Like its competitors, American has had a rough February, operationally. Photo: American.
In American’s latest employee newsletter, the airline focused on the difficult winter weather that had affected the operation so far in 2014. Here’s some data the carrier provided on impacts to American and US Airways as of Feb. 20.
Deicing events so far in 2014 at ORD
Inches of snowfall so far in 2014 at ORD
Combined completion factor on Feb. 13 – the lowest in more than 10 years
Flights operated by Piedmont and PSA on Feb. 13
Percentage of canceled flights at CLT on Feb. 13 (all but a handful of our 640 daily departures)
Percentage of canceled flights at DCA on Feb. 13
Calls received in the domestic reservations system on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13
US Airways is expecting to move to Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport next week, leaving Terminal 1, which it has shared with Southwest Airlines.
I’m being told that Feb. 12 is the targeted move date. I’ll update if that changes.
American Airlines, which is merging with US Airways, has printed up posters in an attempt to make things easier for travelers. Here’s the good news: American and US Airways will run shuttle buses inside the secure area of the airport to facilitate connections between the two airlines. This means passengers won’t have to re-clear security to switch airlines. The buses will leave every 20 minutes.
That’s a big deal, because American’s Terminal 4 and US Airways’ Terminal 3 are not particularly close to one another, despite the numbering scheme. There’s also no way to walk from one terminal to the other without re-clearing security.
Here are posters you’ll see soon at Terminal 3 and Terminal 4.
The employees of American and US Airways have spoken. The new American Airlines Group, which began operations on Dec. 9, will eventually carry the paint job American introduced in early 2013 with the flashy red, white and blue tail. All US Airways and US Airways Express planes will eventually carry the livery.
Employees of both airlines were given the opportunity to vote on how they wanted planes to be painted. There were two choices. They could vote for the new livery introduced in January. Or they could vote to have American revert the tail to what it was for decades — two interlocking As. But even if the tail changed to the old version, the rest of the paint job would have remained the same as the January 2013 version.
According to American, 60 percent of the employees at US Airways and American voted. There were 31,355 votes cast in favor of the flag tail, and 29,063 votes cast in favor of the AA tail.