Bolivian media is reporting that the South American country’s only non-stop flight to the U.S. is being eliminated. American Airlines is dropping Miami – Santa Cruz, Bolivia at the end of November. This comes after backtracking on putting the Boeing 737 MAX on the more than 3200 mile route.
In November American Airlines rolled out a schedule change — a plan to fly their Boeing 737 MAX to Brazil and to Bolivia swapping out Boeing 757s that offer lie flat business class for their new, least comfortable domestic aircraft and operate them on two . This was supposed to start in May.
Ostensibly the move was because they weren’t able to make the economics even of a Boeing 757 work on these routes. However in March they pulled that plan and kept Boeing 757s flying instead.
Now (and without the 737 MAX in the fleet) American has decided to end Santa Cruz, Bolivia service altogether meaning there will no longer be any non-stop service between the U.S. and Bolivia.