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American Airlines Becomes “Cram”-erican Airlines With More Seats

Say good-bye to leg room as American Airlines looks to add more seats.

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Say good-bye to legroom coach section. American Airlines is planning to add more seats.


American looks to pack more seats into their Boeing 737s and McDonnell Douglass MD-80s. According to CNN Money, Lauri Curtis, the airline’s vice president of flight services, revealed this information in a statement to the airline’s flight attendants. Curtis said, “We expect to add seats to the 737 and MD-80 fleets, but we haven’t yet determined the right number of seats.”

American is hoping to generate more revenue with this move. CNN also said that by law, American Airlines would be forced to put one additional flight attendant on those flights. There must be one flight attendant for every 50 seats, and this change would put them over 150 seats on the 737s. The MD-80s currently seat 140 passengers. This move would have American’s MD-80s hold over 140 passengers for the first time since 1989, when they held 142.

Fox Business News said that according to American’s website, they fly 195 737s, and 190 MD-80s. The two planes account for about two-thirds of their fleet, and according to Fox Business News, 55 percent of its total seat capacity.

NPR said there will still be some seats with legroom after all. According to NPR, Stacey Fritz, an American Airlines spokeswoman, said American will sell Main Cabin Extra seats, which have more legroom, but are also more expensive tickets than economy class. Michael Boyd, an airline consultant with Boyd Group International said the passengers would not really lose that much legroom anyway. Boyd said passengers would only lose another inch.

American is still working on how they will reconfigure their seating arrangements. Travelers Today recommends American to take a page out of Southwestern Airlines’ playbook. Install thinner seat cushions. It adds seats, it only cuts legroom by one inch, and they boosted seat capacity by 4 percent.

This move will receive a negative reception. Twitter has already shown public disdain. One Sheldon Senek tweeted, “As if I wasn’t intimate enough with the person in front of me.”

American will still probably benefit from this business move. Many people prefer flying over long drives. They will suck it up and deal with longer lines. The passenger’s top priority is getting where they need to go, no matter how long it takes.

John Bean just completed his junior at the University of Missouri, and expects to graduate in May 2014. John is a journalism major, and is also working on a business minor. He grew up near Chicago, and hopes to become a sportswriter someday. To answer everyone’s question, he prefers the White Sox over the Cubs. John is currently an intern for TheUrbanTwist.com.

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Domino’s and Ford to Test Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Cars

Someday, the Domino’s pizza you order might show up in a car that drives itself.

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Ford and Domino’s Pizza are teaming up to test self-driving pizza delivery cars in Michigan, as part of an effort to better understand how customers respond to and interact with autonomous vehicles.


They began testing Tuesday in Ann Arbor, where Domino’s is based, to see whether customers like the idea of driverless-car delivery or stumble over what amounts to a self-serve pickup process once the pizza arrives.

The test involves using a Ford Fusion sedan with markings and gear on the roof to indicate it is self-driving.

Ford said the Fusion hybrid is capable of driving itself but is driven by an engineer for the purposes of the testing. The windows will be tinted to prevent the customer from seeing the driver. The main intent of the project is to test customer reaction and the customers will think the vehicle is driving itself.

Those who participate in the test can track their order through a Domino’s app and will receive a unique code that matches the last four digits of their phone number to be used to unlock the so-called Heatwave Compartment which is a container that keeps pizzas warm in the back of the car. Information will be communicated through screens and speakers on the exterior of the cars.

“We’re interested to learn what people think about this type of delivery,” Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA, said in a statement. “The majority of our questions are about the last 50 feet of the delivery experience.”

Areas of focus include how willing are people to come outside to pick up their orders, the way they approach the car, and how they interact with the screen outside of the vehicle to get the food.

Marakby said this is the first of multiple partnerships between Ford and other companies as part of efforts to ramp up autonomous vehicle testing.

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Tips for Impressive Presentations

Speakers are made, not born, and practicing your speaking skills will ensure that you don’t bomb when it comes time to stand in front of the crowd.

