Airline Travel and the Coronavirus – An Ultimate Guide

Airline Travel and the Coronavirus – An Ultimate Guide


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One thing is for certain: due to the coronavirus, your travel will be restricted. Airlines are receiving the brunt of the impact of this virus. They have lost $41 billion in just one month during the outbreak, Markets Insider reported.

But how does that affect you?

You may be thinking: ‘What if I planned a trip? Will it be canceled? If so, how can I reschedule? Will I receive a refund? What if I’m currently abroad? Can I return to my home country?

We’ll address these questions and more as we go over the policy changes of some of the most popular airlines.

United Airlines

Between now and April 30, United Airlines is allowing all customers to change their travel plans. Trump’s travel ban affects 26 countries; for United, these restrictions begin on March 20.

“We will continue to fly our regular schedule from Europe to the U.S. through March 20,” their site states. “After that, we expect to fly daily to Zurich, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Manchester, and Edinburgh, maintain multiple flights to Frankfurt and Munich, and operate 18 daily flights to and from London, three to Dublin and four flights a week to Lisbon, all while continuing to monitor demand.”

Also, United is only accepting calls from those who are flying in three days or 72 hours. Because of the recent outbreak, they are receiving an unmanageable number of calls.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is less impacted by the virus than United. They announced that they have been working with the CDC and WHO to determine if any flights need to be canceled. But, as of March 11, none of the 103 flight destinations at Southwest are listed as “geographic risks” by the CDC.

Their policy remains the same as it has been: customers are free to cancel or change flights at no additional cost. Also, if you decide to cancel your trip, the money won’t go away. You can use it to fund future flights — a great feature in a precarious time like we’re experiencing today with the disease outbreak!

Southwest ensures the safety of all its passengers by maintaining peak cleanliness in all aircraft. They spend six hours cleaning each aircraft.

As of March 4, they are now using a hospital-grade disinfectant on all areas of the aircraft for optimal sanitation, not just the bathroom.

Delta Airlines

Delta allows you to change your flight plans once for free. If the new price is higher, they require payment of the difference. If it is lower, they will reimburse you, in most cases.

Delta is offering free changes to flight plans of all customers who were planning to go to a country impacted by the virus or the newly instated travel ban.

Like Southwest, Delta allows you to apply current ticket value to future flights. If you’re planning to travel in the future, this is exceptionally convenient because it saves you a lot of money.

Rescheduled travel must take place before December 31, 2020, or prior to the expiration date on your ticket, if it comes sooner than the end of the year.

Delta assures the public that they are working with governmental agencies to determine the next steps in the prevention process. They are cleaning all aircraft thoroughly to mitigate the spread of this highly infectious virus.

American Airlines

American Airlines ensures its customers that they are complying with all facets of the recent travel ban imposed by President Trump. Read the two bullet points here which outline the policy.

American points out that the travel ban goes into effect on March 13. The travel ban applies to all flights that depart from American Airlines airports after March 13 at 11:59 PM.

Customers who visited the “Schengen Area” or a specific selection of European countries within the last 14 days, must return to the US through approved airports only. This also applies to people who have visited mainland China or Iran.

The travel ban only applies to non-Americans. Non-Americans won’t be able to travel to America until April 13.

Alaska Airlines

Similar to Southwest, Alaska Airlines’ flights have not been impacted by the disease’s spread of or President Trump’s travel ban. They assure customers that they are in close contact with the CDC, WHO, and other governmental organizations to stay up to date with any changes in travel regulations as a result of the growing virus.

Per Alaska’s policy, they are offering free changes or cancellations on travel booked between February 26 and April 30. They follow the same policy for new tickets purchased between February 27 and March 31.

The aircraft at Alaska Airlines feature high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters which keep the air pristine during your entire flight. They have a quick, informative video on how the filters work. Check it out below.

A Quick Note

This review of the major airlines’ policies and procedures during the outbreak is not extensive. It’s merely meant to keep you informed and give you easy access to an extensive article with all the useful information packed in one place for your convenience.

All information about specific airlines was researched on the airlines’ websites. Every airline also has a FAQ page that they have taken extra care to update during the virus outbreak. So, if you have any questions, refer to the website and FAQ pages of your corresponding airline.

Travelers, what does this mean for you?

Easier to Upgrade First Class

This may be self-explanatory, but with the travel ban in place and a global pandemic looming, fewer people will travel. Most will stay home and limit their contact with others, which is recommended by the CDC.

But, if you do choose to travel, you may have the opportunity to easily and cheaply upgrade to first-class seating. One easy way to upgrade to first class is to simply ask the flight attendant if they have any seats available. If they do, most airlines will allow you to sit first class. And this is even easier now with much less travel.

