Has American Airlines solved its Christmas pilot shortage?

It was widely reported yesterday that American Airlines had roughly 15,000 flights in December without a pilot or co-pilot (or both). Apparently, for 3 hours on Friday, November 24 American allowed too many pilots to take time off. Those extra vacation days were from December 17-31. It turned out that pilots wanted to take leave at the holidays just like everybody else, so a sizeable chunk of American’s 200,000 or so December flights were left without a full crew. Things got worse when the pilot’s union objected to American’s solution of offering pilots time and a half to take the flights. Happily, it looks like things may be taking a step in the right direction. Continue reading “Has American Airlines solved its Christmas pilot shortage?”

First class meal options on American Airlines from Dallas to Las Vegas

First class meal option on American Airlines from Dallas to Las Vegas. One of the real advantages American offers is the ability to pre-order your meals up to 30 days in advance.

One of the real advantages American Airlines offers is the ability to pre-order your meals if you are travelling in first class. Anywhere from 30 days in advance until 24 hours before flight departure, you can select the meal you would like. That means you know you will get your first choice, and quite often some of the meal choices are only available if you pre-order. For example, when travelling to Japan one has to pre-order the Japanese meal. Today, I am going to tell you what options American has available for our flight from Dallas (DFW) to Las Vegas (LAS) next month. It looks fantastic, and it should be a great way to start the trip. I will, of course, provide a better review after we have taken the trip. Continue reading “First class meal options on American Airlines from Dallas to Las Vegas”

American Airlines Basic Economy fares are problematic for business

A few months back, American Airlines announced a new class of fares aimed at those who wanted the least expensive journey possible. Called “basic economy,” it looks as if these fares use booking code/fare class B. They are cheaper than basic economy fares, and that is a great option. However, you do not get an assigned seat until check in, and you do not even get to store a bag in an overhead bin. This process is completely transparent when booking on American’s own website, but there are at least two major problems: Those whose corporate travel policies require them to book the cheapest possible fares, and those searching for fares on third party booking sites. Continue reading “American Airlines Basic Economy fares are problematic for business”

American Airlines moves to 9 boarding groups

American Airlines has announced a new boarding process effective March 1. An effort to speed things up and deal with the complications of their new basic economy fair, it is hard for me to imagine this working in the fairly crowded boarding areas AA uses in so many airports. Here is why I am concerned. Continue reading “American Airlines moves to 9 boarding groups”