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American Airlines Plans Changes to American Shuttle Schedule

American Airlines Plans Changes to American Shuttle Schedule

American Airlines announced changes to its American Shuttle operation. The American Shuttle operates between New York’s LaGuardia, Boston Logan International, and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports.
The Fort Worth-based airline will reduce the number of round trips between Boston and New York by one to 15 by dropping one round-trip flight in the evening, while the New York-Washington, D.C. route will see a drop of three to 13 ground trips by …

American, JetBlue, Southwest Among U.S. Airlines to Start Cuba Flights

American, JetBlue, Southwest Among U.S. Airlines to Start Cuba Flights

American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines are among the six airlines selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer non-stop commercial flights from the United States to nine cities in Cuba.
The agency announced that five U.S. cities, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Philadelphia, will be the first gateways to the island nation in fifty years. The nine Cuban cities are Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, …

American Sees Slight Increase in May Traffic, Drop in Load Factor

American Sees Slight Increase in May Traffic, Drop in Load Factor

American Airlines Group announced operational results for May 2016.
Consolidated system traffic for the airline was 19.44 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, up 0.5% from 19.33 billion in the same period last year.  Consolidated capacity was 23.74 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a 1.7% increase from 23.34 billion the previous May.
The carrier’s consolidated load factor was 81.9%, down 0.9 percentage points from 82.8% in May 2015.
The Fort Worth-based carrier …

T-Mobile to Offer Customers Free Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi and Free Pizza

T-Mobile to Offer Customers Free Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi and Free Pizza

T-Mobile USA announced that it will offer all customers a free hour of Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi in addition to unlimited texting including iMessage, WhatsApp, and Viber, as well as picture messaging during a flight.
In order to use the free hour, a customer must have a valid E911 address on file and must make one Wi-Fi call before boarding. However, customers who do not have Wi-Fi calling can still access the …

American to Add New ‘Platinum Pro’ Tier to Loyalty Program

American to Add New ‘Platinum Pro’ Tier to Loyalty Program

American Airlines announced that it plans to add a new elite level to its AAdvantage loyalty program in 2017.
The new tier, which the carrier will call Platinum Pro, will fall between its Platinum and Executive Platinum levels.
The new level follows American’s announcement last year that it planned to change how members of its AAdvantage program will be able to earn miles.
Beginning August 1, members will earn miles based on the …

American Airlines Selects High-Speed ViaSat Wi-Fi for New Fleet of Boeing 737 Max Jets

American Airlines Selects High-Speed ViaSat Wi-Fi for New Fleet of Boeing 737 Max Jets

American Airlines announced it will add a third in-flight Internet supplier, ViaSat, when its new fleet of 100 Boeing 737 Max jets begins to go into service in 2017.
The 737s will offer ViaSat’s high-capacity Ka-band satellite system, which is significantly faster than the air-to-ground systems used by most airlines. The Ka-band service allows higher bandwidth communication, although it is more susceptible to a loss of signal strength in rainy conditions.
The …

American Airlines to Spend $4 Million to Combat Long TSA Wait Times

American Airlines to Spend $4 Million to Combat Long TSA Wait Times

Tired of the long waits its passengers are facing at many of the nation’s airport security checkpoints, American Airlines said Wednesday it is budgeting $4 million to hire workers to help speed up the lines.
“We will spend additional $4 million to provide contract staff at our U.S. hubs and gateways,” said the airline’s chief operating officer, Robert Isom, in a letter to employees. “The money will fund contract staff to …