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American Airlines prepares for a big summer season in Charlotte

American Airlines is getting ready for a big summer in Charlotte with more flights, new destinations and a refreshed Admirals Club, which reopens today. The airline plans to operate more than 700 daily flights out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) by the end of this year.

“With new gates opening at the end of this year, increases in frequencies on popular routes, new international service and a renovated Admirals Club, there’s so much to look forward to in Charlotte,” said Vasu Raja, Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning for American. “We’ll continue to be the best airline with the most choices in Charlotte for business and leisure customers.”

Increased service

CLT is on track to grow from an average of 664 daily flights today to more than 700 daily flights by the end of 2019. And part of that growth begins this summer as American adds more service to popular destinations, opening additional access to American’s vast network.

“This is an exciting time for our 11,500 Charlotte-based team members and our customers,” said Dec Lee, Vice President of Charlotte Hub Operations. “We are creating a world-class customer experience, providing access to more than 160 destinations in 23 countries.”

American is adding two new daily flights from Charlotte to Baltimore (BWI), two to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL), one to Orlando, Florida (MCO), and one to Newark, New Jersey (EWR), providing more service on those routes than any other airline. From CLT, American operates 80 flights per day to Florida, 30 flights per day to the New York metro area and 25 flights per day to the Washington, D.C. area. Enhanced schedules will benefit local and connecting customers alike with convenient flight times throughout the day.

American also plans to increase service from CLT to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) for a total of up to 10 daily flights; Los Angeles (LAX) for up to eight daily flights; and New York (JFK) and EWR for up to 16 daily flights. The additional domestic flights are on aircraft equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, and customers will be able to experience enhanced entertainment including complimentary access to Apple Music, which lets subscribers stream more than 50 million songs, playlists and music videos in flight.

The new flights will be available for sale March 4.

New and improved Admirals Club

Admirals Club members traveling through CLT can experience the newly renovated lounge in Concourse B when it reopens today after closing in July for renovations. It reopens with enhanced beverage offerings, including complimentary alcoholic beverages like select wines, beers and well liquors; a modern complimentary food bar; and more robust food options and premium alcohol available for purchase.

The renovated lounge also features a Business Center with five semi-private workstations.

The Admirals Club offers premium services to members, including personal assistance with reservations, seat selection, upgrades and boarding passes.

New destinations

As previously announced, American will operate its newest long-haul international service from CLT to Munich (MUC) beginning March 30. The daily, year-round service will be operated on an Airbus A330-200, featuring 20 lie-flat business class seats and 21 Premium Economy seats, which offer more space, enhanced amenities and elevated meals and drinks. CLT customers can also look forward to eight additional new routes in 2019, including flights to Erie, Pennsylvania (ERI), beginning in May, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ), and Traverse City, Michigan (TVC), starting in June.

Charlotte is American’s second-largest hub and the sixth-busiest airport in the country based on aircraft movement. American is committed to making investments in the Charlotte community focusing on education, health, human services and military/veteran initiatives, and has donated more than $3.5 million to North Carolina nonprofit organizations since 2013. American is also the official airline of the Carolina Panthers.

All images by American Airlines.

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Piedmont Airlines operates its last de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 revenue flight

The last Henson/Piedmont Dash 8 revenue flight was operated by N330EN on July 4, 2018 (AA/PDT 4927 Charlotte-New Bern-Salisbury)

Piedmont Airlines on July 4, 2018, as planned, operated the last revenue flights for the de Havilland Canada (Bombardier) DHC-8 Dash 8. The final flight was flight AA/PDT 4927 from the Charlotte hub (below) to Salisbury, MD via a stop at New Bern, NC.

 

Above Photos: Piedmont Airlines.

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Trent Sellers). Image: 942660.

Above Copyright Photo: N330EN departs from Charlotte. American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Trent Sellers). Image: 942660.

Flight AA/PDT 4927 arrived at 20:40 (8:40 pm) local time at Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury-Ocean City, MD. The sunset flight ended an era at the company.

