Yesterday United Airlines made a big announcement of new flying from San Francisco. Today American Airlines is out with their own announcement of new flying as well.
American is expected to grow at both Dallas Fort-Worth (in 2019 with new gates coming online) and Charlotte (in 2020 with new gates coming online) and at Washington National (by operating larger regional jets at the dreaded gate 35X is replaced with a new regional concourse). The airline says these are their most profitable hubs.
More surprising is:
- growth at LAX where operational capacity is constrained and competition is intense
- New York where American has largely backed away from the market emphasizing that they intend to be flying boutique business routes which seems to mean “London Heathrow, Los Angeles, and San Francisco” but not Zurich, Frankfurt, or other places business travelers go recognizing that business travelers are leisure travelers and frequent travelers travel, New Yorkers in particular to warm weather places like the Caribbean.
New York LaGuardia
Most of the new flying will be operated by American’s affiliate carriers with regional jets. These are largely small ball routes. And many are just seasonal.
American is adding a second Boeing 787-9 frequency for both Dallas – Paris and Dallas – Madrid.
This makes sense:
- Dallas is one of American’s best performing hubs and Madrid is the base for revenue-sharing joint venture partner Iberia
- Air France is returning to Dallas — American reacts pretty clearly to competitor incursions into their home base with additional capacity of their own.
Boeing 787-9 Business Class Departing Paris
Here’s American’s additional flying:
The New York flights seem especially odd considering how American says they view their operations in the city. Not only are these more leisure destinations, but the schedules don’t mesh with when business travelers fly. Saturday service and Saturday/Sunday service can work for some airlines and destinations but if they were catering to the leisure needs of business customers they’d be flying out Friday afternoon (knock off work early) or evening (get out after work) and return Sunday afternoon.