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JetBlue and American advance their strategic alliance following regulatory review

JetBlue Airways and American Airlines Group Inc. today announced their strategic alliance is moving ahead following review by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Both carriers will begin implementing key aspects of this innovative and customer-focused alliance in phases, offering more seamless connectivity and better travel choices on routes to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS). The carriers also expect this alliance will accelerate each airline’s recovery from the pandemic as customers are attracted to the expansion of options and enhanced service.

“With this alliance, American and JetBlue will operate the biggest network for our customers in the Northeast, which will allow American to grow our mainline operations as we recover from the pandemic,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Chief Revenue Officer. “We are already planning to launch new international routes to Athens and Tel Aviv this summer, which are just two of many new routes we plan to launch.”

Important components of the alliance will be introduced starting in the first quarter of 2021 and phased in over the course of the year:

  • Seamless customer experience
    With each element of the alliance, customers flying in and out of New York and Boston will enjoy a more seamless experience across both airlines, including the ability to book a single itinerary on either website, access to the alliance’s significant global network, convenient connections, access to loyalty benefits and an improved on-the-ground experience — resulting in a compelling proposition for both leisure and corporate customers.
  • Network alignment in the Northeast
    The alliance will offer customers the largest network in New York City and Boston, and it will enable new strategic growth opportunities for both airlines, accelerate the replacement of small regional jets with larger aircraft, while greatly expanding the connectivity between each carrier’s network in the Northeast. American will upgauge aircraft and by the end of 2021 will operate all service out of New York with first class. Starting in the first half of 2021, JetBlue and American schedules in New York and Boston will begin to be aligned to give customers new flight options, with improved schedules, better connections, competitive fares and access to more domestic and international destinations.
  • Expanded service in the Northeast
    As part of the alliance, JetBlue plans to significantly expand its service at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as further expand in other NYC airports and in Boston. The alliance will also allow JetBlue to reactivate aircraft that would otherwise sit idle. An expanded operation at LaGuardia further advances JetBlue’s position as New York’s Hometown Airline® and accelerates the airline’s ability to recover.
    As previously announced, American is introducing brand new service on from New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Athens (ATH). American’s loyal customers in New York will be introduced to their first long-haul international service in more than four years, with even more new routes on the way.
  • Codeshare agreement
    Starting later this quarter, JetBlue will place its B6 code on a variety of American flights in New York and Boston. Likewise, American will place its AA code on select JetBlue flights also in at New York’s John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty International (EWR) airports, as well as Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Flights touching New York or Boston from either JetBlue, American or connecting combinations of both. The codeshare will introduce JetBlue customers to more than 60 new routes operated by American and will introduce American’s customers to more than 130 new routes operated by JetBlue.
  • Reciprocal loyalty benefits
    Later this year, customers of both JetBlue’s TrueBlue and American’s AAdvantage® programs will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits, including the ability to earn and/or redeem points or miles on either carrier making both loyalty program even more valuable. The airlines are also exploring opportunities to recognize JetBlue Mosaic customers and American’s AAdvantage elite members across both airlines. More details will be announced to loyalty program members later this year.

Department of Transportation terminates its review
Following an approximately six-month review, the DOT has agreed to terminate its review of the alliance in exchange for a series of commitments to ensure the alliance delivers consumers benefits without harming competition. These include growth commitments to ensure capacity expansion, slot divestitures at JFK and at Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) and antitrust compliance measures. Beyond today’s agreement with the DOT, the carriers will also be refraining from certain kinds of coordination in city pair markets where they are substantial competitors to each other and there is little service from other airlines.

American Airlines flight attendant union committed to the protection and safety of flight attendants on and off the aircraft

APFA issued this statement:

Julie Hedrick, National President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) issued the following statement regarding the safety of American Airlines Flight Attendants following the recent violence in Washington, D.C.:

“This week, we witnessed an outbreak of violence at the U.S. Capitol, forcing an evacuation while lawmakers were attempting to certify the electoral college vote count. We also experienced multiple incidents on various flights headed to Washington, D.C. During these incidents, some of which broadcasted over social media, Flight Attendants were forced to confront passengers exhibiting politically motivated aggression towards other passengers and crew. This behavior is unacceptable, and Flight Attendants should not have to deal with these egregious incidents.

It is disturbing to see these acts of aggression towards other passengers and Flight Attendants continue. Yesterday, racial epithets were hurled towards a Black Flight Attendant as they rode to the DCA airport in the hotel shuttle. On another flight, a group of passengers removed their masks after takeoff and harassed the Flight Attendants and other passengers throughout the flight, up to and including the deplaning process. These are just two examples of too many we have seen on flights this week. This behavior is dangerous and threatening.

We are well-trained safety professionals, we are essential workers, and we have clear and concise rules when dealing with a disruptive passenger. We should not have to deal with a group of passengers harassing other passengers and crew, whether through chanting, yelling, or physical altercation. We see compliance on the ground, but after takeoff, the story sometimes changes.

To say I am worried about our Flight Attendants’ safety is an understatement.

APFA has begun work in tandem with other Flight Attendant Unions, lawmakers, and regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C. to enhance safety and make sure that anyone displaying threatening or abusive behavior will not be allowed to board our aircraft now or in the future.

This is not who we are as Americans. The abuse, divisiveness, anger, and harassment must stop.”

American operates its first Boeing 737 MAX commercial flight since grounding

American Airlines made this announcement on social media:

On December 29, we operated our first commercial flight on the Boeing 737 MAX since its extensive, 20-month recertification process with a flight crew who has 150+ combined years of experience. The crew was proud to fly the flight with our customers, family members and Robert Isom.

