This is just a quick note to let readers know that American Airlines has scheduled a 787-8 Dreamliner to briefly operate on two of its domestic routes out of Philadelphia - if you'd like to try out a long-haul lie-flat bed this may be one of the cheaper ways to do it.
The saga of the 737 MAX aircraft continues as American Airlines confirms that it now doesn't expect the aircraft to be returning to its operations before the middle of January next year.
A little over a week ago, when American was doing its very best to make everyone believe that the loss of LATAM as a partner wasn’t a big deal, the airline announced a number of new flights to South America, an extended summer season for a number of European routes, and the return of its Boston – London route.
Somewhat amazingly, American Airlines is currently offering an impressive number of Business Class upgrades on routes between the US and Europe and upgrade availability isn't just restricted to the times of year where Business travelers are prone to staying at home.
When you look at things in the cold light of day and approach things from a non-emotional standpoint there are quite a few things to like about American Airlines. Its long-haul Business Class cabins offer (mostly) excellent seats, it has a very good domestic network, some of its airline partners offer fantastic premium cabin options, and as a member of the oneworld alliance, its mid-tier and top-tier statuses offer, in my opinion, the best alliance benefits around. And yet sometimes American Airlines makes is all too easy for flyers to dislike it.
Even we leave aside the fact that the 737 MAX 8 is an aircraft Boeing apparently built in a hurry, to a very tight budget, without proper regulatory oversight and which has been involved in two apparently avoidable disasters, there is still something very wrong with the American Airlines version of this aircraft – it’s horribly uncomfortable.
Over the weekend, American Airlines posted the schedules for its 5 new routes so the remaining unknowns surrounding last week's announcement have been cleared up. Also, as of today, American Airlines has opened up bookings for the 4 seasonal routes with bookings for the Tel Aviv route expected to be taken from 10 October 2019.
American Airlines has announced that it has completed the retrofitting of all its wide-body aircraft with a Premium Economy cabin and is laying claim to the fact that not only is it the first US airline to finish installing Premium Economy seats on its widebody fleet, but that it also now offers more Premium Economy Class seats than all other US airlines combined.
American Airlines has just announced that it will be launching 5 new international routes in 2020 with a strong focus on what was once known as "Eastern Europe", its first flight to Africa and a route that's going to please a significant number of people.
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