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American Airlines Boeing and Airbus jets


This is a great picture taken by a pilot while taxiing to Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

A nice mix of the old and new when thinking about today’s American Airlines.

The Boeing 737 and Airbus A319 and A320 jets are parked in the East Hold Bay while waiting for their respective gates to open up.


Watch LAX Airport Live Via Webcam

Here is a cool webcam where you can watch LAX airport and airline traffic on the south runway complex.

LAX Airport - courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com
LAX Airport – courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com

You can follow LAX on their Twitter site

America West – The Can Do Airline

I spent more than 18 years flying both the Boeing 737 and the 757 for America West Airlines (AWA). As such, I can certainly agree with the sentiment expressed in this AZ Republic article regarding the airline.

Courtesy AP
Courtesy AP

I started working for America West in January 1987 as a B737 First Officer. Two years later I upgraded to captain. I now currently fly the Airbus A319/320/321. Like many other employees at AWA, I thoroughly enjoyed working for the airline and always felt like I was part of a close-knit family. We always had that can-do spirit.

B1Now we’re all a proud part of the new American Airlines, with more than 100,000 employees flying around the globe, yet the original AWA crew will always remember where we started.

O'Hare Airport
O’Hare Airport

In my 18+ years with AWA, I’ve flown from Boston to Mexico City to Kauai, worked with a lot of great people and look forward to working with American.


Embry-Riddle Graduates in the Real World

It’s always great to catch up with Embry-Riddle alums and see where we’ve landed in the aviation/airline world.

This past week I flew a three-day trip with a Daytona Beach graduate. We had a great time reminiscing and comparing notes about our Riddle days. I spent three years on campus in Prescott before transferring to what is now known as the WorldWide campus.

Left to right, Rich and Pete in the American Airlines Airbus A320 flight deck in San Jose.

We had a regional airline pilot in our jumpseat during the three days who also was a Daytona Beach Riddle student.

Later on, I had one of my Prescott classmates and his wife on board our A320 seated in the passenger cabin. He walked into the flight deck during boarding and we had fun remembering the old days on campus. Scott is a United captain who often flies the LA to Tokyo route.

It occurred to me that we all represent different Embry–Riddle campuses: Daytona Beach, Prescott and WorldWide.

Courtesy Embry-Riddle
Courtesy Embry-Riddle

Airline Food is Now .. Mmm Good!

You never thought it would happen, but your dreams have come true. The days of sodium filled, overcooked chicken and rolls hard enough to put a dent in the emergency exit are coming to an end.

American Airlines is now introducing an upgraded inflight menu that’ll knock you out of coach into first class! Beginning July 1st, your appetite will arrive at its destination satisfied.

Here is more information on American’s new Inflight Menu.

Photo courtesy of airwaysnews.com

Bon appetit! Safe travels.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Aiport

I’ve been flying into and out of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, as a pilot, since I first arrived in Arizona 1978.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport - Courtesy AZ Republic Newspaper
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport – Courtesy AZ Republic Newspaper

I arrived in August to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an incoming freshman.

The university’s western residential campus is located in Prescott and I was part of the first group of students to attend their then-new campus in the fall of 78.

Here is a great link to a look back at the past 35 years of Terminal 3 at Sky Harbor Airport.

I can remember watching Terminal 3 being built and the excitement of my very first visit inside the complex when traveling as a passenger on American Airlines!

For additional information on Embry-Riddle in Prescott, please click here.

American Airlines and the B787

AA B787 Courtesy USA Today
AA B787
Courtesy USA Today

Yesterday, American Airlines launched Boeing 787 service with the first revenue passenger flight from the Dallas/Fort Worth International AIrport (DFW) to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

AA 2320 DFW – ORD
AA 2320 DFW – ORD
AA B787 Courtesy USA Today
AA B787
Courtesy USA Today

The 787 Dreamliner, operated as American’s flight 2320, departed DFW’s gate D25A at 7:31am arriving O’Hare at 9:23am.

AA B787  Courtesy USA Today
AA B787
Courtesy USA Today

Later this year, American will be flying the Boeing 787 to Beijing, Buenos Aires, Shanghai and Tokyo. Exciting stuff!

The B787 will open up a world of opportunities for American! (No pun intended)