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Lobby Bar – May 15: The Hundred-Mile Shot-put, Derriere Templates, and Bring Your Own Airline

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Lobby Bar – An Every-Day-is-April-Fools Summary of FBT News and Views 
Human catapult. Don’t miss our guide on what’s doing in the city of New Orleans.  It’s a common misconception that the city’s airport is named after the famed jazz singer; in fact, a man named Louis, with a pair of impossibly strong arms, stands outside the transportation hub and hurls travelers to their destinations.
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American Traffic, Load Factor Down for April

American Traffic, Load Factor Down for April

American Airlines Group announced operational results for April 2015.
Consolidated system traffic for the airline was 18.06 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, down 0.3% from 18.11 billion in the same period last year.  Consolidated capacity was 22.13 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a 1.3% increase from 21.84 billion.
The airline’s consolidated load factor was 81.6%, down 1.3 percentage points from 82.9% in April 2014.
The airline said it expects consolidated passenger …

Photo Essay: A Tribute to US Airways

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US Airways, which began life as All American Aviation in 1937, is one of the country’s remaining legacy carriers.  It merged with American Airlines in 2013.
Today, US Airways continues to operate as a subsidiary of American Airlines Group, but the US Airways brand and livery will fade into history after the two airlines complete merging operations, something expected to occur by the end of 2015.
American has announced that it will …

American Launches Non-Stop Dallas/Fort Worth-Beijing Service

American Launches Non-Stop Dallas/Fort Worth-Beijing Service

American Airlines announced the launch of new daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport. The new route is the only non-stop daily flight between the two cities.
Flights depart Dallas/Fort Worth at 11:20 a.m. and arrive in Beijing at 2:15 p.m. the next day. Flights from Beijing to Dallas/Fort Worth depart at 4:25 p.m. and arrive at 4:45 p.m. the same day.
American currently operates the service …

American to Expand Streaming Service on Domestic Aircraft

American to Expand Streaming Service on Domestic Aircraft

American Airlines announced that it is launching its video streaming service on over 200 additional planes in its domestic fleet.  The carrier will add streaming to its fleet of Airbus A319s, A320s, and A321s this month, as well as some of its international widebody aircraft.
The airline’s American Spotlight entertainment service offers hundreds of hours of movies and TV shows.  To access the streaming service, passengers can open their browser, look …

Lobby Bar – May 1: Index Finger Flying, Phoning a Friend, Emotional Autos, and First Class Brawls

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Lobby Bar – A Truth-Defying Summary of FBT News and Views 
Many will enter. One will win. Check out our top tips on how to survive a long flight. It’s dog-eat-dog up in the air, so we recommend discreetly poisoning your seatmate’s meal before he gets around to stabbing you with his TSA-approved nail clippers.
Watch this. Jonathan Spira spends the night in front of the Apple store to get a spankin’ …

Some American Airlines Flights Grounded After Pilot iPad Failure

Some American Airlines Flights Grounded After Pilot iPad Failure

A number of American Airlines flights were delayed Wednesday after an app used by pilots failed to function.
“Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads,” the airline said on its Twitter account.  A spokesman for the airline told Frequent Business Traveler that “several dozen” flights had been impacted.
The problem occurred after an update to an app made by Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen, which provides an electronic …