The pictured DHC-8-311 N330EN (msn 274) operated the last Dash 8 revenue flight for Piedmont Airlines/Henson Aviation.

This was also the last prop aircraft operated under the American Eagle brand. American Eagle carriers are now all-jet operations.

Piedmont Airlines wrote this on social media:

We laughed, we cried, we celebrated, we remembered, but most of all we came together. Thank you to everyone who shared their memories of this incredible aircraft. It may be gone from our operation, but it will certainly not be forgotten. The end of an era simply means the start of a new one. We cannot wait to create a new legacy and share it with all of you.

Top Copyright Photo (all other images by Piedmont Airlines): American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402842.

American Eagle-Piedmont aircraft slide show:

1 legacy, 7 liveries and a lifetime of memories. Watch the video below to view our Dash 8 Documentary. Whether you’re catching one of our last flights or watching from across the world, we are endlessly thankful for the shared stories and beautiful photos of this incredible aircraft. To the Dash 8, you will certainly be missed.

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Piedmont Airlines to operate the last DHC-8 Dash 8 flight on July 4, 2018

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N337EN (msn 284) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403770.

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) began Embraer ERJ 145 (EMB-145) regional jet revenue service for American Airlines as an American Eagle carrier in February 2016.

The arrival of the EMB-145s marked the sixth Piedmont transition to new aircraft since 1962.

The change prior to this came in 1985 when Henson Aviation moved from the four-engine de Havilland Canada DHC-7-100 Dash 7 turboprop (below) to the newer Dash 8.

Allegheny Commuter - Henson Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-7-102 Dash 7 N903HA (msn 52) PHL (Bruce Drum). Image: 103193.

Above Copyright Photo: Allegheny Commuter – Henson Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-7-102 Dash 7 N903HA (msn 52) PHL (Bruce Drum). Image: 103193.

Piedmont is in the process of retiring the last DHC-8-300 Dash 8, with the final DHC-8-300 revenue flight scheduled for July 4, 2018. The final flight will be a passenger service from Charlotte to the Piedmont headquarters in Salisbury, Maryland.

Piedmont currently has 46 Embraer 145 regional jets in its fleet, with two additional jets arriving each month.

Henson Aviation was formed by Richard A. Henson in 1961 as a FBO in Hagerstown, MD. His Hagerstown Commuter began operations on October 1, 1962.

Henson became an Allegheny Commuter airline in 1967. The company shifted to flying for Piedmont Airlines (1st) in 1983.

The first de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 entered revenue service for Henson Airlines on May 2, 1985 with a flight between Salisbury, MD and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

Henson Airlines-Piedmont Regional Airline de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N917HA (msn 75) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103719.

Above Copyright Photo: Henson Airlines-Piedmont Regional Airline de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N917HA (msn 75) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103719.

Henson Airlines (Henson Aviation) operated the DHC-8 Dash 8s for Piedmont Airlines as the Piedmont Regional Airline and later as Piedmont for USAir as USAir Express.

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Above Copyright Photo: US Airways Express-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-102 N807EX (msn 292) CLT (Bruce Drum). Image: 101955.

Below Copyright Photo: US Airways Express-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 N326EN (msn 234) CLT (Bruce Drum). Image: 102365.

US Airways Express-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N326EN (msn 234) CLT (Bruce Drum). Image: 102365.

Henson was renamed Piedmont Airlines (2nd) in 1993 to preserve the Piedmont name. Piedmont Airlines operated the DHC-8 Dash 8 for USAir Express, US Airways Express and now as an American Eagle carrier.

Piedmont previously retired the DHC-8-100 Dash 8 (below) on November 29, 2017.

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N807EX (msn 292) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403765.

Above Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N807EX (msn 292) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403765.

The DHC-8-200 was previously retired in 2008 (below).

