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Old July 25th, 2013, 06:00 PM   #1221
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How many American planes have the new livery?
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Old August 8th, 2013, 09:19 PM   #1222
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Old August 11th, 2013, 08:28 AM   #1223
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The new AA livery is really controversial, some love it, others hate it, just like the OW livery wich uses the base of the former livery...

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Old August 13th, 2013, 07:22 PM   #1224
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Breaking News

The US Government is taking action to block the AA-US merger.

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AMR-US Airways Deal Blocked by U.S. in Antitrust Suit

American Airlines’ merger with US Airways Group Inc. should be blocked, the U.S. Justice Department said in a lawsuit filed in Washington, upending American’s plans to exit bankruptcy through a deal that would create the world’s biggest airline.

The department, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, said the proposed tie-up violates U.S. antitrust law and would lead to less competition in the industry and higher prices for consumers. US Airways fell as much as 11 percent.

The Justice Department sued to block the transaction because it would remove the incentive for US Airways to offer lower prices and lead to higher airfares for consumers, said a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.

The suit, unexpected by analysts and industry executives, marks a sharp break with the department’s past policy, which allowed six unprofitable airlines to merge over the past five years in an effort to cut costs and end losses. For American parent AMR Corp., which filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2011, the merger would have completed its reorganization and allowed it to exit court protection.
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This has taken aviation and economic analyst by surprise, last month a US judge and the EU already approved the merger. With the AA being under bankruptcy protection it will also have a huge effect on this process.
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Old August 13th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #1225
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Something is not clear here. Continental and United, Delta and Northwest - was fine with U.S. Justice Department. But now it's doing a "last call" filing lawsuit.
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Old August 13th, 2013, 11:05 PM   #1226
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It seems really unfair to American and US Airways if they allowed the mergers of Continental and United, Delta and Northwest but not this time.
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Old August 18th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #1227
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Old August 21st, 2013, 06:36 PM   #1228
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Old August 21st, 2013, 08:36 PM   #1229
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Some planes on landing that I've taken lately... from my Flickr collection.

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Old August 21st, 2013, 11:33 PM   #1230
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In case this hasnt been posted...

Delta to fly to HKG and ICN from SEA

Seattle-Seoul effective June 2, 2014 using 763

DL199 SEA-ICN 1200-1530
DL198 ICN-SEA 1720-1205

Seattle-Hong Kong effective June 16, 2014 on A332

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Old September 4th, 2013, 07:44 PM   #1231
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Delta Announces Order for 40 Airbus Aircraft

Airline continues fleet renewal to improve profitability and customer experience while maintaining capacity discipline

Sep 4, 2013

ATLANTA, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced plans to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international widebody A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrowbody A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta's prudent fleet renewal to enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity.

"This Airbus agreement is another opportunistic fleet transaction for Delta in which we acquire economically efficient, proven-technology aircraft," said Richard Anderson, Delta's chief executive officer. "These A330s and A321s will provide tremendous flexibility for Delta to optimally manage our capacity over the next five years while further improving the flight experience for our customers and returns for our shareholders.

"Disciplined capital deployment is a cornerstone of Delta's comprehensive financial plan," said Paul Jacobson, Delta's chief financial officer. "These Airbus aircraft will generate free cash flow and improve our return on invested capital from the time they enter service."

Airbus A330-300
The 10 A330-300 aircraft will augment Delta's existing fleet of 32 A330s. The first A330 delivery is scheduled for spring of 2015, with three additional airplanes scheduled for that year, four in 2016, and the final two in 2017.

Delta will be the first airline to operate the enhanced 242-metric ton A330-300, which offers additional payload capacity and range. Delta will use the aircraft's versatility to optimize its Pacific and Atlantic networks.

These aircraft will be powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines. Delta currently operates similar GE CF6 engines on more than 60 widebody aircraft.

