American’s New Airbus A321neo Will Load Into Their Schedule Tonight – And Cram In 15 More Seats

Dec 15 2018

American Airlines has 100 A321 ‘neo’ or ‘new engine option’ planes on order (22 of these deliveries have been deferred). Back in August we learned that American would take delivery of its first neo in January. It would be a new ‘dense’ configuration with more seats than the airline has ever put into an A321 before. And that it would become the template for going back and adding seats to existing Airbus A321s as well.

This new Airbus A321neo aircraft is going to be loaded into American’s schedule overnight tonight and the first flights will be bookable starting Sunday.

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A Boeing 737 MAX Went Mechanical in Iran Yesterday – And U.S. Sanctions May Make it Tough to Fly Home

Dec 15 2018

Norwegian Air Shuttle flight DY1933 from Dubai to Oslo was flying over Shiraz, Iran at 32,000 feet on Friday when the crew received indication of low oil pressure on the number one engine, shut down the engine and burned off fuel, and diverted to Shiraz.

Norwegian sent a replacement Boeing 737-800 from Oslo to Shiraz to pick up passengers. Mechanics were also flown to Shiraz to deal with the grounded 737 MAX. However sanctions on Iran complicate the airline’s ability to source parts for the aircraft.

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Marriott’s Big Devaluation Postponed Until March

Dec 14 2018

Marriott told us from the get go that their new top awards price of 60,000 points per night would last only until 2019 and that next year they’d start charging up to 100,000 points for their best redemptions with the introduction of a new category 8 along with low season and high season prices.

Marriott now says that category 8 will start in March and that the date for launching high and low season pricing is not yet known.

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Schedule and Price are Table Stakes, Customers Now Choose Airlines Based on Brand

Dec 14 2018

After deregulation the federal government no longer told airlines where to fly, how much they must charge, or protected their profitability. New carriers were launched, and legacy airlines had to respond.

First they found a way to compete on price. Then they found a way to differentiate their product. Now British Airways, Delta, and a new airline from the founder of JetBlue all realize that customers have begun to choose based on brand.

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Southwest Flight Diverts When a Human Heart Was Discovered On the Aircraft

Dec 13 2018

The symbol of Southwest Airlines is a heart. This has been a theme of the airline’s since the beginning. They launched at Dallas Love field. Their flight attendants wore pink hot pants (designed by founding airline President Lamar Muse’s first wife). Automated ticket machines were called “Quickies.” Peanuts at Southwest were once known as ‘Love Bites.’ Their New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol remains LUV.

On Sunday, though, it took on a whole new meaning because one of their planes had to turn around because a human heart was left on board.

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