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American Airlines to Introduce Larger Overhead Bins on 737s

American Airlines to Introduce Larger Overhead Bins on 737s

American Airlines’ newest Boeing 737-800s will be equipped with larger and completely redesigned overhead bins. Since roll aboards can be placed on their sides, the so-called “Space Bins” can hold 50% more than current bins.
The Space Bins have a lower bin base that makes it easier to place bags inside and provides greater visibility into the bin, which helps reduce the number of items left behind. The bins are also …

American Airlines to Temporarily Rename Flagship Lounges Prior to Launching New Lounge Concept

American Airlines to Temporarily Rename Flagship Lounges Prior to Launching New Lounge Concept

As part of its plan to renovate existing Flagship Lounges, offer new dining options, and add new Flagship Lounges in several cities, American Airlines is temporarily renaming its current Flagship Lounges until the transformation has been completed.
The temporary name will be International First Class Lounge and the change will go into effect at the beginning of December.
Currently, passengers traveling on American or a oneworld partner in international first class or …

American, Qantas Halt Partnership Growth

American, Qantas Halt Partnership Growth

American Airlines and Australian flag carrier Qantas announced the two would withdraw their application to the U.S. Department of Transportation to expand their joint venture after receiving a tentative denial earlier in the month.
The two had submitted the application in June 2015.
The agency said that, “given the scale of the resulting joint business,” travelers would have few competitive options.
Existing codeshare agreements between the two airlines will remain in effect and …

American Airlines to Migrate Some Applications to IBM Cloud

American Airlines to Migrate Some Applications to IBM Cloud

American Airlines will use IBM’s public cloud offering to host some of its enterprise applications, the two companies said Tuesday.
In a continuation of a decades-long partnership, the Fort Worth airline named IBM its cloud partner and said it will move “select enterprise applications” to the IBM Cloud, although it did not specify which. The deal, however, will include software, services, and infrastructure.
The airline had previously said it wanted to move …

American Completes US Airways Mainline Livery Makeover

American Completes US Airways Mainline Livery Makeover

American Airlines said it has completed repainting all 299 of the US Airways mainline aircraft in its current fleet with the new American livery that was first unveiled in January 2013.
The process ended November 22 with the painting of an Airbus A321, carrying the tail number N563UW. American began repainting the US Airways fleet in January 2014, shortly after the two airlines merged.
That particular A321 was built in Hamburg and …

American Airlines Updates Apple iOS App with Sticker Pack

American Airlines Updates Apple iOS App with Sticker Pack

American Airlines this week released version 4.9 of its iPhone app and added support for iOS stickers. The colorful messages utilize Apple iOS 10’s sticker feature. Stickers are similar to emojis but can be dragged to any part of a conversation in Messages.
The move follows Delta’s introduction of a separate sticker pack in September.
Promising they will help keep friends and family “informed and entertained,” the airline included accomplishment-oriented animated stickers …

Plane, Tug Collision Results in Flight Delays, Cancellations

Plane, Tug Collision Results in Flight Delays, Cancellations

LOS ANGELES—An aircraft being towed to a gate for departure hit the pushback tractor bringing it to the gate.
The accident, which involved a China Southern Airlines aircraft heading to the Tom Bradley International Terminal, occurred at 1:30 a.m. local time. Officials at the airport said that the tow bar broke, which then allowed the plane to collide with the tug.
Multiple flights including American Airlines and Qantas flights to Australia and Hong …