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American Airlines and JetBlue begin growth from New York and Boston with 33 new routes, joint schedules and codeshare flights

American Airlines made this announcement:

American Airlines Group Inc.and JetBlue are delivering on their promise to introduce better travel choices on routes to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS), as they launch nearly 80 codeshare flights and enhanced schedules on key routes. American is also introducing 18 new routes beginning this summer, including six new routes from JFK to Latin America and the Caribbean. Codeshare flights are available for purchase today for travel starting Feb. 25, and American’s new summer flights from New York and Boston will be available for purchase Feb. 22.

American and JetBlue announced their Northeast Alliance in July, followed by the airlines’ intent to introduce key elements of the alliance after review by the Department of Transportation in January.

“Our alliance with American opens the door for JetBlue to successfully enter into new markets, introducing more choices and our award-winning service and low fares to more customers,” said Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning, JetBlue. “The alliance is also essential to getting our planes back in the air profitably and crew members working again.”

New routes

The Northeast Alliance opens up new growth opportunities for both carriers by finding ways to better utilize existing gates and slots in congested Northeast airports while offering customers a seamless travel experience.

International Growth

On May 6, American will launch three new daily routes from JFK to Colombia – Cali (CLO), Bogota (BOG) and Medellin (MDE) – and will begin flying three times per week to Santiago, Chile (SCL) from JFK on a Boeing 777-200, until flights begin operating daily in November. Sun-seeking customers can also look forward to new Saturday service from JFK to the soothing waves in St. Lucia (UVF) and the beautiful beaches in Turks and Caicos (PLS) beginning on June 5, complementing JetBlue’s existing service..

Domestic Growth

This summer, American will also launch 12 new domestic routes, from New York (JFK and LGA) and Boston (BOS), including the following:

Origin Destination Season
BOS Asheville, North Carolina (AVL) June 5 – Nov. 6
BOS Columbus, Ohio (CMH) Aug. 17, year-round
BOS Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC) June 5 – Sept. 4
BOS Traverse City, Michigan (TVC) June 5 – Sept. 6
BOS Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM) June 5 – Aug. 14
JFK Orange County, California (SNA) June 2, year-round
LGA Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) Sept. 8, year-round
LGA Key West, Florida (EYW) June 5 – Sept. 4
LGA Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) June 3 – Sept. 7
LGA Pensacola, Florida (PNS) June 3 – Sept. 7
LGA Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP) June 5 – Sept. 4
LGA Savannah, Georgia (SAV) June 3 – Sept. 7

Also launching this summer is previously announced service from LGA to Glacier National Park in Kalispell, Montana, (FCA) and to TVC. As part of the codeshare with JetBlue, all new routes will be operated by American, but available for booking on aa.com or JetBlue.com.

Enhanced schedules in key markets

Customers will soon benefit from aligned schedules in key markets supported by the reciprocal codeshare. Beginning in April, American and JetBlue will offer more flights than any other carrier when they coordinate convenient schedules on the popular New York (JFK and EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) route. Customers will have the most choices — 14 daily flights — between the two carriers and will have access to the state-of-the art Airbus A321T aircraft or JetBlue’s A321 aircraft featuring Mint. American and JetBlue will also provide enhanced schedules between the following markets:

Origin Destination
BOS Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
BOS MIA
BOS Washington, D.C. (DCA)
BOS West Palm Beach (PBI)
LGA BOS
LGA DCA
New York (JFK and EWR) Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
New York (JFK and EWR) LAX
New York (JFK and EWR) MIA
New York (JFK and EWR) San Francisco (SFO)
New York (JFK and EWR) West Palm Beach (PBI)

Codeshare flights begin next week

Codeshare on domestic flights are available for purchase today for flights beginning Feb. 25. American’s customers will have access to 49 codeshare routes on JetBlue, while JetBlue customers will have access to more than 25 routes on American. The airlines expect to begin codesharing sales on the new international routes soon.* As with all American-marketed codeshare flights, AAdvantage members will be able to earn miles.

A long-standing industry practice, codesharing provides access to a broader network by allowing travelers to book a single itinerary directly with their preferred airline for flights operated by a partner airline. The first routes available for purchase will include domestic point-to-point markets, some operated by only one carrier and others operated by both airlines.