Keep in mind that you may not be the only one with this idea. In fact, it could happen that the first-class section is full and you’d have to sit in the economy section. But it never hurts to ask; the worst-case scenario is they’ll say no.

Difficult — and At Times Impossible — to Book Flights

You probably know this now from reading the individual sections on the popular airlines, but depending on who you are and where you are trying to go, you may not be able to book your flight until the travel ban passes or the outbreak subsides.

Most airlines have suspended flights to countries impacted by the outbreak, such as Germany, China, Italy, France, and several more.

Also, I’ll reiterate this again, because it is important: if you are a non-American, you cannot travel from Europe to the US until April 13.


Along with not being able to book several flights, you may have to cancel your current flight. If you had plans to travel to a country impacted by the disease outbreak, or if you are a non-American who had tickets to travel to America, those flights are now canceled.

All of the major airlines have policies in place that allow you to change or cancel your flight for free. If you decide to cancel, some airlines allow the ticket cost to carry over to future flights, ensuring that you don’t lose the money you initially spent on your tickets.

So, just work with your airline here. Give them a call and be patient, because they are likely receiving hundreds or even thousands of calls a day due to the recent virus outbreak.

Take Sanitary Precautions

You’ve probably seen this everywhere and you’ll see it more: wash your hands with soap. Soap breaks down the virus and kills it. This will keep you healthy and prevent it from spreading. This is especially important given that the coronavirus has a high infection rate.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer also works great to kill germs, but you’ll have a lot of difficulties finding that in stores or online. Most of it is sold out or price gouged. Thankfully it’s not necessary and you can stick to hand washing.

Also, wipe down surfaces around your home or places that may harbor a lot of germs such as keyboards, doorknobs, floors, and bathrooms.

Minimize Travel

One of the most effective things you can do to mitigate the spread of the virus is to minimize travel. This won’t be hard given the travel ban and extensive airline cancellations recently put in place. But, this doesn’t mean just airline travel. Try to stay in your home and away from others as much as possible. This means postponing your walks in your neighborhood, your trips to the mall, or other errands you may need to get done.

Some workplaces have closed the office and gone remote, along with schools and universities across the country. Digital technology will be your best friend as the WHO and CDC continue to combat the spread of the coronavirus and work toward a viable cure.

Be prepared to contract the coronavirus.

It’s important for you to mentally prepare yourself for the possibility that you may contract the coronavirus. If this occurs, you should operate under strict quarantine and limit contact with anyone as much as possible. 

Facemasks are not effective to prevent you from obtaining the virus since its particles are so small. They will either pass through the fabric in the mask or travel through the small opening between your mask and your skin.

However, they can be an effective measure toward containing the spread of the virus if you have it, mainly to prevent the spread of droplets produced by coughing or sneezing that contain the coronavirus.

A woman posted a video on YouTube of his story contracting this disease, how he endured the process and some of the symptoms he experienced. Take a look below.

More on the Coronavirus

The coronavirus has been dominating the media for several weeks. The first case was reported on December 8 in Wuhan, China, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, it has spread to 149 countries (as of the date this article was published).

Most of the cases are mild — over 80% in fact (Note: This data is updated in real-time). The WHO announced a 3.4% mortality rate for the disease on March 3. The highest at-risk groups are those over 60 and those with compromised or weakened immune systems.

China has been able to contain the virus, with over 80% of its affected population now recovered, but it could not be contained. The WHO declared the virus a pandemic on March 11, 2019.

Countries around the world are scrambling to combat the virus. China took the most drastic measures, banning public gatherings and confining people to their homes. They even rewarded citizens for reporting any violations of their quarantine orders, according to NPR.

The virus was declared “contained” in China after three consecutive days of no new cases outside the Hubei province by President Xingping.

Italy has also banned public gatherings and suspended sporting events until April 3, NPR reported. Iran, Spain, France, and Germany also banned public gatherings of varying sizes, among other measures.

Now with over 2000 cases, the USA has begun to take drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus. Most recently, President Trump declared a national emergency, granting Congress $50 billion to devote to virus prevention and containment.

Also, the diagnosis of a professional basketball player led to a domino effect of drastic measures. Several professional sports leagues suspended their regular season: the NBA, MLB, and the NHL. The college sports league, the NCAA, also canceled all of its outside competition. 

So, what can you do?

The most important thing to do is to mitigate the spread of the virus. The most common transmission method is person-to-person. If you make contact with a contaminated person or surface and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, this will increase your risk of contracting the sickness. To combat this, wash your hands frequently.

The CDC also recommends that people keep their distance from one another — to help enforce this, travel has been restricted across the world. Just one example is the travel ban below.

