American just announced details of their Tokyo Haneda flights at the end of last week. They still have an announcement of new routes with Qantas coming up. But right after losing their LATAM partnership they’ve rushed out an announcement of new service to South America, and packaged it with other disparate scheduling moves – perhaps to make it look more robust.
New Miami – South America Flights Coming
As Delta lays the groundwork for an expansion in Miami in light of their gain – and American’s loss – of connecting feed there fro LATAM, American moves to bolster its Miami hub:
Increased service from Miami (MIA) to:
º Lima, Peru (LIM), beginning April 7
º Santiago, Chile (SCL), beginning winter 2020
º São Paulo (GRU), beginning winter 2020
Checking in to fly American business class Sao Paulo – Miami
Note that the Santiago and São Paulo flights are over a year away and the announcement doesn’t come with a schedule or start date.
The new Miami- Lima flight will be operated by a Boeing 757. As airline CEO Doug Parker once explained, they try to isolate bad passenger experience in Lima because of the airport’s low yields.
American has packaged this move with Boston and Europe announcements, instead of making a clear statement of their intentions for South America (“this is the first in a series of moves that will ensure American Airlines grows its position as the premier carrier between the U.S. and South America”).
American Will Resume Flying Boston – London
American also announced a return to the Boston – London Heathrow market, with one flight on their own metal (a Boeing 777-200) complementing the three existing British Airways services.
American Airlines was once the largest carrier in Boston serving 33 cities from the airport.
In perhaps the ultimate sign that American Airlines is trying too hard they offer, “And there’s more good news for customers flying out of Boston, as International Airline Group (IAG) subsidiary LEVEL will operate three weekly flights from BOS to Paris Orly Airport (ORY) beginning March 31.
LEVEL isn’t even an American Airlines partner and you can’t earn AAdvantage miles on these flights. What they wrote is technically true, more flights is good for customers flying out of Boston but then they might as well have touted Delta’s big buildup at the airport in their release.
Extended Seasonality for 3 Europe Flights
American will operate three of their seasonal Europe routes for several more weeks than previously planned. These aren’t new routes, instead they’re going to start their flying earlier than previously announced for 2020.
|Route||Previous season||2020 season|
|JFK–FCO||May 3–Oct. 27||March 29–Oct. 23|
|DFW–DUB||June 6–Oct. 27||May 7–Oct. 23|
|ORD–BCN||May 3–Oct. 27||April 6–Oct. 23|
All will cease service for the year October 23 rather than October 27.