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United’s 787 flexibility

United Airlines has a lot of flexibility in the 19 Boeing 787-8 deliveries that it has scheduled through 2015, finds a new Flightglobal Pro analysis. Ron Baur, vice-president of fleet at the Chicago-based carrier, and Brian Znotins, vice-president of network, agreed that the aircraft could be used to replace ageing widebodies in its fleet or […]

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United’s 787s return to the skies

United Airlines returned its fleet of Boeing 787-8s to revenue service on 20 May, with an inaugural flight from Houston Intercontinental to Chicago O’Hare. The flight, United 1, fittingly flew from the former home of Continental Airlines – the North American launch customer of the 787 in 2004 – to the United’s current home, not […]

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Phoenix seeks its place in the international sun

Phoenix Sky Harbor International is a bustling domestic airport, with competing hub operations on both Southwest Airlines and US Airways. If you are flying around the American southwest, odds are that you will pass through Phoenix at some point. City of Phoenix But if your destination is somewhere abroad, Dallas-Fort Worth or Los Angeles are […]

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American joins the regional refleeting party

American Airlines will begin upgauging its regional aircraft fleet with Embraer 175s this August, following the lead of Delta Air Lines in rejigging its regional feed. The Fort Worth-based carrier will use the 76-seat E-175s to replace 63-seat Bombardier CRJ700s and add capacity in nearly all of the 12 markets that they will serve from […]

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What’s New York doing in Atlantic City?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has turned its sights south to the New Jersey beach resort and gambling mecca of Atlantic City for the region’s future air transport needs. The authority approved a long-term lease to operate and maintain Atlantic City International airport from 1 July, at its meeting on […]

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Much ado about the American-US Airways west

What if the new American Airlines cut connections at its Los Angeles (LAX) hub to focus on origin and destination (O&D) traffic, while boosting capacity through Phoenix? Maybe good network sense, finds a Flightglobal Pro analysis. While cutting LAX is near blasphemy today as the airport is American’s only toehold on the US west coast, […]

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Delta at LAX – tell me something I didn’t know

So Delta Air Lines is expanding at Los Angeles. What else is new? The Atlanta-based SkyTeam alliance member has been dribbling out the expansion since December when it loaded flights between Los Angeles and Seattle (from 8 April). Flights to Nashville (from 8 April) were added in January, Anchorage (from 21 June), Bozeman (from 22 […]

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Case of the missing American tail

Browse to the Oneworld alliance’s homepage and you might notice something missing.Under the distinctive purple Oneworld globe, a line of member airline tails is prominently displayed with everyone from Air Berlin to Malaysia Airlines – who just joined on 31 January – even American. But wait, is that the iconic 1960s Massimo Vignelli tail for […]

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American steps up game with new interior

American Airlines impressed at least a few frequent travellers with its new interior on its inaugural Boeing 777-300ER flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to São Paulo Guarulhos.“It’s better than I expected,” says one frequent traveller in business class on the 31 January flight. Airline Business was impressed too.The cabin palette emphasises blues and greys with a […]

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American’s new livery – in good company?

American Airlines new “soaring spirit”, in the words of chief commercial officer Virasb Vahidi, livery is definitely a change. It replaces the carrier’s polished aluminium aircraft with the iconic red and blue eagle logo with an enlarged American across the fuselage and a stripped red, white and blue adaptation of the American flag on the […]

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