More Northeast markets, including connections operated by a mix of both airlines through Boston and New York, will be added regularly throughout the first half of this year. All flights are bookable on aa.com, making booking easy and familiar for American’s customers.

What’s next?

Now that the partnership is underway, customers can look forward to easier booking with more flight choices on either aa.com or JetBlue.com. As previously announced, American will also begin new international service from JFK to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Athens (ATH) this summer — the first long-haul flights from JFK in more than four years, followed by service to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) from JFK this winter.

This spring, customers of both American’s AAdvantage® and JetBlue’s TrueBlue programs will enjoy the benefit of earning points or miles on either carrier, further enhancing the value of both loyalty programs to all flyers. Over time, customers will also be able to redeem points or miles on either carrier and the airlines are exploring opportunities to recognize American’s AAdvantage elite members and JetBlue Mosaic customers across both airlines. More details will be announced to loyalty program members later this year.

Today, JetBlue also announced new service coming this summer from JFK, LGA, EWR and BOS. Learn more about their exciting new flights to more than a dozen new markets, including destinations like Boise and Glacier National Park.

*All international flights and codesharing are subject to government approval.

JetBlue Airways made this announcement:

JetBlue Airways and American Airlines today announced the launch of the first phase of their new Northeast Alliance, aimed at bringing customers more competitive choices in New York and Boston. Beginning today, nearly 80 routes sharing the JetBlue and American codes are available for booking as the airlines enhance schedules on key routes to and from the northeast. In addition, JetBlue today announced 15 new routes, including new service from Newark and New York-LGA as well as two all-new seasonal cities from New York-JFK. Together with American, the two airlines are introducing 33 new routes as part of the first phase of their alliance.

“Our alliance with American opens the door for JetBlue to successfully enter into new markets, introducing more choices and our award-winning service and low fares to more customers,” said Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning, JetBlue. “The alliance is also essential to getting our planes back in the air profitably and crew members working again.”

“This is the first step to delivering the best customer proposition with the biggest network in New York and Boston,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Chief Revenue Officer. “In the months ahead, we’ll continue to create a seamless experience that’s easy for our customers, supports our communities and leads to more growth for our team.”

Codesharing & Loyalty

JetBlue’s codeshare with American begins February 25, 2021, with this first phase of flights on sale starting today. Initially, JetBlue’s code is being placed on more than two dozen American routes and American’s code is being placed on more than four dozen JetBlue routes. These first routes include domestic point-to-point markets. More northeast markets, including connections operated by a mix of both airlines through both Boston and New York, will be added regularly throughout the first half of this year. All flights are bookable on jetblue.com, making booking easy and familiar to JetBlue Customers.

A long-standing industry practice, codesharing allows travelers to book directly with their preferred airline for flights operated by a partner airline. It’s one more way JetBlue brings its award-winning customer service to the new alliance.

This spring, customers of both JetBlue’s TrueBlue and American’s AAdvantage® programs will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits, starting with the ability to earn points or miles on either carrier, enhancing the value of both loyalty programs to all flyers.

Over time, Customers will also be able to redeem points or miles on either carrier. Further, the airlines are exploring opportunities to recognize JetBlue Mosaic customers and American’s AAdvantage elite members across both airlines. In addition to more details being announced to loyalty program members throughout this year, JetBlue and American will be revealing enhancements to the customer experience and additional offerings through JetBlue Vacations.

Enhanced Schedules in Key Markets

JetBlue’s Northeast alliance with American opens new growth opportunities for both carriers by finding ways to better utilize existing gates and slots in congested Northeast airports while offering a seamless travel experience.

