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American’s flight attendant union to picket the company this Sunday

APFA union has made this announcement:

American Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) are sounding the alarms this Sunday, November 18 by informational picketing systemwide on a historic date commemorating the Flight Attendant Strike of 1993, a strike which effectively shut down the carrier’s operation 25 years ago.

“It’s unbelievable that we are here twenty-five (25) years later still fighting for fair and equitable working conditions for our Flight Attendants,” said APFA National President Bassani. “Our members chose this historic date to show their extreme dissatisfaction with the failed scheduling systems, a punitive new sick policy and continued contract and seniority violations,” Bassani continued.

APFAs 27,000+ members are a diverse group of Flight Attendants spanning multiple legacy airlines. They will join together to demonstrate in fifteen (15) airports across the country from 1100-1300 local time.

Who: American Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA)

What: Nationwide informational picketing event. This is informational picketing only and is not a strike, work stoppage or any other job action.

Where: Airport locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Charlotte, Miami, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago (see attached document with actual airports and locations).

When: Sunday, November 18 from 1100-1300 local time.

Why: To protest oppressive work schedules, failed scheduling systems, punitive sick policy, contract and seniority violations.

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American takes the next step for new uniforms: Field test begins

American Airlines made this announcement:

After much anticipation and excitement, today more than 1,000 American Airlines team members from Flight Service, Airport Customer Service and Premium Customer Services will begin field testing their new uniform. The six-month field test is the next step in delivering an industry-leading uniform program designed in collaboration with frontline team members, ensuring the highest levels of textile safety, comfort, durability and brand integrity.

Over the past year, frontline team members from these workgroups have served on American’s Frontline Uniform Advisory Team (FUAT), making key decisions that have a direct impact not only on how American proceeds with the new uniform, but also the breadth and depth of the changes made to its uniform collection.

Those participating in the field test represent 51,000 team members who will don the new uniform when it rolls out in late 2019. Throughout the testing period, field testers will provide weekly feedback on the fit, form and function of the uniform and are responsible for listening to input from their colleagues and sharing that information, too.

American Airlines responds to California wildfires

American Airlines made this announcement:

As the California wildfires continue to unfold, we have activated our disaster response giving process. American has served the L.A. area for more than 70 years and has more than 7,300 team members who call the area home, and we are saddened by the destruction left by these fires. As always, team member safety is our first priority and we are in the midst of verifying the well-being of our team members in the affected areas.

American is proud to be a $1 million member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and is committed to supporting those impacted by natural disasters. In the last two months, American and its customers have donated nearly $400,000 to the Red Cross. Team members from around the system have flocked to CLT, MIA and ORD to assemble 5,000 hygiene comfort kits with soap, deodorant, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste and more to be distributed by the Red Cross. In addition, American partnered with Feeding America to pack 150,000 pounds of food for food banks in the areas impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

The Red Cross has activated its fullest resources in the impacted regions of the California wildfires. Monetary donations are the best way to assist those in need at this time, which will help provide shelter, food, relief supplies and health services through trained Red Cross personnel who are on the ground in disaster areas. From now through Dec. 10, AAdvantage members can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation. Visit the Red Cross website to donate now.

While there is no impact to the operation, customers who have travel plans that may need to be changed as a result of the fires can visit aa.com/travelalerts for details.

American Airlines opens a new facility at Santiago, Chile

November 9, 2018 was the date when American Airlines officially inaugurated its new facilities in the northwestern area of Arturo Merino Benítez international airport (SCL), despite the fact they were already operating from some months.

These comprises an area of 16,000 square meters; of these, 2,000 sqm belong to a two floor building with offices, classroom, storage of spare parts, technical library and resting areas for the 57 professionals that work there.
The tarmac is able to hold the two airliners that daily operates AA routes between Chile and the United States. The investment was of US $15 million.

The official opening was highlighted by the presence of US Ambassador in Chile, Carol Z. Perez, and Chile’s minister of Transportation, Gloria Hutt, among American Airlines executives and its workers.
Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.
All photos by Alvaro Romero.

American to add new domestic routes in the spring

Formerly painted in the Arizona Cardinals livery

American Airlines is planning to add the following new domestic routes in early 2019 according to Airline Route:

Charlotte – Erie – daily effective May 3, 2019 (Piedmont Airlines)
Chicago O’Hare – Allentown (ABE) – daily effective April 2, 2019 (Envoy Air)
Chicago O’Hare – Destin/Ft. Walton Beach – weekly effective March 9, 2019 (Envoy Air)
Chicago O’Hare – Erie – daily effective May 3, 2019 (Envoy Air)
Chicago O’Hare – Northwest Florida (Panama City) – weekly effective March 9, 2019 (SkyWest Airlines)
Chicago O’Hare – Pensacola – weekly effective March 9, 2019 (Envoy Air)
Chicago O’Hare – State College, PA – daily effective April 2, 2019 (Envoy Air)
Los Angeles – Louisville – daily effective April 2, 2019 (mainline, Airbus A319)
Los Angeles – Tulsa – daily effective April 2, 2019 (Compass Airlines)
Philadelphia – Asheville – daily effective May 3, 2019 (Piedmont Airlines)
Philadelphia – Chattanooga – daily effective May 3, 2019 (Piedmont Airlines)
Washington Reagan – Hilton Head Island, SC – twice weekly effective May 4, 2019 (Republic Airlines)

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A319-132 N837AW (msn 2595) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944288.

American aircraft slide show (Airbus):

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Embraer and American Airlines sign a new contract for 15 E175s, total now 104

American Eagle (2nd)-Envoy Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N223NN (msn 17000529) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937819.

Embraer and American Airlines Inc. signed a firm order for 15 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration. The contract has a value of $705 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s 2018 fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries will take place in 2020.

Combined with the airline’s previous orders for the E175, this new contract results in a total of 104 E175 jets for American Airlines since 2013. The most recent order took place in May 2018 for 15 aircraft.

American Airlines selected Envoy, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, to operate the 15 aircraft, which will be configured with a total of 76 seats, being 12 in First Class and 64 in Main Cabin, including Main Cabin Extra seats.

Including this new contract, Embraer has sold more than 435 E175s to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in this 76-seat jet segment.

Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Envoy): American Eagle (2nd)-Envoy Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N223NN (msn 17000529) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937819.

American Eagle-Envoy aircraft slide show:

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American comments on Chilean Authority’s Approval of Joint Business Agreement between American and LATAM Airlines Group

The Court of Free Competition (TDLC) in Chile approved the Joint Business Agreement (JBA) between American and LATAM Airlines Group for both their passenger and cargo businesses. American is currently evaluating the mitigating conditions included in the agreement.

“Our JBA is good news for Chile and for our customers around the world,” said American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “While we are currently evaluating the conditions proposed by the TDLC, we are confident that these types of agreements are the future of the airline industry as they have been proven to benefit consumers, local economies and tourism industries, while also encouraging market growth and competition.”

Since the JBA with LATAM Group was announced in January 2016, the agreement has been approved by Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), the antitrust division of the Ministry of Justice; by Aerocivil, Colombia’s civil aviation authority; and by DINACIA, Uruguay’s civil aviation authority.