It is also a very good idea to strengthen your body’s own defenses by eating lots of nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables and eliminating as many processed foods as possible.  Get plenty of sleep and try to take time to create space to meditate or do other activities that invigorate you. Maybe take a couple of days off from news and social media.

Good luck in quarantine and stay safe!


That concludes our ultimate guide to airline travel and the coronavirus. Remember that the coronavirus is the most highly mentioned disease ever. We’ve had over two billion mentions in the media as of March 22, 2020, and HIV comes in at second at just 69.5 million.

With so much content to sort through, stick to the reputable governmental health organizations: the WHO and the CDC. Follow their social media and visit their website for frequent updates on the latest about this global pandemic.

Good luck with rescheduling your travel plans. If you bought tickets with an airline that’s not on this list, don’t worry. The airline’s website will have updated information on the outbreak and how it impacts your travel, along with some helpful FAQs.

For some more helpful information on the virus itself, click here.

Thanks for reading — and don’t forget to wash your hands!






Which Airlines Accept Paypal For Payment?

Which Airlines Accept Paypal For Payment?

Which Airlines Accept Paypal


Can you actually pay for your flight using PayPal? Yes, you sure can! Here’s how.

These days, booking your travel online is the most common way to go. It’s so easy to do with online companies like Expedia and Trip Advisor.

PayPal has offered its service to many airlines all over the world. The list of airlines that accept PayPalas a payment option for airline tickets continues to grow all the time. People love using PayPal to pay for their flights as it’s convenient and secure.

And it’s not only airlines that are accepting PayPal for traveling. Companies like Air B&B, Agoda, cruise lines, car rentals, and many others now accept PayPal.

According to, “PayPal is accepted all over the world in many different currencies. This means you can still enjoy the same easy, secure service anywhere you go from participating business partners.”


Why Should You Consider Paying for Your Flight with PayPal?



It’s convenient, quick and easy – You won’t need to dig out your credit card, plus when your booking online it’s so easy to click that pay with PayPal button!

It’s a safe and secure way to pay online – PayPal is trusted by millions of people around the world as a proven way to pay online safely.

No extra fees – Some airline will charge extra fees if you pay with your credit card. If you pay with PayPal, you will avoid these unnecessary fees.

You may not have a credit card – Remember the days of needing a credit card to book anything for your travels like hotels, car rentals and flights? Well, that’s just not the case anymore.

Yes, in some cases you will still need a credit card, but if you don’t own one, you can still book a flight online without one by using PayPal.

Some Things to Consider when Using PayPal to Pay for Your Flight

Make sure to have a PayPal account already set up prior to booking. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you are in the middle of online booking or about to click the pay now button and realize that PayPal is not set up yet.

PayPal might not be available everywhere. Make sure you confirm this prior to the booking process, as certain countries and areas may not accept it. Plus check if your currency is allowed.

Confirm any airline fees. Always check to make sure of any additional fees the airline may charge if you use PayPal. You don’t want a surprise charge that you were not expecting.

PayPal credit.

If you live in the U.S, PayPal allows you to defer payments for 6 months. That may be something you want to take advantage of. But not all airlines allow you to pay with PayPal credit.

List of Airlines that Accept PayPal in 2020

I have put together a full list of airlines that accept PayPal in 2020. Keep in mind that this list is current as of the time of writing and is subject to change without notice. This list is in alphabetical order and sorted by region.



  1. AirAsia
  2. AirChina
  3. Cebu Pacific
  4. ChinaAirlines
  5. ChinaEastern
  6. ChinaSouthern
  7. HainanAirlines
  8. MalaysiaAirlines–Only when using their mobile app
  9. PhilippineAirlines
  10. Scoot
  11. SingaporeAirlines
  12. ThaiAirways
  13. VietnamAirlines





1. EthiopianAir
2. KenyaAirways
3. SouthAfricanAirways

Central America

  1. Aero Mexico
  2. Interjet
  3. Volaris


  1. Alitalia
  2. AegeanAirline
  3. AirBaltic
  4. AustrianAirlines
  5. AzoresAirlines
  6. BritishAirways
  7. BrusselsAirlines
  8. CzechAirlines
  9. Eurowings
  10. GermanWings
  11. Jet2
  12. KLM–Only when paying with the mobile app will PayPal be accepted.
  13. LOT Polish Airlines
  14. Lufthansa
  15. Monarch–GBP and EUR currencies only
  16. Ryanair
  17. SAS
  18. SATA
  19. TAPPortugal
  20. Transavia
  21. Vueling

Middle East

  1. ElAl
  2. Emirates–AUD/EUR/GBP/USD currencies only.
  3. Etihad Airways–Only in USD,GBP,and AED and only for flights originating in countries where that currency is used
  4. QatarAirways
  5. RoyalJordanian
  6. SaudiAirlines

North America/Caribbean

  1. AirTran
  2. CarribeanAirlines
  3. Delta–OnlyforflightsintheUS
  4. JetBlue–Not including flights to the Dominican Republic
  5. Southwest
  6. United–Only for flights in the US
  7. US Airways
  8. AmericanAirlines–Only for flights in the US, Canada, and the UK and must use a US PayPal account.



