American Airlines’ corporate customers will be eligible for Priority Access
Corporate customers flying on American Airlines Corporate Travel Agreement tickets will now be eligible for Priority Access benefits. This suite of added benefits includes preferred seat selection on American-operated flights, Priority Access check-in, access to the priority line at the airport’s security checkpoint, and priority boarding with Group 4. Eligible passengers will also receive priority re-accommodation in cases of operational disruptions such as those due to mechanical issues and weather.
These benefits will also be available on flights with American’s Atlantic joint-venture partners including British Airways and Finnair. “Simplifying the day-to-day experience for our corporate travelers is one more way we can demonstrate our commitment to being the easiest airline to do business with,” said Alison Taylor, the airline’s senior vice president of global sales.
DOT officially awards Tokyo Haneda slots to four U.S. airlines
In a final decision, the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the 12 new daily slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport to four airlines. The new slots which will be available starting in March of 2020 have been allotted as follows:
- American: Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles
- Delta: Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Portland, Honolulu
- Hawaiian: Honolulu
- United: Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Washington Dulles, Los Angeles.
With the addition of the 12 slots, there will be a total of 18 daily flights to Haneda airport, which is preferred over Tokyo’s Narita airport because it is conveniently located nearer to the business center and also offers quick access to all other parts of the city.
Norwegian Air to eliminate flights between North America and Ireland in September
Citing the continued global grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, Norwegian Air said it will discontinue all service from Dublin, Cork, and Shannon to the US and Canada. The first of the cuts will go into effect on Sept. 15 for the following transatlantic routes:
Providence, Rhode Island-Dublin: Four weekly flights
Newburgh, New York (New York Stewart International Airport)-Dublin: Daily flights
Hamilton, Ontario-Dublin: Three weekly flights
Norwegian Air is in the process of contacting all affected passengers and offering a full refund or rebooking alternatives