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American Airlines Invests $200 Million in Gol and Will ‘Upgrade’ Codeshare Agreement

American Airlines Invests $200 Million in Gol and Will ‘Upgrade’ Codeshare Agreement

Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announced an exclusive codeshare agreement with American Airlines, terming the move an “upgrade,” and said that American had agreed to invest $200 million in the airline.
The two first announced an initial codeshare agreement in February 2020.  The new agreement builds on that and will increase options for both American and Gol customers on North and South American routes.
“We believe that this will bolster Gol’s presence in …

American Airlines Pilots Plan to Picket at Several Airports Next Month

American Airlines Pilots Plan to Picket at Several Airports Next Month

The union representing pilots at American Airlines announced plans to picket the carrier next month at its hometown airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, as well as at Miami International Airport and several others.
The pilots will protest what they have termed untenable and unreliable working conditions on October 19. It will consist of “informational picketing,” as it is illegal for pilots to go on strike in the United States.
According to the …

American, United Lower Forecasts, Cite Weak Demand Amidst Rising Covid Cases

American, United Lower Forecasts, Cite Weak Demand Amidst Rising Covid Cases

American, United, and Southwest airlines all lowered their financial forecasts for the third quarter, citing weaker bookings amidst a surge in Covid-19 cases.
American warned that the increase in coronavirus cases, thanks to the highly transmissible delta variant, would hit revenue by some 24% to 28% in Q3, compared to the same period in 2019.
Despite this, the world’s airline said that the third quarter is still on track to be its …

Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Air Travel Boom is a Bust

Air travel was expected to be this summer’s comeback kid.  As the pandemic seemingly eased, travelers spent $6 billion on domestic flights in June, a record amount.
“Summer travel spending will be record-breaking,” one travel magazine’s headline stated.
But that was June and it was not to be: The Delta variant, originally known as the India variant or B.1.167.2, brought a quick halt to any such increases.
Instead, July domestic flight bookings fell …

American Sees Lower August Revenue Than Expected Amidst Rise in New Covid Cases

American Sees Lower August Revenue Than Expected Amidst Rise in New Covid Cases

American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, warned that August revenue will be weaker than expected amidst a rise in coronavirus cases that have driven down new bookings.
The rise in new infections is being driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, also known as B.167.1.2.
The news follows similar reports from Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Frontier Airlines.
“This has been and we expect will continue to be a very choppy recovery month,” …

American Airlines to Reopen Flagship Lounges

American Airlines to Reopen Flagship Lounges

American Airlines said it would reopen its Flagship Lounges as well as its Flagship First Dining rooms starting in mid-September.
Introduced in 2017, Flagship First Dining offers a “restaurant-style” dining experience for passengers.
The lounges closed last year amidst the pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
The world’s largest airline said it would “welcome back” passengers with new menus from chefs from the James Beard Foundation.  The chefs will offer locally-inspired menus at each of …

American Airlines to Extend Ban on Alcohol Sales in Coach into Next Yeark

American Airlines to Extend Ban on Alcohol Sales in Coach into Next Yeark

American Airlines said it would extend its current ban on alcohol sales in coach into at least January 2022.
The move mirrors a government extension of the federal mask mandate in airplanes and airports.
Some unruly passenger incidents have been traced back to an overconsumption of alcohol.
The airline also wants to limit sales of to-go drinks at Dallas/Fort Worth International and Charlotte Douglas International airports and recently told its employees that it …