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American Airlines to Grow Los Angeles and Dallas Bases, Downsize Phoenix and St. Louis

American Airlines to Grow Los Angeles and Dallas Bases, Downsize Phoenix and St. Louis

American Airlines announced plans to increase the size of its flight attendant bases at Dallas/Fort Worth International and Los Angeles International airports while downsizing those in Phoenix and St. Louis.
The DFW and LAX bases will increase by approximately 700 each, while Phoenix and St. Louis will be shrunk by one-third, the latter translating to a reduction of approximately 700 flight attendants in Phoenix and 75 in St. Louis.
The Fort Worth-based …

‘Brace for Impact’ – 10-Year Anniversary of ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of what became known as the Miracle on the Hudson.
US Airways Flight 1549 was an Airbus A320 that, after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, struck a flock of Canada Geese northeast of the George Washington Bridge.
With both engines out, the aircraft had no power and was unable to reach a nearby airport or runway. Captain Chesley Sullenberger …

American Airlines Integrates Flight Attendant Operations, a Final Step in its Merger with US Airways

American Airlines completed its merger on October 1 when it achieved operational integration of its 27,000 flight attendants.
“It’s a huge milestone,” the company said in a memo to employees on Friday.
The integration effort, American said, required over 6.2 million hours to move the legacy US Airways crew members as well as legacy American Airlines flight attendants to the new flight crew operations system, called Flight Operating System or FOS, the …

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 …

American Quietly and Successfully Integrates Pilot Operations

American Quietly and Successfully Integrates Pilot Operations

American Airlines continues to make significant progress on post-merger activities that will allow it to operate fully as a single airline.
On October 1, the carrier moved to a single Flight Operating System, the platform that manages pilot scheduling and operations, without any reported glitches.
The move was, however, fraught with peril and similar integrations at other airlines have brought operations to a standstill. In an e-mail to employees on Friday, the …

American, US Airways Pilots Get Combined Seniority List

American, US Airways Pilots Get Combined Seniority List

An arbitration panel resolved a major issue on Tuesday in the ongoing integration of American Airlines and US Airways when it handed down a ruling that would integrate pilots from both carriers.
The difficulty in finalizing the integration had stemmed from the issues US Airways had had in integrating its two pilots groups following its merger with America West in 2005.
American Airlines said it was pleased that the process had been …

TWA Flight Attendants Lose Seniority Case against American Airlines on Appeal

TWA Flight Attendants Lose Seniority Case against American Airlines on Appeal

The long, strange saga of the former TWA flight attendants’ attempt to regain the seniority that was lost after American Airlines acquired TWA’s assets in April 2001 may be over.
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that American had no duty to restore the TWA flight attendants’ seniority. The U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit dismissed a lawsuit filed by flight attendants who claimed that their union failed to grant them …