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American Airlines and US Airways Integrate Fare Class Codes

American Airlines and US Airways Integrate Fare Class Codes

American Airlines and US Airways announced the two airlines have aligned fare class codes for coach flights, also referred to as inventory, by transitioning multiple US Airways fare classes to their AA equivalents.
The change went into effect Saturday and applies to all US Airways-marketed fares for flights operated starting September 17.  Tickets issued prior to Saturday do not need to be reissued.
With the change, US Airways is moving to 12 …

Nation’s Airlines Improve in On-Time Performance and Cancellations for July

Nation’s Airlines Improve in On-Time Performance and Cancellations for July

Airline flights in the United States brought more passengers to their destinations on time in July and cancelled fewer flights than in recent months.
The U.S. Department of Transportation released figures for the nation’s largest airlines on Wednesday showing that 75.6% of flights arrived on time in July, an increase compared to 73.1% in July 2013 as well as to 71.8% in June of this year.
Hawaiian Airlines continued as the airline with …

American Airlines Load Factor Down for August, Traffic Remains Flat

American Airlines Load Factor Down for August, Traffic Remains Flat

American Airlines announced operational results for August 2014. The Fort Worth-based company operates both American Airlines and US Airways, and was formed by the merger of AMR Corp. and US Airways Group in December 2013.
The airline only released consolidated results and did not break down reporting between American Airlines and US Airways. August is the eighth full month in which the two airlines operated under one corporate umbrella following the …

American Airlines Pilots Reach Tentative Accord with Counterparts at US Airways on Seniority

American Airlines Pilots Reach Tentative Accord with Counterparts at US Airways on Seniority

Pilots at American Airlines Group moved one step closer to having an integrated seniority list, a step necessary for American, which merged with US Airways in 2013, to operate as a single airline.
On Thursday, the union representing US Airways pilots announced it had reached a deal with the union representing American Airlines pilots on a protocol agreement.  This would result in a process under which the two pilot unions would …

To Recline, or Not to Recline On Flights, That is the Question

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A spate of reclining-seat incidents in the air has frequent and not-so-frequent flyers debating a rather Shakespearian question, namely whether it’s appropriate to recline one’s seatback on a plane.
While some airlines boast about how far their seats recline, not all passengers seem to think that their fellow flyers have the right to use the feature. (For that matter, several low-cost carriers including Allegiant and Spirit have seats that do not …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2014

The Boeing 747 is the world's most recognizable aircraft

Chicago’s Palmer House hotel opened its doors on September 26, 1871, a mere 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire.  The structure did not survive the blaze and had to be rebuilt.  It reopened its doors in 1875.
John Jacob Astor IV’s St. Regis hotel in New York City opened its doors on September 4, 1904.  At the time, Astor also owned half of the Waldorf-Astoria.  It’s known for its iconic …

American Airlines Resumes Selling Tickets on Orbitz

American Airlines Resumes Selling Tickets on Orbitz

American Airlines announced it had reached an agreement with Orbitz for the travel website to resume selling the carrier’s flights.
The return of American Airlines fares on Orbitz is effective Friday.  The two companies signed a letter of intent earlier today.
American also said it no longer planned to remove US Airways’ flights from Orbitz on September 1.
On Tuesday, the airline had announced it would no longer sell tickets through Orbitz, saying it …