American Diverts to Denver So Passengers Can Use Bathroom While Pit Crew Blasts Out Poop
by Gary Leff on December 11, 2017
This morning’s American Airlines flight AA662 from Charlotte to San Francisco had to divert to Denver so that passengers could use the bathroom. They had hundreds of miles to go before anyone could use a lav.
It’s not the first time a flight has had to do that this month. Just over a week ago a Delta flight had blue water running down the aisle and passengers desperately holding their legs together while they were ushered into a terminal in Salt Lake City before continuing onto Seattle.
The American flight makes for a crazy story, though. The pilot announced to passengers while over Kansas that they were going to divert because of a blockage in the lavatory system. It wasn’t just one lav backed up, or both that had gone inoperable. The whole system was constipated.
One reader who was on the aircraft figured they’d be on the ground for up to 3 hours. He arranged travel on another airline. That was a mistake. American turned around this diversion like I wish every airline would, every time.
While the Airbus A321 was inbound to Denver, American decided to pull an A321 off of American Airlines fligth AA420 to Philadelphia for the passengers to use to continue on to San Francisco. So Charlotte – San Francisco passengers arrived at their gate in Denver at 8:59 a.m. local time, offloaded and swapped to another plane, pushing back in the new aircraft at 10:37 a.m.
Meanwhile they went to work on repairs for the original plane so it could be used for the Philadelphia flight. An American Airlines spokesperson tells me that “[t]hey discovered a clog was in the rear Y-Duct… the maintenance team at Denver was able to push the clog through the system with an air blaster.” Now that is a ‘Dirty Job’ that even Mike Rowe wouldn’t want.
The Philadelphia flight was only delayed 20 minutes.
Smelly poo once caused a British Airways Dubai flight to return to London. Ever since that incident I’ve tried really hard not to think about that passenger causing that problem.
Washington National Airport Just Outside American Airlines B Pier Security Checkpoint
I’d hate to be the passenger who clogged up the system on this American Airlines A321. In fact I’d like to think it was just caused by flushing something down the toilet that doesn’t belong. Although who knows what got caught up inside of the Airbus A321 first delivered to US Airways in 2008.
Here I really do have to agree with American’s Ross Feinstein who says, “Kudos to our Denver team and our maintenance operations control in Fort Worth, who began troubleshooting before the A321 landed.”
They diverted to Denver but still got passengers to San Francisco less than two hours behind. Nicely done by the pit crew in Denver turning those planes so quickly, and willing to take one for the team to do so.
American Will Have Seat Power On The Old US Airways Planes — Eight Years Into The Merger
by Gary Leff on December 10, 2017
American Airlines has offered inflight power to passengers for years, but US Airways didn’t. In fact, after America West acquired US Airways they removed power from the US Airways planes that already had it. The idea was to reduce weight and save fuel.
It’s been four years since the American Airlines – US Airways merger. They’ve combined frequent flyer programs and reservation systems. They’ve implemented revenue-based mileage earning and basic economy.
They’ve bought back billions of dollars worth of stock. And they managed to roll out international premium economy. But most US Airways planes still have the same interiors — no Main Cabin Extra (extra legroom seating in coach) and no seat power.
At most they’ve put new seat covers on the old US Airways planes (without even bothering to scrub down the pen marks and scrapes on the seats themselves). Today roughly 170 legacy US Airways Airbus A320s and A321s still do not offer seat power. This is a part of why the legacy US Airways fleet is a ‘basket of deplorables’.
However they do have a plan to retrofit these planes. That’s not all good news, as American’s new standard interior demonstrates. But they’ll be adding power to the seats — although that will not be complete until 2021, eight years after the merger.
Meanwhile they’ve allowed the power at many legacy American Airlines seats to fall into disrepair. Plugs simply don’t stay in their socket. And as I learned at American’s investor and media day in September they do not have a maintenance program for inflight power outlets although they say they are working to develop one.
I no longer count on planes that are supposed to be equipped with power to actually have working outlets. So when I’m taking a cross country flight or I’m connecting on American,
If on legacy American Airlines planes (like 737s) I use this trickIf on legacy US Airways planes (other than A319s and international A330s which do offer power), I bring a power brick.
They’re doing seat power with the overall cabin refurbishment and densification program. But as they demonstrated with the Airbus A330s, it’s really not tough to do them quickly and on a standalone basis. Waiting four years is already too long, in some cases waiting another four years is just silly.
Mind you this is consistent with the plan they articulated a year ago where they said they’d have 85% of their fleet — including the legacy American plans that had power before the merger — equipped with power in four years (we just now know the plan to go into year five). But since I’ve read in multiple places in the past week or so that American didn’t have a plan to add power to the remaining US Airways narrowbodies this seemed worth explaining.
American Airlines expands seasonal service to Dallas/Ft. Worth from MYR
Tuesday, December 5th 2017, 9:31 am
By Nick Doria,
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – American Airlines has expanded its seasonal nonstop service from Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport to Myrtle Beach International Airport, according to an Horry County Department of Airports press release.
The air service has been expanded through the summer. The seasonal air service will begin on April 7, 2018 and operate on Saturdays.
"American’s decision to expand the season it offers Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX to Myrtle Beach, SC air service is fantastic news,” said Scott Van Moppes, director of airports for Horry County. “The service offerings, from spring through summer on AA will be welcomed news to the traveling public. The Horry County Department of Airport’s team is excited for American’s continued growth at the Myrtle Beach International Airport.”