  1. Jetstar Australia
  2. VirginAustralia


South America

  1. Azul
  2. GOL
  3. LAN

In total, that’s 59 Airlines around the world that accept PayPal. Perhaps more by the time you are reading this.

The first airline started accepting PayPal in 2007. That was Northwest Airlines. The second to follow was Southwest Airlines.

As I mentioned earlier, many other travel companies use PayPal as well.


Travel Sites Accepting PayPal

Booking any kind of travel can be a challenging and frustrating experience and can also prove to be stressful as you search high and low for the best deals and discounts for your airfare.

Once you find the perfect deal, you might also find that you have limited time to take advantage of that deal and having to grab your credit card to input all those numbers is wasting some valuable money-saving time.

You may not even have a credit card at all, to begin with, because you are trying to avoid falling into debt, but you still need a way to pay for your flight. For all of this, PayPal definitely comes in handy and proves to be a very convenient choice.

The following are a few of the bigger travel companies that currently accept PayPal as an online payment;


They are a participating business partner with PayPal which means that you can use your PayPal account to secure your flight or any other vacation aspect like hotel or rental, a cruise, and more.

If you are looking for high-quality hotel chains, all-inclusive resorts, or other luxurious destinations to stay on your next vacation, then this is a site that makes it easy to book and accepts PayPal for an even more convenient booking experience.


Often used to book flights and hotels, this is another popular site that travelers visit to find the best deals and discounts available on everything they need for their next vacation. This includes the flight, hotel bookings, and rental car service.

As already mentioned, Southwest Airlines also accepts PayPal in addition to other sites, including HomeAway, Hotwire, and VRBO, among several others.

Need to find the right luggage and accessories for your next trip? creates the most functional gear for travelers including luggage, bags, wallets and much more.

RoamRight travel insurance also accepts PayPal. Travel insurance is a necessity these days. You can get an easy free quote online by clicking below.

Get the best prices and selection online for hotels by using Agoda.

So, if you are traveling with any of these airlines or any of the other companies mentioned, go ahead and use PayPal! It’s safe and secure, easy and convenient, and using PayPal as a form of payment is growing all the time.

Hopefully, you found this helpful. As always, feel free to leave a comment or send us a message anytime via our contact form.

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11 Turkish Airlines Facts You Should Know

11 Turkish Airlines Facts You Should Know


turkish airline facts you should know

Turkish Airlines has built a huge following and reputation as being one of the best airlines in the world. It was established in 1933 and is currently based out of Istanbul Airport in Turkey. Before you set out on your next flight with Turkish Airlines, here are some interesting facts I thought you should know.

#1. Turkish Airlines Is A Huge Major Airline

Turkish Airlines currently operates 336 aircraft and flies to 304 destinations in 122 countries. This makes it the largest carrier in the world according to passenger destinations. It also operates to the most non-stop destinations than any other airline in the world.

#2. Turkish Airlines Has Won Numerous Awards

Turkish Airlines has been awarded many different awards including the Skytrax award for Europe’s best airline. Other awards include the world’s best premium economy class airline seat, the airline of the year, and the world’s 16th best airline for business travel.

#3. Incidents And Accidents

Since 1959, Turkish Airlines has been involved in 19 incidents and accidents which 15 of those were fatal.

#4. Turkish Airlines And Sponsorships

Turkish Airlines has had many sponsorships and promotions with numerous actors and celebrities including Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant, Caroline Wozniacki, Kevin Costner, Wayne Rooney.

They are also the main sponsor of the Turkish Airlines Euro league, Turkish Airlines open golf tournament, and the FIBA world championships.

Turkish Airlines also partnered with Warner Bros. to sponsor the film Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, where a scene was filmed on board one of their aircraft.

#5. Operated The Longest Flight In The World

In 2016, Turkish Airlines operated at the time the longest flight in the world. This flight went from Istanbul, Turkey to Sydney, Australia covering 14,868 miles. They no longer hold this record but that could change in the future. Qantas Airlines is the current record holder.

#6. The Largest Airport In The World

Istanbul, Turkey is set to become the largest airport in the world where a majority of flights being operated by Turkish Airlines originate from. The new Istanbul airport will cost 12 billion dollars to build and will complete four phases of the build by 2026.

The current phase 1 can currently handle 90 million passengers per year and when complete it will handle over 200 million, putting it well ahead of the current busiest airport which is in Atlanta, USA.

