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American Airlines Announces New Flights to Europe Wed August 16, 2017 11:00 AM|GlobeNewswire|About: AAL
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines (AAL) is giving its customers more access to Europe, with new summer service to Budapest (BUD) and Prague (PRG) from Philadelphia, and additional service to Venice (VCE) from Chicago, starting May 4, 2018.

“Summer travel to Europe is very popular,” said Vasu Raja, American’s vice president, Network & Schedule Planning. “These flights will conveniently connect customers from two very important hubs – Chicago and Philadelphia – to exciting markets across the Atlantic.”

Budapest and Prague will be new destinations on American’s route map. The airline currently offers service to Venice from Philadelphia. This summer, American began service to Amsterdam and Rome from Dallas/Fort Worth, and to Barcelona from Chicago, further expanding its European footprint. American and its joint business partners serve 23 destinations in Europe nonstop from the U.S. with more than 130 daily departures.

       
      •   Available for booking: Aug. 21, 2017
  • 2018 service dates: May 4, 2018 – Oct. 27, 2018
           
  • Schedule*:     PHL-BUD 
Departs PHL at 6:25 p.m. 
Arrives at BUD at 9:35 a.m. (next day) BUD-PHL
Departs BUD at 11:35 a.m.
Arrives at PHL at 4 p.m.      
             
      PHL-PRG 
Departs PHL at 6:30 p.m.
Arrives at PRG at 9:05 a.m. (next day)       PRG-PHL
Departs PRG at 11:30 a.m.
Arrives at PHL at 3:10 p.m.  
             
      ORD-VCE 
Departs ORD at 7 p.m. 
Arrives at VCE at 11 a.m. (next day)  VCE-ORD
Departs VCE at 2:50 p.m.
Arrives at ORD at 6:15 p.m.        
             
      *Subject to Government Approval    
             
  • Aircraft: PHL-BUD: Boeing 767-300
PHL-PRG: Boeing 767-300
ORD-VCE: Boeing 787-8  

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index

Paying for travel electronically
​10/2017
Starting Oct. 17, 2017, we’ll begin using electronic form of payment for all non-rev travel by all team members, retirees and their travelers, including international-based retirees. That means, for travel on this day going forward, we’ll no longer use PayPal or mailed checks and you can begin using a credit/debit card to pay for your D2P parent and D3 guest travel, and any international taxes or airport fees for you and your dependent travelers.

Though you’ll provide your credit/debit card information (or that of your travelers…more info on that below) during the listing process if travel charges apply, credit/debit cards will not be charged for travel until the segment is actually complete (as opposed to in advance of travel). That helps ensure you or your guest travelers aren’t overcharged for travel and limits the need for refunds. Plus, you and your travelers will know what will be charged to your credit/debit card. If you don’t have any charges, a credit/debit card will not be required at time of listing For example, if a team member lists for a premium cabin for a domestic flight, there’s no charge – so there’s no need to input a credit/debit card.

You have options
You can handle credit/debit cards in a way that works best for you. The Travel Planner will allow you to store a credit/debit card so you don’t have to enter it each time you travel (for now, you can store one, but in future, you’ll be able to save more!) But maybe storing your credit/debit card isn’t for you. The system also allows you to enter credit/debit card information each time you list for a flight if travel charges apply. So you can easily enter your D3 guest traveler’s credit/debit card when the time comes.

Storing your credit/debit card

From the Travel Planner, choose Travelers
Click on your name
Under the Payment information section, click “Enter and store a card”
Enter your credit/debit card information and it’ll be stored for future travel if charges apply

Or

When you’re listing for travel and charges apply, you can add your card on the Trip Summary page
Click Enter and store a card in the Estimated charges section
Enter your credit/debit card information and it’ll be stored for future travel if charges apply

Entering a credit/debit card for one-time use

When you’re listing for travel and charges apply, you can enter your card for one-time use on the Trip Summary page
Click Use a one-time card in the Estimated charges section
Enter your credit/debit card information and it’ll be used for this PNR only

No more NRTP
When we transition to the electronic form of payment, you'll no longer be able to use NRTP to manage space available travel. This means that all listing, checking in, editing and paying for space available travel will need to be done in the Travel Planner.

