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American to retire 45 of its older Boeing 737-800s

First AA 737-823, delivered on February 7, 1999

American Airlines, according to Bloomberg, is planning to phase out and retire 45 of its older Boeing 737-800s by 2020.

The company, which recently took delivery of its last Boeing 737-800, currently has 304 737-800s in service. This will be the peak number for the fleet as the airline continues to take delivery of newer MAX 8s. AA plans to have 100 MAX 8s in service by 2021.

American took delivery of its first 737-823 (N901AN, above) on February 7, 1999.

Copyright Photo: The original AA Boeing 737-800: American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N901AN (msn 29503) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104635.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (Boeing, current livery):

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American Airlines expands network in 2018 and introduces Shuttle Service between Chicago O’Hare and New York LaGuardia

American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N815NN (msn 33208) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 922222.

American Airlines is delivering on its promise to provide customers the largest and best network by adding more new routes and better connecting opportunities in its 2018 schedule. With the introduction of 52 new nonstop flights and enhanced schedules, customers worldwide will benefit from new options across the American network.

New Routes in 2018

American recently announced international service to Budapest, Hungary (BUD); Prague, Czech Republic (PRG); and Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), starting this summer, and also began selling more than 40 new routes from its nine hubs, including seven routes from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and eight from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). On Jan. 22, the airline will offer the newest additions to its 2018 schedule for travel beginning June 7:

  • Three routes from PHL to Fort Wayne, Indiana (FWA); Oklahoma City (OKC); and Pensacola, Florida (PNS)
  • New service from both Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and DFW to Panama City, Florida (ECP) and South Bend, Indiana (SBN)
  • Service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP)

In total, American will add 52 new nonstop routes to its domestic and international network.

 

New Shuttle between Chicago O’Hare and New York LaGuardia

Beginning April 4, business travelers looking for a consistent, convenient and easy commute will have a new Shuttle product to fly them between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and ORD. American’s Shuttle will offer hourly flights between the two business centers, giving customers additional flexibility and choice, as well as unique travel benefits such as dedicated gates, 15 flights per weekday and complimentary beer and wine in Main Cabin.

“When you fly frequently for work, anything that can make the regular commute more comfortable is important,” said Alison Taylor, senior vice president, Global Sales and Distribution. “That’s why we’re pleased to offer valuable time-saving opportunities with our Shuttle, including a convenient and consistent schedule and extended check-in times for you and your bag.”

American currently operates Shuttle service between LGA and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS); LGA and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA); and DCA and BOS.

New Shuttler Service Animated GIF

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N815NN (msn 33208) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 922222.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (Boeing):

 

American to end its relationship with WestJet

American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N947AN (msn 29536) LAX. Image: 933336.

Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines and WestJet agreed to deepen their existing partnership by entering into a comprehensive transborder joint venture that will increase travel choices between the U.S. and Canada.

According to the announcement, “Delta and WestJet have entered into a preliminary memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding their intention to deepen their existing partnership to form a commercial joint venture arrangement, which will offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network, world-class airline products, enhanced frequent flyer benefits, shared airport facilities and amenities, and a more seamless travel experience.”

Probably as a result of this agreement, American Airlines is ending its codeshare relationship with WestJet effective on January 15, 2018.

In addition, both American and WestJet will end their frequent flyer partnership effective on July 31, 2018. American Airlines has announced July 31, 2018 will be the last day to fly and earn miles on WestJet.

Previously American Airlines and WestJet Airlines had launched a comprehensive codeshare agreement that gave customers of both airlines more choices and greater connectivity when travelling between the United States and Canada, as well as across American’s worldwide network.

This codeshare relationship allowed American to place its AA* code on WestJet flights, and WestJet to place its WS* code on flights of American Airlines. It is all ending because of Delta’s new interest in WestJet.

Bottom Line: United is aligned with Air Canada. Delta is now aligned with WestJet. American is out in the cold in Canada. Will American now look at some of the newly proposed Canadian carriers including Jetlines?

