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5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 20, 2014

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It’s the last weekend of summer.  Naturally, it’s a good time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may have missed over the past week.  Here are five stories that are worth adding to your reading list.
1.)  Paul Riegler takes an in-depth look at Apple’s new iPhone 6 and the new iOS 8 operating system.  Find out about Wi-Fi calling, credit card scanning, monitoring battery …

American Airlines, Flight Attendants Union Reach Tentative Agreement

American Airlines, Flight Attendants Union Reach Tentative Agreement

American Airlines and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said Friday they had reached a tentative agreement on a new joint collective bargaining agreement.
The agreement covers more than 24,000 flight attendants working at both American Airlines and US Airways.  It comes just ten months after the merger of the two airlines.  The flight attendants union had supported US Airways’ bid to merge with American in bankruptcy.
Details of the agreement were …

SAP to Acquire Concur Technologies

SAP to Acquire Concur Technologies

German software maker SAP announced it plans to acquire Concur Technologies, a company that provides tools for travel and expense management to large corporations.  The deal is valued at $8.3 billion.
“The combination of Concur and SAP will bring together the leading cloud-based Travel and Expense platform with the market leading enterprise application software company,” said Steve Singh, the company’s CEO.  “We expect this union to drive significant value for our …

JetBlue CEO Barger to Retire

JetBlue CEO Barger to Retire

JetBlue Airways said that its CEO, Dave Barger, will retire in February and that Robin Hayes, the airline’s president, will succeed him.
Mr. Barger will continue on the company’s board of directors until February 2015 and Mr. Hayes will join the board at that time.
The incoming CEO is a former British Airways executive who became JetBlue’s president in 2013, with responsibility for the airline’s operations and commercial activities.  He previously served …

Virgin Atlantic to Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic to Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic said it plans to offer passengers in-flight Internet service under an agreement announced Wednesday with in-flight Internet provider Gogo.  Virgin Atlantic will be the first European carrier to offer the Gogo service.
The airline will also be the second carrier to offer Wi-Fi on the highly competitive New York-London route.  American Airlines is currently the only airline offering in-flight Internet access on the route.
Virgin Atlantic will install Gogo’s 2Ku …

American Airlines Customer Service Employees Vote to Join Union, APA to Jointly Represent AA and US Pilots

American Airlines Customer Service Employees Vote to Join Union, APA to Jointly Represent AA and US Pilots

The move to integrate employees from American Airlines and US Airways moved ahead with two significant labor developments on Tuesday.
The National Mediation Board announced that non-union American customer-service agents and reservationists voted to join the CWA-IBT Customer Service Employee Associate, a coalition of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The coalition dates back to the US Airways-America West merger in 2005, when the union representing US …

Etihad Airways Begins Butler Training for A380 Residence Suites

Etihad Airways Begins Butler Training for A380 Residence Suites

Etihad Airways announced the start of its butler program as the airline’s first-ever butlers began their training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London.
Once trained, the butlers will work on board the airline’s new Airbus A380 aircraft that are coming with three-room cabins called the Residence.   The Residence will feature a living room, private shower, and bedroom.  Etihad will receive the first of its ten A380s in December.
The butlers will …