The A330 will feature 34 full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in BusinessElite, 32 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 227 Economy seats. The international aircraft will feature in-flight Wi-Fi and industry leading in-flight entertainment with a library of more than 1,000 on-demand options, as well as standard 110v power, modern interiors with LED lighting, and extra-capacity overhead bins.

Airbus A321
The 30 A321s will expand Delta's existing fleet of 126 A320-family domestic aircraft. Delta's first three A321s are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more due in that year. The remaining 15 jets are scheduled for 2017.

Delta's A321 will be equipped with CFM56-5B engines produced by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Snecma of France. Delta operates more than 200 aircraft in its fleet today with CFM56 engines, including all Airbus narrowbody aircraft. The A321s will also feature wingtip sharklets, which will provide up to 4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

The Airbus A321 will have 20 First Class seats, 22 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 148 seats in the Economy cabin. Every A321 will feature in-flight Wi-Fi, industry leading in-flight entertainment with live satellite TV and on-demand options, and standard 110v power. The A321 will also offer Economy cabin seats that are among the widest in the industry.
Delta press release:
http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=43&item=2095

Even though Delta already has a significant Airbus fleet this is only their 2nd order in the 1st one in 2 decades. The Airbus planes they currently have in their fleet came from the merger with Northwest.
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Old September 8th, 2013, 12:54 AM   #1232
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Some United Airlines aircraft (also includes United Express) at San Francisco (SFO) lately... from my Flickr collection.

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Old September 8th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #1233
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In addition, looks like United Airlines will be mounting a brand new route out of San Francisco... from 7 January 2014, the airline will operate a daily nonstop service to Indianapolis, the state capital of Indiana, allowing high-tech firms and passengers from the state to fly nonstop to the Bay Area. With this service, on board an A319, passengers can bypass Chicago and Denver and fly straight to the heart of Amish Country and Indy 500. Schedule:

UA317 SFO1335 – 2051IND 319 D
UA500 IND0800 – 1000SFO 319 D

UA500 from Indianapolis begins from 8 January 2014.

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Failed US Airways-American merger will hit foreign flights

WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. government's effort to prevent US Airways and American Airlines from merging could hurt the carriers' ability to compete on increasingly tough international routes, and that would probably mean fewer options for business travelers.

In an antitrust lawsuit filed last month, the Department of Justice focused on competition in the United States, arguing the $11 billion combination of US Airways Group and American's parent AMR Corp would harm consumers by leading to higher domestic fares.

While the suit mentioned international routes that US Air, American and competitors United and Delta fly, it cited no international service in more than 1,000 routes that it said would be "presumptively illegal" if the merger went ahead.

By leaving international routes out, the lawsuit overlooked the fiercest arena of airline competition these days: long-haul international flights that are vital to airlines' financial success.

Overseas routes are the most lucrative because airlines can charge higher fares and typically carry more customers willing to pay extra for business or first class seats. United Airlines, which has the largest international route among U.S. carriers, gets half of its revenue from international service. For American the figure is 40 percent and for US Airways 25 percent.

Not surprisingly, airlines have been adding flights and amenities in a race for market share on these routes.

Carriers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East in particular have increased overseas flights to U.S. cities and plan to add more. They have added cushy comforts: lie-flat beds, spacious first-class cabins, cocktail lounges, even showers. U.S. carriers are rushing to catch up.

Industry experts say that by preventing the merger, the Justice Department would handicap US Air and American in that race - a move that would eventually doom them.

Business customers would lose out because instead of getting four U.S. competitors on international flights, or three under the merger, the market for international flights would collapse to a United-Delta "duopoly." Companies often negotiate preferred fares in exchange for giving an airline most of their travel business, and would prefer a third big player, analysts say.

"A stalled merger would harm the two potential partners on their international routes by robbing them of capital to spend on cabin and service upgrades in their international markets," said David Fitzpatrick, a managing director at AlixPartners.

