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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.

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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:

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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.

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American to add new seasonal routes in 2018

American Airlines Airbus A319-112 N716UW (msn 1055) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403284.

American Airlines on June 9, 2018 will add weekly nonstop Airbus A319 service (above) from the Miami hub to diving destination of Bonaire in the ABC Islands in the Caribbean.

Alaso according to Airline Route, AA is also planning the following new seasonal domestic routes from its hubs:

Charlotte:

Nantucket – weekly service from June 23 – September 1, 2018 with Republic Airlines Embraer 175s.

Chicago O’Hare:

Daily service to Burlington, VT from June 7 to September 4, 2018 with Envoy Air Embraer ERJ 140s.

Daily service to Charleston, SC from May 4, 2018 with Envoy Air Embraer 175s.

Daily service to Missoula, MT from June 7, 2018 to September 4, 2018 with Envoy Air Embraer 175s.

Daily service to Portland, ME from June 7 to October 3, 2018 with Envoy AIr CRJ700s.

Daily service to Savannah, GA from June 7 to September 4, 2018 with Envoy Air ERJ 145s.

Daily service to Wilmington, NC from Junhe 7 to September 4, 2018 with Envoy Air CRJ700s.

Dallas/Fort Worth:

Weekly service to Flagstaff, AZ from June 9 to July 14, 2018 with ExpressJet CRJ700s.

Weekly service to Key West, FL from June 9 to September 1, 2018 with Envoy Air Embraer 175s.

Daily service to Missoula, MT from June 7, 2018 with Envoy Air Embraer 175s.

Miami:

Daily service to Savannah, GA from June 7, 2018 with Envoy Air Embraer 145s.

New York (JFK):

Daily service to Philadelphia from April 3, 2018 with Envoy Air Embraer 140s.

Washington (Reagan National):

Twice-weekly service to Wilmington, NC from May 5, 2018 with PSA CRJ900s.

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A319-112 N716UW (msn 1055) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403284.

American to start nonstop Charlotte – Tucson service

American Airlines Airbus A320-214 N122US (msn 1298) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403165.

American Airlines is planning to add a new spoke route from its Charlotte hub next year. The carrier will add nonstop daily Airbus A320 service between CLT and Tucson starting on February 15, 2018 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A320-214 N122US (msn 1298) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403165.

Piedmont Airlines passenger service agents to protest low wages outside PHL, CLT and PHX International Airports

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The union representing the Pidemont Airlines (2nd) passenger service agents have made this announcement:

Piedmont Airlines passenger service agents, members of the Communications Workers of America, will picket Piedmont operations at Philadelphia International Airport; Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ on Monday, Nov. 20.

Agents are frustrated that contract negotiations have been dragging on for the past year, and are calling for the airline to get serious about negotiating a fair contract.

CWA represents 4,600 Piedmont agents nationwide, as well as 3,800 agents at Envoy and 14,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines.

Agents and allies are demonstrating their determination to get a fair contract and end the pay gap between regional airlines and mainline carriers. Despite extensive job responsibilities and long hours, Piedmont agents’ pay is less than half of the pay of mainline agents’ pay.

What: Protest and leafleting outside Piedmont operations at PHL, CLT and PHX.

When: Protest will be held on Monday, Nov. 20, in PHL from 8 am-11 am and 2 pm-5 pm; in CLT from 7 am-1 pm, and in PHX from 10 am-11:30 am. (all events are local time.)

Why: Piedmont agents help connect American Airlines passengers to their destinations every day and are proud of their contribution to American’s success. But Piedmont has been stalling and dragging its feet in negotiating a fair contract with the workers who help make it successful.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N328EN (msn 281) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402765.

American to expand Washington Reagan National operations next spring

American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N574NN (msn 15365) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403063.

American Airlines is planning to expand operations at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) with three new American Eagle routes. Republic Airlines will add daily DCA – Little Rock E175 jet service on April 3, 2018 per Airline Route.

Additionally PSA Airlines will add the DCA – Montgomery (CRJ200) route on June 7, 2018 and daily DCA – Tallahassee (CRJ900) service on February 15, 2018.

AA is also converting weekend service from DCA to both Destin/Fort Walton Beach and Myrtle Beach to daily service for the summer 2018 season.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N574NN (msn 15365) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403063.

