2019-03-01 Global Traveler

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This year, American Airlines will introduce 18 new regional routes, including connections to
the new destination of Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana. Flights from
Dallas/Fort Worth International, Los Angeles International and Chicago’s O’Hare Interna-
tional airports will service Glacier Park.
Other new domestic routes include flights from American’s DFW hub to Augusta,
Georgia (AGS); Burbank, California (BUR); and Gainesville, Florida (GNV); as well as a few
flights south to Durango, Mexico (DGO), and Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU).
Across the border to the north, American will serve Halifax Stanfield International
Airport in Nova Scotia, Canada, from origin airports in Philadelphia (PHL) and New York
Starting this summer, American Airlines will expand its service from Dallas/Fort Worth
to the European cities of Paris (CDG) and Madrid (MAD). Other future international routes
include service from Philadelphia to Berlin (TXL), Bologna (BLQ) and Dubrovnik (DBV).


State of WiFi Provider Gogo
While the demand for in-flight WiFi peaks, the future of WiFi pro-
vider Gogo is uncertain as it attempts to make it as a standalone
company catering to multiple airlines. Since going public in 2013,
Gogo has yet to post a profitable quarter.
Although Delta Air Lines adopted the provider with open arms,
American Airlines recently removed the service from 550 planes
and has chosen other providers for in-flight connectivity, such as
Viasat. Gogo remains the provider in 140 of American’s aircraft,
but the removal from the majority of planes resulted in a big hit for
the company.
Despite this move from American, Gogo’s revenue from all
North American airlines increased by 18 percent within the last
year, and the number of passengers who used the service in flight
increased from 7.5 percent to 14 percent. When incorporating the
figures from American Airlines, however, revenue decreased by 1

The Most Environmentally Friendly Airlines
As some of the planet’s major contributors to carbon emissions,
airlines continue to test ways to reduce these emissions and leave
a smaller carbon footprint on the world. A recent report from
German environmental group atmosfair ranks the world’s airlines
in terms of eco-friendly initiatives.
Each airline in the report received a rating based on its aircraft
(the Boeing 787-9 and the Airbus 350-900 require less fuel, for
example), the type of engine and winglets, seat and freight capac-
ity, and total occupancy.
England’s TUI Airways came out on top with a rating of 79.3,
followed by LATAM Airlines and China West Air. Smaller airlines
were more likely to top the list due to their consistently maximum
capacities and their biennial aircraft replacement.
Discount airlines were not included in the report, as their low
prices make it more likely for them to fill seats and thus possess
an unfair advantage.
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