American Airlines is suspending their New York JFK – Madrid flight January 7 through February 29.
- Six different airlines fly non-stop Newark – Spain and it has some of the lowest Europe fares.
- American doesn’t have much connecting feed at New York JFK (on purpose).
- They have a dwindling AA-loyal customer base in New York
As a result there’s no way they can make a Boeing 777 work in winter despite American having a revenue-sharing anti-trust immunized joint venture with Iberia, making Madrid effectively a hub. This reduction in capacity (American will still share revenue with Iberia which flies the route) is good news for Delta, Air Europe, United, and Norwegian.
American had announced an all-777 long haul strategy at JFK. Maybe that wasn’t such a great idea, although it was also a rationalization for cutting flights that couldn’t support a 777.