A CBS 2/KCAL9 Los Angeles reporter had way too much fun inside American’s new A321T airplane, which begins flying the Los Angeles to New York route on Jan. 7.
American Airlines is not pulling out of Santa Barbara Airport, as a Barrons.com blog post published Wednesday suggested, airport spokeswoman Lynn Houston told me.
Doug Parker, new chief executive of American Airlines Group, is asking employees whether they think American should keep its relatively new tail paint job.
The nugget, which showed up in an internal American communique to employees, was reported by the Dallas Morning News. It appears the issue is just about the tail. The rest of the re-branding will stay, no matter what. Much of the new look centers around a stylized eagle.
The design of the old tail, still seen today on many aircraft that haven’t been painted yet, is an interlocked AA, a look American adopted in the 1960s. The new look is a stylized American flag.
American and US Airways employees will have until Jan. 2 to vote. They’ll have to chose one tail or the other. There’s no option to vote for a completely new design, which Parker said is too expensive. Here’s a link to the full employee newsletter in which the matter is discussed.
If you could vote, what would you prefer? The new logo? Or the old one?
American Airlines will start its new flight between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, Brazil tonight.
Cramped 50-seat regional jets could be a thing of the past, at least at American Airlines.
American Airlines Group announced Thursday that it will buy 90 new 76-seat jets from two manufacturers — Embrarer, which makes the E-175 and Bombardier, which makes the CRJ900. American Airlines Group is buying 60 of the E-175s and 30 of the CR9s.
The deal is a little convoluted, which makes sense considering this is the first week American and US Airways have operated as one. The CR9s will be assigned to PSA Airlines, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways. But the CR9s, when delivered, will carry the American Eagle brand. There will be no more US Airways Express.
American has not decided which of its regional subsidiaries will take ownership of the new E-175s. But regardless of which regional carrier technically owns the planes, the aircraft will also be branded as American Eagle.
The new CR9s will start arriving in the second quarter of 2014, according to American. The new E-175s will begin arriving in the first quarter of 2015.