After American’s third quarter earnings call late in the week, executives gathered for their internal ‘State of the Airline’ comments to employees along with question and answer session. Vice President – Planning Vasu Raja answered questions about the airline’s route plans in a “network speed round.”
Here are key takeaways:
- American is looking at making Dallas-Fort Worth – Reykjavik year-round.
- They’ll consider making their new Phoenix – London Heathrow flight year-round also, depending on how it does.
American Airlines in Phoenix
- Bringing back the morning Miami – Sao Paulo depends on the Brazilian economy
- Los Angeles – Buenos Aires is looking to be the best of all of American’s Buenos Aires service this winter, but isn’t viewed as healthy enough to go daily.
- They’re always interested in more London Heathrow flights. As a result of their British Airways joint venture they consider London Heathrow to be a hub.
London Heathrow Terminal 5
- Here’s why use of large Airbus narrowbodies is shrinking for Miami – Caribbean routes (though I find it odd to suggest Miami – Northeast flights are ‘low demand markets’).
Miami is an airport that really rewards simplicity because of the way its infrastructure is built. We are looking increasingly at operating Miami with really 319s and 737s. We bought 319 performance airplanes and the 737 MAX in large part for Miami because those airplanes can not only go and fly relatively low demand markets like the Northeast to Miami, they can also go and fly long haul performance markets in Latin America and Central America as well.
So the 737s you’re seeing in Miami are actually the 737 MAXs that are going into Miami, the 319s you see in Miami are 319 performance that can go serve a lot of different missions. By simplifying it you improve the operational performance of the hub, by putting a high performance airplane in there with a lot of seats you go and improve the profitable performance of the hub