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American Airlines partners with JetSMART in Argentina and Chile

American Airlines today made this announcement:

  • American proposes acquiring a minority ownership stake in JetSMART allowing the carrier to rapidly grow its low-cost network in South America.
  • Customers would be able to earn and redeem AAdvantage miles on JetSMART flights.
  • Broad connectivity and robust loyalty program would create a compelling customer offering in Latin America.
  • Proposed codeshare agreement between the two airlines would create more options for customers traveling between the United States and South America.

American Airlines and JetSMART have signed a letter of intent to create the broadest network and most rewarding customer offering in the Americas. This proposed partnership would uniquely tie together the full-service, global presence of American with the complementary network of ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART in South America to offer competitive fares and expanded travel options for flyers throughout North and South America.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot.

Operating from Chile and Argentina, JetSMART is a portfolio airline of Indigo Partners, one of the world’s premier developers of new generation ultra-low-cost airlines. JetSMART operates a modern fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft and offers short-haul domestic and international service to 33 destinations throughout South America. American has served Latin America since 1942 and offers service to 17 destinations in South America from its U.S. hubs in Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami and New York. Through the two airlines’ codeshare, customers would be able to travel seamlessly throughout the Americas.

Under the proposed transaction, American would invest in JetSMART to facilitate this growth and give American a minority ownership stake in the short-haul South American carrier.

Additionally, American and Indigo Partners would jointly commit to provide additional capital to fund potential future opportunities in the region. American can strengthen and grow its South American network through this proposed partnership to attract more travelers in more markets. This proposed partnership, along with others in Latin America, would also give American customers access to more low fares and travel options on a network that is twice as big as other alliances.

The intended investments and codeshare agreements are subject to definitive documentation and any required governmental and regulatory approvals.

American Airlines and JetSmart service to and within South America

American Airlines details plans for Charlotte Douglas International Airport expansion, hundreds of new jobs

From the Charlotte Observer:

American will get three new gates at Charlotte airport | Charlotte Observer

American Airlines reports second quarter 2021 financial results

American Airlines Group Inc. today reported its second-quarter 2021 financial results, including:

  • Second-quarter net profit of $19 million, or $0.03 per diluted share. Excluding net special items1, second-quarter net loss of $1.1 billion, or ($1.69) per share.
  • Second-quarter revenue of $7.5 billion, up 87% sequentially from the first quarter of 2021.
  • Ended the second quarter with approximately $21.3 billion of total available liquidity, a record for the Company.
  • Accelerated the deleveraging process with prepayment of $950 million spare parts term loan.
  • Company plans to pay down approximately $15 billion of debt by the end of 2025.

“We have taken a number of steps to solidify our business through our Green Flag Plan and it shows in our second-quarter results,” said American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “We have reshaped our network, simplified our fleet and made our cost structure more efficient, all to create an airline that will outperform competitors and deliver for customers. The green flag has dropped and we are ready thanks to the tremendous efforts and dedication of the American Airlines team.”

American is committed to strengthening its business and returning to profitability by focusing on its three strategic objectives: Create a world-class customer experience, make culture a competitive advantage and build American to thrive forever.

To create a world-class customer experience, American:

