Starting this evening American Airlines will launch an new service to Brazil operated by a Boeing 737 in Oasis configuration, Miami – Manaus, the primary departure point for the Amazon Rainforest. Manaus has become known worldwide because its first battle with Covid-19 was so difficult that many believed it had reached herd immunity, but suffered again with the development of the P.1 virus mutation similar to what arose in South Africa, possibly circumventing prior immunity.
With this new Brazil service,
- There won’t be lie flat beds in business class, just domestic first class seats with less distance between seats and less seat padding than their old 737s.
- There will be no hot meals in economy, because the coach cabin galley doesn’t even have ovens. Economy has less distance between seats, less recline, and less padded seats too.
Here’s the flight schedule for this four-times weekly service:
- Miami (MIA) to Manaus (MAO), 6:35 p.m. – 1:17 a.m.+1, American 1265
Manaus (MAO) to Miami (MIA), 2:27 a.m. – 7:13 a.m., American 964
The flight is 2,402 miles, only 60% the distance of Miami – São Paulo, with just an hour and 10 minutes on the ground in Brazil.
American should be selling the forward cabin as premium economy, even though the Oasis product is worse than American’s international premium economy. They shouldn’t be calling it business class. If the flight was transatlantic, terms of their joint venture with British Airways, Iberia and Finnair would require this. But since they have no such restrictions in place, they’re free to sell the product in misleading fashion.
Two years ago American backed off a similar plan to fly the Boeing 737 to Brazil and Bolivia. American faces no non-stop competition flying Miami – Manaus.