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American Airlines announces summer schedule changes to match reduced customer demand related to COVID-19

American Airlines Group Inc. will make further capacity cuts this summer to address record low customer demand. The airline will:

  • Suspend more than 60% of international capacity for the peak summer travel season versus the same period last year.
  • Delay the launch of new routes, including service from Philadelphia (PHL) to Casablanca (CMN), Chicago (ORD) to Krakow (KRK) and Seattle (SEA) to Bangalore (BLR) to 2021.
  • Delay the launch of new winter seasonal service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Christchurch (CHC) and from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Auckland (AKL) to winter 2021.
  • Suspend 25 total summer seasonal flights until summer 2021.

Summer and winter capacity will be reduced

American will suspend more than 60% of its total international capacity this summer compared to the same peak period in 2019, which includes an 80% reduction in Pacific capacity, 65% reduction in Atlantic capacity and 48% reduction in Latin America capacity. These changes are due to significantly decreased customer demand as well as government travel restrictions — both related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The reduced summer schedule, as well as the previously announced domestic schedule reductions for May, will be reflected on starting Sunday, April 5.

The airline previously announced that new service to AKL from DFW, CHC from LAX and BLR from SEA would all begin in October 2020, but American will now begin operating those routes in winter 2021. The resumption of existing service to AKL from LAX — which was originally slated to resume in early October 2020 — will now resume at the end of October 2020.

American will further extend the start date of new routes. Service to London (LHR) from Boston (BOS) will now launch in October 2020 and service to Tel Aviv (TLV) from DFW will begin in September 2021. Service to CMN from PHL and KRK from ORD will not launch this year, as well as 23 existing summer seasonal routes.

A full list of changes to the international summer schedule is below. There are no further changes at this time.

Updated Asia Pacific schedules:

Origin Destination Schedule change
DFW Auckland (AKL) Inaugural flight moves to winter 2021
DFW Hong Kong (HKG) Service resumes July 7
DFW Tokyo-Haneda (HND) Inaugural flight moves to July 7
DFW Seoul (ICN) Service resumes July 7
DFW Beijing (PEK) Service resumes Oct. 25
DFW Shanghai (PVG) Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX AKL Seasonal service resumes Oct. 25
LAX Christchurch (CHC) Inaugural flight moves to winter 2021
LAX HKG Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX HND Service resumes July 7; twice-daily service resumes October 25
LAX PEK Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX PVG Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX Sydney (SYD) Service resumes Oct. 23

Updated Europe and Africa schedules

The following routes will begin operating later this year

Origin Destination Schedule change
BOS London (LHR) Inaugural flight moves to October 25
CLT LHR Service resumes July 7; twice-daily service resumes October 2020
CLT Frankfurt (FRA) Service resumes Oct. 25
CLT Munich (MUC) Service resumes July 7
DFW Amsterdam (AMS) Service resumes June 4
DFW Munich (MUC) Service resumes July 7
DFW Dublin (DUB) Service resumes July 7
DFW Frankfurt (FRA) Service resumes June 4
JFK Barcelona (BCN) Service resumes Oct. 25
JFK Paris (CDG) Service resumes July 7
JFK LHR Service resumes June 4
JFK Madrid (MAD) Service resumes July 7
JFK Milan (MXP) Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX LHR Service resumes June 4
MIA BCN Service resumes Oct. 25
MIA CDG Service resumes Oct. 25
MIA MAD Service resumes July 7
MIA Milan (MXP) Service resumes Oct. 25
ORD Athens (ATH) Service resumes June 4
ORD BCN Service resumes July 7
ORD DUB Service resumes June 4
ORD LHR Service resumes June 4
PHL AMS Service resumes Oct. 7
PHL BCN Service resumes Oct. 25
PHL CDG Service resumes Oct. 25
PHL DUB Service resumes Oct. 7
PHL Rome (FCO) Service resumes Oct. 25
PHL LHR Service resumes June 4
PHL MAD Service resumes July 7
PHL Manchester (MAN) Service resumes Oct. 25
PHL Zurich (ZRH) Service resumes July 7
PHX LHR Service resumes Oct. 7
RDU LHR Service resumes June 4

The following routes will not operate this summer season

Origin Destination
ORD Budapest (BUD)
ORD Krakow (KRK)
ORD Prague (PRG)
ORD Venice (VCE)
PHL Casablanca (CMN)
PHL Dubrovnik (DBV)
PHL Edinburgh (EDI)
PHL Reykjavík (KEF)
PHL Lisbon (LIS)
PHL Shannon (SNN)
PHL Berlin (TXL)

Updated Latin America schedules:

