New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Aug 28, 2011
Air Transport Rating Agency New Holistic Airline Safety Ranking. The independent Swiss agency "Air Transport Rating Agency" is providing the new scientific "holistic safety rating" for commercial airlines. Although the European Union publishes a "black list" of dangerous airlines, there are real differences in terms of safety among the other airlines belonging to the "white list". The Swiss rating agency Air Transport Rating Agency has used a scientific multi-criteria analysis approach that takes into account the complexity of airlines organizations in order to obtain results which are tangible, meaningful and that can be reproduced: the ATRA holistic safety rating. Most of safety rankings are based on one single criteria which is accident statistics. This approach is very limited because accident rates are fortunately extremely low in commercial aviation and unable to derive any valid statistical interpretations beyond simple descriptive information. Indeed, the analysis of air disasters very often shows an accumulation of technical, human, organizational and external causes. "Highly experienced pilots can handle technical and external problems very well; conversely flights without technical or external problems can go very well with very inexperienced pilots. However, the combination of technical or external problems and inexperienced pilots can be disastrous."explains Jean-Pierre Otelli, aviation safety expert, author of reference books in Air disasters and Pilot errors. Unfortunately, conjunction of very rare factors can occurred with any carriers and one single accident significantly impact company reputations. The innovative approach of the ATRA holistic safety rating takes into account airlines organizational parameters which contribute to general safety, without being necessarily directly attributed to safety management. Using publicly available data sources, Air Transport Rating Agency has selected 15 criteria directly or indirectly contributing to flight safety. Quantitative parameters (such as the average age of the fleet) or qualitative parameters (such as the homogeneity of the fleet) were subjected to a multi-criteria mathematical analysis in order to generate a synthetic indicator and to present a meaningful holistic safety rating. Like any unsolicited rating agencies, full detailed rating and competitive data report are available for professionals (airlines, insurance companies, financial analysts, etc.) from Air Transport Rating Agency. Technical report includes Airlines cluster analyses, correlations between selected parameters, multi-criteria rating calculations, etc. Special requests for ad hoc analyses are also possible such as advanced multi-criteria analyses of internal databases, sub-ratings by type of airlines, market or geographical area, experts' reports, etc. From a dataset of the 100 most important airlines44 airlines met the inclusion criteria for the multi-criteria analysis. The top ten airlines 2011 (2009 data) from the holistic safety profiles are (by alphabetic order): Air France-KLM, AMR Corporation (American Airlines and American Eagles), British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways. The top 10 airlines of the "ATRA holistic safety rating" will be released to the general public every year thru the website http://www.ATRA.aero. Aug 25, 2011
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Launches 'Sale Into Fall' Fare Sale. Alaska Airlines launched a sale today with low fares throughout Alaska, the contiguous United States and Canada. One-way fares start at $79* between Oakland, Calif., and Seattle and $219* between Anchorage, Alaska, and Seattle. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase and must be bought by Aug. 29 for travel starting Sept. 7 from the contiguous United States and Canada, and starting Sept. 27 from the state of Alaska. Travel must be completed by Dec. 8 from Alaska and by Dec. 14, 2011, from all other markets. Fares are available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and blackout dates apply. www.alaskaair.com or call Alaska Airlines' reservations at 1-800-252-7522 for more information.
