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American Airlines Announces New Boarding Order Following Debut of New Elite Levels

American Airlines Announces New Boarding Order Following Debut of New Elite Levels

With the addition of a fourth status level, Platinum Pro, and the move of the airline’s Concierge Key invitation-only status to a formal elite tier above Executive Platinum, American Airlines said it was adjusting its boarding process to match the changes.
Boarding will continue to start 30 to 50 minutes prior to departure, depending on the flight and size of the aircraft.
The carrier will invite ConciergeKey members to board first, followed …

American Airlines AAdvantage Members to See Great Change in 2017

American Airlines AAdvantage Members to See Great Change in 2017

The New Year is upon us and American Airlines is rolling out numerous changes to its AAdvantage frequent flyer program.
The most visible change is a move from three levels of status to four. The new tier, Platinum Pro, falls between Platinum and Executive Platinum and requires 75,000 elite qualifying miles or 90 elite qualifying segments annually. It includes all of the benefits of Platinum and adds unlimited complimentary upgrades in …

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 …