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American Sends Long-Time Super 80 Workhorse to the New Mexico Desert

American Airlines officially laid the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 to rest on Wednesday after 36 years of service with the airline. Today, 26 Super 80s, as the airline marketed them as, still in American Airlines' polished aluminum liveries, embarked on their final flight to Roswell, New Mexico where they will enjoy their long days in the sun, ending an era for the airline. AA80, operated by N984TW, acted as the final revenue flight for the chrome-plated MD-80s, flying from Dallas/Fort Worth…

U.S. Airlines and Qatar Airways Meet with President Trump to…

Executives from America's largest airlines met with President Trump and Vice President Pence on Thursday in Washington D.C. with the hopes of encouraging a more substantial deal governing the behavior of the Middle Eastern Gulf carriers, according to Fox Business. The meeting came as the U.S. carriers had accused Qatar…

What Comes Next in American Airlines-Mechanics Dispute

A trial slated to begin July 1 is set to put an end to the months-long dispute between American Airlines management and mechanics, represented by the Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The trial comes after the airline told CBS DFW that workers had…

American Schedules Last MD-80 Revenue Flight

September 4 is going to be a date many of us will remember. That day American Airlines will retire its remaining 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft, ending a 37-year-long flying career. Unveiled by McDonnell Douglas in 1977 as an evolution of the DC-9-50, the MD-80 was nicknamed "Mad Dog" while…

MAX Cancellations Continue to Drag On, but Boeing Sees End…

American Airlines announced it will cancel flights on its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft until after Labor Day in the U.S., which this year takes place Sept. 2. The setback comes during a week in which American continues to face rolling delays and cancellations resulting from massive storms that ravaged operations…

American Files Lawsuit Against Maintenance Unions

Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU). The airline cites that the two unions, which support the carrier's maintenance employees, have organized a work slowdown that has affected…

American to Add New Frequency Between Miami and St. Lucia

American is resuming its second daily non-stop flight from its Miami hub to Saint Lucia's Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) for the upcoming summer travel season. The additional service will be seasonally-operated and complements American's current year-round non-stop flight which departs at 11:12 a.m. This additional flight departs approximately two hours…

American Adds New South America Connection from New York

Fort Worth-based American Airlines announced a new connection to Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday from its hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The new flight will add to the carrier’s current flights to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and seasonal service to Rio to be the fourth nonstop flight…

American Airlines Plans Line Maintenance Base at Houston’s Bush Airport

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has announced that it will be opening a new Line Maintenance station at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The new station will provide jobs for approximately 46 aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) as well as additional support staff to support Boeing 737, Airbus A319, A320 and…

Trip Report: Flying from Phoenix to Orlando and Back on…

American debuted its newest aircraft, the Airbus A321neo, into passenger service on Tuesday. The latest-generation narrowbody aircraft offers exceptional range, larger overhead bin space and, overall, a better passenger experience over previous-generation A320 family models. American became the third operator of the type in the U.S. after taking delivery back…