  • Plans to operate more than 150 new routes this summer, including several new destinations and greater connectivity in Miami, Austin, Texas, and Orlando, Florida. During the summer season, American expects to fly more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity and 80% of its international seat capacity, in each case as compared to 2019.
  • Scheduled 10 new domestic and four new international destinations from Austin for this fall as a result of increased customer demand. American and its partners will offer the most options in Austin this fall, with nearly 100 peak day departures.
  • Transitioned regional flight operations at Reagan National Airport from Gate 35X to a new 14-gate concourse, providing customers with a range of new amenities, including an all dual-class operation.
  • Continued to launch COVID-19 testing tools to make flying safer and easier, including self-administered and packable home tests.
  • Worked with VeriFLY to expand the app’s capabilities to include COVID-19 vaccination verification, which is now available in 11 countries, with more planned in the third quarter. Customer usage of VeriFLY has quadrupled since the first quarter and the app can be used at expedited check-in lanes at most U.S. hub airports.
  • Introduced Five Star Essentials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Miami International Airport. The service provides an extra set of hands during the customer journey from check-in to the gate.
  • Continued to welcome back customers to Admirals Club lounges across the system with new signature menu offerings and the expansion of innovative touchless technology. All Admirals Club lounges will reopen by the end of August and American’s Flagship Lounge locations will start reopening this fall.
  • Reintroduced full beverage service in all domestic premium cabins and resumed offering canned drinks, juice and water in the main cabin.
  • Revamped its premium cabin onboard amenity kits in partnership with Shinola and D.S. & Durga, brands celebrated for thoughtful design and creativity.
  • Refreshed its inflight entertainment offerings by adding new lifestyle entertainment choices with free access to Rosetta Stone and Skillshare, making it the first U.S. airline to tap into online/remote learning from 35,000 feet.

To make culture a competitive advantage, American:

  • Fortified its staffing by completing all required recall pilot training and bringing back more than 3,000 team members from leaves — with thousands more flight attendants returning from leaves this fall. American has hired nearly 3,500 new team members so far in 2021 and plans to hire 350 pilots this year and more than 1,000 pilots and 800 flight attendants in 2022.
  • Donated 10 million AAdvantage® miles to Make-A-Wish, the organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, to help grant 95 wishes, in honor of American’s 95th birthday.
  • Initiated a new partnership with the National Park Foundation to encourage exploration of some of the country’s most iconic natural wonders, historic sites, and cultural treasures, and to connect customers with opportunities to support the future of America’s national parks. Customers donated more than 37 million AAdvantage miles to the National Park Foundation through the airline’s new Miles for Our Planet initiative.
  • Raised nearly $1.5 million in support of the American Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, including in Brazil, India and other countries in need of assistance to battle the devastating virus. The airline and more than 11,000 AAdvantage members raised the full amount in less than one month.
  • Partnered with United Way of Miami-Dade to provide travel assistance and help reunite families that were impacted by the tragic building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

To build American to thrive forever, American:

  • Committed to develop a science-based target for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 2035, supporting the airline’s existing commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. American also agreed to terms to purchase up to 10 million gallons of carbon-neutral sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Prometheus Fuels, which uses a novel process to make net zero carbon transportation fuels, including SAF.
  • Announced investment in Vertical Aerospace, a leading U.K.-based engineering and aeronautical business developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. With the investment, American is demonstrating its focus on emerging technologies to reduce carbon emissions and investing in innovative ways that could improve the customer journey.
  • During the second quarter, American had debt amortization and prepayments of approximately $985 million.

Liquidity and balance sheet

The Company’s daily cash burn rate turned positive for the second quarter to a cash build rate of approximately $1 million per day2. American ended the second quarter with a record of approximately $21.3 billion of total available liquidity. The Company expects to keep near-term liquidity at elevated levels but expects to step down its target liquidity to approximately $10 billion to $12 billion in 2022.

American is committed to improving its balance sheet. The Company now expects to reduce its debt by more than $15 billion by the end of 2025 versus its previous guidance of $8 billion to $10 billion. American plans to accomplish this objective through naturally occurring amortization, by using excess cash and free cash flow to pay down prepayable debt, and by potentially using cash instead of debt for certain future aircraft deliveries.

As evidence of the Company’s commitment to delever and its confidence in the future, today American is prepaying the entirety of its $950 million spare parts term loan that was scheduled to mature in April 2023.

Network and partnerships

American and JetBlue continue to roll out benefits for customers to create a seamless customer experience. Starting this fall, AAdvantage elite and TrueBlue Mosaic members will also begin to enjoy benefits across both carriers. This next phase of benefits will include priority check-in, security and boarding, plus up to two complimentary checked bags. American’s AAdvantage members and JetBlue’s TrueBlue members already earn miles or points traveling on either carrier. AAdvantage is now the only loyalty program that allows elite status-earning opportunities when flying across three U.S. carriers — American, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines.