Origin Destination Schedule change
DFW Buenos Aires (EZE) Service resumes Oct. 25
DFW São Paulo (GRU) Service resumes July 7
DFW Lima (LIM) Service resumes July 7
DFW Santiago (SCL) Service resumes Oct. 25
JFK EZE Service resumes June 4
JFK Rio de Janeiro (GIG) Service resumes Dec. 17
JFK GRU Service resumes June 4
LAX EZE Service resumes Oct. 25
LAX GRU Service resumes Oct. 25
MIA Brasilia (BSB) Service resumes Oct. 25
MIA EZE Service resumes May 7; twice-daily service resumes Oct. 25
MIA GIG Service resumes June 4
MIA GRU Service resumes May 7; twice-daily service resumes Oct. 25
MIA SCL Service resumes May 7

American Airlines aircraft photo gallery (Boeing):

American’s last Boeing 767-300 revenue flight, a rescue flight from Peru

American Airlines detailed the repatriation flight AA 9441 from Lima to Miami on March 30, 2020 with N347AN. This was the last revenue flight for the Boeing 767 at American as previously reported:

Life’s journeys took a detour for thousands of travelers in March as they faced the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While looking for ways to return home, American’s hub at Miami International Airport (MIA) became an unexpected waypoint for those traveling by air.

On March 30, American operated a repatriation flight between Lima, Peru and MIA. Flight 9441, a charter flight coordinated by the U.S. Department of State, departed from a Peruvian military base adjacent to Jorge Chavez International Airport — the airport commercial flights would typically depart from. The flight took more than 200 U.S. citizens back to the United States.

This charter was one of six repatriation flights that American flew from Peru, totaling 88 missions from Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of American’s efforts to help U.S. citizens return home after air service was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline capped all fares on these flights and put a waiver program in place for customers whose travel was affected.

“There are so many around the world who are suffering during this pandemic,” said Captain Craig Jones, who commanded the latest flight from Lima. “I’m thankful that American played a role during this difficult and uncertain time. All the passengers were extremely grateful for the opportunity to return home. Personally, I felt honored to command this flight.”

“A flight full of more than 200 passengers — who all spent the last 14 days in quarantine — were the happiest and most grateful I have ever seen,” said Daphne Yanez, a MIA-based flight attendant on the flight from Lima.

This charter flight was also meaningful for Luren Ruotolo, an American Airlines team member at our Miami offices. Her brother, Manuel, was on the flight. Manuel, who is paraplegic and was receiving treatment in Peru, was finally able to return home. “I am thankful for all the care and support my colleagues across the company provided my brother during this challenging time,” Luren said. “Taking care of people on life’s journey isn’t just our mission. It’s a reality at American.”

Upon arrival at MIA, a water cannon salute greeted the Boeing 767. Passengers — thrilled to be back in the United States — clapped as the flight landed.

American’s MIA hub played a significant role in repatriation efforts, as most of the carrier’s flights that brought customers back to the United States from the Caribbean landed at MIA. Also on March 30, a group of more than 150 British cruise ship passengers returned to London (LHR) on a repatriation flight from MIA after being at sea since March 2.

“It’s heartwarming to see so many grateful faces. In times of uncertainty, we are happy we were able to reunite people with their loved ones,” said Juan Carlos Liscano, American’s Vice President of Miami Operations. “A special thank you to the MIA team for being part of so many homecoming stories.”

Note: N347AN was ferried from Miami to Roswell, NM on March 31, 2020 as flight AA9648 going the other Boeing 767-300s already in storage.


Reuters: American Airlines to retire more jets, including early delivery Boeing 737-800s, in coronavirus downturn

From Reuters:

“American Airlines Group Inc is set to sharply increase the number of jets it is planning to retire beyond its announced plans as it accelerates a fleet transformation to respond to the coronavirus crisis, people familiar with the matter said.

Some 4,700 jets have been parked globally as airlines slash operations due to travel restrictions, according to Ascend by Cirium fleet data, and American’s decision confirms industry speculation that many of those older jets will not fly again.

Photo: Ian Dutton/Facebook.

In addition to the retirement of 34 Boeing 757-200s and 17 Boeing 767-300s announced just two weeks ago, American now plans to also sunset a batch of 76 Boeing 737-800s it acquired between 1999 and 2001, nine Airbus A330-300s and 20 Embraer E190s, the people said.

The plans were announced by President Robert Isom in a video Q&A with employees on Sunday, where he said the arrival of new Boeing 737 MAX jets, expected later this year after a prolonged global grounding, could help facilitate the retirement of older jets that would be in need of heavy maintenance.

American is also considering retiring some of its 50-seat regional jets, he said.

