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American Airlines signs on for second year as ‘Official Airline For Dream Flights’

Dream Flights made this announcement:

Dream Flights, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America’s veterans and seniors living in retirement and long-term care communities, is pleased to announce American Airlines will continue to serve as the “Official Airline for Dream Flights,” which this year launched Operation September Freedom, a historic mission to locate and honor as many World War II veteran heroes as possible with free Dream Flights in restored WWII-era biplanes.

Dream Flights pilots, many of whom fly for major airlines — including American Airlines — and are active duty or retired military veterans themselves, will volunteer their time to fly WWII veterans in the country’s largest fleet of restored Stearman bi-planes. The thousands of dollars saved in travel costs for crew members and pilots traveling to Dream Flights events using AAdvantage® miles will help cover the cost of Dream Flights, which are always free to veterans.

Operation September Freedom runs Aug. 1-Sept. 30, 2021. Dream Flights relies on sponsorships and corporate and individual donations to cover the cost of maintenance, fuel and other operating expenses related to Dream Flights. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available by visiting www.dreamflights.org/donate.

American expects to fly more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to summer 2019 this summer

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American Airlines made this announcement:

This summer, American Airlines is giving customers more than 150 new opportunities to reconnect with friends and family as it continues to rebuild its network to match demand.

  • Due to strong demand, the airline expects to fly more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to summer 2019 and 80% of its international seat capacity compared to 2019.
  • American will operate more than 150 new routes this summer.
  • American will operate more wide bodies from Miami to match demand in Latin America and the Caribbean.

New domestic routes make it easy to reconnect

In addition to flights that are on sale now, the airline will introduce 17 new routes available for sale starting on April 19, including daily flights between Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU) and Nashville, Tennessee (BNA).

Based on current customer demand projections, American intends to operate a schedule with domestic capacity almost equal to 2019. In response to increased leisure demand, on June 5, the airline is introducing eight new routes, operating on Saturdays, to experience the wonder of Orlando, Florida, and its endless outdoor adventures, including nonstop service from:

  • Birmingham, Alabama (BHM)
  • Dayton, Ohio (DAY)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IND)
  • Louisville, Kentucky (SDF)
  • Memphis, Tennessee (MEM)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)
  • Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)

And for customers living in South Florida eager to travel to the West Coast or Northeast, the airline is launching widebody service from Miami (MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK). All flights will operate on Boeing 777s this summer to match the increased demand.

The great outdoors is also high on travelers’ lists and customers can look forward to more flight choices to places like Asheville, North Carolina (AVL); Kalispell, Montana (FCA); and Jackson, Wyoming (JAC), which are already available for purchase. And in addition to the nine previously announced new routes from Austin, Texas (AUS), beginning in May, American is introducing new Saturday flights between AUS and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS).

Creating the broadest global network

As international demand has been slower to recover, American’s international capacity will be down approximately 20% compared to the same period in 2019. The airline remains committed to serving as many international destinations as possible and will continue to offer more flights to more destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean than any other airline.

American is using wide body aircraft to match demand from MIA; thus, short-haul markets in Latin America and the Caribbean will see select flights operating on Boeing 777s and 787-8s this summer:

Aircraft Destination
Boeing 787-8 Cali, Colombia (CLO)
Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE)
Lima, Peru (LIM)
Medellin, Colombia (MDE)
Port au Prince, Haiti (PAP)
Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
Boeing 777-200 Bogota, Colombia (BOG)
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)

The airline will also serve Colombia more than ever before with upgauged aircraft and recently announced service from JFK to Cali (CLO), Bogota (BOG) and Medellin (MDE) launching on May 6. Customers will also have increased access to Ecuador and Peru with even more capacity than 2019. And starting this summer, American will be the only U.S. carrier to serve Tel Aviv (TLV) and Suriname (PBM) from its MIA hub.

In addition, the airline is working with JetBlue to introduce new American service between JFK and Athens (ATH) and TLV. However, due to the effects of the pandemic and the resulting weak demand, American will not operate to Edinburgh, United Kingdom (EDI), Shannon, Ireland (SNN) and Hong Kong (HKG) this summer. American will continue to serve these markets through London Heathrow (LHR) and Dublin (DUB), through American’s Atlantic Joint Business partners, British Airways and Aer Lingus.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N876AL (msn 65996) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 951869.

