American Airlines Launching More India Service And Several Other Routes

With the Department of Justice ramping up its investigation of American’s partnership with JetBlue at the behest of competitors, this ‘Northeastern alliance’ is out today with exciting new routes demonstrating the additional flying that becomes possible through the partnership – and just how much more formidable the competition with Delta and United becomes in the Northeast as a result.

New Non-Stop Service From New York JFK To Delhi, India

American Airlines announced that starting October 31 they will fly New York JFK – Delhi using a Boeing 777-200 three times a week, and operating daily between November 17 through January 3 for the holidays.

American Airlines Boeing 777-200 ‘Concept D’ Business Class

This comes on top of American’s plan to fly Seattle – Bangalore, announced right before the pandemic. They’re promoting New York JFK – Delhi as additional India service, though the Seattle flight hasn’t started yet and will face significant competition. Last month the airline shared with employees that plans to launch the route were still uncertain (“has a lot of cloud around it”).

While they plan to launch Seattle – Bangalore this fall, it’s a business travel-dependent route, and is “reliant on a return of business travel.” (Amazon and Microsoft have to resume travel to India for the flight to work.) That hasn’t happened yet of course. In fact American won’t be flying Seattle – London in July due to lack of demand – but will add a Miami – Las Vegas Boeing 777-200 flight with the aircraft that month.

American also “ha[s] to keep an eye on” United’s Bangalore service, when American announced their route they were going to be the only U.S. – Bangalore non-stop in the market and United’s San Francisco flight will have more local traffic.

New Routes Out Of New York And Boston

In addition to new non-stop service to India, American will add flying:

  • New York LaGuardia – Houston Intercontinental, Oklahoma City, and Omaha
  • Boston – Toronto, Cincinnati, and St. Louis
From To Aircraft Frequency Starts
Boston Cincinnati E175 3x Daily 11/2/2021
Boston St. Louis A319 2x Daily 11/2/2021
Boston Toronto E175 3x Daily 11/2/2021
JFK Delhi 777-200 3x weekly 10/31/2021
LGA Houston IAH A319/E175 3x Daily 11/2/2021
LGA Oklahoma City E175 Daily 11/2/2021
LGA Omaha E175 Daily 11/2/2021

More Premium Service

American will operate their Los Angeles – Boston flights using the 3-cabin premium-heavy Airbus A321T. Since JetBlue runs the route with ‘Mint’ service American needs to offer a similar product in order to make the partnership seamless.

As previously announced, American also plans to drop 50 seat regional jets out of the New York and Washington National markets, upgauging to two-cabin regional jets. In DC they have a new concourse which supports larger aircraft, replacing dreaded bus gate 35X, and in New York this means they’ll be flying more seats which they need to do in order to avoid losing additional New York takeoff and landing slots under a deal with the government to approve the JetBlue partnership.

American Eagle ERJ-145

An Airside Connector Bus At JFK

At New York JFK American announced plans for “seamless connection between Terminal 5 and Terminal 8″ via ” secure-side transportation” which will begin this summer, something I reported in March.

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  1. Flying DFW to SFO on United early this year, it looked like the majority of the passengers on the flight planned to connect to India. I’m not sure that there isn’t demand today from Seattle to Bangalore, but probably not for enough seats at the pointy end needed to make the flights profitable.

  2. I wish we will have more direct flights from Washington Dulles to India(especially some to south India like Bangalore and Chennai).

  3. AA continues to try to find a place to serve in India and continually does so in markets where UA is stronger and has demonstrated an ability to outlast and outfox American.
    AA has flown most of the rest of the other markets they are starting/reinstating. Given that there is limited connection capability on most of them and the B6 pilot union voted against allowing B6 to put its code on AA RJ flights, I’m not sure that the B6 partnership – which doesn’t involve revenue sharing – will do much.

    I would bet we will see Delta start DFW-BOS on the A220 in the not too distant future given that AA wants in the BOS-CVG market – which I believe they haven’t served in a long time, if ever.

  4. I wish AA considered ORD-BOM or ORD-AMD, if not throughout the year, during peak periods of November to March each year. They would see full flights during this period.

  5. Bad timing !! Covid-19 is killing the most people ever in India and AA announces new flights to/from India.

    Are they nuts ?

    Maybe their thinking is that by the time these flights start the virus will have burned itself out in India with half the population dead.

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