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How American Airlines Is Preparing For Summer Travel

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to loom large for airlines, but the ongoing push to get the nation as close to fully vaccinated as possible has offered a glimmer of optimism, in which social and economic normalcy may return sooner than expected. This possibility has prompted many major airlines to resume flights and inaugurate new routes to accommodate the major uptick in air travel, as summer — usually when travel demand surges to its highest peak — is set to arrive…

Reviewing the Revised American Route Map

In many industries, it is common for testing to occur before implementing something in market. Think of the very well-documented three-phase testing regime that the COVID-19 vaccines went through in 2020 or video game firms, which have a "public testing region" in which they will implement character balancing changes and…

American Airlines Expands Services for the Summer

American Airlines has announced a new expansion for its upcoming summer schedule. In response to strong demand, the airline expects to fly 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to the same period in 2019. Although slower see a rebound in demand, the airline also expects that it will operate…

Shifting Tides: Delta Unblocks Middle Seats

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has announced it will resume selling middle seats for flights departing May 1. It is the last U.S. airline to end the policy, originally created by select airlines at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to give travelers extra space and peace of mind on their…

American Airlines Announces Austin Expansion

American Airlines has announced a large network expansion from Austin, Texas nearly doubling the number of destinations the airline serves from the Texas State Capitol. The announcement of eight new destinations, along with some service adjustments on existing routes comes just one day after Alaska Airlines announced it would be…

Joplin Drops American for United, Favoring Chicago Opportunity

For the first time in a decade, the service provider at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Missouri will change hands. The route, which is current serviced by American Airlines and its regional partners, will be dropped on June 1 as the Essential Air Service contract was up for renewal. American…

American Airlines Announces Two New Destinations, Six New Flights

American Airlines has quietly added six new flights to their network, all starting in June. The new flights are already available for sale and were first loaded to the airline's website over this past weekend. Highlights of the new routes include the launch of two new destinations for the Fort…

American Airlines Introduces Health Passport

As people begin to travel in greater numbers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, new restrictions and requirements to travel are becoming commonplace. This week, the U.S. introduced a requirement for travelers over the age of two to have a negative COVID-19 test within three days of travel. Airlines are now…

Delta To No Longer Accept Emotional Support Animals

Delta has become the latest airline to announce that emotional support animals will no longer be permitted to fly onboard its aircraft. The new policy comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule, dropping the requirement for airlines to recognize emotional support animals as service animals. The…

Airline Alliances Through Equity Stakes: Is the Business Model Dead?

In 2014, Etihad Airways introduced its own global alliance with the aim of linking several of its major airline investments to drive an improved global network and enhanced scheduling. Equipped with equity stakes in struggling airlines such as Air Berlin in Germany and Jet Airways in India, Etihad hoped that…