The seasonal service will run through April 4, 2011 and then will resume for the summer season between June 9 and August 22, 2011. American Airlines’ DFW-Rio service will then resume for the 2011-2012 winter season on November 22, 2011.

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The airline is planning to begin the new three-times-weekly schedule on December 16. The service will add to American Airlines’ existing services to Barbados from New York JFK and Miami International Airport.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $24.2 million civil penalty against American Airlines for failing to follow correctly a 2006 airworthiness directive involving the maintenance of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. Ultimately, American had to ground more than 300 MD-80s temporarily in April 2008 in order to complete the actions required by the directive.

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With American’s Express Seats service, travelers can pay to obtain their preferred seats in the first few rows of economy class – including bulkhead seats in that cabin – up to less than an hour before departure.

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American Airlines has completed extensive renovations to the Admirals Club lounge at Logan International Airport in Boston, enhancing the lounge’s amenities and refurbishing its decor with the aim of make it a state-of-the-art reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal.

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Complicating Delta Air Lines’ attempt to increase service frequency on its new Detroit-Sao Paulo route by trying to switch the rights to three weekly regional Brazil frequencies from its existing Atlanta-Rio de Janeiro service, American Airlines claims Delta is relinquishing the service frequencies and has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the right to use them.

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American Airlines has released the first version of its iPhone application, saying the free app for iPhone and iPod Touch offers customers a new way to stay connected with the airline while they are traveling.

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American Airlines, Inc. has exercised options for an additional 35 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s. The order is part of American Airlines’ ongoing fleet renewal plan, replacing MD-80s with fuel-efficient Next-Generation 737s.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted antitrust immunity to American Airlines and four international partners in the oneworld Alliance to form an integrated transatlantic joint business. The five carriers can now go ahead and put the arrangement into effect.

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American Airlines and JetBlue Airways have agreed to begin a frequent-flyer relationship later this year to add to the interline partnership they are launching on July 20.

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American Eagle Airlines has launched twice-daily, nonstop jet service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Columbus Metropolitan Airport in Georgia and Wyoming state capital Cheyenne, using 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140s.

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British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia have received final regulatory approval from the European Commission to enter into a joint business agreement on transatlantic flights. They expect to receive a final decision on transatlantic anti-trust immunity from the U.S. DOT shortly.

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American Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to fly nonstop from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport three times a week from November 18.

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American Airlines has been awarded final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate daily, year-round, nonstop service between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Haneda International Airport near downtown Tokyo, connecting two of the world’s principal financial centers.

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Introduction of the Boeing 787 to British Airways’ fleet from its 2012-13 financial year may allow it to launch non-stop service on routes to U.S cities which BA has not found commercially viable propositions to date, such as San Diego, says Simon Talling-Smith, executive vice president Americas for British Airways.

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American Airlines has re-introduced to service the second of its original 76 Boeing 737-800s that it has upgraded to feature a new cabin interior, an improved in-flight entertainment system and additional storage for passengers’ carry-on bags. The airline is upgrading the interiors of all 76 to match the customer amenities on the 84 new 737-800s that American ordered in 2008.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded American Airlines rights to fly 11 new flights per week between the United States and Brazil, starting November 18. American will offer daily nonstop service between New York JFK and Rio de Janeiro and four-times-weekly service between Miami and Brasilia.

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American Airlines is introducing additional booking options with new extra-fee ‘Your Choice’ services, which the airline says are intended to make customers’ travel experiences more personalized, convenient, cost-effective and flexible.

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Regional airline Cape Air is continuing to expand its American Airlines-affiliated route network in the U.S. Midwest by launching three-times daily service between Kirksville Municipal Airport, Missouri and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in mid-September.

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