Turkey’s previous largest airport, Ataturk airport, ceased operations on April 6, 2019, and at the time handled 70 million passengers per year. All flights going to this airport are now transferred to the new Istanbul Airport.

#7. Turkish Airlines Use All Jets

Currently, Turkish Airlines only fly jet aircraft. There are no propeller-driven aircraft in the fleet. A combination of Boeing and Airbus aircraft make up the 336 total aircraft in the fleet. In 1933, the airline’s first aircraft flown was a five-seat propeller driven aircraft called the Curtiss Kingbird.

The first jet to join the fleet was a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft in 1967.

#8. Turkish Airlines Has A Flight Academy

In 2004, Turkish Airlines established it’s first flight academy which consists of 14 training aircraft and 16 air cadets. Training is mostly for beginner pilots using the famous C-172 aircraft. I have personally flown and trained on this aircraft for many years!

#9. Star Alliance Member

Turkish Airlines is a Star Alliance member which is great for people collecting and redeeming Mileage Plus points on the various carriers in the program. They also have their own points program called Miles and Smiles.

#10. Involved In A Hijacking False Alarm

In 2014, Turkish Airlines was involved in a bizarre incident. A pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking alert causing quite a stir in the air. The Austrian military deployed two fighter jet aircraft which escorted the aircraft to Vienna Airport. About 40 minutes after the plane landed, it was determined that it was just a false alarm and there were no safety concerns.

#11. Best In Business Class

Turkish Airlines has been selected as the best onboard business class for many years. This includes best business class onboard catering and best business class lounge dining awards. Most recently, it was awarded the world’s best business class airline lounge.

So there you have 11 facts about Turkish Airlines you may not have known. Hopefully, you enjoyed this article and found it useful. 

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Average Airplane Weight (With 9 Examples)

Average Airplane Weight (With 9 Examples)

How much does an airplane weigh

An average airplane weighs around 90,000 pounds (41,000 kilos) empty weight, which means the weight of the airplane when its fuel tanks are empty and there are no people or luggage on board.
This example is for a B-737-800 aircraft (which I flew all over the world, see my story here) which is considered a medium-sized commercial jet airliner. 

 You can expect to add 84,000 pounds (38,000 kilos) of fuel, passengers, and baggage to that number to get a maximum takeoff weight of 174,000lbs (79,000 kilos)

Obviously, these numbers depend dramatically on the type of aircraft you are referring to. I will show you 13 examples of different airplane weights in this article for you to reference.

As a general rule, you can expect most airliners to weigh about 1350 pounds per foot length! (I know it’s an odd stat but I thought you would find that interesting). Again using the 737-800 as an example. 


Here are a few examples of common aircraft and how much they weigh:

  • Cessna 172 – Used by many as initial training aircraft (27 feet long) – 1450lbs empty weight, 2450lbs max weight
  • Citation Jet M2 – (42 feet long) – 6990lbs empty weight, 10,700lbs max weight
  • Boeing 767-300 – (185 feet long) – 195,000lbs empty weight, 400,000 max weight
  • Boeing 787-800 – (186 feet long) – 264,500lbs empty weight, 502,500lbs max weight
  • Boeing 777-300 – (242 feet long) – 354,000lbs empty weight, 660,000lbs max weight
  • Boeing 747-400 – (232 feet long) – 407,000lbs empty weight, 910,000lbs max weight
  • Airbus A320 – (123 feet long) – 82,000lbs empty weight, 170,000lbs max weight
  • Airbus A330 – (210 feet long) – 274,500lbs empty weight, 507,000lbs max weight

The worlds largest passenger airliner is the Airbus A380. Its maximum takeoff weight is over a million pounds!

  • Airbus A380 – (240 feet long) – 610,700lbs empty weight, 1,234,600lbs max weight



Fuel And Passenger Weights 


Fuel and passenger weights play a crucial role in determining the maximum weight of the aircraft. Every aircraft has a maximum weight that is provided by the manufacturer. This number is not to be exceeded for any aircraft used privately or commercially. 

In order to determine the actual weight of the aircraft, you must add the empty weight of the plane + fuel weight + passenger weight + baggage weight and this number cannot be above the maximum allowable weight limit of the aircraft.

Aircraft fuel can be divided into 2 groups (for the purpose of this article). Avgas and Jet fuel. They both have different weights. Avgas is what the smaller non-jet engine aircraft will use. It weights around 6lbs per U.S gallon. Jet fuel weighs slightly more at just under 7lbs per U.S gallon. 

Passenger weights are determined by the actual weight of people on board. In the example of commercial airliners, there is no way to know the actual person weight of each person on board, so they use an average weight which is based on gender, age, time of year and also allows for carry on baggage they may be bringing. 


