American Eagle Airlines have announced that it intends to increase services between Milwaukee & Dallas/Fort Worth From 31 January 2010, increasing the total number of weekly flights between these two airports to 5. The full media release from American Eagle can be read below: American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will increase its daily nonstop flights between General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis. (MKE), and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), beginning Jan. 31. The additions will bring the total number of flights between the DFW Metroplex and Milwaukee to five. American Eagle will operate its Milwaukee service using a combination of 70-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 and 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets. “We’re very pleased with our current service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Milwaukee,” said Gary Foss, Vice President – Planning & Marketing, AMR Regional Network. “And we’re delighted that Eagle’s expanded service will offer even more options to and from Milwaukee while providing our customers in Southeastern Wisconsin with convenient connections to American’s global network through its largest hub.” Beginning Jan. 31, the flight schedule between Milwaukee and Dallas/Fort Worth will be (all times local): Milwaukee to Dallas/Fort Worth (MKE-DFW) Flight Departs Arrives Days 3234 6:30 a.m. 9:10 a.m. Daily 3410* 9:15 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Daily 3638 12:10 p.m. 2:55 p.m. Daily 3602 4:15 p.m. 6:55 p.m. Daily 3528* 6:45 p.m. 9:25 p.m. Daily, except Sat. *New flight Dallas/Fort Worth to Milwaukee (DFW-MKE) Flight Departs Arrives Days 3393* 6:30 a.m. 8:50 a.m. Daily 2803 9:25 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Daily 3624 1:20 p.m. 3:40 p.m. Daily 3529* 3:50 p.m. 6:10 p.m. Daily, except Sat. 3247 7:30 p.m. 9:50 p.m. Daily *New flight To celebrate this enhanced service, American is offering double AAdvantage® miles from Dallas/Fort Worth to Milwaukee, now through February 28, 2010. Register prior to travel using promotion code MKE2X and obtain complete offer details at www.aa.com/offers. Log on to AA.com and shop our very attractive low fares.
American Airlines has committed to wifi enabling 300 of its domestic fleet within 2 years, with will enable passengers to surf the internet, check email, or even VPN into their corporate network. The brief press release from oneworld can be read below: American to make 300 of its US domestic aircraft in-flight wifi hotspots: American Airlines is to offer passengers wifi internet access in-flight on more than 300 of its aircraft flying on US domestic services within the next two years. After trials on board 15 of its Boeing 767-200s since August, it is now to install the Gogo equipment on all 150 of its MD80s and then its entire Boeing 737-800 fleet. Gogo turns an American Airlines flight into a wifi hotspot, enabling passengers to surf the web, check email, send instant messages, access a corporate VPN and more. Cell phone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service use will not be available. Once the aircraft has reached 10,000 ft, users can simply turn on their wifi enabled devices – such as laptops, smartphones and handheld PDAs – then open their browsers and be directed to the Gogo portal page where they sign up and begin surfing.
American Airlines have upgraded its business and first class onboard amenity kits, and in my opinion while it’s an improvement and better than many airlines it is still lacking, for instance look at Singapore Airlines and Qantas their amenity kits include Pyjamas, luxury cosmetics. After combing through surveys containing feedback from customers, flight attendants and its Flight Attendant Council, American Airlines has refreshed its onboard amenity kits to better suit the needs of customers traveling in First Class or Business Class on American’s International Flagship Service. Travelers in select markets will begin to see the new kits this week with the rollout continuing in the coming weeks. American is providing larger-sized cosmetic products, including Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, Colgate toothpaste, a toothbrush with a re-sealable cap, thicker plush socks, and larger eyeshades. “We consistently seek to align our product and service offerings with what our customers value so that we can provide a better overall travel experience,” said Lauri Curtis, Vice President – Onboard Service. “The redesigned amenity kit, thanks to input from our customers and flight attendants, includes premium products our customers value, like Burt’s Bees, which more closely meet their needs.” The contents are tucked into a traditional zipper-style case for easy storage in a carry-on bag. American, a founding member of the one world® Alliance , will provide a different case color – red, blue, gray, and black – every three months. The redesigned kits will replace the current amenity kit, which American’s customers have enjoyed since June 2007. About American Airlines American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection ® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American’s award-winning Web site, AA.com ®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld ® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR) About Burt’s Bees® Since 1991, Burt’s Bees has been offering distinctive natural personal care products. Today, Burt’s Bees is the leading manufacturer in natural personal care with over 150 Earth-friendly, natural personal care products, including face care, body care, hair care, lip care, personal wash, men’s grooming, baby care, outdoor remedies, and kits & gifts. Burt’s Bees has a rich tradition in corporate social responsibility and stands for The Greater Good with all their products having the highest levels of natural ingredients, nature-safe […]
