American Airlines is adding several Chicago routes, bookable starting this weekend. The one I’m most excited about is Chicago – Fresno, but there are also surprising additions like Chicago – Nantucket (!) which airlines don’t pay enough attention to even seasonally, with service beyond Boston, New York, Philadelphia and to a lesser extent DC. Although sometimes…
Here’s American’s internal employee update on new, resumed, and extended Chicago routes:
About a hundred years ago I lived in Fresno, back when the only mainline service was a single daily American Airlines flight to Dallas. The aircraft overnighted at the airport and was double-catered out of Dallas, so breakfast in first class was cereal and shelf-stable milk.
One of the advantages of an outstation though is that United Express Westair agents never collected my upgrade certificates. A downside was long connecting times anywhere other than Los Angeles or San Francisco (I once flew Sydney – Honolulu – Dallas on American with a six hour layover in Dallas before flying home).
Now Fresno is all the rage. Southwest is launching Fresno in the second quarter. (Morris Air, which they acquired, used to serve Fresno.)
It’s only taken 35 years since Carol Burnett starred in the Fresno mini-series sending up 80s prime time soap dramas. (The full series is even online.)
Chicago – Fresno is a big deal for Fresno Yosemite International Airport (which wanted to change its 3 letter code to FYI, but is still FAT) since Chicago will be the airport’s first destination east of Denver.