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"American Airlines unveils new passenger perks and fleet upgrade"

Old Oct 11, 17, 6:53 pm
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"American Airlines unveils new passenger perks and fleet upgrade"

Article in Business Traveler:
which was linked from a summary article on FT's front page:
Among the things mentioned in there, it says that AA will soon offer in flight "text messaging", after Delta did "something similar".

But will American offer "real" text messaging, or only through a handful of particular apps (like Delta has)? Those apps can't actually receive the flight status update texts that AA sends me (using normal SMS messaging to my mobile number), can they?
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Old Oct 11, 17, 7:06 pm
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Now people can text each other how horrible the slimline seats are.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 7:18 pm
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an exact rollout date hasn’t been confirmed.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 8:12 pm
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No, it's not SMS, it's Internet-based text messaging apps, as you've seen on Delta and other airlines.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 9:02 pm
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You can receive SMS if you have an SMS handling app that can access the wireless carrier's service via WiFi. Examples are iMessage on the iPhone and Message+ by Verizon on Android. I sent and received SMS my whole Delta flight last week. Interestingly, while Delta claims it's only text, I could *receive* images. Just couldn't send them.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 9:48 pm
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Such “innovation” AA.....yawn....just barely keeping up with Delta basically.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 10:16 pm
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Originally Posted by sdsearch View Post
Article in Business Traveler:

Among the things mentioned in there, it says that AA will soon offer in flight "text messaging", after Delta did "something similar".

But will American offer "real" text messaging, or only through a handful of particular apps ...
Don't want. Don't need.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 10:21 pm
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Originally Posted by sosfo View Post
You can receive SMS if you have an SMS handling app that can access the wireless carrier's service via WiFi. Examples are iMessage on the iPhone and Message+ by Verizon on Android. I sent and received SMS my whole Delta flight last week. Interestingly, while Delta claims it's only text, I could *receive* images. Just couldn't send them.
I've been able to send standard SMS via Gogo for at least a couple years now (using T-mobile wifi calling).
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Old Oct 11, 17, 10:48 pm
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Like most AA "enhancements" these days, this is all lipstick on a pig.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 11:39 pm
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A mattress and PJs in Premium Economy? That's surely a world first.
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Old Oct 12, 17, 1:15 am
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A mattress and PJs in Premium Economy? That's surely a world first.
Something tells me that was a typo. I don't see Premium Economy passengers getting PJs
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Old Oct 12, 17, 1:28 am
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"Largest Modernization Project in Aviation History"

Nice spin for cramming more seats in and going to a < 30" pitch. Slimline or not, power or not, I avoid Spirit because I don't want to be crammed in like sardines. It's gotten to the point of absurdity that as we've gotten taller (and wider for that matter, but not relevant to pitch), the seats are getting more crammed in. Will prices drop with the extra inventory? No, but hey, Parker's gotta live up to his claim of "never [losing] money again".
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Old Oct 12, 17, 1:34 am
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Originally Posted by Single_Flyer View Post
Something tells me that was a typo. I don't see Premium Economy passengers getting PJs
Or a mattress pad.

When Casper and AA tweeted this last month I asked about PJs in International Business and their answer was that they had PJs in International First.

As does the FT article.
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Old Oct 12, 17, 4:20 am
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Originally Posted by flyingmusicianlax View Post
Like most AA "enhancements" these days, this is all lipstick on a pig.
Sadly this is only partial true. The whole statement should be reconstructed to:

Like most AA "enhancements" these days, is all about being a copycat to Delta.

I miss the old AA before Doug Parker took over.
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Old Oct 12, 17, 4:40 am
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Originally Posted by chongcao View Post
Sadly this is only partial true. The whole statement should be reconstructed to:

Like most AA "enhancements" these days, is all about being a copycat to Delta.

I miss the old AA before Doug Parker took over.
Adding free texting capability is a proper enhancement, whether or not it copies Delta. It's churlish to complain about it. Might it be nice if American developed its own innovations? Sure.
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