As a result of American’s Northeast Alliance with JetBlue, New York and Boston travelers are seeing significantly expanded travel opportunities with new nonstop service and additional codeshare routes. As part of the alliance, American and JetBlue will operate more than 700 daily flights from New York and Boston this winter, giving customers more choice than any other airline can offer. Additionally, customers traveling on a joint American-JetBlue itinerary will now experience the fastest secure side connecter at New York — JFK and an industry-leading network. Expansion of the airline’s network will provide better global connectivity for growing markets like Austin, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee.

With American’s extensive network, partnerships and membership in oneworld, customers returning to travel have access to an unmatched global network.

Guidance and investor update

American will continue to match its forward capacity with observed bookings trends. Based on current trends, the Company expects its third-quarter capacity to be down approximately 15% to 20% compared to the third quarter of 2019. American expects its third-quarter total revenue to be down approximately 20% versus the third quarter of 2019. The Company also expects its third quarter pre-tax margin excluding net special items will be between negative 3% and negative 7%3.

American Airlines delivers an additional 3 million vaccines abroad on behalf of White House COVID-19 Task Force

American Airlines has made this announcement:

Following the White House’s announcement to share at least 80 million U.S. vaccine doses globally this summer, American Airlines has now moved 4.5 million coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine doses to Guatemala. This afternoon, American delivered 3 million doses of vaccines on a donated cargo-only nonstop flight from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. The shipment follows 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that American transported to Guatemala earlier this month.

American’s Cargo team worked in close consultation with the White House COVID-19 task force and with pharmaceutical partners and trucking logistics specialists to move the shipment of vaccinations from a distribution site in Kentucky to American’s cargo terminal at ORD. The shipments were loaded onto a Boeing 777-300 and flew to GUA.

American transported its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020. Since the beginning of the pandemic, American has leveraged its internationally recognized climate-controlled shipping solutions to fly more than 9,400 cargo only flights moving everything from vaccines and pharmaceuticals to perishable and agricultural goods.

With specialized facilities and its team of certified life-sciences experts, American handles temperature-critical shipments in more than 150 cities in 46 countries, and also operates the largest temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipping facility for airlines in the United States. This level of expert care has earned American the International Air Transport Association’s prestigious Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification — the premier distinction for airlines that have established the tools, procedures and staffing to ensure life sciences products are properly handled and arrive at their destination fully effective.

JetBlue and American expand their relationship

JetBlue Airways and American Airlines are providing customers the most choice in the Northeast, on the best product, and with a premium experience, as travelers return to the sky. As part of their Northeast Alliance (NEA), JetBlue and American will operate more than 700 daily flights from New York and Boston this winter, giving customers more choice than any other airline can offer.

JetBlue – New York’s Hometown Airline® and leading low-fare carrier, and the largest airline in Boston – announced today that customers can purchase tickets for several new markets launching this fall, including four new destinations the airline is adding to its route map.

As a result of the partnership, so far this year customers have gained access to 57 new markets and more than 110 codeshare routes from Boston and New York, connecting the Northeast to almost 150 worldwide destinations, including 10 new international routes American previously announced. These routes, made possible by the Northeast Alliance, include new service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), which launched in May; JFK service to Athens, Greece (ATH), which launched in June and JFK service to Delhi, India (DEL), which will launch October 31, 2021.

A Leading Premium Experience

In 2022, travel between all transcontinental markets operated by the Northeast Alliance will offer lie-flat seats with JetBlue Mint® and American’s state-of-the-art A321T fleet. This includes routes between:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Boston, Newark and New York- JFK
  • Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA) and New York-JFK
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Boston and New York-JFK
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Boston, Newark and New York-JFK
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Boston and JFK

Terminal Transitions

On the ground, JetBlue will expand its footprint at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) beyond its current space at the historic Marine Air Terminal and partially move into the airport’s recently opened and state-of-the-art Terminal B. Details about JetBlue’s split-terminal operation, additional flying planned for next summer and a timeline for an eventual full relocation to Terminal B will be shared in the months ahead.

