American Airlines have today announced that they will be increasing service from Miami to Latin America, as well as launching a new route from Boston to London. The airline will also be extending some seasonal services to Europe.
Miami to Latin America
American had two choices following the news of LATAM leaving Oneworld: they could concede Latin America to arch-rival Delta and its new partnership with LATAM. Or, they could continue their aggressive growth in the continent and fight against Delta. It seems they have chosen the latter.
American Airlines will be increasing service from Miami to three Latin American cities: Lima (LIM), Santiago (SCL), and São Paulo (GRU). From April 7, 2019, the MIA-LIM route will add an additional daily flight, increasing frequency to 3x daily. Then, in winter 2020, the airline will add an additional daily flight to both Santiago, Chile (becomes 2x daily) and São Paulo, Brazil (becomes 3x daily).
American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning, Vasu Raja, had this to say:
“American’s leading position in Miami is something we’re incredibly proud of and committed to maintaining. We have so many possibilities from our Latin American gateway and are excited for the opportunity to use our domestic strength to enhance our international network. We’ll continue to grow, compete and thrive in a region of the world where we have a long history and a bright future.”
Boston to London Heathrow
Along with joint venture partner British Airways, American will be offering five daily flights from Boston to London Heathrow. That’s more than Delta and it’s partner Virgin Atlantic, who offer three frequencies per day. The new flight will be operated with Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 37 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy, and 212 Economy seats. The new flight will premiere on March 29, 2019.
More Flights to Europe
Summer seasonal flights to Rome (FCO) from New York (JFK); to Dublin (DUB) from Dallas (DFW); and to Barcelona (BCN) from Chicago (ORD) will all start a month earlier than they did in 2019. The routes will operate on the following dates:
- JFK-FCO: March 29 – October 23
- DFW-DUB: May 7 – October 23
- ORD-BCN: April 6 – October 23
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