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American Airlines Launches Flagship Experience At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport



Admirals Club Bar Lounge

Recently, American Airlines’ grand opening at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Terminal D, the flagship lounge, will promote the further development of American Airlines at the airport. American Airlines’ superior Flagship First Class restaurant complements the luxurious ground experience. Following the addition of boarding gates and additional routes, American Airlines has introduced more options for travelers to relax.

Kurt Stache, senior vice president of the US aviation market, loyalty and sales, said: “American Airlines is wise to launch the Flagship experience at our largest hub. Today, more American airlines (passengers) travel through Dallas/Fort Worth Airport than any other airline. At the airport, we think they can feel the difference in the Flagship experience here.”

Flagship Lounge

Travellers on the American Airlines Flagship First Class and Flagship Business Class can go to the Flagship to relax, enjoy, or work. This quiet retreat features comfortable seating, luxurious showers and ample wireless chargers, as well as a selection of hot and cold entrees, including Texas Beef Brisket with Adobo Sauce, Korean Chicken Wings, and Sushi. Visitors can also choose custom egg rolls and Asian pancakes at the rotary chef cooking station. Meals with premium wines, champagne and local craft beers.

Flagship First Dinning

The Flagship First Class Restaurant in the Flagship Lounge is a high-end sit-in experience for American Airlines for First Class travellers who enjoy a range of hors d’oeuvres, main courses and desserts for free. The Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Flagship restaurant menu features many Texas delicacies such as double-smoked beef breasts, slow-cooked pork knuckles, Texas walnut pie, and high-end wines selected by the sommelier Desmond Echavarrie, Cook Champagne, classics Cocktails and local craft beers.

American Airlines will also launch the vegetarian “Impossible Burger” as an alternative to its classic signature burger, offering more food choices for travelers. American Airlines will first launch a vegetarian diet at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and plans to expand to other Flagship First Class restaurants later this year.

Admirals Club

The American Airlines VIP Lounge – Admirals Club at Terminal D reopened after renovations, giving passengers a new modern feel and more power outlets, showers and relaxation spaces. Visitors can enjoy a variety of snacks, including hummus, vegetables, soups and classic homemade guacamole consoles, as well as free beer, wine and spirits. The Admirals Club also sells craft beers from Texas, Fort Worth and Houston’s local wineries.

In June of this year, American Airlines’ free wine list will also include the exclusive branded wine of the bartender Bobby Stuckey.

Full Flagship Experience

These initiatives are just the latest in the American airline’s investment of more than $200 million in a luxury travel experience. Recently, AA as world’s largest airline has opened Flagship lounges at JFK, Miami International Airport (MIA) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), and launched exclusive First class dinning options at JFK, LAX and MIA airports.

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KLM Prepares To Operate At Half Capacity This Winter



KLM Fleet At Amsterdam Airport

The planned upscaling of KLM’s European network in September has been put on hold owing to adjusted travel warnings, prompting Code Orange (essential travel only) designations for the UK, Spain, parts of France and other countries. Compared to August KLM’s route network in September and October remains stable.

Parked KLM Fleet, Image Rights: Marco Spuyman
Parked KLM Fleet, Image copyight: Marco Spuyman

The European Commission has announced the extension of the ‘slot waiver’ to the entire winter timetable. This has enabled KLM to respond more adequately to the rapidly changing market conditions as a result of COVID-19, even during the winter season. 

In addition to the financial impact, operating less well-filled flights would also be undesirable from a sustainability perspective.

“We are making all possible savings within the group and in the companies, which is essential to be able to get through the months to come.”

Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith told French daily L’Opinion

He believes that it may take until 2024 for Air France-KLM Group’s business to return to the level of 2019.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM’s winter schedule will be a lot more restricted than it was in the same period last year. The timetable for the European network in November is currently around 55% of capacity in 2019.

KLM was gradually and responsibly expanding its European and intercontinental network, after the corona crisis had prompted severe restrictions on destinations and frequencies. 

KLM’s primary aim is to offer customers the widest range of destinations, after which we will consider increasing the number of frequencies or expanding capacity by deploying larger aircraft.

In August, KLM served almost 100% of its European network in terms of destinations, with capacity at approximately 60% compared to pre-corona levels.

  • Effective 25 October 2020, KLM will begin operating daily flights to the Polish city of Poznan.

Intercontinentally, KLM served 80% of its destinations at 60% capacity. At present, a third of these intercontinental flights are carrying cargo only. This means seat capacity is way down. KLM will carry passengers on these flights again as soon as local travel regulations allow.

  • From the beginning of September, KLM will resume a twice-weekly service to the Chinese city of Hangzhou, flying via Seoul Incheon in South Korea. 
  • KLM will also operate a twice-weekly service to Cairo.
  • Riyadh will also be added to the KLM network as a new destination (original start was September 26th, but is now scheduled for December 7th). 
  • On 29 October, KLM will also start a circle flight to add Edmonton back to the Canadian network. The flight will depart to Calgary, then call at Edmonton and fly back to Amsterdam.

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