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American Airlines Brings Passengers to Hawaii That It Has No Intention of Flying Home (But That’ll Change Next Year)

by Gary Leff on September 22, 2018



At an employee Crew News session this past week a pilot asked American Airlines President about weight restrictions flying Hawaii back to the mainland of the U.S. using Airbus A321 aircraft. American cannot fly as many people back to the mainland as they fly from the mainland to Hawaii.

From my understanding we leave people in Hawaii every day because the Airbus can’t make it back to Phoenix with a full load, is that our plan to take people somewhere where we can’t bring them all back?

Robert Isom says “many days I wouldn’t mind being left in Hawaii” but that “it’s one of the reason we keep the [Boeing 757s].”

He goes on to explain that they’re going to keep some 757s in the fleet for five or more years, “We have isolated that fleet of 757s that we think are going to be the ones we can hold onto for the next 5-plus years. We’re going to work those and continue to keep those in the fleet for as long as we can.”

Next year American Airlines will take delivery of Airbus A321neos, and those will go to Phoenix because the current A321CO (classic) would be even more restricted flying Hawaii – Phoenix than it is flying Hawaii – Los Angeles. But the A321neo should be able to fly Hawaii – Phoenix without difficulty.


American currently takes weight restrictions from Lihue – Los Angeles and on some days Maui – Los Angeles. But the A321neo will have full payload capability out of all Hawaii markets except for Lihue which may take a slight weight restriction.

However the Airbus A321neo doesn’t carry as many passengers as the Boeing 757 it replaces. Thirty-plus A312neos out of the 100 on order will be certified for ETOPs (the ability to fly long distances over water with two engines – Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards, or ‘Engines Turn or Passengers Swim’.

There may be fewer American Airlines seats between the mainland and Hawaii when Boeing 757s are replaced by Airbus A321neos, but the airline could add flights as well.

Flight Attendant Tells Passengers to ‘Go in a Bottle’ After Toilets Malfunction on 6 Hour Hawaii Flight

by Gary Leff on September 7, 2018

Last Friday, on August 31, American Airlines flight AA663 from Phoenix to Kona lost all of its functioning lavatories. A passenger reports that “only one restroom at the front of the plane was open, but that the toilet was overflowing.” This gives new meaning to the age-old question of whether coach passengers should use the first class lavatory.

A passenger flushed a diaper down the toilet and that caused the whole system to stop functioning midway through the six and a half hour flight.

Here an American Airlines flight attendant explains to a woman that she’s going to have to use a bag, and that male passengers have been using bottles instead of the toilet.

"What do you mean I have to pee in a bag?" Cellphone video taken aboard an American Airlines flight from Arizona to Hawaii last week appears to show a flight attendant telling a passenger that they should urinate in a plastic bag

That’s better than the American Airlines passenger who decided to just go at his seat. And unlike this Ryanair flight attendant, she didn’t try to charge passengers extra for using a bottle.

According to the airline they would normally divert the aircraft but since they were overwater that wouldn’t have helped passengers ‘go’ more quickly.

At American, lavatories must be working properly prior to departure…If an American flight is in the air, and all lavatories become inoperative, the flight will divert to the nearest suitable airport in order for maintenance to rectify the situation. Due to the location of the aircraft, the flight continued to its intended destination. The issue was subsequently rectified upon arrival in Kona, and our flight returned to Phoenix as scheduled.


When New Smaller Lavatories are the Standard This Might Be Even Worse

In fact American did send out a two and a half hour flight three years ago without a working lavatory.Passengers on the Westchester, New York – Chicago flight were given the choice to fly or not knowing there was no working lavatory although they weren’t given compensation if they opted not to travel.

Passengers on the Kona flight have received compensation from the airline for instance one apparently received 30,000 AAdvantage miles, and another 17,000 miles plus $240 in travel vouchers. Unfortunately compensation comes from the airline rather than from the passenger who flushed a diaper down the 
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American Airlines joins rivals in raising U.S. baggage fees

Sep. 20, 2018 6:02 PM ET|About: American Airlines Group (AAL)|By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor


American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) says it would raise domestic U.S. baggage fees by $5, joining Delta Airlines, which made a similar move yesterday, as well as United Airlines and JetBlue, which already had hiked their fees.

AAL says it will raise the price of a first checked bag by $5 to $30 and the second bag to $40, in its first baggage fee increase since 2010.

The higher fees will become effective for tickets bought beginning Sept. 21 for travel in the U.S. and other North American and Caribbean destinations.

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American Airlines Confirms 767 Retirement 
SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 John McDermott 0


American Airlines has confirmed that its fleet of Boeing 767-300ERs will be retired in 2021 as new Boeing 787s are delivered. The airline operates 23 of the aircraft, the oldest of which was delivered in 1993. The current average age of American’s 767 fleet is 20 years.

American mostly uses these aircraft on transatlantic routes. It also uses the planes on certain routes to South America and on select domestic services.

Most recently, American revealed a European expansion from Philadelphia. The expansion, powered by the 767 fleet, includes destinations like Edinburgh, Berlin Tegel, Bologna, and Dubrovnik.

American’s 767s are configured into three classes. They include 28 Business Class seats, 14 Economy Plus (Main Cabin Extra) seats, and 163 Economy Class seats.

American once operated a fleet of 67 B767-300ERs. The aircraft have been retired in response to and anticipation for Boeing 787 Dreamliner deliveries. American finalized an order for 47 of the aircraft type earlier this year.

Of all the retired aircraft, only one has been completely written off. The aircraft in question caught fire on Runway 28R at Chicago O’Hare after aborting a take-off roll. The cause was engine related.

American Airlines is also planning to retire its MD-80s, the last of which “are due to retire next year.” The planes will be replaced by Boeing 737 MAX 8s and Airbus A321neos. American’s Embraer E190s will be retired in 2020.

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