At JFK, the airlines recently launched a convenient connection enabling customers to remain post-security while transferring between JetBlue’s Terminal 5 and American’s Terminal 8.

More Rewarding Loyalty

Starting this fall, AAdvantage® elite and TrueBlue Mosaic members will also begin to enjoy benefits across both carriers. This next phase of benefits will include priority check-in, security and boarding, plus up to two complimentary checked bags. Members of both loyalty programs are already able to earn miles or points when traveling on American or JetBlue-marketed and operated flights. When booking flights on aa.com or jetblue.com, customers can choose where to accrue their miles or points. Even more benefits for Advantage and TrueBlue members will be coming in the future.

Providing customers with more choice

Bolstered by the strength of the Northeast Alliance, JetBlue will begin selling seats today for flights in four, never-before-served cities throughout the U.S. and in Mexico. Together the new destinations diversify JetBlue’s route map and grow the airline’s relevance in both New York and Boston.

San Antonio, Texas

JetBlue will serve San Antonio International Airport (SAT) from both New York-JFK and Boston starting October 31, 2021. Roundtrip flights will initially operate once daily with the intention to introduce additional daily frequencies in the future.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and San Antonio (SAT)
Daily starting October 31, 2021

JFK – SAT Flight #725

SAT – JFK Flight #726

9:30 a.m. – 1:03 p.m.

1:45 p.m. – 6:11 p.m.

Schedule between Boston (BOS) and San Antonio (SAT)
Daily starting October 31, 2021

BOS – SAT Flight #2209

SAT – BOS Flight #22010

10:20 a.m. – 2:13 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

JetBlue will serve Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) from New York-JFK starting February 19, 2022. Roundtrip flights will operate once daily.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Daily starting February 19, 2022

JFK – PVR Flight #2097

PVR – JFK Flight #2098

8:30 a.m. – 1:39 p.m.

2:39 p.m. – 8:22 p.m.

Kansas City, Mo.

JetBlue will serve Kansas City International Airport (MCI) from both New York-JFK and Boston starting March 27, 2022. Roundtrip flights will initially operate once daily. Missouri will become the 32nd state JetBlue serves.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Kansas City (MCI)
Daily starting March 27, 2022

JFK – MCI Flight #2221

MCI – JFK Flight #2222

3:25 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.

10:20 a.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Kansas City (MCI)
Daily starting March 27, 2022

BOS – MCI Flight #2363

MCI – BOS Flight #2364

7:00 a.m. – 9:34 a.m.

6:40 p.m. – 10:31 p.m.

Milwaukee, Wis.

JetBlue will serve Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) from both New York-JFK and Boston starting March 27, 2022. Roundtrip flights will initially operate once daily. Wisconsin will become the 33rd state JetBlue serves.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Milwaukee (MKE)
Daily starting March 27, 2022

JFK – MKE Flight #679

MKE – JFK Flight #680

3:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

10:35 a.m. – 2:03 p.m.

Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Milwaukee (MKE)
Daily starting March 27, 2022

BOS – MKE Flight #2229

MKE – BOS Flight #2230

8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

5:30 p.m. – 8:53 p.m.

Puerto Vallarta service will operate using JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft; Kansas City and Milwaukee service will operate on the airline’s new A220 aircraft with an all-new interior and state-of-the-art features; and San Antonio service will operate with a mix of both the A320 and A220. All JetBlue aircraft offering the airline’s award-winning service featuring the most legroom in coach (a); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky (b); complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; and free, live DIRECTV® programming at every seat.

