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American Airlines to add 3rd daily flight between DFW Airport, London Heathrow

American Airlines Inc. plans to launch a third daily flight between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and London Heathrow Airport on May 1, giving travelers an evening departure from North Texas and a mid-day arrival in London.

That same day, American will also launch nonstop service between D/FW Airport and Madrid, giving the Fort Worth-based carrier four European destinations from D/FW – Madrid, London, Paris and Frankfurt.

American spokesman Tim Smith said the third D/FW-London flight will operate through the summer season, ending Oct. 23.

"This is obviously good news for the Dallas-Fort Worth area in terms of an additional choice of flights to and from London during the peak season," Smith said.

"And, from a systemwide standpoint, it also allows us to better distribute feed traffic from other markets into our largest hub at D/FW," he said. "Both local and connecting passengers will come out winners with these changes."

D/FW Airport officials said the new Heathrow flight was "a direct result" of an "open skies" agreement that went into effect in March 2008 for service between the U.S. and Europe, including Great Britain.

"Flying to Heathrow is the preferred destination, and the additional connections at Heathrow are helping to increase demand," said Joe Lopano, the airport's executive vice president of marketing and terminal management

U.S. carriers increasingly have focused their flights on international routes as they have reduced the size of their domestic operations, where they face more competition.

Delta Air Lines Inc., Northwest Airlines Inc., Continental Airlines Inc. and US Airways Inc. all expanded their international capacity in 2008 over 2007.

However, American has been more cautious about growing internationally than those rivals, cutting its flying on international routes by 0.2 percent in 2008.

Smith pointed out that American won't be increasing its total number of London flights from U.S. cities this summer as it reshuffles its schedule.

Boston will also add a third flight into London Heathrow, while Los Angeles and Chicago will each lose a summer flight compared with the 2008 schedule. Los Angeles will have one daily round trip to London, and Chicago will drop to four daily round trips to London.

Even though the total number of flights will remain at 11, American's summer capacity from Boston, Chicago, D/FW Airport and Los Angeles to London Heathrow will be down nearly 6 percent this summer compared with last summer.

The number of miles flown will decrease as Los Angeles and Chicago flights are replaced by shorter Dallas/Fort Worth and Boston flights. In addition, five of the 11 flights in 2009 will be flown on 225-seat Boeing 767s rather than 246-seat Boeing 777s. In 2008, all but one of the 11 flights were operated with Boeing 777s.

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An American Airlines has apparently been arrested for being over the alcohol limit.
 

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[textarea]American Airlines fined over worker's amputated leg

A major airline has been punished after one of its employees was forced to have part of his right leg amputated following an incident at Heathrow Airport.

The 45-year-old ground support worker was preparing a plane at Terminal 3 on November 11th 2008 when he was hit by a reversing 'pushback tug'.

After knocking the man to the floor, the 70-tonne vehicle ran over his right leg, fracturing his right ankle and left heel and eventually necessitating the amputation.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the tug did not have reversing lights or an audible alarm, despite the incident occurring at night.

The man's employer, American Airlines, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 24 and 28(f) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £70,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,581.25.

"By failing to identify the problems with this tug over many years, the company fell well below the expected standard of safety management for a major international airline," said HSE inspector John Crookes.

American Airlines is the world's second-largest carrier at present, behind Delta Air Lines.

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[textarea]Mobile boarding passes now available from Heathrow for American

Passengers can now have their boarding pass sent directly to their mobile phone or smart phone when travelling on American Airlines from Heathrow. The change means there is no need for paper or printers, the emailed boarding pass on the passenger's web-enabled device is their ticket to fly.

From the AA.com home page, passengers simply select the ‘Online Check-in’ tab located above the flight enquiry form. At the end of the check-in process, they can now choose how they would like to receive the boarding pass. By selecting ‘Send to mobile (electronic)’ they will receive an email with an internet link to the boarding pass. At the airport, staff then simply scan the on screen barcode at the security checkpoints and gate boarding.

This service is also currently available at more than 40 American Airlines airport locations in the USA, with more coming online each month. It means no more searching for a printer when you want to check in online for your return flights.

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AA Cargo celebrate 20 years at Heathrow


American Airlines Cargo division has celebrated 20 years of flying directly between Heathrow and the USA. The airline held a reception for over 100 of its key cargo customers and its Vice President Cargo, Joe Reedy, flew into the airport to mark the event.

When it first launched in 1991 AA Cargo was based from an off-airport location and operated just eight flights per week into the US. Today, from its on-airport cargo terminal the airline puts more than 1,000,000 kgs of freight and in excess of 45,000 kgs of mail onto its 17 daily services to Boston, Chicago, New York, Raleigh / Durham, Miami, Dallas / Fort Worth and Los Angeles. More than 20 members of the AA Cargo team have been with the airline since it started operations from Heathrow.

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BA already fly 4x daily between Boston & London so I doubt they see any JetBlue route as a threat to the BA/AA joint venture.
BA yes but many Americans may choose an US airline over a non one. I honestly don't think it's a coincidence that both AA and Delta expand their Boston network around the same time JetBlue announce they will finally start transatlantic flights.
 

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New route to Seattle starting in 2021:

 

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No doubt Alaska Airlines will be providing onward connections at the other end.
 
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