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American Airlines operates the probable last Boeing 767 revenue flight

Operated flight AA 9441 LIM-MIA on March 30, 2020 (last AA 767 revenue flight)

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 probable 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 apparently closing out an era for American Airlines.

N347AN is available for other repatriation flights but flight AA 9441 is likely to be the last revenue flight for an American Airlines Boeing 767-300. Today’s flight from Miami to San Juan with N347AN was cancelled.

American Airlines has not yet publicly announced the type retirement.

N347AN is likely to join 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.

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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

American Airlines plans to reduce capacity in May by 80%

American Airlines Group Inc. will make further capacity cuts in April and May to address record low customer demand.

April and May capacity will be reduced

American will suspend 60% of its capacity in April as compared to the same period in 2019 and is planning to suspend up to 80% of its capacity in May compared to the same period in 2019. These changes are due to significantly decreased customer demand and government travel restrictions related to coronavirus (COVID-19). The reduced April schedule will be reflected on aa.com Sunday, March 29, and the reduced May schedule will be loaded Sunday, April 5.

Entity Capacity: April YoY Capacity: May YoY
Domestic Down 60-70% Down 70-80%
International Down 80-90% Down 80-90%

The domestic capacity reductions take into consideration the FAA’s recent decision to grant additional flexibility in slot-use policies at U.S. airports during this unprecedented situation. These waivers will allow the airline to better align capacity with demand in light of adjustments to the flight schedule.

The most significant change is the reduction in service to Hawaii in April. In response to the new 14-day quarantine order for travelers flying to Hawaii, American has suspended operations into Kona (KOA), Lihue (LIH) and Maui (OGG). The airline will continue to operate one daily flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL).

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American Airlines is operating repatriation flights to get customers home

American Airlines has made this announcement:

American Airlines Group Inc. will operate seven special flights beginning Thursday, March 26, between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and four Latin American cities to bring customers home in light of government travel restrictions related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Flight segments include service from São Paulo (GRU) to DFW and from Honduras to DFW.

The airline will operate the following flights:

March 26 and March 27

Origin Destination Flight number Departure time Arrival time
Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) DFW 540 1:54 p.m. 6:34 p.m.
Roatán, Honduras (RTB) DFW 2192 2:10 p.m. 6:46 p.m.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) DFW 2210 2:25 p.m. 7:05 p.m.

March 28

Origin Destination Flight number Departure time Arrival time
São Paulo (GRU) DFW 962 10:45 p.m. 7:10 a.m. (next day)

The new segments between DFW and GRU also will provide much needed cargo-capacity, allowing American to continue to serve the needs of its cargo customers and help keep the world’s economy moving. The airline will aid in shipping important goods, including pharmaceuticals, electronics and produce. Flights from DFW to GRU will also be available for purchase to assist in getting Brazilian citizens home, with flights operating on March 27.

This week, the airline operated charters for the U.S. State Department from both Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA), and Lima, Peru (LIM), to get U.S. residents home. To further assist customers, American flew 71 ferry flights to the U.S. from several Caribbean destinations, including 14 flights from Montego Bay (MBJ) and three flights from Kingston (KIN) in Jamaica; five flights from Santo Domingo (SDQ), nine flights from Punta Cana (PUJ), one flight from Santiago (STI) and one flight from Puerto Plata (POP) in the Dominican Republic; four flights from Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP); 12 flights from Aruba (AUA); three flights from Bonaire (BON); three flights from Curaçao (CUR); six flights from St. Maarten (SXM); eight flights from St. Lucia (UVF); one flight from Guadeloupe (PTP); and one flight from Martinique (FDF). Ferry flights flew without passengers to these islands and returned with customers looking to return home to the United States.

In other news, American operated its first cargo-only flight since 1984. The flight took off from DFW Airport, bound for Frankfurt, Germany.

“Filled with medical supplies, mail for active U.S. military, telecommunications equipment and e-commerce packages, this flight will bring vital supplies to communities in the face of COVID-19.”