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Speaking in front of an audience can be an intimidating experience. Speakers are made, not born, and practicing your speaking skills will ensure that you don’t bomb when it comes time to stand in front of the crowd. By being adequately prepared for your presentation, you can confidently deliver the information, without feeling nervous and anxious.


Many different software tools can help you build amazing slides; you can easily resize an image in a PDF file and create a slide in seconds. Building your competence with presentations takes diligent practice. However, there are a few tips that you can add to your skill set to ensure that your speeches are always top quality.

The 10-20-30 Rule

Is your presentation going to include slideshows? The 10-20-30 rule, created by Guy Kawasaki, comes in handy for PowerPoint slide presentations. The law states that your presentation should have no more than ten slides, last no longer than twenty minutes in total, and have no font that is less than 30. At the absolute most, your presentation could include twenty slides per twenty minutes, but any more than that and you run the risk of distracting your audience from the critical information with too much noise.

The idea behind the 10-20-30 rule is to keep things short and sweet by captivating your audience’s attention and holding it for as long a period as possible. Long winded presentations become dull, and you will lose your audience if you continually waffle on to them. Make your presentations include only vital points and a few keywords. Expand on the slide points with your speaking and make your tone enjoyable.

Be Entertaining, Make Eye-Contact and Speak Slowly

Your presentation needs to be entertaining and fun. Comedy or a quirky light statement will help you hold the attention of your audience. Try to vary your tone of voice, moving from plain to passionate, inquisitive, and formal. Eye contact is an important part of delivering an effective presentation.

As you deliver your speech, glance at the eyes of people in the audience. Make sure that continually shift your gaze from one member of the crowd to another. Unconsciously staring at people can make the individual feel creeped out, so keep those eyeballs moving around the room.

Do not get too wrapped up in the passion you feel for the concept or idea you are presenting. If you speak too quickly, you will lose your audience. Be consciously aware of your prose and your speed of speech as you go through your presentation.

Practice on a Friend or Family Member

If you are having trouble with the tone and pace of your speech, practice on a family member or friend before you get in front of a live audience. Practice makes perfect, and everything you deliver the speech to an active audience your brain will hardwire the experience into your mind. This fact means that it will get easier every time your present, the same way that riding a bicycle gets easier every time you try it.

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Getting a CRM Program for Your Company

When there are a lot of businesses in competition, it is important that you look into using a CRM program.

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When there are a lot of businesses in competition, it is important that you look into using a CRM program. CRM programs are ideal for keeping in touch with customers and getting the word out that you’re in business and are able to provide a service to someone. This is something that you will find to be highly beneficial in many different ways, allowing you to feel confident in the fact that you are going to be expanding and growing your company.


What is CRM Programming?

CRM programming that you can find at Salesforce is there to make it easy to keep in touch with clients. You will find that this helps to organize your marketing and advertising endeavors, which will have a positive impact on every other aspect of your company. Once you know how beneficial it is for you to make use of a CRM program, you’ll find that it is something that is ideal for everything that you could possibly do.

How to Use

The best way for you to use this type of programming is for you to consider its benefits and then customize it to fit your needs. Once you make the decision that you will be using this, you will want to download a program that is right for you and then utilize it to your own benefit. Once you have downloaded the right program, you’re going to find it to be highly advantageous in your everyday life. Because there are so many different options available, you’re going to find it effortless to find the one that is right for you and is going to match your every need.

Getting a Program

There are tons of programs on the market, which makes it easy to find the one that is right for you. You will want to take the price of the program into careful consideration before making the decision that you are going to use it for yourself. Once you have made the decision to use this program, you will notice that it makes it easier and quicker to keep track of all of your client information. This is something that is highly beneficial to all types of companies, so it is well worth the investment if you have never made use of it before for your company.

There are a lot of people who are currently using CRM, so this is something that will help you when it comes to running a company. There are lots of programs available to you on the market, which makes it quick and easy to find the one that you will absolutely love. Because these programs are very easy to customize, you are going to have something that totally takes the guesswork out of the project for you and enables you to run a successful company that you will find helps to bring in more clients while allowing you to make the money that you would like to make yourself.

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