American said on March 12 it was accelerating the retirement of its remaining Boeing 757s and 767s as it looks at removing older, less fuel-efficient aircraft from its fleet.

“Decisions beyond the 757 and 767 have yet to be finalized, and we continue to make refinements to our overall fleet plan,” American spokesman Ross Feinstein said, adding that decisions would be based on demand.”

American Airlines operates the last Boeing 767 revenue flight

Type Retirement: March 30, 2020 (flight AA 9441 LIM-MIA with N347AN)

American Airlines had previously announced it was moving up the retirement of its 17 remaining 209-seat Boeing 767-300 ERs to May 2020. Previously the target retirement date was early 2021.

Due to the extraordinary downturn in passenger demand, the downsizing carrier has apparently again moved up the target retirement date as it will operate newer aircraft on its remaining long-range routes.

On Monday, March 30, 2020 the airline operated the last revenue flight for the Boeing 767. The pictured Boeing 767-323 ER N347AN (top) operated a repatriation flight from Lima, Peru to the Miami hub. Flight AA 9441 arrived in Miami at 8:39 pm (2039) (local time) on March 30, 2020 closing out an era for American Airlines.

Today’s flight from Miami to San Juan with N347AN was cancelled.

Instead N347AN was ferried to Roswell, NM on March 31, 2020 as flight AA9648.

N347AN joined the other Boeing 767-300s in storage at Roswell, NM.

Photo: Ian Dutton/Facebook.

At the peak, AA operated a fleet of 67 Boeing 767-300 ERs.

The first Boeing 767-300 (N351AA) was delivered to American on February 19, 1988 and entered service with AA on March 3, 1988.

Previously the smaller Boeing 767-200 was operated between 1982 and 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER WL N347AN (msn 33086) MIA (Ken Petersen). Image: 949517.

American Airlines aircraft slide show:

American Airlines supports COVID-19 efforts through American Red Cross

American Airlines has provided this update:

American Airlines is partnering with long-standing national partner American Red Cross to raise funds for the nonprofit’s efforts on the frontlines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. American is proud to be a $1 million member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program.

The Red Cross has activated its fullest resources to support the COVID-19 response. Monetary donations are the best way to assist those in need at this time, which will help provide support for blood drives and critical relief services through trained Red Cross personnel who are on the ground, assisting with the outbreak. From now through April 30, AAdvantage® members can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation. Visit the Red Cross website to donate now.

Donations designated to the coronavirus outbreak will be used to:

  • Help the Red Cross maintain a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need and prevent any shortages.
  • Ensure that the Red Cross is able to provide critical relief services to people during the outbreak to include equipping and training volunteers and staff to safely provide food, shelter, comfort and relief supplies.
  • Invest in technology and training for counseling, financial assistance and other relief services virtually.
  • Provide new cleaning protocols for shelters, food service space and emergency response vehicles.
  • Increase health screenings of volunteers and employees who provide disaster relief services.
  • Provide noncongregate lodging accommodations for volunteers.

“American Airlines has been a steadfast and committed partner with the Red Cross for more than a decade,” said David Staszak, Divisional Vice President with American Red Cross. “When the Red Cross has a critical need to fulfill, American Airlines has always provided that requested support. The lifesaving mission of the Red Cross could not be delivered to thousands every year without key partners like American Airlines.”

“American has partnered with the Red Cross for 12 years, and we have seen firsthand the way they put AAdvantage miles and donations to work on the frontlines, supporting citizens who have experienced a hurricane, flooding, tornadoes or health concerns,” said Ron DeFeo, Senior Vice President of Global Engagement. “There’s no better way to partner with our customers and our team members to make a real impact on the frontlines of this fight.”

American parks aircraft at Pittsburgh International Airport

American Airlines is parking a lot of its fleet at various locations. One is Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

PIT issued this statement and photos on social media:

With flight schedules dramatically reduced, the planes have to go somewhere. Luckily, we have lots of space on the airfield. So we’re hosting these beauties for American Airlines until they’re needed again, hopefully very soon.

American Airlines statement on the CARES Act

American Airlines issued this statement:

CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom thanked Congress for passing and the president for signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

These are challenging and unprecedented times for our industry, our company and our team. The bipartisan financial stabilization package that Congress passed today will provide immediate and necessary support for our team members, the heart of our business, as we work tirelessly to weather this crisis together. On behalf of American’s 130,000 team members and their families, we are deeply grateful for the aid during this difficult time. We will continue to provide critical air service to keep communities across the country moving and flexibility for our customers in this time of uncertainty.

We applaud the administration officials and leaders in Congress who worked hard to craft and pass this legislation to protect aviation workers and the American public and the president for signing the CARES Act into law.

Doug ParkerRobert Isom