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Republic Airways Holdings and American Airlines reach a long term agreement, Shuttle America to be phased out

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N137HQ (msn 17000231) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402600.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has announced it has reached an agreement with American Airlines that secures a long-term relationship between the two airlines and has also filed a motion for its approval in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The amended agreement provides for:

  • a single capacity purchase agreement that prescribes the flying commitments and obligations of Republic and American related to the legacy American and US Airways capacity purchase agreements;
  • permitting the removal of certain aircraft, an extension in duration of Republic’s flying for certain aircraft for American, which will facilitate Republic’s ability to favorably restructure the remaining aircraft financing obligations, and allowing for the potential restoration of service of a certain number of aircraft, subject to Republic’s ability to secure suitable financing of the aircraft;
  • facilitates Republic’s transition to a single air carrier operating certificate by reconfiguring 80-seat aircraft to 76-seat configuration (Embraer 175s).

The parties anticipate that the motion will be heard before the Honorable Sean H. Lane on September 21, 2016. The new agreement will become effective in accordance with the terms of the Amendment following issuance of the approval order by the court.

Copyright Photo: The Embraer 170s and 175s are gradually being transferred from Shuttle America to sister airline Republic Airlines (2nd). American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N137HQ (msn 17000231) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402600.

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American’s Envoy Air, Piedmont and PSA offer a $15,000 signing bonus for new pilots

American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N576NN (msn 15367) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403064.

The three regional airline subsidiaries of American Airlines Group are all offering a $15,000 signing bonus for new pilots:

Envoy Air issued this statement:

Envoy Air Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group (AAL), now offers new hire pilots a $15,000 bonus when they join the company.

Through its industry-leading flow-through agreement with American Airlines, Envoy offers pilots a guaranteed path to American Airlines without having to interview again – or compete with the thousands of pilots who apply to American every year. Envoy pilots currently make up half of every American Airlines new hire class – in fact, nearly two thirds of American new hires since 2010 started their career at Envoy.

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) issued this statement:

Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL), will pay a $15,000 signing bonus to all new hire pilots, effective immediately. Piedmont employees will also collect $5,000 for every pilot they refer to the airlines.

Pilots who come to Piedmont enjoy a generous benefits package including excellent health care and 401(k) with company match. Piedmont provides hotel rooms for commuting pilots and industry-leading flight benefits on American Airlines.

Piedmont employees can earn some cash, too. Employees who refer a pilot to the company will collect $5,000 if their pilot is hired, passes training and stays with the company for six months. “It’s a great opportunity for all of our employees to participate in our recruiting efforts,” Hogg said. “Any employee can recommend a friend or family member pilot through our Human Resources department and get rewarded with a bonus for doing so. It now means we have 7,000 people recruiting for Piedmont Airlines, and that’s exciting.”

Piedmont plans to hire more than 200 pilots in 2016. Piedmont will hold pilot information sessions and on-site interviews at Philadelphia International Airport on June 17; in Newark, N.J. (Newark Airport Marriott) on June 23 and in New York City (JFK Courtyard Marriott) on June 24. Details are available online at Piedmont-airlines.com.

PSA Airlines (2nd) issued this statement:

PSA Airlines has announced an important enhancement to its pilot recruiting platform by rolling out a $15,000 sign-on bonus for all new-hire pilots. This valuable improvement enriches PSA’s existing top-notch employment opportunities which already offer the highest quality of life in the regional industry and the only true seniority-based pilot flow through program to American Airlines (AAL).

In addition to today’s expanded pilot bonus program, PSA will also be enhancing the value of its employee referral program for pilots by increasing the payout from $1,000 to $5,000 for eligible participants and aims to further reward current employees as ambassadors for the company to attract the best and brightest future aviators. Employee referrals are an important part of pilot recruitment and with this increase, PSA will be materially compensating its workforce for helping identify and onboard future pilot colleagues.

The long-term stability, unmatched career opportunities and quality of life at PSA is something few regional carriers can match. With a young and efficient fleet – including more than 50 brand-new large regional jets, a sustainable cost advantage versus competitors and the experience as a reliable provider of service, PSA is an airline that will remain a vitally important regional provider for American.

PSA is building on the success of its sustained pilot recruitment initiatives, including these two enhanced programs announced today. Earlier this year, the airline implemented an industry-leading Cadet Program which helps the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom at top colleges, universities and flight schools to the cockpit and offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N576NN (msn 15367) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403064.

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American Airlines to early retire its Embraer 190 fleet

Embraer 190 fleet to be early retired by the end of 2019

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N950UW (msn 19000106) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403042.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) management has decided to early retire its fleet of 20 Embraer 190s at the end of 2019. The E190s are operated mainly on Shuttle routes from its Philadelphia base. The company concluded the fleet was too small to economically maintain.

American has also decided to begin retiring its aging fleet of nine Airbus A330-300s in 2017. The A330-300 fleet should be retired by the end of 2018.

American is also reducing its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet to 17 aircraft by the end of 2018.

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