More Growth at LaGuardia

Made possible by the Northeast Alliance with American, JetBlue’s five new markets at LaGuardia Airport are now on sale. The new routes, first announced this spring, will introduce more JetBlue flying at one of the nation’s most congested airports where JetBlue intends to lower fares, improve service and deliver more competition to travelers. Daily frequencies on select new routes are expected to increase in the future.

Starting October 31, 2021, JetBlue will add service between LaGuardia and:

  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) | Twice daily
  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) | Once daily, winter seasonal
  • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) | Once daily

Starting March 27, 2022, JetBlue will add service between LaGuardia and:

  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) | Once daily
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA) | Twice daily

JetBlue schedules for other previously announced new cities including San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP); Vancouver, Canada (YVR); and Asheville, N.C. (AVL) – as well as summer 2022 service between LaGuardia and Portland, Maine (PWM) – will be announced at a later date.

By the end of this year, JetBlue plans to offer 35 daily departures at LaGuardia and intends to grow to more than 50 daily departures by summer 2022.

Airline stocks fall today as Delta variant fears rise

The airlines in the United States were seeing a tremendous return of traffic and were adding back a lot of routes and returning laid-off employees and aircraft as the number of COVID-19 new infections dropped.

That changed in early June as summer travel increased.

All of this positive news is now being overshadowed by a gradual rise of new infections of the Delta variant, mainly by unvaccinated people. Is this a temporary blimp or a new trend?

Travel stocks, especially United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and cruise ship lines, are now on the defensive as concerns relating to the more contagious Delta variant increase. Most states are now reporting an increase in cases.

Contrary to this,  the TSA is not reporting a slowdown in airline travel for the month of July:

As traffic returns, airline prices have been on the rise. Will this continue?

Many of the returned routes were to Florida (especially for the coming winter) which is now red on John Hopkins map (above) with the highest increase in new COVID-19 cases.

How will the airlines react if this trend continues?

More from The Street:

United Airlines, Cruise Stocks Fall as Delta Variant Fears Rise (msn.com)

American Airlines commits to setting science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

American Airlines to become the first airline in North America to seek validation from the Science Based Targets initiative:

  • American has committed to develop a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2035, supporting its existing commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
  • Airline joins the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign and Race to Zero.
  • American has also agreed to terms to purchase up to 10 million gallons of SAF produced by Prometheus Fuels.
  • Science-based targets contribute to efforts to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C.

American Airlines announced on July 16 that it has committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a move that will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, align its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2° Celsius, and bring additional accountability to its approach.

American is the first airline in North America to begin the validation process with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In doing so, American is committing to develop a 2035 emissions reduction target that will be reviewed by the SBTi to confirm its consistency with the latest climate science.

“We are building American Airlines to thrive forever, which is why we set an ambitious goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines. “Now, we’re committing to set a science-based target for 2035 because the seriousness of the climate challenge demands it. We’ve already laid a strong foundation by prioritizing near-term solutions to reduce our emissions, like renewing our fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft. Looking forward, we believe we have an obligation to our customers, team members, shareholders and the communities we serve to focus and accelerate our transition to operating a low-carbon airline. We view the work ahead as an opportunity to support the change necessary to protect our planet for future generations, and we welcome the accountability that comes with taking this step.”

By committing to set a science-based target, American becomes a signatory to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign and joins Race To Zero, a global campaign backed by the United Nations that aims to rally support for a zero-carbon economy from businesses, cities, investors and other non-state actors.

Ambitious goals

In October 2020, American set a goal to reach net-zero direct GHG emissions by 2050. The airline is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, the first global airline alliance to unite behind a common target to achieve carbon neutrality.

American’s science-based target, once validated by the SBTi, will add an intermediate goal for 2035 on the airline’s path to 2050, and American will track and report progress on an annual basis in its ESG report.