American Airlines have announced it will open a new Admirals Club lounge at Washington’s Dulles International Airport, the full media release from AA can be see below: As the final stage of the relocation of American Airlines operations to Washington Dulles International Airport’s Terminal B, the airline will open the doors of its new Admirals Club lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 3. In June 2008, American shifted its operations from Terminal D to make room for Dulles’ expansion of Concourse B. “Having served Washington Dulles International Airport since 1962, American Airlines is delighted to mark the new year by opening the doors to our brand new Admirals Club lounge for our 47th year of service to IAD,” said Nancy Knipp, President – Admirals Club. “The Admirals Club lounge will certainly heighten our customers’ travel experience as they journey through Washington Dulles International.” Open from 5:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, the new Admirals Club lounge is located in Terminal B, Mezzanine Level near Gate 63. The 3,000 square foot facility provides a respite for weary travelers with seating for 73 guests and complimentary light snacks, juice, tea, coffee and soft drinks. The lounge’s new food and beverage program, Amora(TM), also offers delicious fare for purchase. American’s highly-qualified and professional Premium Services representatives assist guests with boarding passes, reservations, seat selection and upgrades. Other highly-valued amenities include a multi-functional business center outfitted with telephones, a global print solution powered by PrinterOn, copier and fax service. Visitors can choose to relax in the cyber cafe, use their laptop or complimentary computers at the window-side counter, or watch DirecTV on one of the two flat-panel televisions in the lounge. American, a founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, operates 44 Admirals Club locations in airports throughout the world, each offering a host of business tools and convenient services in a professional, secluded environment. One-year Admirals Club memberships for new members range from just $350 to $500. AAdvantage miles can also be used to purchase Admirals Club memberships. One-day passes are available for $50, and can be purchased online, at self-service check-in machines, or at any Admirals Club location.
American Airlines is to link its Dallas-Fort Worth base with the Madrid hub of its oneworld partner Iberia from May with daily non-stop two-class Boeing 767-300s. Madrid will be the 34th international destination served by American and its American Eagle affiliate from their DFW hub. The airline already serves the Spanish capital from Miami and flies to Barcelona from New York JFK. American is also to resume seasonal flights between Boston and Paris CDG with daily Boeing 767-300s from 1 May and link the New England gateway with San Diego from 7 April with daily Boeing 757s and re-open service to Paris from 1 May with 767-300s.
American Airlines will add three destinations in Brazil to its route network in November, further growing its presence in South America’s largest country while expanding its leadership position in flights from the United States to Latin America. American, a founding member of the global oneworld(R) Alliance, will begin serving the cities of Belo Horizonte, Salvador de Bahia, and Recife in Brazil on Nov. 2, all from American’s Miami hub. Service from Miami to both Belo Horizonte and Salvador de Bahia will operate nonstop, with the Salvador de Bahia flight continuing on to Recife and then returning to Miami. The Belo Horizonte flight will operate three days a week. Service to Salvador de Bahia and Recife will operate daily. American will fly the routes using widebody Boeing 767-300 aircraft configured with 30 seats in Business Class and 195 seats in the Main Cabin. Belo Horizonte, in southeastern Brazil, is a commercial and industrial center also known for its cultural activities and its general quality of life. Salvador de Bahia, on Brazil’s northeast coast, is noted for its cuisine, music and architecture. Recife, also on the northeast coast, boasts a major port, nearby beaches and a vibrant culture and is often called the “Venice of Brazil.” The three new destinations complement American’s existing service to Brazil, which includes flights to Sao Paulo from Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth, and New York JFK, and to Rio de Janeiro from Miami. American also operates one- stop service to Rio de Janeiro from New York JFK. “American is excited to offer our customers more of Brazil,” said Peter J. Dolara, American’s Senior Vice President – Miami, Caribbean and Latin America. “It is a dynamic country in so many ways, and American’s comprehensive schedule of service to its leading