When American ended Chicago – China service they freed up Boeing 787 aircraft and seemingly didn’t know what to do with them. They’ve scheduled flying 787s now to Cancun and also to Anchorage.
Then they freed up even more 787-8 flying time. Since they removed business class seats from 787-8 aircraft, with the new configuration featuring only 20 seats up front, the plane no longer works for premium markets.
- American didn’t have enough premium seats in the London market to begin with.
- Without enough business class seats now in their 787-8s, American has to send 787-9s to fly Chicago – London Heathrow.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8 in Chicago
American is extending their Boeing 787 Cancun flying into the summer. That’s when you’d expect them to be expanding their Europe schedule and deploying 787s across the Pond.
Chicago O’Hare – Cancun 06JUN19 – 01SEP19 1 daily (2 weekly from 20AUG19)
AA1417 ORD0805 – 1206CUN 788 D
AA1417 CUN1300 – 1657ORD 788 D
Dallas/Ft. Worth – Cancun eff 02APR19 1 daily (Except 03MAY19 – 05JUN19; Following schedule effective 06JUN19)
AA1343 DFW0715 – 0954CUN 788 D
AA1343 CUN1105 – 1402DFW 788 D
As one industry insider observed to me, “Wow. Crazy. They are just out of ideas.”
They’re taking brand new Boeing 787s including 787-8s. While they deploy 787-8s on far lower value routes than anticipated, indeed on routes where the 787’s range is wholly unnecessary.
The airline plans to retire cheap 767s – which are great for coach passengers and replace them with more (and more costly) 787s, even though American seems to lack a vision for how to deploy them.