Customers will soon benefit from aligned schedules in Boston and New York, which allow Customers from each airline better timed flights and more frequencies. Effective April 2021 the following schedules will be offered between:

  • New York and Los Angeles (LAX)
    • JetBlue will offer up to eight daily flights.
    • American will offer up to six daily flights.
    • The combined 14 daily flights – with service to and from both New York’s John F. Kennedy international Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – will provide customers with hourly service.
  • New York and Boston
    • JetBlue will offer up to six daily flights.
    • American will offer up to three daily flights.
    • The combined nine daily flights – with service to and from New York’s John F. Kennedy international Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – will provide customers with every other hour service.
  • New York and South Florida
    • JetBlue will offer up to 27 daily flights.
    • American will offer up to 20 daily flights.
    • The combined 47 daily flights – with service between New York’s John F. Kennedy international Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Miami International Airport (MIA) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) – will provide customers with more than hourly service.
  • Boston and Washington, D.C. (DCA)
    • JetBlue will offer up to four daily flights.
    • American will offer up to seven daily flights.
    • The combined 11 daily flights will provide customers with close to hourly service.
  • Boston and South Florida
    • JetBlue will offer up to 14 daily flights.
    • American will offer up to eight daily flights.
    • The combined 22 daily flights – with service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Miami International Airport (MIA) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) – will provide customers with more than hourly service.

Additional daily departures will be added in these markets during peak summer travel periods and beyond, further improving options for travelers.

Effective summer 2021, JetBlue and American will further optimize additional schedules including – but not limited to – flights between:

  • Boston and Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Boston and Chicago (ORD)
  • New York and San Francisco
  • New York and Atlanta
  • New York and Dallas (DFW)
  • New York and Chicago (ORD)
  • New York and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

More detailed timing, specific schedules and seats on sale for expanded markets launching this summer will be announced soon.

New and Expanding Seasonal Destinations

JetBlue also announced the opening of two new JetBlue cities, which will further diversify the airline’s flying and grow its presence in the western U.S.

New summer seasonal flights at Kalispell, Montana’s Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in the northwest corner of the state launch July 1, 2021, with nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Flights will operate up to three times weekly through September 7, 2021, with seats on sale February 23, 2021.

Glacier Park International Airport is the closest airport to Glacier National Park and is located just 30 miles from the West Entrance of the park. Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes make it one of the nation’s top outdoor destinations. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and nature.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Kalispell/Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)
Up to 3x Weekly starting July 1, 2021

JFK – FCA Flight #2345

FCA – JFK Flight #2346

7:30 p.m. – 11:02 p.m.

11:55 p.m. – 6:18 a.m. (+1)

New summer seasonal service at Boise Airport (BOI) in Idaho launches July 2, 2021, with nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). JetBlue will operate the only nonstop service between Idaho’s capital and the Northeast and it will be the Boise Airport’s longest flight. Flights will operate up to four times weekly through September 6, 2021, with seats on sale February 23, 2021.

Boise becomes JetBlue’s first destination in Idaho and the 31st state served by the airline. Boise is a rare blend of urban and outdoors, active and relaxing, family-friendly and welcoming. It has unique sites and attractions, diverse cultural offerings and unlimited recreation, including close access to some of the country’s most sought after white water rafting and skiing destinations. At the foot of the scenic Boise Front, Boise boasts several Fortune 500 companies with national and international headquarters or divisions, sprawling high-tech campuses and a major university with a distinctive blue football field. This city, with a river running through it, enjoys its easily accessible outdoors as much as its eclectic urban offerings.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Boise Airport (BOI)
Up to 4x Weekly starting July 2, 2021

JFK – BOI Flight #2741

BOI – JFK Flight #2742

7:15 p.m. – 11:01 p.m.

11:55 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. (+1)

JetBlue will operate both new routes using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

In addition to introducing new seasonal cities in Montana and Idaho, JetBlue announced its recently launched winter seasonal service at Key West International Airport (EYW) will expand to year-round flying. Key West is served up to four times weekly from both New York-JFK and Boston.

New Flying in New York

As a result of the Northeast alliance, JetBlue also announced it will add more than a dozen new markets in greater New York City with new destinations offered at both LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The routes – which go on sale February 23, 2021 – strengthen JetBlue’s position as New York’s Hometown Airline®, help grow the airline’s presence in key regions and introduce more competition and new, competitive choices for customers in these markets.