American prepares to be the first airline to put the Boeing 737 MAX back into regular service

American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N303RG (msn 44448) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104955.

American Airlines today will be the first airline to put the Boeing 737 MAX back into regular airline service.

The first flight be from the Miami hub to New York (LaGuardia) and return.

American identifies the aircraft type (7M8) in its schedule:

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N303RG (msn 44448) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104955.

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American to restore the Charlotte – Honolulu route, adds FLL flights

American Airlines, due to cancelled foreign routes, is adding some domestic routes. AA will restore seasonal nonstop service between the Charlotte hub and Honolulu on May 6, 2021 with initially six flights a week. The restored route will be operated with Boeing 777-200 ERs.

The route is planned through September 7, 2021.

With JetBlue adding new routes from its Miami hub, AA is returning the favor by adding more flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL), a focus city for JetBlue.

American and JetBlue are partners.

AA will resume flights to Boston, Los Angeles, and New York from FLL on April 2, 2021.

AA will also add weekly Austin – Orlando service on March 6, 2021.

American will also add daily Dallas/Fort Worth – Long Beach service on April 2, 2021.

Fairbanks (FAI) will also receive new service next summer. Dallas/Fort Worth – FAI will launch on May 6, 2021 followed by Chicago (O’Hare) – FAI service on June 3, 2021.

Phoenix – Anchorage flights will resume on May 6, 2021.

American Airlines aircraft photo gallery (Airbus):

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American Airlines statement on COVID-19 relief package and PSP extension

American Airlines issued this statement:

CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom thanked Congress and the administration for their support of the bipartisan coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package that extends the Payroll Support Program (PSP).

“Our team members are the very essence of our airline. Without them, there is no American Airlines. Over the past several months, we and our union partners have taken every opportunity to explain how our frontline team members are doing essential work that will help our economy rebound from COVID-19. We’re grateful that our elected officials heard us and passed a bill that includes an extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP), an important indication that our nation’s leaders believe in our team as much as we do. This PSP extension will enable us to bring furloughed team members back to work and resume air service to cities and towns that rely on us — all at a critical moment. We appreciate the confidence Congress and the administration are placing in us by extending this additional support, and we proudly accept the responsibility that comes with it. We are prepared to work as hard as ever as we continue to care for our customers, provide vital air service to communities across the country and keep our country moving toward an eventual recovery from this pandemic.

“We are sincerely grateful to a long roster of members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, as well as to President Trump and members of his administration, who understood the significance of extending the PSP. Their commitment to the livelihoods of airline workers is evident in the months of work it took to deliver this much-needed relief, and we thank them for their dedication to this effort.”

Travel Alert: Winter Storm Gail set to hit US Northeast

American Airlines issued this storm warning:

American is closely monitoring Winter Storm Gail, which is expected to begin impacting the U.S. East Coast this afternoon, bringing heavy snow, strong winds and rain. The safety of customers and team members are the airline’s number one priority, and the team will remain in contact with those impacted by this potentially devastating storm.

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As a result, American issued a travel alert for 37 airports in 13 states and Washington D.C., allowing customers whose travel plans are impacted by Winter Storm Gail to rebook without change fees. Customers can reschedule their travel on aa.com or by contacting Reservations at 800-433-7300 in the U.S. or Canada. If a customer chooses not to fly to/from an airport covered by the current waiver, American will waive change fees for future travel. Customers are also encouraged to check the status of their flight on aa.com.

If an American flight has been canceled or excessively delayed, customers may cancel their itinerary and request a refund by visiting our website. Customers who booked through a travel agent should contact their travel agency directly.

American Airlines transports its first COVID-19 vaccine shipment from Chicago to Miami

American Airlines has made this announcement:

The American Airlines Cargo team carried its first shipment of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine last night. In close collaboration with pharmaceutical and cargo partners, the airline received the shipment by truck at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and loaded the shipment onto a Boeing 777-200 aircraft flying to Miami International Airport (MIA). The vaccine shipment will arrive at its final destination in a U.S. territory in the Caribbean later today.

American began conducting trial flights in November to simulate the conditions required to transport the COVID-19 vaccine, stress testing the thermal packaging and operational handling process to ensure it remains stable in transit.

American is an internationally recognized expert in cold chain logistics with an established network of facilities and team members who specialize in temperature-critical shipments to more than 150 cities in 46 countries around the world. In addition, American has the largest dedicated temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipping facility operated by an airline in the United States. From the time a shipment arrives at one of American’s facilities, it is tracked throughout its journey on the ground and from the airline’s Cargo Control Center, located within its Integrated Operations Control in Fort Worth, Texas.

This level of expert care has earned American the International Air Transport Association’s prestigious Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification. The CEIV certification is given to air carriers and players in the air cargo supply chain that have established the tools, procedures and staffing to ensure life sciences products are properly handled and arrive at their destination fully effective.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, American has been transporting hundreds of thousands of pounds of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment, COVID-19 test kits and pharmaceuticals to help battle the coronavirus, as well as components for Phase III COVID-19 vaccine trials.

In other news, Airbus delivered its 200th aircraft assembled in Mobile, AL, an Airbus A321neo, to American Airlines on December 11.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Chicago Departure.

DAE delivers first of 18 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to American Airlines

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. today announced that it has delivered the first of 18 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to American Airlines as part of the Purchase and Leaseback agreement signed with American in the third quarter of this year. Delivery of the remaining aircraft is expected to be completed in the coming months.