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FAA: American Airlines to Obtain Single Operating Certificate on April 8

FAA: American Airlines to Obtain Single Operating Certificate on April 8

American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in February 2013, is continuing to make progress as it attempts to combine the two carriers into the world’s largest airline.
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it will grant the airline a single operating certificate on April 8 at 7:00 a.m. GMT and that all flights previously scheduled under the AWE (Cactus) call sign will operate using AAL (American).
The Fort Worth-based …

American Airlines Discontinues Duty-Free Sales on International Flights

American Airlines Discontinues Duty-Free Sales on International Flights

American Airlines ended all in-flight sales of duty-free items on board its international flights late last week.
The Fort Worth-based airline said that the move came following a dispute with its vendor.
“American Airlines has stopped selling duty free merchandise on select international flights as of Friday, March 20, 2015, due to a contractual disagreement between American Airlines and DFASS, the company that had handled our onboard duty free sales,” the airline …

American Airlines Pilots to Airline: New Uniforms Are ‘Unacceptable’

American Airlines Pilots to Airline: New Uniforms Are ‘Unacceptable’

American Airlines, which is in the midst of consolidating operations with US Airways following their 2013 merger, is currently testing new uniforms for pilots, flight attendants, agents, and other customer-facing employees.
On Wednesday, following a testing period, the Allied Pilots Association, the union representing both airlines’ pilots, made its feelings about the new uniforms known.
“The uniforms as tested are unacceptable,” the union said, and “management needs to identify a new uniform vendor.” …

Lobby Bar – February 13: Editors in Underwear, Battery-Operated Wallets, and a Hotel for Amphibians

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Lobby Bar – A You-Can’t-Handle-the-Truth Summary of FBT News and Views 
Digital presents. Jonathan Spira flies in US Airways’ First Class cabin on his way to Atlanta. After alighting, he realized that he left his DSLR on his seat, but thanks to a responsive crew and friendly captain, it ended up back in Spira’s hands before long. When Spira uploaded the photos from the camera later, he found selfies from the …

American Airlines Jet Lands on Nose after Landing Gear Fails

American Airlines Jet Lands on Nose after Landing Gear Fails

A small passenger jet declared an emergency and made an emergency landing at a Houston airport late Monday after a problem with its landing gear.
American Airlines Flight 1825, operated by US Airways, was en route to George Bush Intercontinental Airport from Philadelphia late Monday when the pilot realized that the aircraft’s front landing gear had not deployed.
The aircraft, an Embraer 190 regional jet, landed safely after the plane made several …

US Airways First Class Flight 863 Charlotte-Atlanta – Review

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This is the story of a forgetful traveler, an awesome captain and first officer, and a one-hour delay, combined with a flight right before the Christmas holiday and impending major snowstorm.
Whether I am flying on business or just for fun, I am usually taking photographs and this flight was no exception.  My trip started with a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport – my …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2015

A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental in Lufthansa livery

On February 1, 1859, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas opened its doors.  By the 1870s, the property was one of the best-known hotels in the American Southwest, and has since hosted such notable personalities as Theodore Roosevelt, Robert E. Lee, Dwight Eisenhower, Babe Ruth, Oscar Wilde, and William McKinley.  The hotel is still in operation today.
The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California opened on February 19, 1888.  …