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American, United Airlines Begin Flights to Support Distribution of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

American, United Airlines Begin Flights to Support Distribution of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

American Airlines and United Airlines are putting the wheels into motion to distribute Pfizer’s new Covid-1i vaccine.
Because the Pfizer vaccine must be kept at -94° F (-70° C) during transport, although the pharmaceutical manufacturer said it can be kept at 36° F to 46° F (2° C to 8° C) for a maximum of five days in refrigeration units at hospitals.  Pfizer has developed what is calls “thermal shippers” which …

American Airlines and Alaska Plan Reciprocal Elite Benefits for 2021

American Airlines and Alaska Plan Reciprocal Elite Benefits for 2021

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines will roll out reciprocal benefits for passengers with elite status on one airline when traveling on the other, starting next year.
“Next year will bring significant enhancements that will make the experience more seamless and rewarding for our customers,” said American’s chief revenue officer, Vasu Raja.
Members of American’s AAdvantage frequent-flyer program with Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elite status will be eligible for free domestic upgrades …

American Airlines Eliminates Change Fees on International Flights

American Airlines Eliminates Change Fees on International Flights

American Airlines said Thursday that it would henceforth eliminate change fees on international flights.
The move, which comes amidst a continued coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel, makes American the first U.S. airline to do so.
“We are committed to making travel easier for our customers who fly on American,” said Vasu Raja, the airline’s chief revenue officer, in a statement.  “By eliminating change fees, we’re giving customers more flexibility no matter when …

FAA Lifts Ban on Beleaguered Boeing 737 Max Jet

FAA Lifts Ban on Beleaguered Boeing 737 Max Jet

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday, issuing an order that clears the way for the beleaguered aircraft to return to the skies.
The move came some 20 months after the troubled 737 Max was grounded in March 2019 following two hull losses that resulted in the deaths of 364 people, namely those of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
“The FAA’s …

American Airlines and British Airways Plan Three-Test Trial for U.S.-U.K. Flights

American Airlines and British Airways Plan Three-Test Trial for U.S.-U.K. Flights

American Airlines and British Airways announced a new and free  coronavirus testing program for passengers on flights linking the United States and United Kingdom.
The two carriers said they are working on a “combined effort to scientifically demonstrate how Covid-19 testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival.”
The program involves three coronavirus tests, namely one 72 hours prior to departure, one upon landing in …

American Airlines Plans 38.5 Million Share Stock Offering

American Airlines Plans 38.5 Million Share Stock Offering

American Airlines announced on Tuesday a proposed underwritten public offering of 38.5 million shares as the world’s largest airline tries to boost its liquidity amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
Bank of America, the sole underwriter, will price the offering at $13 per share, according to several people familiar with the matter.
The carrier said in a statement that it plans to use the proceed for general corporate purposes” in addition …

American Airlines Cuts December Schedule by Almost Half, N.Y.C. Flights by 86%

American Airlines Cuts December Schedule by Almost Half, N.Y.C. Flights by 86%

American Airlines said it would cut its December schedule by close to 50% as it tries to “match the low demand resulting from coronavirus.”
The airline will cut flights by approximately 50% in the first half of the month and by a slightly smaller figure, 45%, for the second half, anticipating slightly stronger traffic for the holidays.
“We do anticipate that the Thanksgiving period and the December second half period will be …