Here’s What American Didn’t Tell You In Their New Latin America Service Announcement

American Airlines sent out a press release today touting new service to Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. They highlighted:

  • 3 new cities in South America: Georgetown, Guyana (GEO), Pereira, Colombia (PEI), and Cordoba, Argentina (COR)
  • A new city in Mexico: Oaxaca (OAX)
  • Los Angeles – Buenos Aires service
  • This is in addition to previously announced new service Philadelphia – Mexico City

Here are the dates for the new routes being announced today:

That’s great. The Los Angeles – Buenos Aires service will be 3 times weekly operated by a Boeing 787-9.

    Los Angeles – Buenos Aires, 4:00 p.m. – 9:45 a.m.+1, Monday/Wednesday/Friday
    Buenos Aires – Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m. – 6:05am+1, Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday

And that’s not all the service they’re adding. There are other new flights not included in the release.

  • Effective June 7 there will be a 6th daily Dallas – Cancun flight
  • In December there will be a 4th daily Dallas – San Jose del Cabo flight
  • In December there will be a 2nd daily Dallas – Torreon flight
  • Effective December 19 they’re adding a third Miami – Caracas, Venezuela flight three times a week
  • Effective December 19 they’re adding a second Miami – Antigua flight

However they’re also dropping or reducing some service. That didn’t make it into the release.

  • New York JFK – Rio de Janeiro will go 5 days a week starting August 21, returning to daily for December 19 – March 16.
  • Seasonal Dallas Fort Worth – Rio de Janeiro will not be returning to the schedule next winter
  • Miami will lose the daytime Sao Paulo flight at the end of August
  • Los Angeles will go from 5 days a week to Sao Paulo down to 4 days a week
  • American is ending Miami – Belo Horizante and closing the station August 21
  • Dallas Fort Worth – Quito, Ecaudor will be dropped August 21

Checking in to fly American business class Sao Paulo – Miami

American, which remains the largest US airline in Brazil, is dropping quite a bit of service there.

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  1. Interesting that AA is adding service to CCS. I thought that with all of the problems, they’d end service. Any thoughts on why they would do this?

  2. Flew that UIO -> DFW flight last night. Only an A319, but it was full. Was full the night before, as well, when my daughter flew the same route.

    Interesting that they’re adding a frequency for Caracas.

  3. Have a SNA-DFW-UIO flight booked for November. Called AA to find alternative flights. They can’t do anything without incurring fees until they have been officially notified of the changes.

  4. Does American reducing Brazil have anything to do with reports David Neeleman returning to thates with or without Azul, the airline hevformed in Brazil after Morris Air, JetBlue and others?
    Are Doug Parker, Scott Kirby working on a plan with Don Carty, formerly AA, VX and now Hawaiian to combine fleets to common aircraft?

    How does TPG and Bonderman enter or figure in all of HP, US, AA, UA, VX, HA, and more?

  5. I guess the CCS flights are empty flying south and full with evacuees heading north:-).

  6. No airline mentions or sends out press releases detailing route cuts. More just complain for anything. Not surprised

  7. American pulling out of Brazil routes likely means routes going to LATAM as part of their new “proposed” JBA. Either that, or AA is doing what they did in giving JetBlue most of the Caribbean flying they used to do (this time being Azul, though Azul doesn’t do exact same routes). Time will tell, but AA is parking wide bodies that they don’t seem to be replacing 1 for 1.

  8. The “proposed JBA” between AA and LATAM (nee LAN) is already approved for Chile, Peru, and Ecuador, and the two antitrust co-conspirators — I mean joint venturers — are already busily reducing supply and raising fares between USA and Brazil (which must have some of the highest average fares per mile of any AA routes in the world). JFK-GIG will soon have 5 flights per week left of what used to be 21 flights/week between AA and TAM before the joint venture. Fortunately this has made way for DL’s daily JFK-GIG, and this latest cut perhaps will entice Avianca Brasil to open GIG-JFK to add to its daily GRU-JFK.

    Of all of the dysfunctional dysfunctionalities at today’s AA, losing its Brazil franchise has to be amongst the top.

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