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American Airlines to Begin Dallas-Beijing Service in May

American Airlines to Begin Dallas-Beijing Service in May

American Airlines, which originally announced plans to offer service linking Dallas/Fort Worth and Beijing last fall, announced it had received approval for the new route from the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The airline will begin operating the route on May 7.  American is the first carrier to offer non-stop flights between the two cities.
Flights will depart Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 10:40 a.m. local time, …

Lobby Bar – January 16: Thoughtful Automobiles, Emotional Furnishings, and Human-Grade Slingshots

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The Lobby Bar – A Down-the-Rabbit-Hole Summary of FBT News and Views
Lazy days. Christian Stampfer reports from the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where the wine flows free and the cars drive themselves. Now, if only the cars could also pick up groceries, we’d be making real progress.
Man and couch. Jonathan Spira checks into the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco, where he falls in love with the hotel’s …

AA to Offer Pilots, Flight Attendants Global Entry Membership

AA to Offer Pilots, Flight Attendants Global Entry Membership

American Airlines announced that it will pay for membership in the Global Entry trusted traveler program for its pilots and flight attendants.
The Global Entry Program gives pre-approved, low-risk participants expedited entry into the United States using automated kiosks located at most major U.S. airports, bypassing long passport control queues.  It also provides travelers with a known traveler number that will allow members to receive access to TSA PreCheck lanes on …

American Airlines Capacity, Load Factor Down in December

American Airlines Capacity, Load Factor Down in December

American Airlines Group announced operational results for December 2014.
The Fort Worth-based airline said that its consolidated system traffic was 18.07 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a decrease of 0.4% from 18.15 billion in the same period last year.  Consolidated capacity was 22.47 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 3.7%.
The airline’s consolidated load factor was 80.4%, a decrease of 3.4 percentage points from 83.8% in December …

Lobby Bar – January 9: A Bite of Apple, Sunny and Subzero, Ultimate Hand Gestures, and Unconscious Flying

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The Lobby Bar – A bizarre and mostly inaccurate Summary of FBT News and Views
Please fly. We’ll pay you. United is upset that you’re not taking free flights – so upset, in fact, that it is suing a 22-year-old web developer for $75,000 in tantrum compensation.
Good practice. Check out our tips on how to write better e-mail in 2015. Make sure to keep e-mail short and to the point, and sprinkle a …

American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta’s Haneda Slots

American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta’s Haneda Slots

American Airlines filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday to operate daily, year-round non-stop service between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.  The service would use the slots currently operated by Delta Air Lines from Seattle.
This is the second time American is making the request.  In October, American made a similar filing, stating that Delta wasn’t making the best possible use of the flight rights.  In December, …

American Airlines Pilots Union Accepts Tentative Deal with 23% Pay Hike

American Airlines Pilots Union Accepts Tentative Deal with 23% Pay Hike

The board of the union that represents pilots at American Airlines agreed to accept the airline’s final contract proposal.  The move paves the way for a retroactive 23% wage increase if its members ratify the contract this month.
The Allied Pilots Association union represents 10,000 pilots at American and 5,000 at US Airways.  It was under considerable pressure to accept the five-year contract by last Saturday, or lose a large initial …