Fitzpatrick said he recently returned from Asia on a flight operated by a U.S. carrier with an old and tatty plane, a sharp contrast to the flight out on Singapore Airlines.

"They needed to fix that airplane, nothing worked," Fitzpatrick said at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit. "It's no fun to fly on a bankrupt airline, or one that's on the verge."

US Airways and American are still large domestic carriers and presumably would have the ability to borrow money, buy jets and compete. But they won't draw the best-paying customers.

"They're not counted out, but they're clearly not as large as Delta or United," said Kristopher Kelley, an analyst at Janus Capital in Denver.

"If you're a New York investment banker, or a pharmacy company out of New Jersey, perhaps there's no reason to use American," he said, because those aren't American hub regions.

And if the airlines have trouble earning money on domestic routes, they won't have the money to invest in the lucrative overseas routes. And "the profits that they might experience with New York to Heathrow won't fund the whole airline," Fitzpatrick said.

WEAKNESS IN PROFIT

From a distance it may appear that US Airways and American could compete as separate airlines, including internationally. The Department of Justice used the airlines' own statements about their profitability to argue that they are strong enough to compete as independent entities.

"We certainly don't need to merge with another airline," the lawsuit quotes US Airways CEO Doug Parker as saying in mid-2012, as the airline posted record second-quarter financial results.

Both airlines have relatively strong profit margins. In the second quarter, US Airways posted an operating margin of 8.4 percent, just below Delta's 8.7 percent, which led the industry, according to Robert Herbst, a founder of AirlineFinancials, an analytic service. American's margin was 5.5 percent, better than United's figure of 5.2 percent.

And American had $5 billion in cash and had just ordered 460 new jets, the largest order in history, when it entered bankruptcy in 2011. Through bankruptcy, it cut labor costs sharply and posted record profits in August.

But those strengths overlook the size and scope of United and Delta, which also have lowered costs through bankruptcy and merged with other airlines in the last five years, giving them more time to integrate and build their routes and customers.

The two are particularly strong on international routes, controlling 71 percent of capacity in 2012, compared with 29 percent for a combined US Airways and American, according to Herbst's data.

"There's no question that over time Delta and United will clean their clocks," Herbst said, referring to US Airways and American.

United and Delta also have a time advantage. If the merger is stopped, American would need to renegotiate its labor contracts, which were worked out in anticipation of a merger. Similarly, US Airways had planned to join its two pilot groups, themselves a product of a merger, in a single contract through the merger process.

Herbst said that Delta and United have become so dominant on international routes and the domestic routes that feed travelers to international travel that US Airways and American will struggle to attract business passengers who want to stay with one airline for the whole trip.

Eventually, he said, the two erstwhile partners "will have to pull out of international markets."
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Old September 13th, 2013, 03:57 PM   #1236
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United Airlines weighs whether to honor accidental $0 fares

Sept 12 (Reuters) - An unknown number of United Airlines customers purchased U.S. flight tickets for practically nothing for a short period on Thursday when the company's website displayed some fares at zero but there's no guarantee anyone will be able to use the tickets.

"One of our filings today contained an error which resulted in certain fares displaying as zero," United Airlines spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm said in an email. "We have corrected this error."

The airline said it temporarily shut down its website and stopped booking flights through its phone center for approximately two hours before resuming operations after the error was fixed.

Miscellaneous airport fees may have resulted in some passengers paying a nominal cost for the tickets. United was still debating if it will honor the fares purchased or if customers are out of luck.

"We are in the process of evaluating this and as always we will do what is appropriate," Dohm said.
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Old September 14th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #1237
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I should have bought a plane ticket.
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Old September 14th, 2013, 12:26 AM   #1238
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Dam missed the opportunity of a life to fly for free. Wonder what flight were for zero dollars. Hope the flights was to somewhere good and not to an unpopular destination.
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Old September 14th, 2013, 02:00 AM   #1239
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They should, the good PR will make up for the cost.
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