Select your currency today If you haven't made your selection, all travel after we launch electronic form of payment will default to USD. So, pay attention to where your card is issued when selecting currency so you avoid any foreign transaction fees. Find more information.

Already listed for a flight that takes place on or after Oct. 17? After your trip, you will see the details in your travel history with a Pay now button and enter a credit/debit card to cover the costs.

 

 

Have questions? We have answers.


Can I use NRTP to list and pay for space available travel?
Technically, yes for now. All listing, checking in, editing and paying for space available travel will be done in the Travel Planner. That said, we will keep NRTP for a little while longer to help with the transition. Know that if you list for travel in NRTP, you will need to go into the Travel Planner to pay for any associated charges.

Who is transitioning to electronic form of payment for non-rev travel?
All team members and retirees are transitioning to electronic form of payment for non-rev travel on Oct. 17, 2017.

Will I be charged when I book the travel?
Nope. You’ll only be charged for completed travel after the segment has been flown.

How many cards can I store in the Travel Planner?
Just one for now.

Is there security in place to prevent my credit/debit card information from being compromised?
The short answer is absolutely. The security of your and your traveler’s personal information, including credit/debit card information, is a priority for us. We maintain appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect personal information against accidental, unlawful or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use. We store personal information only for as long as it is necessary for travel charges, unless otherwise required or authorized by applicable law.

I prefer mailing a check to pay for travel. Can I continue with that process?
We’re moving to electronic form of payment for all travel occurring from the launch date forward. Ultimately, this decision makes the most sense for our team members.

What if I recently traveled, but have not yet been charged?
If your flight segment departed prior to Oct. 17, 2017, you will still pay for travel via payroll deduct. Electronic form of payment will go live for any flights departing on Oct. 17, 2017 or later.

What if I’ve listed for travel on Oct. 17, 2017 or later, but haven’t yet completed the travel?
If travel is on Oct. 17, 2017 or later and charges apply and no credit/debit card was entered at the time of booking, you will see your trip in your travel history with a “Pay Now” button. You’ll select the “Pay Now” button and enter a credit/debit card to cover the costs
Or if you’d like to save time later, simply cancel your previously booked PNR, and re-list for the flights, where you’ll then be prompted to provide a credit/debit card.

Do other airlines require credit/debit cards to pay for non-rev travel?
Yes. Most other airlines (including Delta) charge non-rev travel fees against a credit card/debit card.

I don’t have a credit/debit card. How will I pay for travel?
All travel will be paid via credit/debit card, so you’ll need one to complete the booking process. If you don’t have one, AAdvantage® or American Airlines Federal Credit Union card has options that might work for you. Prepaid debit/credit cards will also work.

Can we use PayPal to pay travel?
No. Only credit/debit cards may be used at this time.

I’m a U.S.-based retiree, but one of my D3 guest travelers is internationally based. How will the D3 guest traveler’s travel be charged?
You’ll be charged based on the currency you selected. Haven’t selected your currency, you might want to do that now.

How do I know how much I’ll be charged?
When you list for a flight, you’ll see an estimate of the travel charges. But, keep in mind that the system will estimate your charges for the routing and class of service for which you list. For example, if you list your D3 for First, those charges will be estimated on your booking page and if they end up in the Main Cabin, you’ll be charged less. You can estimate the charges for all classes of service any time by following the steps in our user guide. Upon travel, you will see the actual charges for flown segments by clicking on the “Previous” tab on the Trips page in Travel Planner.

What happens if I am charged for a flight that I did not board?
You’ll have the ability to dispute the charge in Travel Planner. But remember, it is your responsibility to cancel any flight from your listings that you do not intend to fly.

Do I have to input my card even if charges don’t apply?
No, a credit or debit card only has to be entered if the trip being booked has estimated charges.