business, leisure and cultural centers puts it all conveniently and easily within reach.” Here are American’s schedules to its three new Brazilian destinations, effective Nov. 2. All times shown are local. From Miami to Belo Horizonte (Operates Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday) Flight # Departs Arrives 991 (nonstop) 11:15 p.m. 10:30 a.m. (next day) From Belo Horizonte to Miami (Operates Wednesday/Friday/Sunday) Flight # Departs Arrives 992 (nonstop) 11:50 p.m. 4:55 a.m. (next day) From Miami to Salvador de Bahia (Operates daily) Flight # Departs Arrives 980 (nonstop) 9:10 p.m. 7:20 a.m. (next day) From Salvador de Bahia to Miami (Operates daily) Flight # Departs Arrives 980 (via Recife) 8:50 a.m. 5:30 p.m. (same day) From Miami to Recife (Operates daily) Flight # Departs Arrives 980 (via Salvador de Bahia) 9:10 p.m. 10:05 a.m. (next day) From Recife to Miami (Operates daily) Flight # Departs Arrives 980 (nonstop) 11:35 a.m. 5:30 p.m. (same day) American’s hub in Miami offers travelers convenient connections to Belo Horizonte, Salvador de Bahia and Recife from dozens of cities […]
In a move that is expected to annoy an already overcharged flying public, American Airlines is set to charge passengers a $15 fee for their first checked bag. The first checked bag fee will apply to tickets purchased on or after 15 June 2008. AAdvantage members that have reached AAdvantage Gold, AAdvantage Platinum or AAdvantage Executive Platinum level along with full fare paying passengers (economy, business and first class) and international passengers will be exempt from this fee. “While we understand that these fees affect customers, we also believe that our pricing for the services we provide remains extremely competitive in the industry and continues to offer our customers ample choice and value,” said AMR Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey “The bottom line is that our revenues, which include ticket sales and fees, must keep pace with our increasing costs.” The $15 first checked bag fee is the first of many that American Airlines will be introducing to help offset the rising cost of airline fuel, newly introduced fees will be in the $5 – $50 price range and will apply as reservation service fees to reserve transportation for pets and oversized bag, along with other services that have not yet been detailed.
MIAMI – American Airlines said today it has opened an Admirals Club® lounge in Concourse E to replace the one in Concourse A which recently closed to accommodate construction for the North Terminal Project. The club in Concourse E opened last week and will continue to operate alongside American’s larger, 30,000 square-foot Admiral’s Club in Concourse D. “We realize that the closing of the Admirals Club in Concourse A would have created an overflow of passengers in the Terminal D club, representing an inconvenience for passengers,” said Patsy Yuen-Lyn, Director – Premium Services. “By offering an alternative club at Concourse E, we hope to ease the transition for passengers and alleviate any congestion that would have been created at the club in Concourse D.” The Admirals Club in Concourse E will provide ample space and amenities for passengers allowing them to relax or work in between flights. This 16,000 square foot facility will comfortably accommodate 275 people. It offers two conference rooms, six showers, two TV lounges, a children’s room, four Cyber Café stations, and six work carrels – three with Lenovo personal computers. “In addition to being one of our largest hubs, Miami is our premier connecting hub for Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Peter Dolara, American Airlines Senior Vice President – Miami, Caribbean and Latin America. “It is extremely important that we continue to operate effectively and smoothly for our customers.” When the North Terminal program is complete, American will operate from a new, state-of-the-art terminal with 48 new international gates, two American Eagle regional jet gates, an automated people mover system, 49 ticket counter positions, 90 self-service check-in machines, 30 curbside baggage check-in positions, and a new international Customs facility. American Airlines operates 44 Admirals Club lounges worldwide. One-year Admirals Club memberships for new members range from just $300 to $450. Memberships can also be purchased with AAdvantage travel reward miles. One-day passes to the lounges are available for only $50. To learn more, visit www.aa.com/admiralsclub. The Miami hub operates 261 daily flights to 102 destinations around the world, with more passengers choosing American Airlines as their carrier of choice for domestic and international travel. American recently added curbside check-in for its international passengers at Miami, becoming the only carrier to offer this service. Catering to the independent and well-seasoned traveler, American has also added 23 new self service check-in stations and a new security checkpoint at Concourse E to speed the flow of traffic within the airport. American Airlines customers enjoy many additional amenities, including the ability to check two pieces of luggage of 50 pounds or less each at no additional cost, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and food on many flights. Customers on American and American Eagle also have the opportunity to earn and redeem AAdvantage® miles.
