Oneworld Alliance Updates 8/17/2012

AirBerlin (AB)

The financial troubles plaguing carriers within the oneworld alliance continue as AB announced plans to sell some of its planes in an effort to cut debt.  LINK.

American Airlines (AA)

Rumors that AA had axed routes from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Helsinki (HEL) and Rome (FCO) were squashed this week when the carrier loaded the flights into the GDS.

A judge denied AA’s attempt to throw out its pilots’ contract and impose concessions.  Despite this setback, many analysts noted that the overall ruling favored AA’s position that in order to become a profitable company again the pilots’ contracts needed to be modified.  The judge objected to two sections of AA’s proposal, and the carrier is now preparing a modified proposal addressing the two areas in question (furlough policy and domestic code sharing) and will resubmit the request today.  LINK.

Belgian news sources and AA’s social media team confirmed this week that the carrier’s New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) to Brussels, Belgium (BRU) flight would be discontinued after 11/6/2012.  Since that announcement and the removal of the flight from the reservation system, it has reappeared in AA’s schedule and is again bookable for reservations, throwing doubt over whether the announced discontinuation would stick.  LINK.

British Airways (BA)

Following a 15 year market absence, BA will be resuming flights to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo (CMB).  The city will be served as a tag flight on the carrier’s existing flight from London Gatwick (LGW) to Male (MLE).  This route is operated by Boeing 777 aircraft three times weekly and will start operating in March 2013.  LINK.

Cathay Pacific (CX)

CX opens new First and Business class lounges at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) in Terminal 2A this month.  LINK.

Japan Airlines (JL)

JL will be rolling out new cabins on 777-300ER and 767-300ER planes which will include the introduction of lie-flat business class seats.  LINK.

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