American Airlines will soon let you pre-order meals on regional flights

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines’ premium-cabin passengers will be able to pre-order their meals on more flights starting next month. Beginning March 11, American will expand its pre-order option to include American Eagle flights that have a first-class cabin and fly on routes of 900 miles or more. American said the move will make it the first airline …

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United Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations into September

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

The three U.S. airlines that have the Boeing 737 MAX in their fleets continue to grapple with uncertainty about when the plane may return to the skies. The aircraft has been grounded globally since March 2019 after the second of two crashes that together killed 346 people. An automated flight control system is suspected of contributing …

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Delta rolls out special Airbus A321 livery to thank employees at profit-sharing event

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

“Valentine’s Day to us now is not red, it’s green, because it’s profit sharing day.” That was the message Delta Air Lines’ CEO Ed Bastian delivered to employees Friday outside the company’s Atlanta headquarters Friday. About 900 employees from across the airline filled a hangar at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), and cheered as executives …

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Coronavirus update: United Airlines extends China flight cancellations into April

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

United Airlines is canceling more flights to China as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. The airline will suspend operations from U.S. airports to Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai in mainland China and to Hong Kong until April 24. Previously, United’s flights to Hong Kong were canceled between Feb. 8 and Feb. 20, and its flights …

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Delta Air Lines to consolidate New York JFK operations following Terminal 4 makeover

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Terminal 4 is the next to be slated for a makeover as part of the ongoing revival of New York’s JFK Airport. The project will include 16 new gates for domestic narrow-body aircraft, an expansion that would allow Delta Air Lines to consolidate its JFK operations into one building. Terminal 4’s expansion also will pave …

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Cathay Pacific will end New York-Vancouver flight early in coronavirus capacity cuts

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Cathay Pacific released an advisory Thursday, saying that it is cutting 90% of its capacity to mainland China and about 30% of flights across its global network as it faces a steep drop in demand due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. As part of those cuts, the airline moved forward the date of its final …

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South African Airways cuts destinations; US flights not affected

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South Africa’s struggling flag carrier is reducing its route network as part of a plan its managers hope will revitalize the business. On Thursday, South African Airways released a statement announcing that it would end a number of domestic and international routes at the end of February. The cuts include services from Johannesburg to Hong …

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Southwest employees get six-week bonus from profit-sharing

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Eligible Southwest Airlines employees will get a bonus in March equivalent to about six weeks of pay, thanks to the airline’s profit-sharing program. The company said it will spend a total of $667 million on the incentive this year, up from $544 million in 2019. That sum includes money from the airline’s settlement with Boeing …

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China Eastern, Hainan Airlines suspend U.S. flights over coronavirus concerns

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Chinese carriers China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines have suspended some flights to North America as airlines across the globe scale back service to mainland China amid the coronavirus health scare. A collection of international airlines — including all three major U.S. carriers — has already announced temporary cancellations of routes to China, but China Eastern …

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Hawaiian’s Boeing 717s will fly for at least five more years. Then what?

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Hawaiian Airlines‘ Boeing 717s will keep flying through at least 2025. Hawaiian operates 20 of the Boeings, which represent the backbone of the carrier’s inter-island fleet, CEO Peter Ingram said Thursday during the airline’s quarterly earnings call. “There is no plane flying today that is better suited for the unique missions we fly in the …

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American introduces new food-for-purchase menu

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Next time you fly in the main cabin on American Airlines, you’ll likely see a new menu in your seatback pocket. Starting Saturday, American will begin offering updated food options that can be purchased on flights within the U.S., Central America, Canada and the Caribbean that are longer than 1,100 miles, or approximately three hours. …

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No surprise: 737 MAX top story as Boeing posts first annual loss since 1997

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX dominated the conversation as the aerospace giant delivered its earnings update Wednesday, remaining the most high-profile fault line for America’s largest manufacturer. Boeing executives acknowledged during a call with investors that the ongoing 737 MAX grounding has been a drag on the company’s profits and culture. “It’s a very challenging moment …

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Delta Air Lines is looking to update its uniforms, again

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Delta Air Lines is gearing up to refresh its employee uniforms again, a move that comes less than two years after introducing its last set of new garments for front-line workers. The airline said it will begin soliciting feedback from employees in the coming months, seeking input through surveys and in-person focus groups. The goal: …

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Delta plans new first-class seats on Airbus A321neos, report says

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Some Delta Air Lines passengers will see new domestic first class seats starting later this year. That’s according to PaxEx.aero, which reported the new configuration will be introduced as Delta brings Airbus A321neos into its fleet. TPG has reached out to Delta, which has not yet commented on the new first-class seats. PaxEx.aero reported the …

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