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American Airlines and Citi enhance the Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard with more benefits

American Airlines and Citi announced additional perks for the Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard, enhancing value for premium cardholders with a higher-end travel experience.

American Airlines Unveils Next-Gen Admirals Club Design With New DC Airport Lounge(Opens in a new browser tab)

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Cardholders will continue to enjoy access to American’s Admirals Club lounges and opportunities to accrue more AAdvantage® miles and Loyalty Points. The new card benefits launch July 23, and improvements to Admirals Club lounges will be rolling out in the coming months.

The changes to the Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard represent the latest evolution in Citi and American’s 36-year partnership. The new benefits include:

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  • Credits for everyday spending and travel
    • Up to $120 back on eligible Avis® or Budget car rentals every calendar year.
    • Up to $120 back on eligible Grubhub purchases (up to $10 statement credit on each monthly billing statement).
    • Up to $120 in Lyft credits ($10 credit each month after taking three eligible rides).
  • Greater earn on miles
    • 4X AAdvantage miles on eligible American Airlines purchases. After spending $150,000 in a calendar year, cardmembers can earn a total of 5X AAdvantage miles on eligible American Airlines purchases for the remainder of the calendar year.
    • 10X AAdvantage miles on eligible car rentals booked through aa.com/cars and eligible hotels booked through aa.com/hotels.

The new Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard will have an annual cost of $595 for primary users, $175 for the first three authorized users, and $175 for each additional authorised user, starting on July 23.2 Customers can also get 100,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after making a $10,000 purchase within the first three months of starting their account from July 23 to September 6 if they apply and are approved for the card.

American Airlines Announces Big Changes for AAdvantage Program(Opens in a new browser tab)

In addition to the new benefits, Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard cardmembers will continue to have access to benefits including:

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  • Admirals Club membership.
  • Up to $100 credit on a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® application fee (now every four years).
  • First checked bag free for the primary cardmember and up to eight companions on the same reservation on American Airlines domestic flights.
  • 25% savings on eligible American Airlines inflight food and beverage purchases when using the card.
  • Enhanced airport experience offering priority boarding, priority check-in and priority screening on American Airlines flights for the primary cardmember and up to eight companions on the same reservation.

American will debut brand-new, renovated lounges at Denver International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in the upcoming months. The prices for Admirals Club yearly memberships and One Day Passes have been updated by American as part of its ongoing commitment to improving the customer experience. New Admirals Club annual memberships will cost $850 or 85,000 miles starting on July 23, and a one-day pass will cost $79 or 7,900 miles. Visit citicards.com for additional details on the Citi/AAdvantage credit cards.

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An A320 plane flew for 28 minutes with both pilots asleep

An A320 plane flew for 28 minutes with both pilots asleep

In a startling incident, an Airbus A320 operated by an Indonesian airline, Batik Air, flew for a harrowing 28 minutes with both pilots asleep at the controls.

The alarming event unfolded on Batik Air Flight 6723, carrying 153 passengers, en route to Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. The saga began when the first officer allowed the captain to take a nap, only to fatigue himself, attributing his drowsiness to caring for his one-month-old twins. As the pilots dozed off, the aircraft veered off-course, prompting concerns from air traffic control (ATC) who lost contact with the flight 90 minutes into its journey.

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Despite the pilots being unresponsive for nearly half an hour, ATC managed to track the aircraft using radar as it covered a staggering 210 nautical miles, equivalent to the distance between New York and Washington, D.C. The captain eventually woke up, realizing the perilous situation and rousing his co-pilot.

After correcting the flight path, the captain attributed the radio silence to a “communication problem,” and the plane eventually touched down safely in Jakarta. However, the incident sparked widespread concern and investigation by Indonesia’s transport ministry.

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A preliminary report revealed that the second-in-command had not rested adequately before the flight, shedding light on the potential dangers of pilot fatigue. While the identities of the pilots remained undisclosed, the incident underscored the critical importance of ensuring crew members are well-rested and fit for duty.

Despite the gravity of the situation, the swift actions of the awakened captain averted disaster, emphasizing the necessity for robust safety protocols and measures within the aviation industry.

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Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

In a dramatic turn of events, an ex-Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 met a fiery end at Ciudad Real Airport in Spain. The aircraft, with a distinguished service history spanning 28 years, was resting in long-term storage at the airport when disaster struck.

Reports emerged detailing the unfortunate incident, painting a picture of destruction and chaos. The once majestic A330, bearing the serial number MSN113, became engulfed in flames while undergoing dismantling procedures. What began as a routine process turned into a nightmare as a fire erupted in the aircraft’s tail section, quickly spreading to consume the entire fuselage.

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Emergency responders, including the Civil Guard, medical teams, and law enforcement personnel, swiftly descended upon the scene to contain the inferno. Despite the intensity of the blaze, their coordinated efforts prevented any injuries among both the public and the brave individuals working to quell the flames.

By mid-afternoon, the Ciudad Real fire service declared victory over the fire, announcing its successful extinguishment. However, the aftermath left behind a trail of questions and concerns. Authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze, with initial findings shrouded in mystery.

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The head of the airport expressed astonishment at the unprecedented event, highlighting it as the first instance where airport infrastructure had to grapple with such a significant fire-related challenge. As the investigation unfolds, the aviation community awaits answers, hoping to shed light on the circumstances leading to the demise of the retired Airbus A330.

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Air India’s last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA

Air India's B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans
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In a symbolic transition marking the end of a storied chapter in aviation history, Air India bid farewell to its last remaining Boeing 747-400 jumbo jetliners, once revered for ferrying dignitaries including prime ministers, presidents, and vice presidents.

The sale of these iconic aircraft to AerSale, a company based in the United States, signals the closure of a remarkable era for the airline.

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The decision to part ways with the Boeing 747s was driven by practical considerations. Tata Group, the new custodian of airindia flights, deemed these majestic planes uneconomical to operate in today’s aviation landscape. As such, out of the four sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to harness their valuable parts.

The transaction, orchestrated by Mumbai-based Vman Aviation Services, underscores the strategic shift in Air India’s fleet management strategy under its new ownership. Tata Group’s decision to divest from the 747s reflects a commitment to optimizing operational efficiency and aligning with contemporary industry standards.

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Skytech-AIC, a UK-based remarketing firm engaged by Tata Group, facilitated the sale of these iconic aircraft, marking the conclusion of their illustrious service with Air India. The airline’s last flight featuring the Boeing 747 took to the skies between Delhi and Mumbai in March 2021, encapsulating decades of distinguished service and indelible memories.

The allure of used aircraft parts continues to resonate across the aviation sector, offering operators a cost-effective alternative without compromising on quality or performance. The transfer of these aircraft to AerSale not only ensures their continued utility but also underscores the enduring legacy of Air India’s fleet.

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