American, Qantas move to form joint business

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(From American Airlines)

American Airlines and Qantas have filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking approval to form a joint business to better serve customers flying between North America and Australia and New Zealand.

The proposed joint business will significantly improve service, stimulate demand and unlock more than $300 million annually in consumer benefits that are not achievable through any other form of cooperation, including:

– Up to $221 million in value from expanding codesharing between American and Qantas – opening more connections to more destinations.

– Up to $89 million in value by offering a wider range of fare classes across each other’s networks, including lower fares and discounts.

The joint business will also give American and Qantas the opportunity to launch additional routes between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand, including new flights to city pairs currently not served by either carrier.

An expanded relationship will encourage significant improvements in the overall customer experience, including additional frequent flyer benefits and investments in lounges, baggage systems and other infrastructure designed to better serve the carriers’ joint customers.

All these benefits will stimulate significant demand for new travel – generating up to 180,000 new trips between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand every year. (Full Story Here)


American Airlines launches nonstop flight from LA to Beijing

(By American Airlines)

LOS ANGELES — American Airlines has launched daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), marking the carrier’s third nonstop route to the Chinese capital and 15th route between the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region.

Since 2010, American has served Beijing from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and in 2015 added service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

“American is proud to be the only U.S.-based carrier to offer service between Los Angeles and Beijing,” said Jim Butler, American’s senior vice president – International and Cargo.

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American Airlines officials cut the ribbon during the launch of the new route.
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“The new route enhances our expanding Asia-Pacific network by providing more options for business and leisure travelers as well as cargo customers looking to connect shipments on American’s network to Latin America and other destinations in the U.S.,” Butler added.

Suzanne Boda, senior vice president – Los Angeles, also said: “The launch of new nonstop service to Beijing solidifies LAX as American’s West Coast gateway to the Asia-Pacific region.” (Full Story Here)

Automated screening lanes launched at Miami International Airport

(By American Airlines)

MIAMI — American Airlines, in coordination with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Miami-Dade Aviation Department, has launched two automated security screening lanes in Terminal D at Miami International Airport (MIA).

These new automated screening lanes, funded by American, incorporate technology and screening station modifications that enhance security effectiveness while decreasing the time travelers spend in security screening.

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The advanced equipment in the automated lanes offers a number of unique features designed to improve the screening of travelers by automating many of the functions currently conducted manually, allowing passengers to move more swiftly through the checkpoint. These innovations include:

—Automated belts that draw bags into the X-ray machines, returning the bins back to queue after completion of the screening

—Bags with a potential threat can be directed to a separate area to allow bins behind it to continue through the system uninterrupted

—Property bins that are 25 percent larger than the bins in regular screening lanes

—Unique Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that are attached to each bin to allow for additional accountability of items as they transit throughout the system

—Cameras that capture photos of the outside of the bag, which is linked to the X-ray image of the bag’s contents

“We are proud to be working collaboratively with the TSA and Miami-Dade Aviation Department to launch next-generation screening technology in Miami,” said Ralph Lopez, American Airlines vice president — Miami.

“These state-of-the-art lanes enhance security effectiveness and efficiency and will improve the customer experience for many of the 29 million American customers who visit MIA each year,” he added. (Full Story Here)

Positive outlook helps flight attendant fight breast cancer

(By American Airlines)

“Keep looking forward and keep moving forward” is the motto Chicago O’Hare (ORD)-based flight attendant Debby Simpson lives by. The three-time cancer survivor believes keeping a positive outlook has helped in her fight against the disease.

“I look to other people living with cancer and cancer survivors for inspiration,” Debby said. “They give me the motivation to live the best life I can, enjoy every moment and to be positive and strong.”

“In December 2000, I was initially diagnosed with breast cancer,” Debby said. “I found a small lump. All the tests up until what they call a simple lumpectomy were negative for cancer. I wasn’t even expecting to be diagnosed. But when the tumor came out, it tested positive for cancer.”

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Debby underwent chemotherapy and radiation and returned to work about 15 months later, but she wasn’t in the clear.

“In December 2003, I was diagnosed again. I was on an airplane to London, having some back issues, and I knew something was wrong,” she said. “I went to my chiropractor and he suggested I go to my oncologist, and I thought ‘what?’ So I went to my oncologist, he took a PET scan and my cancer had come back.”

This time, the cancer returned in Debby’s bones, brain, liver and lung. “It was a pretty daunting diagnosis at that time,” she said.

Once again, the American Airlines flight attendant underwent cancer treatment. It took Debby about six years before she was back to flying full-time.

“I finally did come back to work and back to flying. I’m very happy flying,” she said. “I love being a flight attendant. I love the job,” Debby said. “Of course, my seniority over the years has gotten better, so I’ve been able to rearrange my schedule so I can travel, be with family, be with friends; and I love taking care of our customers on the airplane. I’m excited about all the new aircraft we have and the new destinations coming up.”

While on a layover in Paris in 2014, Debby suffered another health setback. “I had a cardiac arrest,” she said. “I went out to get coffee and never came back to the hotel.”

A passing stranger found Debby in the street and called out for someone to perform CPR. Debby was rushed to the hospital and spent two weeks in Paris before coming home with a defibrillator. (Full Story Here)