“The science is clear: in order to limit the catastrophic impacts of climate change, we must ensure warming does not exceed 1.5°C,” said Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, one of the SBTi partners. “The ambition is high but it’s achievable — and science-based targets give companies a roadmap for getting there. Corporations worldwide have an unprecedented opportunity to be at the very forefront of the transition to a net-zero economy, and there is no time to lose.”

A plan to achieve them

American’s plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 is based on an emissions reduction strategy that includes fleet renewal, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and operational improvements. Details on American’s initial path to net zero are available in the company’s ESG report.

Fleet renewal

American has undertaken the most extensive fleet renewal effort in the history of commercial aviation and currently has the youngest mainline fleet among U.S. network carriers.

Since 2013, American has invested $24 billion in modernizing its fleet, taking delivery of 595 new aircraft that are more fuel efficient than the aircraft they replace. In same period, the airline retired a similar number of less efficient aircraft, including 150 retirements in 2020 alone. Each new generation of aircraft targets fuel-efficiency improvements of 10 – 15%.

With an eye on the next generation of low-emission aircraft, American recently invested in Vertical Aerospace, a leading UK-headquartered engineering and aeronautical business developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

Sustainable aviation fuel

American is investing in low-carbon fuel available today, supporting development of the fuels of the future and advocating for public policy with potential to quicken the transition from petroleum-based jet fuel to more sustainable alternatives.

American has been taking delivery of SAF since mid-2020 and has committed to using 9 million gallons by 2023. In May 2021, the airline reached a milestone when it took delivery of its 1 millionth gallon of SAF at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Innovative agreements recently reached with corporate customers are aimed at boosting demand for SAF, and overall, American aims to contribute meaningfully to the aviation industry’s goal of making 2 billion gallons of SAF available for U.S. air carriers by 2030.

While working to advance production and uptake of SAF, including by supporting federal legislation that would help expand its use, American is also looking to the fuels of the future. The company recently agreed to terms to purchase up to 10 million gallons of carbon neutral SAF produced by Prometheus Fuels, which uses a novel process to make net zero carbon transportation fuels, including SAF. The only inputs are air and renewable electricity, and the only outputs are fuel and oxygen.

Operational efficiency improvements

To reduce impact on the planet, American’s fundamental aspiration is to make consistent operational improvements, which means flying more efficient routes with more efficient aircraft powered by low-carbon fuel.

Last year, American implemented flight optimization software that uses real-time weather conditions to provide flight crews with better data about optimal flight altitudes and speeds, which in turn can save fuel and reduce emissions. This software, which American has adopted on 85% of its mainline aircraft, has so far saved nearly 3 million gallons of fuel and reduced emissions by nearly 26,000 metric tons, the equivalent of 80 round-trip flights between Dallas-Fort Worth and Honolulu.

Moving forward, American will continue to work with policymakers and industry partners on efforts to improve the U.S. air traffic control system, which will be essential for lessening the impact of aviation on the climate, with the potential to reduce millions of tons of CO2 each year.

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American Airlines to distribute COVID-19 vaccine globally

American Airlines has made this announcement:

As part of the White House initiative to share at least 80 million U.S. vaccine doses globally this summer, American Airlines moved 1.5 million coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine doses from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The shipment departed ORD on July 8.

In close consultation with the White House COVID-19 task force, American’s Cargo team worked with pharmaceutical partners and trucking logistics specialists to move the shipment of vaccinations from a distribution site in Kentucky to American’s cargo terminal at ORD. The shipments were loaded onto the 777-200 and flew on a special donated cargo-only nonstop flight to GUA.

“We commend President Biden and the White House for their commitment to distribute life-saving vaccines to people around the world to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our team is proud to have a hand in the effort and deliver vaccines to Guatemala,” said American Airlines President Robert Isom. “We are grateful to our team for the work they’ve done throughout the pandemic to keep the country moving and deliver critical supplies.”

American moved its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020. Since the beginning of the pandemic, American has leveraged its internationally recognized climate-controlled shipping solutions to fly more than 9,400 cargo only flights moving everything from vaccines and pharmaceuticals to perishable and agricultural goods.