New service launching July 1, 2021 between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and:

  • Antigua’s V. C. Bird International Airport (ANU) (c)
    • Up to 3x Weekly
  • Aguadilla, Puerto Rico’s Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN)
    • Daily
  • Cartagena, Colombia’s Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) (d)
    • Up to 4x Weekly
  • Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY)
    • Summer seasonal, up to 2x Daily, 5x per Week
  • Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK)
    • Summer seasonal, up to 2x Daily, 5x per Week
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) (c)
    • Up to 4x Weekly
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic’s Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) (c)
    • Up to 5x Weekly
  • Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
    • Summer seasonal, Daily
  • St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) (c)
    • Up to 3x Weekly, Mint offered select Saturdays
  • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands’ Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
    • Up to 4x Weekly

New service between New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and:

  • Charleston International Airport (CHS)
    • Daily
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
    • 2x Daily
  • Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY)
    • Summer seasonal, Daily

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket routes will be flown on JetBlue’s Embraer 190 aircraft. All other new routes will be operated on the A320 aircraft.

American’s Additional Flying

Today American Airlines also announced a series of updates to its flying schedule, including six new international markets across the Caribbean and South America served from New York-JFK and 18 new domestic routes to and from the Northeast. New routes announced today by American launch in May and June, and will be on sale on Monday, Feb. 22. This follows American’s previously announced new service between New York-JFK and Tel Aviv, Athens and Rio de Janeiro, which are on sale now.

JetBlue’s pilots reject the American-JetBlue tentative agreement

ALPA issued this statement:

JetBlue pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), rejected a tentative agreement that would have given the company contractual relief in order to implement JetBlue’s full partnership with American Airlines. More than 92 percent of eligible voters participated and, of those, 53.7 percent voted against the agreement.

“Job security, especially during turbulent points in our industry, is a main concern of every pilot,” said Capt. Chris Kenney, chairman of the JetBlue unit of ALPA. “We train for years and spend nights far from home in order to be a pilot. For any agreement to proceed, JetBlue management must provide acceptable assurances that our jobs are safe and valued for years to come.”

The scope clauses in the 2018 collective bargaining agreement between the pilots and JetBlue restrict the types of code-share and joint venture arrangements JetBlue may undertake. The tentative agreement gave some relief from these limits with respect to the American Airlines partnership for the next 10 years in exchange for an additional pay raise and some enhancement in job security.

“JetBlue pilots fought for years to achieve the security provided in our contractual scope, and the pilots are committed to JetBlue’s long-term success,” continued Capt. Kenney. “If JetBlue wants this full partnership with American to be implemented and successful, they will need the pilots to be part of it. To do that, JetBlue management must show the same level of commitment to its pilots with contractual assurances that protect our jobs and provide meaningful career improvements. We stand ready to work toward an acceptable resolution of these issues.”

Expect air travel delays today in the USA – 150 million Americans under winter storm warnings

If you are traveling today by air in the United States, expect delays in many parts.

For airline managers attempting to maintain their schedules, today will be a major challenge just yesterday. Besides snow, ice and rain, severe low temperatures are also affecting airline operations in the central part of the USA all the way down to Texas.

The National Weather Service issued this warning:

Over 150 million Americans are currently under Winter Storm Warnings, Ice Storm Warnings, Winter Storm Watches, or Winter Weather Advisories as impactful winter weather takes shape from coast-to-coast…

…Major winter storm to spread heavy snow and significant ice accumulations from the Plains to the Northeast…

…Frigid Arctic air and dangerously cold wind chills to persist in the Heartland into next week…

There are no shortage of winter weather hazards across the Lower 48 over the next couple days. An Arctic high pressure system supplying sub-freezing temperatures is working in tandem with an active storm track to generate a large swath of accumulating snowfall and treacherous ice accumulations. Icy conditions look to linger around the Mid-Atlantic Sunday morning but should improve throughout the day. While conditions improve in the Mid-Atlantic, conditions will deteriorate throughout the day in the southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley as an upper-level trough in the Southwest spawns a major winter storm over the South Central U.S. The footprint from this winter storm is so large that parts of South Texas are under Winter Storm Watches for the first time in a decade.

Periods of snow, falling heavily at times, will be common from New Mexico to the Mississippi Valley today with the heaviest accumulations likely to occur in central Oklahoma and the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. In addition to the snow, significant ice accumulations are forecast from the Texas coast to the Tennessee Valley from Sunday afternoon into Monday. The worst ice-related impacts occur on Monday as a low pressure system gathers strength in the Gulf of Mexico. The swath of accumulating ice on Monday is impressive, stretching from south Texas to the northern Mid-Atlantic. Heavy snow on Monday will also blanket much of the Lower Mississippi, the Ohio Valley, into the Northeast. The forecast through early Tuesday morning calls for 8 to 12 inches in central Oklahoma with locally higher amounts possible. An area of 4 to 8 inches of snow looks to extend from east Texas and the Ohio Valley to the Northeast. Substantial ice accumulations of up to a half inch are possible from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Tennessee Valley leading to dangerous travel conditions, numerous power outages, and extensive tree damage.

