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Mesa Adds 9 CRJ-900s to US Airways Fleet

Mesa Adds 9 CRJ-900s to US Airways Fleet

Mesa Air Group will add nine Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jets to its US Airways fleet, bringing the total of the type to 38. The move is part of a new agreement with US Airways which extends the two’s partnership for eight more years  Under the terms of the agreement, Mesa will continue to provide US Airways Express service from US Airways hubs in Phoenix, Arizona and Charlotte, North Carolina.
The new …

Lobby Bar – March 1: Pass the Soap, Island Living, and Charles Dickens

Lobby Bar – March 1: Pass the Soap, Island Living, and Charles Dickens

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Vote early and vote often.  There’s still time to choose your favorites for the  2013 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards.
Pass the soap, uhhh who turned the water off? Jonathan Spira checks into the Waldorf Towers.  Find out what happened shortly after check-in.
Hold the plane!  Seriously.  Neither rain, nor snow, nor the dark of night can keep Frequent …

What Are Your Favorite Hotels, Airports, and Airlines?

What Are Your Favorite Hotels, Airports, and Airlines?

Everyone has favorites, and the Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards allow you to recognize yours.
The GlobeRunner Awards cover hotels, airlines, loyalty programs, airports, car rental agencies, and more.  This year’s stellar field of nominees includes well over 100 airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, and travel Web sites.
Don’t keep your favorites a secret.  Over 73,000 votes have been cast so far this year but there’s still plenty of time so go …

American, US Airways Move Ahead With Merger, Announce Transition Team, File For Court Approval

American, US Airways Move Ahead With Merger, Announce Transition Team, File For Court Approval

American Airlines and US Airways, which announced plans to merge on February 16, filed for court approval of the merger and named executives from both airlines to lead the integration process.
The combined airline, which will retain the American Airlines name, will be the world’s largest airline by passenger traffic.  AMR, American’s parent company, and its creditors field a 336-page motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday, seeking support of …

Lobby Bar – February 15: How to Slice Fruit, the Queen of Mean, and Mach Schnell

Lobby Bar – February 15: How to Slice Fruit, the Queen of Mean, and Mach Schnell

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
End of an era or start of a new one?  After a year of discussion and negotiation, US Airways and American announced they will merge.  What does this mean for the frequent flyer?
But how will they slice the limes?  It’s not the first airline merger but it is the largest.  Jonathan Spira looks at what it will …

How to Integrate an Airline: Addressing the Challenges Faced by American Airlines and US Airways

How to Integrate an Airline: Addressing the Challenges Faced by American Airlines and US Airways

When US Airways CEO Doug Parker and American Airlines CEO Tom Horton look back at the fruits of their labor in a year from now, they’ll both think that the yearlong courtship and somewhat acrimonious negotiations were the easy part.  All they have to do is ask Jeff Smisek, United Airlines’ CEO, who just last month on the airline’s earnings call called 2012 “the toughest year of our merger integration” …

Interview with American and US Airways Executives: Impact of Merger on Frequent and Premium Flyers

Interview with American and US Airways Executives: Impact of Merger on Frequent and Premium Flyers

Following a year-long courtship by US Airways of American, the boards of both airlines voted yesterday to approve a merger.  The move will create the world’s largest airline by passenger traffic, surpassing two recent holders of that title, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, and returning American to a position it has held several times before.
At a news conference in Dallas, executives from the two companies said they plan to …