American aircraft slide show (Boeing):

CNN: How American Airlines pulls planes

From CNN: American Airlines is planning to put all of its stored airliners back into service by the end of this month. Watch and read how the airline’s maintenance crews prepare the stored aircraft for service again.

Read the full article from CNN.

Boeing recommends operators of some 737 MAX airplanes temporarily remove them from service to address a potential electrical issue

Boeing has issued a recommendation to 16 customers (including American, Southwest and United) to remove and inspect certain Boeing 737 MAX aircraft due to a “potential electrical issue”. This is apparently due to a production issue when the aircraft were built.

The FAA issued this statement:

Boeing recommends operators of some 737 MAX airplanes temporarily remove them from service to address a potential electrical issue. The FAA will ensure the issue is addressed. Passengers should contact airlines about possible flight delays and cancellations.

Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing has recommended to 16 customers that they address a potential electrical issue in a specific group of 737 MAX airplanes prior to further operations. The recommendation is being made to allow for verification that a sufficient ground path exists for a component of the electrical power system.

We are working closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on this production issue. We are also informing our customers of specific tail numbers affected and we will provide direction on appropriate corrective actions.

American Airlines has grounded 17 MAX aircraft.

American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N378SC (msn 44471) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 952213.

Above Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N378SC (msn 44471) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 952213.

Southwest Airlines has removed 30 of its 58 MAX aircraft for inspections.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8701Q (msn 42554) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 953439.

Above Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8701Q (msn 42554) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 953439.

United Airlines has grounded 16 of its 30 MAX aircraft according to USA Today.

United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N1780B (N27520) (msn 64499) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 951068.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N1780B (N27520) (msn 64499) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 951068.

American Airlines statement on Texas voting legislation

American Airlines issued this statement:

Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation with provisions that limit voting access. To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it. As a Texas-based business, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the right to vote.

Voting is the hallmark of our democracy, and is the foundation of our great country. We value the democratic process and believe every eligible American should be allowed to exercise their right to vote, no matter which political party or candidate they support.

We acknowledge how difficult this is for many who have fought to secure and exercise their constitutional right to vote. Any legislation dealing with how elections are conducted must ensure ballot integrity and security while making it easier to vote, not harder. At American, we believe we should break down barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion in our society – not create them.

American introduces more quarantine-free travel and pre-flight COVID-19 testing options

American Airlines has made this announcement:

  • Airline opens quarantine-free travel on flights from New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) and Rome (FCO).
  • Customers from several U.S. states, including the airline’s hubs in Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT), and New York City (JFK), will have convenient access to preflight testing through GoHealth Urgent Care.

American Airlines is further streamlining and helping customers travel with confidence when they are ready to fly. Through collaboration with airport authorities in Italy and coronavirus (COVID-19) testing partner GoHealth Urgent Care, American is leading the way in safe travel.

“We’re proud to offer our customers additional options to ease travel as they begin planning their global trips once again,” said Alison Taylor, American’s Chief Customer Officer. “We’ve worked closely with local authorities and testing providers to ensure we continue to provide world-class safety, confidence and comfort, and we look forward to welcoming our customers onboard soon.”

Quarantine-free travel to Italy

Customers traveling on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines from New York City (JFK) to Milan (MXP) and from JFK to Rome (FCO) will enjoy quarantine-free travel when service returns in the coming days and weeks. Prior to travel, customers will need to provide proof of the required negative COVID-19 test. Based on current Italian rules, upon arrival in Milan or Rome and after taking a second test at the airport producing a negative result, travelers will be able to forgo the local post-travel quarantine requirements, enabling customers to maximize their time while in Italy. American resumes daily service to MXP April 4 and three-times weekly service to FCO May 8 after being suspended for a year. Both flights will operate on a Boeing 777-200.