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American Airlines adjusts food and lounge service in response to coronavirus

American Airlines has made this announcement:

Temporary changes include scaled back food and beverage service, closing additional Admirals Club lounges, maximizing social distancing on aircraft, and short-term suspension of checked pets

American Airlines is making several changes in service and policies as it continues to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on customers. These changes include temporarily closing more Admirals Club lounges, reducing flight attendant-customer interaction and maximizing space between customers on aircraft.

Reduced food and beverage service

To further provide for social distancing and minimal contact between flight attendants and customers, American will offer limited food and beverage options from March 27 through April 30. The reduced service will be based on flight length and destination. Full service will resume once the COVID-19 situation has stabilized. American is exploring and expects to make bottled water and snacks available at the gate in the near future.

For all flights shorter than 2,200 miles (typically less than 4 1/2 hours):

  • Alcohol will not be available in Main Cabin. Alcohol will be available on request in first class.
  • Beverages available on request and limited to water, canned beverages or juice.
  • No snacks or food for purchase will be served.
  • Meals will not be offered in first class.

For all flights longer than 2,200 miles (typically more than 4 1/2 hours), including transcontinental and flights to Hawaii:

  • Alcohol will not be served in Main Cabin and Main Cabin Extra except on long-haul international flights. Alcohol will be available in first class.
  • Other Main Cabin beverages will be served as usual.
  • No snacks or food for purchase will be served. Main Cabin meals will be served on long-haul international flights.
  • First and business class meals will be served on one tray versus in courses.

American will also suspend predeparture beverage service on all flights.

“Our flight attendants spend the most time with our customers and play a critical role in ensuring the safety and well-being of our customers,” said Jill Surdek, Senior Vice President of Flight Service. “As a result of working with our flight attendant team and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, we are taking these necessary steps today and will continue to update our policies in response to guidance from the CDC.”

Admirals Club lounges

American will temporarily close most Admirals Club lounges, but will maintain front desk customer service at large U.S. airports and at London’s Heathrow Airport. These changes go into effect beginning Thursday, March 26.

Team members working at the locations below will be available to offer travel assistance. To reduce large gatherings, lounge services — including all food and beverage offerings, restrooms and shower facilities — will be temporarily suspended.

Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT), Concourse C

Chicago (ORD), Concourse H/K

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Terminals A, C and D

London Heathrow (LHR), Terminal 3

Los Angeles (LAX), Terminal 4

Miami (MIA), Gate D30

New York (JFK), Gate 12 (Flagship Lounge with temporary Admirals Club service)

New York (LGA), Concourse D

Philadelphia (PHL), Terminal B/C

Phoenix (PHX), Gate A7 and Gate A19

Washington (DCA), Terminal C

“American is committed to caring for customers through these unprecedented times. Customer and team member wellbeing is foremost in our minds,” said Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience. “As the travel mandates abate and the COVID-19 crisis subsides, we will explore how to manage annual membership benefits for impacted customers — including for those with a membership through the Citi / AAdvantage Executive card. We look forward to welcoming back our loyal members soon.”

Relaxed seating policies

In response to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing guidelines, American will temporarily relax seating policies for customers on most flights and reduce onboard food and beverage service levels.

To encourage social distancing, gate agents and flight attendants will be able to proactively reassign seats to create more space between customers beginning March 24. Once on board — provided there aren’t any aircraft weight or balance restrictions — customers can move to another seat within their ticketed cabin subject to availability. American will also block 50% of all middle seats and all seats adjacent to Flight Attendant jump seats on every flight.

Temporary suspension of checked pet service

Because schedule changes increase the risk of stranded pets, all checked pet service will be suspended beginning March 25. Carry-on petsand service and support animals are still permitted, as long as they comply with existing requirements. American Airlines Cargo will also still accept pets for transport, but with additional restrictions.

American is closely monitoring government policy changes, CDC guidelines, government mandates and customer demand, and we will continue to make changes as necessary.

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