If you are lucky enough to own either an Amex Platinum or Centurion Black card, your membership has just become a little sweeter. American Airlines and Amex have partnered up to offer all owners of these cards access to all 44 of American Airlines Admirals Club lounges when flying that day with American Airlines. Access to American Airlines Admirals Club now further builds on Amex’s airport club access program giving card holders access to 125 partner club lounges such as Continental Airlines Presidents Club®, Delta Crown Room Club®, and Northwest Airlines WorldClubs® This announcement is great news as I and several friends have been debating getting an Amex Platinum card for a little while now, and this benefit might just be enough for me to fork the few extra hundred dollars. “Our Card members are passionate about travel and enjoy receiving access and benefits through their American Express Cards that enhance their experiences, such as our popular Airport Club Access Program,” said Simon Kahn, vice president, Platinum and Centurion Product Management. “American Airlines is a wonderful addition to the program, adding yet another valuable reason to carry the Platinum or Centurion Cards.” “American Airlines continues to strengthen our premium product and global network, including opening eight new Admirals Club lounges in the past two years,” said Nancy Knipp, President Admirals Club for American Airlines. “We believe American Express Platinum and Centurion Card members will enjoy the amenities we have to offer and we look forward to welcoming them both on the ground and in the air.” Card members will have the opportunity to access Admirals Clubs in the following airport locations: Atlanta, Austin, Bogotá, Boston, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Frankfurt, Honolulu, Kansas City, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Nashville, Newark, New York Kennedy, New York LaGuardia, Orange County, Panama City, Paris, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Rio de Janeiro, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Sao Paulo, St. Louis, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington, D.C. Dulles, Washington, D.C. Reagan.
In what will be a landmark trial for the US, American Airlines will be the first U.S. airline to trial in-flight Wi-Fi internet access. The solution developed by AirCell will be conducted in 2008 and will be implemented on transcontinental routes serviced by Boeing 767-200 aircraft. “We understand that broadband connectivity is important to our business customers and others who want to use their PDAs and laptops for real-time, inflight broadband communications,” said Dan Garton, American’s Executive Vice President – Marketing. “This is part of our continuing effort to enhance the travel experience for our customers and meet their evolving needs.” “Travelers are already bringing their own Wi-Fi enabled devices onto planes,” said Jack Blumenstein, AirCell CEO. “Bringing broadband access onto domestic flights at an everyday, affordable price provides travelers the opportunity to recapture time. Making productive use of the time in the air will give them time back on the ground with family or just relaxing.” Solution provider AirCell has been placed under strict aviation safety guidelines set out by the FCC and the Federal Aviation Administration, who jointly administer wireless and broadband guidelines relating to all aircraft flying in US skies. The service will be available in all classes for a fee and may be extended to American Airlines Domestic Fleet over time. Press releases from both companies can be found here: American Airlines: American Airlines To Take Inflight Connectivity To New Heights AirCell: American Airlines selects AirCell to Launch in-flight wi-fi service Over U.S. Why not Join BizTravelGuru and chat about this topic in the American Airlines Forum, or leave a comment.
American Airlines have announced an upgrade of their business class seats and cabin, this upgrade will happen on its entire fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft which total 47, with the fleet installation expected to begin this fall and be completed by the end of 2007. The business class configuration will be 2-3-2, and In addition American Airlines have announced an upgrade to their first class cabin which will consist of a 1-2-1 cabin and a true lie flat seat. The features that you can expect in an American Airlines Boeing 777 Business seat and cabin will include: Ergonomically-Advanced Seating: Customizable seat configuration via the Flagship Suite chair’s five independent motors. Lie-Flat Comfort: Flagship Suite bed configuration giving passengers a 76 inch long sleeping configuration (Not fully flat), which includes a privacy divider. Unique Move Forward Seats: Ability to move seat forward up to 10 inches to give passengers additional privacy. Interlocking Tray Tables: Customizable table configuration, one table drops down from seat back, the other from the center console tables can be interlocked for a larger work area or separated for additional space (for reading book, or as glass holder). Entertainment on Demand: Seats will include a 10.6 inch tilting touch screen monitor and Bose QuiteComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. Passengers will have a choice of 35 movies, 18 hours of pre recorded television, 50 music CDs and 15 games, all content will truly on demand, with the ability to pause, stop, fast forward, and rewind, and may be available in different languages. Center console power points: Power Points will be available in each center console. Abundant Lighting: Light mounted in the back of seat to illuminate work table. I would love to hear what you have to say about American Airlines Business Class Cabin upgrade, please leave a comment or sign up and add you thoughts to the American Airlines Forum