With specialized facilities and its team of certified life-sciences experts, American handles temperature-critical shipments in more than 150 cities in 46 countries, and also operates the largest temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipping facility for airlines in the United States. This level of expert care has earned American the International Air Transport Association’s prestigious Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification — the premier distinction for airlines that have established the tools, procedures and staffing to ensure life sciences products are properly handled and arrive at their destination fully effective.

American to add new routes from the Miami hub this winter

American Airlines has made this announcement for its Miami International Airport (MIA) hub:

  • American strengthens its presence at MIA with two new international destinations in Mexico and Colombia in December.
  • Six new domestic routes launch this winter, further connecting South Florida to the broadest global network.
  • By the end of the year, American will offer more than 130 nonstop destinations from MIA, the most of any carrier.

This winter, American Airlines will continue to grow its footprint at its largest international gateway, Miami International Airport (MIA), adding two new international destinations and six new domestic routes. With today’s announcement, American further solidifies its position as the largest airline at MIA, operating 341 peak daily flights this winter.

San Andres Island, Colombia (ADZ)

San Andres Island, Colombia (ADZ)

Better connectivity to Latin America and the Caribbean

In December, the carrier will launch two new international routes from MIA: Chetumal, Mexico (CTM); and San Andres Island, Colombia (ADZ). With these new routes, American will serve 28 destinations in Mexico – the most of any U.S. carrier – and seven in Colombia.

 

Destination Frequency Flights Begin
ADZ Wednesdays and Saturdays Dec. 4
CTM Wednesdays and Saturdays Dec. 1

Photo: Miami International Airport.

Six new ways to head south this winter

This winter, American’s customers will enjoy the sun, sand and the world-famous nightlife of South Florida on their terms with the most options and convenient schedule of any airline. The carrier is adding daily seasonal service between MIA and Salt Lake City (SLC); and seasonal Saturday service to Albany, New York (ALB); Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Madison, Wisconsin (MSN); Syracuse, New York (SYR); and Tulsa, Oklahoma (TUL).

 

Destination Frequency Flights Operate
ALB Saturdays Nov. 6 – April 2
BTV Saturdays Nov. 6 – April 2
MSN Saturdays Nov. 6 – April 2
SLC Daily Dec. 16 – April 4
SYR Saturdays Nov. 6 – April 2
TUL Saturdays Year-round beginning Nov. 6

 

In addition to these new routes, current daily seasonal service Oklahoma City (OKC) becomes year-round. Daily seasonal service between MIA and Des Moines, Iowa (DSM) and Milwaukee (MKE) will operate between Nov. 2 and April 4. Finally, year-round Saturday service to Fayetteville, Arkansas (XNA) begins Nov. 6.

Earlier this summer, American launched new, three-times-weekly service from MIA to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), as well as new domestic service to Huntsville, Alabama (HSV); Little Rock, Arkansas (LIT); Milwaukee (MKE); Portland, Maine (PWM); and Rochester, New York (ROC). Service between MIA and Bangor, Maine (BGR) launched July 3. Starting Sept. 7, American will also be the first and only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service to Paramaribo, Suriname (PBM). Flights will operate five times per week with a convenient schedule for customers traveling across the United States to connect through MIA.

American Airlines cancels hundreds of amid staff shortages

From CBS Evening News:

“American Airlines, canceled hundreds of flights over Father’s Day weekend.

In a statement, American Airlines blamed the disruptions in part on “unprecedented weather,” saying, “We never want to disappoint, and feel these schedule adjustments will help … minimize surprises at the airport.”

“With all due respect, weather is always going to be there. That’s not going to cause hundreds of cancelations unless there’s a typhoon,” CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg said.

“You have problems with staffing, you have problems with trainings, you have a problem with logistics, and the numbers are just getting worse and worse,” Greenberg continued.

American Airlines says the remainder of their furloughed pilots won’t be fully ready to fly until at least the end of the month.”

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