American Commits $1.6 Billion Investment, Will Continue to Grow Presence at LAXFriday, June 02, 2017, 5:00 PM
LOS ANGELES – American Airlines and the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced today that American would continue its investment at LAX, committing more than $1.6 billion over the next 15 years. The investment will go toward improvements of Terminals 4 and 5.
American*s letter of intent sets the framework for negotiation of a new agreement and features airport improvement projects that would be made possible by the investment. The agreement also paves the way for American to receive additional gates as they continue to grow their operation and add destinations.
**This investment will not only improve the customer experience, but it will also give our employees a better place to work every day while allowing us to continue to grow in the marketplace,** said Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines. **It*s an exciting time for the U.S. airline industry and for American in particular. Today, U.S. airlines are healthy and investing back into their businesses and the communities they serve. What we are doing here today is a great example of that.**
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TSA, American Airlines Testing New State-of-the-Art Screening TechnologyThursday, June 15, 2017, 12:00 PM
FORT WORTH, Texas, June 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the first time ever, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working collaboratively with American Airlines, is testing a computed tomography (CT) scanner in one checkpoint lane of Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).
CT checkpoint scanning equipment aims to enhance threat detection capabilities by providing a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated for a more thorough analysis.
**The safety and security of travelers is the number one priority of TSA, and our partnership with industry, such as American Airlines, is critical in helping develop innovative and critical security enhancements,** said TSA Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia. **We already use this type of technology for checked baggage, and we expect these smaller checkpoint-sized machines will provide the same high level of security.**
**We are proud to be working collaboratively with the TSA to add new technology to the screening process,** said Kerry Philipovitch, American Airlines Senior Vice President – Customer Experience. **Enhancing aviation security is a shared responsibility, and we appreciate the TSA*s partnership in testing this new state-of-the-art equipment at our Phoenix hub.**
**As a major hub airport and an important partner of American Airlines, it is appropriate that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the first in the nation for this new technology,** said Sky Harbor Director of Aviation Services Jim Bennett. **Safety and security are our top priorities, followed closely by customer service. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with our airline partners and the TSA to better serve our travelers.**
The new CT screening equipment shoots hundreds of images with an X-ray camera that spins around the conveyor belt to provide officers with a picture of a carry-on bag to ensure it does not contain a threat item. The system applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives, firearms and other items banned in carry-on baggage.
3-D CT technology could make it possible to allow passengers to leave liquids, gels and aerosols, as well as laptops, in their carry-on bags at all times. This results in a quicker throughput and less bin use.
If the pilot testing is successful, TSA and American Airlines may deploy CT technology to other checkpoint locations.
American Airlines Recognizes Female Film Directors with New Bonnie AwardFriday, February 24, 2017, 1:30 PM
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24, 2017 — American Airlines is recognizing the importance of women in film by announcing a new $50,000 award for independent film directors at this year*s Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Bonnie Award will be given to an up-and-coming female director and seeks to honor their innovative vision and breakthrough work in the entertainment industry.
The award*s namesake, Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, was the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. Tiburzi began her career in 1973 when she was hired by American Airlines as a flight engineer. Tiburzi flew for American for 26 years before retiring.
**We*re inspired by Bonnie*s story and perseverance, and we are honored that this award for female directors will carry her name,** said Fernand Fernandez, vice president of Global Marketing for American Airlines. **We are committed to building a diverse workforce and providing opportunities for people from all walks of life.**
**I was surrounded by the aviation culture my entire life and I knew becoming a pilot was what I wanted,** Tiburzi said. **I had to work harder, longer and be better just to be equal, but American Airlines didn*t shy away from hiring a woman. To be recognized and bring back this part of my life is exhilarating.**
As the preferred airline to the entertainment industry, American Airlines is proud to be the official airline and premier sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards is the premiere awards show for the independent film community and continues to show its dedication to recognizing and supporting diverse artists through its collaboration with American Airlines.
**At Film Independent we have a deep and longstanding commitment to supporting female directors and increasing diversity in filmmaking,** said President Josh Welsh, **and we*re honored to deepen our partnership with American Airlines on this new venture, the Bonnie Award.**
Submissions and nominations for the first Bonnie Award will open in June and nominees will be announced in November. The first Bonnie Award will be presented during the 2018 Spirit Awards season in Los Angeles. Visit TheBonnieAward.com to learn more.
American is proud to support initiatives and events throughout the Los Angeles area. We are active in supporting local organizations including Los Angeles LGBT Center, the LA Mission and the Southern California Special Olympics. Within the entertainment industry we continue to partner with the American Film Institute, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and The Hollywood Bowl. In 2016 American formed an advisory council of influencers from leading entertainment corporations to shape future decisions.