Understanding The Numbers

It can be really confusing when looking at the numbers to determine the actual aircraft weight and what it all means. There are a few different terms you need to know.

OEW – Operating Empty Weight or Basic empty weight – is the weight of the aircraft as it sits empty without fuel, passengers or luggage. But it does include all necessary fluids for operation. (oil, coolant, water, hydraulic fluid, etc)

MTOW – Maximum takeoff weight – Is the maximum weight of the aircraft to safely takeoff considering structural or other limits. 

As mentioned, the maximum weight that any aircraft can be at the time of takeoff is MTOW. This is calculated by 

OEW + Fuel + Passengers + Luggage – Fuel for taxi to runway = MTOW

Using our initial example of the B737-800 aircraft, the MTOW is 174,000 lbs. To calculate the actual weight of the plane on the day of the flight, using our formula above:

90,000lbs + 60,000lbs fuel + 25,000 passengers + 1200lbs luggage – 100lbs fuel = 176,100 MTOW

NOTE: These numbers are just used as an example.


With so many variables involved, each aircraft is different and therefore will have different weights. Each aircraft will have it’s own OEW and depending on the payload, will have different MTOW. 

But to answer the original question what does an average aircraft weigh? The average medium-sized airliner weighs around 90,000lbs.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this article. As always, feel free to leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. 

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11 American Airlines Facts You Should Know

11 American Airlines Facts You Should Know


American Airlines was formed on April 15, 1926. They are a huge airline based out of Chicago, Illinois, USA with 10 other hub locations. They are one of the most popular and most traveled airlines in the world.

With so many amazing and interesting facts over their 83 years of operation (as of the time of writing), there are still so many things that are unknown about the American Airlines. So in this post, I will show you 11 American Airlines facts you should know.

1. American Airlines is the largest airline in the world

In 5 different ways, American Airlines is the largest airline in the world. This includes:

  • Fleet size – currently have 957 aircraft
  • Number of locations served – 350
  • Revenue – over 42 billion dollars
  • Scheduled passenger kilometers flown –  324 billion kilometers
  • Scheduled passengers – according to the Bureau Of Transportation Statistics, American Airlines had over 965 million scheduled passengers in 2017.

2. American Airlines’ Largest Hub Airport – Dallas, Fort Worth, TX

Not many people realize that Dallas, Fort Worth Texas is the largest hub airport used by American Airlines. Most will just assume that the largest airport would be Chicago, which is American Airlines home base. But that is not the case.

Dallas, Fort Worth handles 51.1 million passengers every year and averages 140,000 passengers per day. There are many amenities inside the airport including shopping, entertainment, airport lounges and much more.

Dallas, Fort Worth Airport Terminal

dallas fort worth airport

3. First Female Pilot

In 1973, American Airlines hired the first female pilot for a commercial airline. Her name is Bonnie Tiburzi who, at 24 years old, started her job with American. She stayed with the company for 26 years. She was the first woman in the world to earn a Flight Engineer rating on a turbo-jet aircraft.

4. The Largest Airline Reward Program

American Airlines started its rewards program on May 1, 1981. It is currently the largest frequent flyer program with over 67 million members as of 2011.

If you are a member of the AA rewards program, you can take advantage of upgrades and discounts, priority check-in, car rentals, hotels and much more.

There are currently four classes or levels to the program. AAdvantage Gold, AAdvantage Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum Pro, and AAdvantage Executive Platinum elite members. Also, take advantage of the Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge programs. Great deals and discounts are available at Priority Pass.

5. American Airlines is a Huge Employer

As of May 2017, American Airlines employs over 122,300 people with over 4300 employees at the main headquarter alone! With over 6700 flights per day, they obviously need all hands on deck.

Since the founding of the airline, they have created over 900,000 total jobs.

6. They are environmentally conscious

Can you imagine the amount of water American Airlines goes through? It’s a lot! The airline recycles water needed for washing planes, and irrigation. They started this in 2002, and that decision has saved them over 1 million dollars so far.

7. Biggest Merge in Aviation History

On Feb 14, 2013, the merge heard around the world took place to form the biggest airline in the world. According to, an 11 billion dollar merger with American Airlines and US Airways took place and to this date remains the worlds largest airline. I predict it will stay that way for quite some time.

8. They made a movie (well, kinda) 

The movie Up In The Air is a 2009 film starring George Clooney and is based on a frequent flyer who is trying to reach 10 million American Airlines frequent flier miles.

I loved this movie, and suggest you make time to watch it if you haven’t already. It was made on a $25 million dollar budget and ended up bringing in $166.8 million at the box office.

Since the movie was based on American Airlines, I couldn’t leave it out of my American Airlines Facts You Should Know article!