Wintry weather is also on tap in the Northwest and Intermountain West as another Pacific storm system ushers in more Pacific moisture to these regions. Lighter accumulations are anticipated in the lower elevations, but the mountainous terrain will receive the heaviest totals. Through Monday night, the Cascades are likely to receive the most snowfall with accumulations being measured in feet in the highest elevations. Snowfall over a foot is likely from the Bitterroots of Idaho and Tetons of western Wyoming to the Wasatch and central Rockies. Winter Storm Warnings, Winter Storm Watches, and Winter Weather Advisories are located across most of these areas, along with some ongoing Avalanche Warnings that are in effect through Sunday evening.

Radar:

The aforementioned Arctic high pressure system looks to maintain a strong grip over the Nation’s Heartland, causing many areas east of the Rockies and west of the Appalachians to witness dangerous and record-breaking cold into the first half of the upcoming week. The north-central U.S. should once again see sub-zero high temps on Sunday, with single digit highs stretching as far south as the Texas Panhandle. Low temperatures are forecast to be range between -20 to -30 degrees across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Gusty winds throughout much of the Plains and Midwest continue to foster life-threatening wind chills between -30 to -60 in the north-central CONUS. Wind Chill Advisories extend as far south as the Southern Plains and as far east as the Ohio Valley. Hundreds of daily low maximum and minimum temperatures will be broken with some February and even all-time low temperature records in jeopardy. Daily temperature anomalies in the Southern Plains both Sunday and Monday are likely to range from 25 to 40 degrees below normal.

American Airlines issued this statement:

American is closely monitoring Winter Storms Shirley and Uri impacting the mid-Atlantic and Central U.S. The safety of our customers and team members is the airline’s number one priority, and the team will remain in contact with those impacted by these harsh winter storms.

American issued travel alerts for 34 airports in seven states and Washington, D.C., allowing customers whose travel plans are impacted by these storms to rebook without change fees. Customers can reschedule their travel on aa.com or by contacting Reservations at 800-433-7300 in the U.S. or Canada. If a customer chooses not to fly to/from an airport covered by the current waivers, American will waive change fees for future travel.

For Alaska Airlines, a snowstorm impacted their SEA hub. Operations are beginning to resume. From the Alaska Airlines blog:

Major snowstorms impacting Seattle and Portland

As of 12:15 p.m. Pacific time February 13, Alaska Airlines canceled around 400 flights due to winter weather in the Pacific Northwest.

 

American Airlines becomes the only US carrier with nonstop service from Miami to Tel Aviv and Paramaribo

  • American introduces new destination to route map with nonstop service from Miami (MIA) to Paramaribo, Suriname and adds new flight from MIA to Tel Aviv (TLV) beginning in June.
  • MIA will launch new summer service to Little Rock, Arkansas (LIT), and Portland, Maine (PWM).
  • Airline increases capacity to Latin America and the Caribbean with additional frequencies from MIA to the Caribbean starting in April; and new service from Charlotte (CLT), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) starting June.

American Airlines is strengthening its commitment to its Miami hub with the announcement of two new international routes to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Paramaribo, Suriname (PBM), beginning this summer. The airline is also introducing two new domestic routes from the MIA hub to Little Rock, Arkansas (LIT) and Portland, Maine (PWM), operating from June 5 through Aug. 16. All flights will be available for purchase Feb. 15.

New international routes launching from the south

American will complement recently announced service from New York (JFK) to TLV with flights from MIA to TLV launching in June. Three times weekly service from MIA to TLV begins June 4 and will operate on a Boeing 777-200. Customers will have the option to choose Flagship Business, with lie flat seats, Premium Economy or Main Cabin on the 12-hour flight. The airline intends to offer Kosher meals for pre-order and kosher wine on board.