More preflight COVID-19 testing options

Starting March 28, customers will have access to in-person testing at more than 150 local urgent care facilities or hospitals through GoHealth Urgent Care, a national leader in COVID-19 testing partnerships.

“Our customers trust American to help them prepare for travel, whether that’s easy access to testing through providers like GoHealth Urgent Care or through other resources like our online travel tool,” said Julie Rath, American’s Vice President of Customer Experience and Reservations. “We hope the additional opportunity for onsite testing in many of our customers’ local communities will help them easily check off an important item in their pretravel checklist and give them more peace of mind that they’re ready to travel.”

Customers will have the option to have a PCR or Rapid Molecular COVID-19 Test at a nearby GoHealth Urgent Care center through this collaboration. Soon, customers near American’s hub in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in other markets, will be able to access GoHealth Urgent Care’s rapid PCR test capabilities, which will give customers PCR test results in approximately 30 minutes instead of waiting for a few days for the sample to be processed at a lab.

“Our network of conveniently located, on-demand care centers and virtual capabilities have uniquely positioned us to provide critical support to communities and industries across the country during the pandemic,” said Todd Latz, CEO of GoHealth Urgent Care. “We are proud to team up with American Airlines as they welcome more of their travelers safely back to the skies”.

Customers can visit aa.com/covid19testing to view GoHealth Urgent Care locations. In addition, travelers can find for more information about preflight testing resources through LetsGetChecked and CareNow, and other measures American has in place to help customers travel with confidence on aa.com.

American Airlines prepays secured loan from U.S. Department of the Treasury, terminates loan agreement

American Airlines Group Inc. has closed its previously announced $10 billion financing backed by the AAdvantage® program and used a portion of the proceeds to prepay its secured loan from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In doing so, American has terminated its loan commitments under the secured loan agreement.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established a $25 billion secured lending facility for U.S. airlines in response to the global pandemic. American was allocated $7.5 billion through the loan program, with the AAdvantage program pledged as collateral. The term of the loans under the facility was approximately five years.

American borrowed $550 million of the facility in September 2020 and, per the terms of the loan program, issued to the Treasury Department warrants to purchase up to 4,396,483 shares of American’s common stock at $12.51 per share. As of today, American has prepaid the $550 million and terminated the loan agreement.

“This prepayment is a shining example of the importance of the CARES Act,” said American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “Our industry was in danger of shutting down one year ago when the CARES Act was passed. This important legislation, including the $25 billion secured lending program for airlines, demonstrated that our leaders understood the challenges facing our economy, and their quick action stabilized our industry and kept our workforce intact.

“American couldn’t have borrowed $7.5 billion against our AAdvantage program during the uncertainty of 2020, but the CARES Act provided the bridge that allowed us to efficiently raise $10 billion through the public markets earlier this month. We wouldn’t be in the position we’re in today without that bipartisan support, and it is something we will never take for granted. We recognize we have a responsibility to continue safely meeting our country’s transportation needs, and we are pleased to have provided a solid return to taxpayers on this loan. We are excited about supporting the reopening of the economy as our fellow citizens and neighbors across the globe return to the skies.”

American innovates the check-in process

 

American Airlines made this announcement:

American Airlines customers returning to travel this spring will notice several innovations to make traveling even easier and more touch-free than before.

“While fewer customers have traveled over the last year, our team used their time to go into overdrive developing, testing and implementing new ways to give customers more confidence and comfort when they travel,” said Julie Rath, Vice President of Customer Experience and Reservations. “We’re ready to welcome customers back onboard with thoughtful, touchless technology that puts more control in their hands and makes their journeys more comfortable.”

Before the airport

Even before booking a trip, customers traveling with American can easily see travel requirements for their dream destination through the airline’s travel tool and leverage the mobile health passport app VeriFLY once they’ve booked their ticket to confirm they’ve fulfilled every travel requirement for their trip.

Customers can also use the American Airlines app to interact with a virtual assistant or chat live with a customer care representative to answer any questions they may have about travel. Once it’s time to pack their bags, the app makes it easy to check-in for a flight and print tags for bags — all without touching a kiosk.