9. First Airline to Fly the DC-3 Aircraft

The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller-driven aircraft that operated in the 1930s and 1940s. The DC-3 is a twin-engine metal monoplane with a cruise speed of 207 mph (333 km/h), capacity of 21 to 32 passengers or 6,000 lbs (2,700 kg) of cargo and a range of 1,500 mi (2,400 km).

American Airlines started passenger service with the DC-3 aircraft on June 26, 1936, with flights from Newark, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois. It was the first airline to ever fly the aircraft.

Old Footage of American Airlines DC-3

10. American Airlines was the first to use SABRE

All airlines today use technology and online booking systems to secure your flight bookings. It is so easy and convenient to book a flight nowadays. But it wasn’t always that way. In 1960, American was the first airline to use SABRE, which is short for Semi-Automated Business Research Environment. 

This computer reservation system is now used by millions of travelers and over 400 airlines. Prior to 1960, American Airlines used a manual booking system with card files. Over time, they became so busy and overwhelmed that booking a flight took hours to complete.

11. American Airlines Ordered the Most Aircraft in History

Talk about an expensive order. Back in July 2011, American Airlines ordered 460 Boeing 737 NG aircraft and Airbus A320 aircraft!

This huge order was placed to replace older aircraft models and upgrade the overall fleet.

According to Wikipedia, on April 6, 2018, adding to its previous order for 42, American has ordered an additional 47 Boeing 787 which includes 22 787-8 and 25 787-9, for over $12 billion at list prices.

There are so many more facts about American Airlines that are very interesting. The list is endless. But I hope you enjoyed these 11 American Airlines facts! 

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Why Do Airlines Overbook Flights? (And Other Things Airlines Do)

Why Do Airlines Overbook Flights? (And Other Things Airlines Do)

overbooked airline cabin


Overbooking and selling too many seats is something that all airlines do. It drives me crazy and many people get frustrated over this. But I kinda understand why they do it. Let me explain.

Even if you have purchased a ticket for a flight, it doesn’t guarantee you will get on the flight. If the flight is full and the airline oversold the flight, it’s possible that you could still be denied the seat and get bumped.


Getting bumped is what happens when the airline sells too many tickets and they need a certain number of people to take another flight. Most times they will offer certain perks and ask for volunteers to give up their seat and take a different flight.


This could sometimes end up being a good thing if you are flexible on your travel times, the perks that they offer can be quite good. Things like free flight passes, meals, vouchers, frequent flyer miles, and even cash can all be offered. Usually, the longer the delay, the better the offers are. 


So why do airlines overbook flights?

Most airlines do this to make up for the number of no shows for the flight. This is the part that I understand why they do it. As a pilot myself for many years, I can attest to the fact that many people do not show up for their flights.


It can be for a number of reasons why, but I know for a fact that most flights have quite a few no shows. So the airline will sell a certain number of tickets over what the plane can hold due to the fact that they are counting on no shows.


The number of seats that they oversell by, is calculated from looking at the statistics for each flight and getting an average of no shows over a period of time. Time of year, time of flight, routing and many other things are taken into consideration.


Every seat that goes unoccupied is a loss for the airline. Your ticket prices and revenue that the airline makes is calculated on a per-seat basis. So it’s very important to have as many seats filled as possible for the airline to be profitable.


Here is a great video explaining why airlines sell too many tickets.



How to avoid getting bumped from a flight

Don’t be late!

You should always plan to arrive for your flight 1.5 hours prior to allow time for check-in and security. You also need to be at the gate at least 15 minutes prior to boarding. Don’t show up last minute and expect to be allowed on the plane once the gate is closed. Also, keep in mind that most airlines will not refund you if you miss your flight.

Be kind to the staff!

If you are not nice, kind and courteous to the airline staff, your chances of getting bumped are greatly increased. The airlines will not put up with any sort of abuse or rudeness, so in the event they need to bump someone off the flight, you will be the first one picked. 

Dress properly!

There are many things that will determine how you want to dress for a flight. Things like weather, destination, flight duration all play a factor. It’s important that you don’t wear inappropriate or offensive clothing as this would not be acceptable and would make you a good choice to get bumped from the flight.

As a passenger, you do have air travel rights when it comes to being flights being oversold and you being bumped from a flight. You can read more about your travel rights in the consumer guide to air travel from the U.S Department of Transportation website. 


Why do airlines charge for bags? 

It’s no secret that the airlines over the years keep ramping up the fees for the luggage you bring on board the plane. In 2018, many airlines including Air Canada, Westjet and Jetblue announced that they will be increasing baggage fees once again. 

Years ago, most airlines had a policy where the first bag was free and you paid a fee for the second bag and so on. Then there started being a charge for the first bag, now you will see that it’s rare for there not to be a baggage fee at all. 


