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Unruly Passenger’s Angry Mask Tirade Delays Miami-Bound Flight

Unruly Passenger’s Angry Mask Tirade Delays Miami-Bound Flight

An unruly passenger who wasn’t wearing a face mask caused a major disruption on an American Airlines flight about to depart for Miami International Airport from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday.
Flight 1466 was scheduled to depart at 1:30 p.m. local time but was delayed two hours and one minute by the disruption.
Passengers on the flight told local news media in Miami that the man had come …

American Airlines Agent Tells Passenger Removed from Flight for Cursing to Fly Spirit Instead

American Airlines Agent Tells Passenger Removed from Flight for Cursing to Fly Spirit Instead

A quick-thinking American Airlines gate agent told a passenger being booted from a flight from Dallas to Miami who cursed at a flight attendant that she should fly Spirit Airways instead.
“You can find another carrier to fly,” he said. “I’d suggest Spirit.”
The agent, whose calm demeanor was noted by thousands who viewed the video online, tells the unidentified woman that what she said to the flight attendant was  “totally uncalled …

American Airlines Reports First Profit Since Start of Pandemic

American Airlines Reports First Profit Since Start of Pandemic

American Airlines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2021.
The airline’s revenue was up more than four-fold from a year ago following increased demand after a severe decline amidst the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, but was down 37% from the same quarter in 2019. American was able to report a second-quarter profit of $19 million, its first since the pandemic started, thanks to the nearly $1.5 billion in …

American Airlines to Add 1,350 New Pilots

American Airlines to Add 1,350 New Pilots

American Airlines will hire 1,350 new pilots by the end of 2022, as the demand for air travel soars despite surges in the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fort Worth-based carrier wants to hire 450 more pilots than it had originally planned, said the airline’s vice president of flight, Chip Long, in a memorandum to employees sent Wednesday and viewed by Frequent Business Traveler.
“Though we were limited in pilot growth this past year, …

American Airlines to Hire New Flight Attendants and Cancel Voluntary Furloughs: We Need More People ‘to Operate the Airline’

American Airlines to Hire New Flight Attendants and Cancel Voluntary Furloughs: We Need More People ‘to Operate the Airline’

American Airlines said Thursday that it plans to cancel all voluntary leaves in November, December, and January to address what it expects to be an increase in travel during the holiday periods.
The move comes as Americans are taking to the skies in record numbers after largely sheltering at home for well over a year amidst the restrictions intended to stem the spread of the coronavirus.  The announcement was made via …

Unruly Passenger Tries to Open Aircraft Door, Bites Flight Attendant

Unruly Passenger Tries to Open Aircraft Door, Bites Flight Attendant

A passenger on an American Airlines flight shortly after the July 4 holiday attempted to open one of the aircraft’s doors and injured a flight attendant.
American Airlines Flight 1774 was en route from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina on July 6 when a female passenger attempted to “open the forward boarding door” and “physically assaulted, bit, and caused injury to a flight attendant,” the …

Thomas Plaskett, Founder of American Airlines’ Frequent-Flyer Program and Former Pan Am CEO, Dies at 77

Thomas Plaskett, an airline industry visionary who led both Pan American World Airways and Continental Airlines and created the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent-flyer program, died on June 24 at the age of 77.  He had been undergoing treatment for cancer at the time of his death.
Mr. Plaskett, a Harvard MBA, joined American Airlines four years before the deregulation of airfares changed the playing field forever. He moved up the ranks …