What happens if my itinerary changes?
You’ll only be charged for the segments you fly. So, if your new itinerary results in additional or less charges, the card associated with the trip will be charged the new amount. If your new itinerary does not have any estimated charges, the card associated with the original listing will be removed from the listing.

Can I use my D3 guest’s or parent’s credit card number when I create their listings?
Yes. But, due to payment card industry standard implications, requesting credit or debit card information via email or keeping a written copy is strongly discouraged. If you want to enter their credit or debit card number, we recommend that you get it from them directly and enter it at the time of listing.

I paid my travel charges through the Pay Now feature in the Travel Planner but still got an email saying I owed the amount, why?
The weekly invoice runs every Wednesday morning, so if you pay on Tuesday, it’s possible that the payment won’t be processed before the invoice runs. If you receive an invoice after you’ve already paid, you can disregard or reach out to the Team Member Service Center with any concerns.

Resources

We’ve created user guides to walk you through the new process.
The Team Member Service Center is on hand to answer questions about adding or editing dependents to your travel profile. Call them at 1-844-543-5747 or open a case online on the Travel page.


TWU Local 502

9/9/2017

This went out to LAX pilots this morning from their leadership...

What? Sympathy protest in support of the Transportation Workers Union (TWU)

Who’s the TWU? They are AA’s ground workers, including mechanics and fleet maintenance crews.

Where and when? APA volunteers will be meeting at the Starbucks on the arrivals level of LAX’s Terminal 4 at 0930 on Sept. 13. We will proceed en masse out onto the departures level, where the TWU folks will be, shortly after 1000. Uniform shirts/tie are mandatory; hats are strongly encouraged. TWU will be operating in two shifts; 1000-1200 is the shift that National SPC will have an official presence at. If you can’t make that shift, stop by the later 1500-1700 shift (rally at Starbucks at 1430) and show your support. We will have a local SPC presence! This is more of a “display of unity” vs. the traditional APA informational picketing orbit ... less formalized.

Why?

The TWU is over 18 months beyond their contract amendable date – UNACCEPTABLE.
The TWU has lost thousands of jobs to outsourcing overseas – UNACCEPTABLE.
100% of the backshop work is now outsourced.
50% of the heavy aircraft maintenance is now outsourced.
This sole issue is, in effect, TWU’s NAI.
Outsourcing is rapidly becoming a industry trend, and it will affect your career – UNACCEPTABLE.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 

Brazil approves $100 million American Airlines maintenance center

Reuters Staff

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s government has approved a plan by American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) to build a maintenance center at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos airport, a $100 million investment that will help the U.S. carrier consolidate its South American operations.

A resolution signed by Transportation Minister Maurício Quintella was published on Friday in the official gazette, approving an agreement between the airline and the firm operating the airport. It allows American to use land at the airport for up to 40 years.

Reuters first reported in March that the U.S. airline planned to set up its first aircraft maintenance center in South America at Sao Paulo’s international airport, where it will build a two-bay hangar at a cost of $50 million plus another $50 million for parts and tools.

On any given day, American has at least six wide-bodied aircraft parked in Sao Paulo for up to 12 hours, and the hangar will allow it to do maintenance work using the planes’ ground time, said Marta Pantin, a spokeswoman for the airline.

The approval is the latest example of President Michel Temer’s efforts to attract foreign investment to help build road, ports and railways and modernize Brazil’s airports.

Private concessions are now operating the main airports and the government plans to sell shares in public airport operator Infraero through an initial public offering, potentially surrendering control of the agency.

Temer’s government has also discussed ending a rule that restricts foreign ownership of Brazilian airlines to a 20 percent stake.

This week, Brazil’s antitrust agency recommended approval of a business agreement between American and LATAM Airlines Group SA LFL.SN, Latin America’s largest airline.

The agreement allows American to grow in South America by offering more connections and lower fares, but it still requires approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation and that will only happen when an Open Skies treaty between the United States and Brazil goes into effect.

That agreement ending limits on the number of flights between the two countries was signed in 2011 but has not yet been approved by Brazil’s Congress where it faces opposition.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien