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Lobby Bar – April 18: Elysian Fields, Israeli Chocolates, and the Curse of the Gypsy

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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
The pearly gates. Jonathan Spira tries to visit the AA Flagship Lounge at LAX. He is finally able to gain entry after battling a Minotaur, solving the Sphinx’s riddle, and proving his virtue to Saint Peter by finding the Holy Grail.
Goldthrottle. Editorial team members Paul Riegler, Jeremy del Nero, and Daniel Berg go to the New …

Teen’s Bomb Threat to American Airlines Sets Off Torrent of Copy-Cat Tweets

Teen’s Bomb Threat to American Airlines Sets Off Torrent of Copy-Cat Tweets

After a 14-year-old girl sent a threatening tweet to American Airlines early Sunday and was later detained by Dutch police, dozens of presumed teenagers joined in on the prank and started sending similar tweets to American and other airlines starting Monday.
The original tweet, which read “My name is Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan” concluded with “I’m going to do something really big bye,” was followed by a note from American …

American Airlines Flagship Lounge Los Angeles International Airport – Review

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My first visit to American Airlines’ Flagship Lounge at LAX was the morning after American’s inaugural flights of its new Airbus A321T transcon subfleet aircraft.  I had flown out on the inaugural flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and my second flight on the brand new plane was to come roughly 12 hours after the first.
My visit to the Flagship Lounge started with Flagship Check-in.   American offers …

#FAIL: Teenager Tweets Terrorist Threat to American Airlines

#FAIL: Teenager Tweets Terrorist Threat to American Airlines

A 14-year-old girl named Sarah using the Twitter handle @QueenDemetriax_ sent a threatening tweet to American Airlines early Sunday and the response, both on the part of the airline and the online community, was swift.
The note, which in part read “My name is Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan” concluded with “I’m going to do something really big bye,” received an immediate reply from American’s social media team, which effectively pointed …

Lobby Bar – April 11: Motorcycle Maintenance, Downton, High Fashion, and Detained Editors

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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
The butler did it.  Jonathan Spira returns from an extended stay in England, departing Heathrow from Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Wing and flying in Upper Class.  In other news, U.S. immigration officials reported the detainment of a travel magazine editor for trying to smuggle through a butler in his luggage.
Come away with me.  Paul Riegler discovers …

American Unveils New Business, Coach Seats and Interiors for 777-200 Fleet

American Unveils New Business, Coach Seats and Interiors for 777-200 Fleet

American Airlines, which was the first U.S. carrier to fly the Boeing 777-300ER, announced dramatic changes to the interiors of its older 777-200ER aircraft.
The airline is removing its first-class cabin on these planes and installing more business-class seats.  The planes currently have 16 fully lie-flat Flagship Suite seats in first class, 37 angled lie-flat seats in business class, and 194 standard seats in coach.
In place of the older business- and …

US Airways Joins AA-BA Trans-Atlantic Venture

US Airways Joins AA-BA Trans-Atlantic Venture

US Airways, which merged with American Airlines last year, announced that it joined American’s trans-Atlantic joint business venture with British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair.  US Airways will be an affiliate member of the partnership until its operations have been fully integrated with American Airlines.
Under the venture, the five airlines will share revenue and coordinate schedules and fares on trans-Atlantic flights between North America and Europe.
The addition of US Airways brings …