What we’re reading: AA may go back to old tail design, cabin upgrades on Alaska Air, no in-flight calls on some airlines

by Stephanus Surjaputra on December 19, 2013

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Doug Parker to let American Airlines employees decide whether to keep the new AA tail

Doug Parker put out a survey to employees whether they prefer the old tail design or the new one.

Here’s the wording that employees see when they go to the survey:

“This survey contains a question about the past, present and future of the American Airlines livery. We appreciate your honest feedback. (Note: This isn’t a ‘vote’ on the new livery … rather it is a way to get your thoughts before we make a decision on how we are going to paint the planes in the future.)

Alaska Airlines debuts first aircraft with new cabin upgrades

Alaska Airlines is starting to put in new seats that come with 110-volt and USB plugs.

Alaska Airlines is the only U.S. carrier to provide both 110-volt and USB power for tablets and smart phones at every seat on its equipped aircraft, which will include nearly three-quarters of its fleet. Access to the outlets is conveniently located in the seatback in front of each passenger and power is available at no additional charge.

Updated: Delta, JetBlue, United decide against in-flight calls

Delta, United, and JetBlue have decided against allowing in-flight cellphone calls.

JetBlue said “the majority” of passengers who have voiced an opinion are against cellphone use. “We have no plans on installing the cellular transponders that would allow cellular calls,” said Tamara Young, manager of corporate communications

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