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N947AN (msn 29536) LAX. Image: 933336.

American Airlines aircrat slide show (Boeing and Embraer):

Westjet:

Bottom Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FKRF (msn 60123) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 939576.

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FKRF (msn 60123) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 939576.

 

American takes delivery of the last Boeing 737-800, the fleet is now repainted

The last Boeing 737-800 built for American Airlines

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) took delivery of the last Boeing 737-800 (the pictured N359PX above) on December 12, 2017. All future 737 deliveries will be for the new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (below). The entire Boeing 737-800 fleet has now been repainted, except one which will be preserved in the 1968 “tri-color” livery as a legacy jet (see bottom photo).

This brings the Boeing 737-800 fleet to 304 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL N359PX (msn 31280) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 940382.

American Airlines – Current Livery – Boeing:

Below Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N308RD (msn 44446) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940368.

MAX 8, first flight on December 13, 2017

Meanwhile AA will add three new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 routes from the Miami hub in the spring according to Airline Route:

Miami – Boston daily from April 3, 2018
Miami – Puerto Plata daily from April 3, 2018
Miami – Quito daily from March 25, 2018

Bottom Copyright Photo: American completed the repainting of the Boeing 737-800 fleet into the 2013 flag livery in December 2017. The pictured N921NN has been repainted into the 1968 “tri-color” livery. The “AA” logo on the tail was designed by Massimo Vignelli, who also produced the famous New York City Subway Map. N921NN will be preserved in this livery as a “legacy livery” logo jet. American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N921NN (msn 33229) (heritage livery) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 940311.

Repainted but will be retained in the 1968 heritage livery

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American Airlines strengthens service to Canada in 2018

American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N830NN (msn 31091) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 927377.

American Airlines is strengthening its ties to Canada. Starting next summer, American is adding service from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Daily service to Vancouver begins May 4, 2018, and seasonal service to Calgary begins June 7, 2018. The airline will also increase frequencies from the U.S. East Coast to Eastern Canada and extend seasonal service to popular Canadian destinations.

Canada fact sheet

New routes to Western Canada in 2018:

New service dates

ORD–YVR: May 4, 2018
ORD–YYC: June 7, 2018–Sept. 4, 2018

Schedule

ORD–YVR
Departs ORD at 8:35 p.m.
Arrives YVR at 11:14 p.m
YVR–ORD
Departs YVR at 11 p.m.
Arrives ORD at 5:14 a.m. (next day)
ORD–YYC
Departs ORD at 9:55 a.m.
Arrives YYC at 12:35 p.m.
YYC–ORD
Departs YYC at 1:20 p.m.
Arrives ORD at 5:40 p.m.

 

 

Aircraft

ORD–YVR: Boeing 737-800
ORD–YYC: Embraer E175, Operated by Envoy

 

Increased service to Western Canada in 2018:

  • Edmonton: American has added an additional winter trip between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG), increasing to two daily flights between Dec. 15, 2017 and April 2, 2018.

Increased service to Eastern Canada in 2018:

  • Toronto: Beginning Feb. 15, 2018, American is adding an additional trip between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and starting May 4, 2018, American is adding an additional trip from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to YYZ. LGA to YYZ is increasing from four to five trips (year-round) and upgauging two frequencies to a dual-cabin Embraer E175. DCA to YYZ is increasing from two to three trips (year-round).
    • Customers flying from YYZ will have access to a new, contemporary premium experience in Terminal 3 with the recently re-opened and redesigned 2,500-square-foot Admirals Club® lounge.
  • Ottawa: On May 4, 2018, American is adding an additional frequency between Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Ottawa International Airport (YOW). This route will now be operated three times daily, year-round.
  • Quebec City: Service between PHL and Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) has been extended through Nov. 3, 2018.

With the addition of this new service, American will offer up to 69 daily flights from seven Canadian cities to U.S. hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N830NN (msn 31091) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 927377.