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Lobby Bar – February 24: In-Flight Entertainers, Siri Gets an Accent, and the Future of Umbrellas

Lobby Bar – A Melodious Mélange of FBT News and Views
Here we are now, entertainer. Let’s take a look at why an increasing number of airlines are opting to ditch seatback entertainment systems in new aircraft. The answer is obvious: all major airline unions merged with the Screen Actors Guild to give flight attendants an opportunity to showcase their talents through in-flight monologues, musical numbers, and dance routines. Earplugs are …

U.K. Regulator Accuses American, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore, and Turkish Airlines of Not Paying Compensation for Flight Delays

U.K. Regulator Accuses American, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore, and Turkish Airlines of Not Paying Compensation for Flight Delays

The Civil Aviation Authority, Britain’s aviation regulator, accused five airlines of avoiding the payment of compensation to over 200,000 passengers who were delayed on flights.
The agency said that it had taken action against American Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Turkish Airlines, stating that the airlines regularly treated delays on connecting flights as if they occurred on separate flights and were therefore not covered by EU law under European …

New American Airlines Boarding Process to start March 1

New American Airlines Boarding Process to start March 1

American Airlines will debut a revamped boarding process come March 1.
With the addition of a new fourth elite status tier, Platinum Pro, the airline had to renumber its groups because what is currently Group 1 is actually the sixth group to be called. The boarding order will essentially remain the same, just the nomenclature will change.
The airline will assign all passengers a group number, one through nine. The airline will announce …

Lobby Bar – February 3: Emergency Condiments, Missing Letters, and Your Own Worst Nightmare

Lobby Bar – A Compelling Compilation of FBT News and Views
All chips, no dip. Emergencies happen everywhere in the world, so make sure you’re prepared with emergency contact information just in case disaster strikes while you are traveling. And no, running out of ketchup for your fish and chips snack in your Airbnb loft in London does not count as an emergency. However, running out of jellied eels does.
Gold on …

American to Soon Offer Lie-Flat Seats on All International Wide-Body Flights

American to Soon Offer Lie-Flat Seats on All International Wide-Body Flights

American Airlines said it was in the final stages of installing fully lie-flat seats in all of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft following numerous delays in the project.   The conversion involves removing the Flagship Suite seats in the aircraft’s first-class cabin as well as the “Next Generation” business-class angled lie-flat seats and installing fully lie-flat seats in a larger business-class cabin.
“We are in the final stages of the conversion of our …

Delta to Swap Some Gates with American as Part of Expansion at LAX

Delta to Swap Some Gates with American as Part of Expansion at LAX

Delta Air Lines announced that it plans to relocate from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport this May as part of a major $1.9-billion project at LAX that will renovate and connect Terminals 2 and 3 to create a hub for SkyTeam airlines. As part of the deal, Delta will swap four gates in Terminal 5 with American Airlines.
The first phase of …

American Airlines, Qantas to Refile Application for Joint Venture

American Airlines, Qantas to Refile Application for Joint Venture

LOS ANGELES—American Airlines and Qantas said the two carriers plan to refile their application seeking anti-trust immunity for the expansion of their joint business venture.
American announced its plans to refile on Friday during its earnings call; Qantas followed up with a statement on Saturday.
The airlines hope that their application will be more favorably received by the Trump administration than it was by the Obama administration.
The original application for a joint …