Aug 23, 2011
American Airlines American Airlines makes changes to seating options. American Airlines has renamed its "Express Seats" offering as "Preferred Seats." The carrier is making the more desirable seats available through all of its direct booking channels. The seating offer is available to all customers 24 hours before the flight departure. Aug 26, 2011
American Airlines American Airlines gears up for AAdvantage Million Miler program. American Airlines is revamping its frequent-flier program and will offer lifetime memberships to its most-traveled customers. "At 1 million Million Miler miles, AAdvantage members will receive lifetime AAdvantage Gold status and 35,000 AAdvantage bonus miles. At 2 million Million Miler miles, AAdvantage members will receive lifetime AAdvantage Platinum status and four one-way systemwide upgrades," writes Mark Caswell. Aug 26, 2011
American Airlines American Airlines Teams With Frommer's to Provide Enhanced Destination Information on AA.com. American Airlines has joined with best-selling travel guide provider Frommer's Unlimited, the B2B business of Frommer's[umlaut], to provide comprehensive destination content on American's award-winning website, AA.com. With this rollout, AA.com now features travel-related information from Frommer's for more than 170 domestic and international destinations served by American and American Eagle. Customers can learn more than ever about these great destinations and find the latest travel deals while researching their next trip. Frommer's destination information on AA.com includes an exclusive overview of the city, along with recommendations and details about upcoming events in the area. Select cities feature in-depth content about popular restaurants, shopping, nightlife and other attractions. American Airlines travel deals and other customized information pertaining to each destination are also featured. "The new content from Frommer's Unlimited [ETH] one of the world's leading sources of travel information [ETH] will improve the travel planning experience for our customers," said Richard Elieson, American's Managing Director [ETH] Interactive Marketing. "Not only will they be able to learn more about their planned destination, but it's our hope they will be inspired to embark on adventures to other exciting places in the future." To learn more about the new and unique destination information on AA.com and discover more about your next destination, please visit www.aa.com/destinations. Aug 26, 2011
American Airlines American Airlines Assists Customers Affected by Hurricane Irene. Due to the anticipated weather impact on the East Coast because of Hurricane Irene, American Airlines offers customers the convenience to change their plans. Customers ticketed to travel on American Airlines, American Eagle or the AmericanConnection[umlaut] carrier flights to, from or through the airports listed below may change flights as shown without penalty. If you are traveling to/from/through the cities listed below on Aug. 25 [ETH] Aug. 30 and your ticket was issued no later than Aug. 25, you may begin travel as late as Sept. 4. Baltimore (BWI) Boston (BOS) Hartford, Conn. (BDL) Newark, N.J. (EWR) New York (LGA and JFK) Norfolk, Va. (ORF) Philadelphia (PHL) Raleigh/Durham, N.C. (RDU) Richmond, Va. (RIC) Washington, D.C. (DCA and IAD) Wilmington, N.C. (ILM) White Plains, N.Y. (HPN) One ticket change is allowed with no charges. To change travel dates, contact American's Reservations personnel at 1-800-433-7300 within the U.S. or Canada. If you are calling from outside the U.S. or Canada, please check our Worldwide Reservations Numbers page on AA.com. Aug 25, 2011
American Airlines American Airlines to Launch Nonstop Service Between John F. Kennedy International Airport In New York and V.C. Bird International Airport In Antigua. American Airlines today announced it will launch service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and V. C. Bird International Airport in Antigua (ANU), four times a week beginning Nov. 17. The new service will be operated by a Boeing 737 aircraft with 148 seats. American Airlines currently serves Antigua with one daily flight between Antigua and Miami. American Eagle operates one daily flight between Antigua and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Aug 25, 2011
American Airlines American Airlines Expands and Renames Its Seat Product as Preferred Seats. American Airlines has expanded and renamed its Express Seats offering, now called Preferred Seats. The expanded seat choice is now available to all American Airlines customers 24 hours prior to departure through all of American's direct booking channels including AA.com, AA.com Mobile, self-service check-in machines, American's phone reservations, and via travel agencies with a direct connect link to American's fares and schedules. Preferred Seats provide customers the option to select and reserve more desirable seats, with prices beginning at $4 per segment and varying based on length of flight and time of day. Preferred Seats are now complimentary for Elite and full-fare customers and their companion traveler(s) on the same reservation, including: AAdvantage Executive Platinum[umlaut], Platinum[umlaut], and Gold[umlaut] members; Full-fare customers, AAirPass and oneworld[umlaut] elite customers. Elite and full-fare customers will also continue to have exclusive access to certain more desirable seats, including toward the front of the plane, available 331 days in advance. These seats are now called Preferred Plus Seats. Aug 25, 2011
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