“American has always been the biggest and best in Miami with more flights to more places than any other carrier, and as demand recovers, we’ll be even bigger and better than ever before,” said Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning. “Our new service to Tel Aviv and Paramaribo are the start of further growth in Miami, and as the city grows and expands, American will do the same.”

Beginning in July, American will also be the first and only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service to PBM. Flights will operate five times per week on an Airbus 319, with a convenient schedule for customers traveling across the United States to connect through MIA. As a new destination for the airline, Suriname becomes the ninth country served in South America.

More from MIA

This year, customers can also look forward to more frequencies to the Caribbean from MIA. For example, Port-au-Prince (PAP) will increase to five daily flights beginning in April; and Santiago (STI) and Santo Domingo (SDQ) in the Dominican Republic, will increase to operate four and seven daily flights, respectively. In addition to the PAP service from MIA, the airline will offer an additional daily flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL) to PAP, beginning April 2.

MIA will also increase service to Latin America, with 12 destinations seeing more frequencies this summer compared to 2019. Last year, the airline introduced the Boeing 787-8 aircraft to the Miami hub, offering additional capacity to a number of destinations. That service includes Bogota (BOG), Medellin (MDE), and Cali (CLO) in Colombia; Guayaquil (GYE) and Quito (UIO) in Ecuador; Lima, Peru (LIM); PAP; and Santiago, Chile (SCL).

Beginning June 5, the airline will launch Saturday service from MIA to LIT and PWM. This is the first time American will operate this service during the summer months, providing more options for customers in Little Rock and Portland to visit sunny South Florida or connect seamlessly on to one of the many destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Since establishing our Miami hub in 1989, American’s commitment to our community and to our team has not wavered,” said Juan Carlos Liscano, American’s Vice President of Operations for Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America. “Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to strengthen our capacity in Miami to match demand in Latin America and the Caribbean. With new international destinations launching this year — Tel Aviv and Suriname — two new domestic destinations — Little Rock and Portland — and additional flights to key destinations in the Caribbean, we look forward to further deepening our ties to Miami.”

Latin America and Caribbean growth

American has continued to increase its capacity to Latin America and the Caribbean by upgauging aircraft and adding more service. This summer, American is planning for 16% more capacity to the region from MIA compared to 2019.

With a significant demand for travel to Latin America and the Caribbean, American will double capacity in Colombia and Peru, while increasing more than 50% capacity in Ecuador and 24% capacity to Central America compared to 2019. This summer the airline is also adding service to the region from its hubs Charlotte (CLT), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles(LAX). Caribbean additions include a new destination to Samana (AZS), operated seasonally from CLT, as well as seasonal service from DFW to St. Maarten (SXM) and St. Lucia (UVF). New routes to Mexico include service from DFW to Merida (MID), as well as from LAX to Cancun (CUN).

New Destinations

Departure Arrival Operating Days Start Date Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
MIA PBM Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sun July 1 5:30 p.m. 11:30 p.m. A319
PBM MIA Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat July 2 1:45 a.m. 5:05 a.m. A319
CLT AZS* Wed/Sat June 5 9:45 a.m. 1:05 p.m. E175
AZS CLT Wed/Sat June 5 2:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. E175

*Seasonal from June 5 through Aug. 14. Returning Winter 2021.

New Routes

Departure Arrival Operating Days Start Date Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
MIA TLV Wed/Fri/Sun June 4 8 p.m. 3:10 p.m. B777-2
TLV MIA Mon/Thurs/Sat June 5 11:55 p.m. 6:25 a.m. B777-2
DFW SXM* Sat June 5 8:50 a.m. 3:15 p.m. A319
SXM DFW Sat June 5 2:35 p.m. 7:14 p.m A319
DFW UVF** Sat June 5 8:40 a.m. 3:40 p.m. A321
UVF DFW Sat June 5 2:30 p.m. 7:22 p.m. A321
DFW MID* Sat June 5 10:55 a.m. 1:37 p.m. E175
MID DFW Sat June 5 2:17 p.m 4:51 p.m. E175
CUN LAX Sat June 5 4:40 p.m. 7:46 p.m. A321
LAX CUN Sat June 5 8:45 a.m. 3:36 p.m. A321

*Seasonal from June 5 through Aug. 14. Summer service only.
**Seasonal from June 5 through Aug. 14. Returning Winter 2021.

