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JetBlue, American to Offer New Reciprocal Award Redemptions and Elite Benefits

JetBlue, American to Offer New Reciprocal Award Redemptions and Elite Benefits

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways announced that they are adding new benefits to their frequently flyer programs, some directly related to the two airlines’ new Northeast Alliance.
Effective Wednesday, the two carriers are offering reciprocal elite benefits to members of their respective frequent-flyer programs with the necessary elite status.   Some benefits will start within the next few months, however.
The benefits that go into effect on Wednesday for TrueBlue members with Mosaic …

American, Southwest Hold Fast to Vaccine Mandate for Workers Despite Texas Governor’s Ban

American, Southwest Hold Fast to Vaccine Mandate for Workers Despite Texas Governor’s Ban

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, two of the largest carriers in the country, said Tuesday that they will not waver in requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated, despite Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s new executive order that would ban such mandates in the state.
On Monday, the Texas governor banned any entity in the state – including private businesses – from mandating vaccines against the coronavirus for workers or customers.
The White …

American Airlines Emergency Landing at LaGuardia: Report of Suspicious Behavior Sparks Panic on Board Flight

American Airlines Emergency Landing at LaGuardia: Report of Suspicious Behavior Sparks Panic on Board Flight

An American Airlines regional flight made an emergency landing on Saturday at LaGuardia Airport in New York City due to a passenger’s suspicious behavior and it was apparently all caused by a “misunderstanding.”
American Airlines Flight 4817, operated by Republic Airways, left Indianapolis International Airport at 1:01 p.m. local time and was en route for an on-time landing when passengers on board the aircraft reported “suspicious behavior” by another passenger, the …

American, Other Airlines to Require All Employees to Get Vaccinated Without Exception

American, Other Airlines to Require All Employees to Get Vaccinated Without Exception

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue Airways, reversed course and said they would mandate vaccinations for all employees amidst pressure from the Biden Administration.
Citing requirements they would have to meet as government contractors, the airlines said that they would not be able to offer employees the option of undergoing regular testing as an alternative to being vaccinated.
The deadline for employees of federal contractors to get inoculated against the coronavirus is …

American Airlines Passenger Detained After Deplaning Via Over-Wing Emergency Exit

American Airlines Passenger Detained After Deplaning Via Over-Wing Emergency Exit

A passenger on an American Airlines flight exited the aircraft using an emergency exit while it was still pulling into its gate but was quickly apprehended by authorities.
The passenger, identified as Christian Segura, a U.S. citizen, opened an over-wing emergency exit as the aircraft was pulling into the gate.  The flight had just arrived at Miami International Airport from Cali, Colombia, at around 7.15 p.m., police said.
American Flight 920 had …

JetBlue to Relocate LaGuardia Operations to Terminal B

JetBlue to Relocate LaGuardia Operations to Terminal B

JetBlue Airways announced plans to move operations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to the new Central Terminal, also known as Terminal B.
The move will be effective October 31.  All flights except for its Boston shuttle will make the move, which was announced in an e-mail to members of the airline’s TrueBlue frequent-flyer program.
The airline’s Northeast Alliance partner, American Airlines, operates from the new Western Concourse in the Central Terminal.  The …

American Airlines Announces Codeshare with India’s Largest Carrier

American Airlines Announces Codeshare with India’s Largest Carrier

American Airlines announced a code-sharing agreement with IndiGo, India’s largest airline.
The move comes as American is planning to launch non-stop service from the United States to India.
Under the new codeshare agreement, American will be able to place its code on 29 domestic IndiGo routes.
IndiGo, which was founded in 2006, is the country’s largest by both passengers carried and fleet size.  It had a 59.24% domestic market share as of August …