Luggage weight also plays a role in determining the fee you will pay. If you are bringing heavy and bulky luggage with you, expect to pay a hefty fee. Of course, you can avoid these fees by choosing lighter luggage, but that’s not always possible. 


It’s common now for the airlines to charge extra for everything. Bags, food, and beverages, even picking your seat online in advance can have an extra fee. As times change, and things get more expensive for the airlines to operate, cost of fuel, salaries, and many more things keep going up, so does the cost of our luggage fees.


But there is one good thing to say about these rising costs that kinda offset the fees. The days of buying an airline ticket, paying one fee and having everything included is over. This may sound like a bad thing, but as the internet took over and people were comparing prices of airfares, this caused huge competition and prices started falling.


So even though you may feel that you are paying for every separate item when it comes to the airlines, keep in mind that airfare costs have been dropping over the past 20 years or so. You may pay extra for your luggage, but are most likely paying less for the plane ticket!


This chart shows the decline in airfare from 1995-2018 adjusted for inflation. 




Why do airlines allow pets?

tips for dog in aircraft cabin


The regulations for traveling with a pet on board a plane is not set in stone. I mean there is not one regulation for all. Each airline will have different policies in place for them. 

Some airlines may allow small dogs in the cabin, and others may not. Same goes for other animals. Also, the cost of transporting an animal on a plane can be different for each airline. It’s always best to contact the airline directly to confirm if your pets are allowed or not.


There is no restriction on bringing service animals and they are not considered a pet. The airlines must allow service animals and you will not be charged extra for them.


Most all airlines will allow pets as they are a huge part of our lives. Just make sure you follow their policies with respect to pets and you should have no issues. 


Pro Tip 

If you are allergic to a certain pet, make sure that you let the airline know so they can accommodate you properly if there is an animal on board. Don’t wait until last minute once you are on board to tell them as changing seats or flights will be more difficult. 


Also if you are bringing your pet on board, make sure you have a proper travel carrier that is suitable for the pet. This will make things go a lot smoother for you and your pet. 


Why do airlines cancel flights? – The main reasons


Flight cancellations are something that I am very familiar with. It’s something that you just get used to after a while. It’s also something that can make passengers very frustrated. 


There are many reasons why an airline might cancel a flight. The most common one being poor weather. This is something that all airlines take very seriously and is also something that is beyond their control. 


No one can control the weather and all airlines will put safety first. There are strict guidelines when it comes to flying in poor weather and the airline staff is highly qualified to determine when the weather is not safe to fly.


 Security is another reason why your flight might be canceled. Airport security, aircraft security, and passenger safety are always the top priority. Airport security is stronger than it’s ever been, but if there is a security breach, you may encounter a canceled flight.

 Mechanical issues are also common and it’s just something that goes along with air travel. All aircraft and airlines are under strict regulations to ensure proper maintenance is completed on all planes. But every once and a while, something will unexpectedly need a repair and cause your flight to be delayed or even canceled depending on the issue.


Flight crew staffing issues can also cause a flight to be delayed. Perhaps a staff member called in sick last minute or didn’t show up, or delays cause crew members to go over their duty day limits. This is something that is fairly common and most airlines are prepared and have backup crew members. But you may be traveling in a location where the company doesn’t have a base and on-call staff are not available.


Why do airlines board front to back?

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Boarding an airplane is never fun. It seems to take forever. Nowadays even more so, as the increase in allowed carry on bags make it take longer for everyone to get seated. 


For a long time, airlines always boarded the plane from the rear to the front. Meaning that the last row went first and everyone else followed. Well, that was leading to the most aisle interferences and taking the most time.


Now, airlines will board the business class passengers first, then the front to back method is used. The reason for this is efficiency and speed. There have been many experiments that prove boarding front to back is the most efficient for the airline.


Mythbusters concluded that it is actually 10 minutes slower to board the plane from the back to front. You can read that article on


Why do airlines restrict liquids?

Actually, it’s not the airline’s restriction. This has to do with the Transport Security Administration and their guidelines for bringing liquids on board the plane. You are limited to 100ml or 3.4 ounces to be carried on board the plane. 


The problem you will run into is at airport security. You will not be allowed through security with anything over the limit. This includes beverages, shampoo, and any other liquids. If you want to bring a drink with you on the plane, you will need to wait until through security, then purchase it before boarding the plane.


There is more information on the TSA website. 


In Summary

Whenever you are traveling, make sure to have an open mind when it comes to airlines rules and regulations. They are there for a reason. Even though some things like delays or flight cancellations can be frustrating, it’s just part of the business and keep in mind the airline will always act with safety first in mind!


Hopefully, you found this helpful.


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