New Domestic Schedules

Departure Arrival Operating Days Start Date Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
MIA LIT Sat June 5 7:40 p.m. 9:15 p.m. E175
LIT MIA Sat June 5 6 a.m. 9:45 a.m. E175
MIA PWM Sat June 5 10:25 a.m. 1:45 p.m. E175
PWM MIA Sat June 5 2:30 p.m. 5:59 p.m. E175

 

Most of PSA Airlines’ fleet is “temporarily grounded” by the FAA, major cancellations

PSA Airlines (American Eagle) (subsidiary of American Airlines) has been “temporarily grounded” by the Federal Aviation Administration for an inspection issue on nearly all of its planes according to CNN.

Over 230 flights has already been cancelled so far.

PSA Airlines largely operates from the Charlotte, Washington (Reagan National) and Philadelphia hubs.

Route Map:

According to CNN, “American Airlines said that most of PSA’s 130 aircraft had been pulled from service “out of an abundance of caution” to perform a “necessary, standard inspection” of the nose landing-gear doors.”

Photo: Syracuse Airport.

PSA Airlines issued this statement:

Most of our aircraft have temporarily been removed from service to complete a standard inspection. We’re working to resolve the issue and sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.

JetBlue and American advance their strategic alliance following regulatory review

JetBlue Airways and American Airlines Group Inc. today announced their strategic alliance is moving ahead following review by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Both carriers will begin implementing key aspects of this innovative and customer-focused alliance in phases, offering more seamless connectivity and better travel choices on routes to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS). The carriers also expect this alliance will accelerate each airline’s recovery from the pandemic as customers are attracted to the expansion of options and enhanced service.

“With this alliance, American and JetBlue will operate the biggest network for our customers in the Northeast, which will allow American to grow our mainline operations as we recover from the pandemic,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Chief Revenue Officer. “We are already planning to launch new international routes to Athens and Tel Aviv this summer, which are just two of many new routes we plan to launch.”

Important components of the alliance will be introduced starting in the first quarter of 2021 and phased in over the course of the year:

  • Seamless customer experience
    With each element of the alliance, customers flying in and out of New York and Boston will enjoy a more seamless experience across both airlines, including the ability to book a single itinerary on either website, access to the alliance’s significant global network, convenient connections, access to loyalty benefits and an improved on-the-ground experience — resulting in a compelling proposition for both leisure and corporate customers.
  • Network alignment in the Northeast
    The alliance will offer customers the largest network in New York City and Boston, and it will enable new strategic growth opportunities for both airlines, accelerate the replacement of small regional jets with larger aircraft, while greatly expanding the connectivity between each carrier’s network in the Northeast. American will upgauge aircraft and by the end of 2021 will operate all service out of New York with first class. Starting in the first half of 2021, JetBlue and American schedules in New York and Boston will begin to be aligned to give customers new flight options, with improved schedules, better connections, competitive fares and access to more domestic and international destinations.
  • Expanded service in the Northeast
    As part of the alliance, JetBlue plans to significantly expand its service at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as further expand in other NYC airports and in Boston. The alliance will also allow JetBlue to reactivate aircraft that would otherwise sit idle. An expanded operation at LaGuardia further advances JetBlue’s position as New York’s Hometown Airline® and accelerates the airline’s ability to recover.
    As previously announced, American is introducing brand new service on from New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Athens (ATH). American’s loyal customers in New York will be introduced to their first long-haul international service in more than four years, with even more new routes on the way.
  • Codeshare agreement
    Starting later this quarter, JetBlue will place its B6 code on a variety of American flights in New York and Boston. Likewise, American will place its AA code on select JetBlue flights also in at New York’s John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty International (EWR) airports, as well as Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Flights touching New York or Boston from either JetBlue, American or connecting combinations of both. The codeshare will introduce JetBlue customers to more than 60 new routes operated by American and will introduce American’s customers to more than 130 new routes operated by JetBlue.
  • Reciprocal loyalty benefits
    Later this year, customers of both JetBlue’s TrueBlue and American’s AAdvantage® programs will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits, including the ability to earn and/or redeem points or miles on either carrier making both loyalty program even more valuable. The airlines are also exploring opportunities to recognize JetBlue Mosaic customers and American’s AAdvantage elite members across both airlines. More details will be announced to loyalty program members later this year.