According to Piedmont Airlines, here are the destinations served by their Dash 8s throughout history:

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 1989 (USAir)

Above Copyright Photo: USAir Express-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) de Havilland Canada DHC-8-201 Dash 8 N990HA (msn 428) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104040.

Top Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N337EN (msn 284) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403770.

Below Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Trent Sellers). Image: 942659.

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Trent Sellers). Image: 942659.

American Eagle-Piedmont aircraft slide show:

ViaAir to add two routes from Charlotte

ViaAir (Via Airlines) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N802HK (msn 145066) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929714.

ViaAir starting on November 30, 2016 will add the Charlotte – Shenandoah Valley route. On December 11, 2016 this will be followed by the Charlotte – Sanford (near Orlando) route.

Both routes will be operated with Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets according to Airline Route.

ViaAir LLC is an indirect Air Carrier operating under DOT Regulation 14 CFR 380 together with its subsidiary, Charter Air Transport d.b.a. Via Airlines, as the Direct Air Carrier on 30 Pax EMB-120 and now Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets.

Via Airlines was founded in 1997.

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Route Map:

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American to add six American Eagle routes

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N115HQ (msn 17000182) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402723.

American Airlines Group (Dallas/Fort Worth) on April 5, 2016 is adding six new daily American Eagle-branded routes per Airline Route:

Charlotte – Madison (CRJ700s, PSA Airlines)

Chicago (O’Hare) – Norfolk (CRJ700s, Envoy Air)

Chicago (O’Hare) – Providence (CRJ700s, Envoy Air)

New York (LaGuardia) – Kansas City (ERJ 170s, Republic Airlines)

Washington (Reagan National) – Cleveland (CRJ200s, Air Wisconsin)

Washington (Reagan National) – Minneapolis/St. Paul (ERJ 170/175s, Republic Airlines)

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N115HQ (msn 17000182) departs from the Charlotte hub.

American Eagle-Republic aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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30,000 TWU-IAM ground workers open negotiations with American Airlines

American Airlines Boeing 757-2B7 WL N935UW (msn 27201) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402735.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has opened contract negotiations with 30,000 ground workers.  The TWU-IAM Association announced that it commenced the largest ever joint contract negotiations with American Airlines for approximately 30,000 ground workers in Dallas, Texas.

The unions issued this statement:

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“American Airlines is booking record profits quarter after quarter because of its merger with US Airways. The carrier will more than double its earnings this year as compared to last year’s results,” said Association Chairman and Vice Chairman Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, respectively. “The time has come for the 30,000 TWU-IAM Association members to achieve what they rightfully deserve: the industry’s best contracts.”

“It was these workers who sacrificed when times were bad and made it possible for American to not only survive, but now thrive,” continued Pantoja and Lombardo. “It’s high time they receive their just rewards by attaining the job security, compensation, working conditions and the dignified retirement they rightfully deserve. Nothing less will suffice.”

American Airlines and US Airways merged in 2013, creating the largest global airline. In response to that consolidation, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) formed a labor alliance, representing approximately 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores/Logistics employees. Prior to the merger, the TWU represented pre-merger ground workers at American and the IAM represented their pre-merger US Airways counterparts.

The TWU-IAM Association is the largest labor union at American Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly painted in the Star Alliance livery, Boeing 757-2B7 N935UW (msn 27201) arrives at the Charlotte hub.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Airline Slide Show

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American to add jet service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket next summer

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) starting on June 2 will add daily American Eagle Bombardier CRJ200 jet service (operated by Air Wisconsin) from Washington (Reagan National) to both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket per Airline Route.

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Air Wisconsin (Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation-AWAC) (formerly US Airways Express) (Appleton, WI) currently operates 71 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N459AW (msn 7863) still in US Airways Express colors departs from the Charlotte hub.

US Airways Express-Air Wisconsin aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Bottom Photo: Air Wisconsin. The Milwaukee (MKE) maintenance hangar.

Air Wisconsin MKE maintenance hangar

Route Map:

Air Wisconsin 10.2015 Route Map