The future is touchless

The airline continues to evolve touchless travel options. This month, American is expanding a touchless bag drop trial across most terminals at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Introduced last year at DFW and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), customers who choose to enroll in the trial will be able to test biometric technology to drop their bags without searching for their physical ID or boarding pass.

The airline will expand the touchless technology trial to gain entrance to an Admirals Club at DFW later this year and consider additional airport touchpoints going forward.

Admirals Club lounges currently offer touch-free ways to read the news or enjoy magazines — which are free to download when visiting the Admirals Club — and then take along the journey. They can be accessed via QR code or read.aa.com after connecting to the free Admirals Club Wi-Fi signal. Later this spring, American plans to introduce mobile ordering in select Admirals Club lounges.

Insights from these trials will inform future tests to create touchless waypoints throughout the customer’s entire airport experience, including a test of biometric domestic boarding in collaboration with DFW later this year.

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American to start Ontario, CA – Charlotte service

Ontario International Airport issued this statement:

For the second time this month, American Airlines announced it is adding more new service from Ontario International Airport (ONT), a nonstop flight to North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) beginning in May.

Service on the new season route begins May 6, continuing through August 16, with the ONT departure scheduled for 9:45 p.m. A return flight arrives ONT at 8:24 p.m.

Flight #

Origin

Destination

Departs

Arrives

1415

ONT

CLT

9:45 p.m.*

5:27 a.m.

1515

CLT

ONT

6:15 p.m.

8:24 a.m.

*Overnight/red-eye service (All times local)

American announced earlier this month that it will begin flights twice a day between ONT and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in August. The carrier also flies to Phoenix and Dallas-Fort Worth from Terminal 4 at ONT.

American will serve the Charlotte route with Boeing 737-800 aircraft equipped to accommodate 172 passengers with 16 in First-Class, 30 in Main Cabin Extra and 126 in Main Cabin.

Winter storm to hit Denver and Colorado airports

American Airlines issued this weather travel alert for Colorado:

American is closely monitoring the winter storm currently expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds through several Colorado cities. The safety of our customers and team members is the airline’s No. 1 priority, and the team will remain in contact with those impacted by this harsh winter storm.

Earlier this week, American issued a travel alert for nine stations in Colorado, allowing customers whose travel plans are impacted by this storm 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.

The National Weather Service issued this storm warning:

…A major winter storm is expected to impact the central Rockies and central High Plains throughout the weekend…

…Severe thunderstorms and flash flooding over portions of the central to southern Plains this weekend will move into the mid-Mississippi Valley on Monday…

…Critical fire danger for much of New Mexico and parts of western Texas…

The stage is set for a rather energetic low pressure system to bring multiple forms of hazardous weather across the central portion of the country through the weekend as a cold upper-level low exiting the Southwest interacts with a stationary front across the central Plains. The stationary front has been the focus for bouts of severe thunderstorms together with locally heavy rain across the central Plains to the mid-Mississippi Valley. Meanwhile, the cold upper low is currently spreading higher elevation snows into the Four-Corners region of the southwestern U.S. As the upper low edges closer toward the central Plains today, snow will become heavier and will continue to expand into the central Rockies later today. The intensifying storm will also ingest additional Gulf moisture and dump more heavy rain across the central Plains today. The heavy rain will then lift north and northwestward toward the central High Plains later today as the low pressure system intensifies further. In the mean time, heavy snow and possibly blizzard conditions are expected to envelop the Front Range of Colorado and Wyoming.

The storm should reach peak intensity on Sunday, bringing snowfall amounts of possibly 4 feet for the highest elevations while one foot to two feet could be quite common across the nearby central High Plains.

Widespread travel impacts are likely as strong winds combining with snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour to produce blizzard conditions for some areas. Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Watches and Warnings have been issued for much the central Rockies to the central High Plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. At the same time, strong to severe thunderstorms are forecast to move across the southern Plains ahead of a strong cold front associated with the intensifying low pressure system, reaching into the mid-Mississippi Valley by Monday. In addition, dry and strong downslope winds to the south of the storm are expected to promote elevated to critical fire danger across the southern High Plains.

Denver International Airport (DEN) issued this statement on social media: