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All AAccess Pass: The “New American” Airbus A319 Unveiled at DFW

AA’s First Airbus A319 departs from Hamburg on its delivery flight. All of American’s A319s will be delivered with the new Sharklettes.  Image Courtesy: American Airlines

AA’s first Airbus A319 departs from Hamburg on its delivery flight. All of American’s A319s will be delivered with the new sharklets. Image: American Airlines

Reported from Fort Worth by: Jack Harty, Senior Correspondent Archive.com and re-printed with permission.

The “New American” is arriving along with a new aircraft almost every week. With each delivery, American is slowly introducing a brand-new onboard product that first debuted on their Boeing 777-300ERs and continues to make its way into the fleet with the delivery of their first A319 aircraft. In February, American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge which would help form the “New American.”

However, the Department of Justice filed a motion to stop the merger last week, citing that competition would be decreased. At this time, it’s not clear if a merger with US Airways will be part of the “New American”, though many in the industry feel that the merger will happen after AA agrees to concessions, such as surrendering significant slots at Washington Reagan National Airport.

At a minimum, the merger closing will be pushed back from the 3rd to 4th quarter of 2013. Even if American and US Airways do not complete their merger, it is evident that American Airlines is going through a transformation as they build the “New American.”

On August 14th, American Airlines unveiled their first A319 in the United States to employees and press; we were invited.

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Honor Flight: American Airlines Flies Veterans from OSH to DC

The Honor Flight Veterans all gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

The Honor Flight Veterans gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

Early in the morning, men were arriving at Wisconsin’s Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport. They all had one thing in common; they were heading to Washington D.C. on a very special charter flight.

Each one had been selected by the Northeast Wisconsin Old Glory Honor Flight & Experimental Aviation Association due to their service during the Vietnam War.  The four main armed services (Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines) were represented by the 110 veterans taking the flight.

I was invited to accompany them in order to experience the Honor Flight and to tell their story.

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Taking a Special American Airlines 777-300ER Delivery Flight

Employees of American stand around a Boeing 777-300ER in new AA livery.

Employees of American stand around a Boeing 777-300ER in new AA livery.

A while back, I was invited to fly on a 777-300ER (77W) delivery flight for American Airlines. In a previous story, I talked about all of the events leading up to the delivery ceremony and flight and now I will continue with sharing my experience.

I was pulling a very long night after the dinner event, working on photos and the writing up the first part of my story. I was up late when I got a tip about a second American Airlines 77W that arrived at Boeing Field in the cover of darkness from Dallas. This was surely not usual and I began researching and found that the aircraft N719AN was flown up, but why?

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Celebrating With American Airlines During a Special 777-300ER Delivery

American Airline's sixth Boeing 777-300ER, sitting at Boeing Field. Photo by Brandon Farris.

American Airline’s sixth Boeing 777-300ER, sitting at Boeing Field. Photo by Brandon Farris.

I recently had the opportunity to hang out with American Airlines while the carrier and Boeing enjoyed some festivities prior to the airline taking delivery of its sixth 777-300ER (77W) on April 11th.

Everything began early in the morning with a short drive from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Seattle to Renton, home of the Boeing 737 final assembly lines. Although we were set to fly the 777, American had recently placed a large order for the 737 NG and MAX.

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Change is Here: Airlines Increase Their Change Fees Again

United Airlines First Boeing 787 on Launch Day at the Boeing Factory in Everett.  Phone: Mal Muir airlinereporter.com

United Airlines First Boeing 787 on Launch Day at the Boeing Factory in Everett. Phone: Mal Muir airlinereporter.com

Recently United Airlines decided to increase their change fee on all domestic bookings from $150 to $200 per person.  US Airways followed suit shortly after. Eventually Delta & American matched.  With those change fees in mind, it got me thinking, “where is the spectrum of these fees in the US right now?”

Before we look at all the change fees each airline charges, we first need to look at what a change fee is and why airlines charge them.  A “Change Fee” to the airlines is a fee that is charged when you need to change the date or time on your flight booking.  On heavily discounted airfares, changes are restricted so that you can be given the cheapest price possible.  At least… that’s the idea.  In essence this is a fee charged by the airline, as a penalty to you for changing your mind.

Changing the airfare on the airline’s end probably doesn’t cost them much, if anything.  In this day and age of overselling most flights, the airline has probably already sold it within seconds of your change.

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