Department of Transportation terminates its review
Following an approximately six-month review, the DOT has agreed to terminate its review of the alliance in exchange for a series of commitments to ensure the alliance delivers consumers benefits without harming competition. These include growth commitments to ensure capacity expansion, slot divestitures at JFK and at Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) and antitrust compliance measures. Beyond today’s agreement with the DOT, the carriers will also be refraining from certain kinds of coordination in city pair markets where they are substantial competitors to each other and there is little service from other airlines.

American Airlines flight attendant union committed to the protection and safety of flight attendants on and off the aircraft

APFA issued this statement:

Julie Hedrick, National President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) issued the following statement regarding the safety of American Airlines Flight Attendants following the recent violence in Washington, D.C.:

“This week, we witnessed an outbreak of violence at the U.S. Capitol, forcing an evacuation while lawmakers were attempting to certify the electoral college vote count. We also experienced multiple incidents on various flights headed to Washington, D.C. During these incidents, some of which broadcasted over social media, Flight Attendants were forced to confront passengers exhibiting politically motivated aggression towards other passengers and crew. This behavior is unacceptable, and Flight Attendants should not have to deal with these egregious incidents.

It is disturbing to see these acts of aggression towards other passengers and Flight Attendants continue. Yesterday, racial epithets were hurled towards a Black Flight Attendant as they rode to the DCA airport in the hotel shuttle. On another flight, a group of passengers removed their masks after takeoff and harassed the Flight Attendants and other passengers throughout the flight, up to and including the deplaning process. These are just two examples of too many we have seen on flights this week. This behavior is dangerous and threatening.

We are well-trained safety professionals, we are essential workers, and we have clear and concise rules when dealing with a disruptive passenger. We should not have to deal with a group of passengers harassing other passengers and crew, whether through chanting, yelling, or physical altercation. We see compliance on the ground, but after takeoff, the story sometimes changes.

To say I am worried about our Flight Attendants’ safety is an understatement.

APFA has begun work in tandem with other Flight Attendant Unions, lawmakers, and regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C. to enhance safety and make sure that anyone displaying threatening or abusive behavior will not be allowed to board our aircraft now or in the future.

This is not who we are as Americans. The abuse, divisiveness, anger, and harassment must stop.”

American operates its first Boeing 737 MAX commercial flight since grounding

American Airlines made this announcement on social media:

On December 29, we operated our first commercial flight on the Boeing 737 MAX since its extensive, 20-month recertification process with a flight crew who has 150+ combined years of experience. The crew was proud to fly the flight with our customers, family members and Robert Isom.

American prepares to be the first airline to put the Boeing 737 MAX back into regular service

American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N303RG (msn 44448) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104955.

American Airlines today will be the first airline to put the Boeing 737 MAX back into regular airline service.

The first flight be from the Miami hub to New York (LaGuardia) and return.

American identifies the aircraft type (7M8) in its schedule:

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N303RG (msn 44448) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104955.

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American to restore the Charlotte – Honolulu route, adds FLL flights

American Airlines, due to cancelled foreign routes, is adding some domestic routes. AA will restore seasonal nonstop service between the Charlotte hub and Honolulu on May 6, 2021 with initially six flights a week. The restored route will be operated with Boeing 777-200 ERs.

The route is planned through September 7, 2021.

With JetBlue adding new routes from its Miami hub, AA is returning the favor by adding more flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL), a focus city for JetBlue.

American and JetBlue are partners.

AA will resume flights to Boston, Los Angeles, and New York from FLL on April 2, 2021.

AA will also add weekly Austin – Orlando service on March 6, 2021.

American will also add daily Dallas/Fort Worth – Long Beach service on April 2, 2021.

Fairbanks (FAI) will also receive new service next summer. Dallas/Fort Worth – FAI will launch on May 6, 2021 followed by Chicago (O’Hare) – FAI service on June 3, 2021.

Phoenix – Anchorage flights will resume on May 6, 2021.

American Airlines aircraft photo gallery (Airbus):

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