announces four new routes from Minneapolis/St. Paul

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) today announced that it is starting seasonal service between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and four new cities, including Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO), Phoenix Sky Harbor
(PHX) and Tampa (TPA). The nonstop daily flights start on November 7, 2013.

Spirit has continued to grow since starting service at MSP in June 2012 and currently offers nonstop service from MSP to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver (summer seasonal) and Las Vegas, as well as nonstop seasonal service resuming to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Fort Myers on November 7, 2013.

Spirit’s Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) — Los Angeles (LAX) seasonal schedule effective November 7,

Depart        Arrive     Flight #   Stops   Frequency
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Minneapolis/St. Paul — Los Angeles          4:15 PM       6:15 PM       323       0       Daily
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Los Angeles — Minneapolis/St. Paul          8:05 AM       1:45 PM       424       0       Daily
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Spirit’s Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) — Orlando (MCO) seasonal schedule effective November 7, 2013:

Depart        Arrive     Flight #   Stops   Frequency
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Minneapolis/St. Paul — Orlando              7:50 AM      12:05 PM       135       0       Daily
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Orlando — Minneapolis/St. Paul             12:55 PM       3:25 PM       250       0       Daily
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Spirit’s Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) — Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) seasonal schedule effective
November 7, 2013:

Depart        Arrive     Flight #   Stops   Frequency
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Minneapolis/St. Paul — Phoenix              9:25 AM      11:50 AM       345       0       Daily
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Phoenix — Minneapolis/St. Paul              3:10 PM       7:15 PM       342       0       Daily
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Spirit’s Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) — Tampa (TPA) seasonal schedule effective November 7, 2013:

Depart        Arrive     Flight #   Stops   Frequency
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Minneapolis/St. Paul — Tampa                3:00 PM       7:10 PM       427       0       Daily
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Tampa — Minneapolis/St. Paul                7:55 PM      10:20 PM       428       0       Daily
—————————————-  ————  ————  ——–  ——  ———-

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N502NK (msn 2433) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

Spirit Airlines: AG Slide Show

American Airlines launches a code-share agreement with TAM Linhas Aereas, will launch new routes to Brazil

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced the launch of a new code-share agreement with TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo), increasing American’s network connectivity in Brazil and further enhancing its relationship with LATAM Airlines Group. Customers can begin booking tickets on code-share flights for travel starting on August 22.

Through the agreement, the two airlines will code-share on each other’s flights between the United States and Brazil. American’s customers will also have access to TAM flights from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to eight additional destinations throughout Brazil, including Fortaleza, Natal and Vitoria, and TAM’s customers will also have access to American flights from Miami, New York and Orlando, to 25 cities in the U.S., including Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

The improved access provided through the relationship will also complement American’s new Brazilian service to Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA) from Miami, pending government approval, and Sao Paulo (GRU) from Los Angeles, all of which will be available for booking on August 18. The new service from Miami to Curitiba and Porto Alegre will launch on November 21 and the service from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo will launch on December 16. With the additional routes, American will serve nine destinations in Brazil.

TAM, which plans to join the oneworld® alliance in 2014, is a member of the LATAM Airlines Group. LATAM operates nearly 1,500 daily flights to 144 destinations in 27 countries.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s Boeing 737-823 N980AN (msn 33203) approaches Los Angeles International Airport for landing.

American Airlines: AG Slide Show

TAM: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade/AirlinersGallery.com. TAM’s Airbus A319-132 PR-MAN (msn 1831) prepares to land at the downtown Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro.

IAM defeats the Teamsters to represent the US Airways’ mechanics

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) (Washington) has issued this statement:

In a contest overseen by the Nation Mediation Board (NMB), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today soundly defeated the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in an election to represent nearly 4,600 Mechanic and Related employees at US Airways (Phoenix). The IAM received 1,903 votes, or 58 percent of all votes cast in the five-week election, while the IBT received 1,418 votes, less than 42 percent.

“This victory marks an important milestone for the Mechanic and Related group at US Airways,” said IAM Transportation Vice President Sito Pantoja. “By voting for the Machinists Union our members safeguarded their pensions and seniority heading into the merger with American Airlines while rejecting the empty promises of an organization with a history of corruption.”

In addition to creating uncertainty regarding future representation, the year-long raid by IBT effectively suspended contract negotiations between US Airways and IAM, which has represented Mechanic and Related employees at US Airways since 1949.

“The election results will allow contract negotiations between the IAM and US Airways to resume without any further delay,” said IAM District 142 President Tom Higginbotham. “We remain convinced that the IBT never had support among mechanics at US Airways to get this election in the first place. We fully expect the NMB to thoroughly investigate the matter.”

In a separate IBT raid on more than 11,000 Mechanic and Related workers at American Airlines, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) presented testimony from former Teamster organizers who claimed that IBT organizing staff forged hundreds of election authorization cards. The NMB is currently investigating to determine if the IBT submitted enough valid cards to warrant an election at American Airlines.

The IAM is the world’s largest airline union and is the largest union at US Airways, representing over 14,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service, Stockroom and Maintenance Training Specialists.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N826AW (msn 1534) in the special Arizona livery prepares to arrives at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

US Airways: AG Slide Show

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Volaris is coming to Phoenix

Volaris (Mexico City) will launch a new route connecting Guadalajara with Phoenix starting on October 19. The new route will be operated three days a week with Airbus A319s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 XA-VOR (msn 2296) “Rebeca” approaches Los Angeles International Airport.

Volaris: AG Slide Show

Routes from Guadalajara:

Volaris 8:2013 GDL Route Map

FAA is investigating a near miss between a Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 and a sky diving aircraft over Detroit

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) Airbus A319 operating a flight from Detroit (Metropolitan) to Dallas/Fort Worth on Sunday (June 30) was forced to take evasive action after takeoff when it came close to a sky diving aircraft over Detroit. According to reports, the aircraft came within 1.6 miles horizontally and 400 feet vertically.

Read the full report from ABC Channel 7: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) approaches Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood for landing.

Spirit Airlines: AG Slide Show