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American expects to fly more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to summer 2019 this summer

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American Airlines made this announcement:

This summer, American Airlines is giving customers more than 150 new opportunities to reconnect with friends and family as it continues to rebuild its network to match demand.

  • Due to strong demand, the airline expects to fly more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to summer 2019 and 80% of its international seat capacity compared to 2019.
  • American will operate more than 150 new routes this summer.
  • American will operate more wide bodies from Miami to match demand in Latin America and the Caribbean.

New domestic routes make it easy to reconnect

In addition to flights that are on sale now, the airline will introduce 17 new routes available for sale starting on April 19, including daily flights between Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU) and Nashville, Tennessee (BNA).

Based on current customer demand projections, American intends to operate a schedule with domestic capacity almost equal to 2019. In response to increased leisure demand, on June 5, the airline is introducing eight new routes, operating on Saturdays, to experience the wonder of Orlando, Florida, and its endless outdoor adventures, including nonstop service from:

  • Birmingham, Alabama (BHM)
  • Dayton, Ohio (DAY)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IND)
  • Louisville, Kentucky (SDF)
  • Memphis, Tennessee (MEM)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)
  • Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)

And for customers living in South Florida eager to travel to the West Coast or Northeast, the airline is launching widebody service from Miami (MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK). All flights will operate on Boeing 777s this summer to match the increased demand.

The great outdoors is also high on travelers’ lists and customers can look forward to more flight choices to places like Asheville, North Carolina (AVL); Kalispell, Montana (FCA); and Jackson, Wyoming (JAC), which are already available for purchase. And in addition to the nine previously announced new routes from Austin, Texas (AUS), beginning in May, American is introducing new Saturday flights between AUS and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS).

Creating the broadest global network

As international demand has been slower to recover, American’s international capacity will be down approximately 20% compared to the same period in 2019. The airline remains committed to serving as many international destinations as possible and will continue to offer more flights to more destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean than any other airline.

American is using wide body aircraft to match demand from MIA; thus, short-haul markets in Latin America and the Caribbean will see select flights operating on Boeing 777s and 787-8s this summer:

Aircraft Destination
Boeing 787-8 Cali, Colombia (CLO)
Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE)
Lima, Peru (LIM)
Medellin, Colombia (MDE)
Port au Prince, Haiti (PAP)
Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
Boeing 777-200 Bogota, Colombia (BOG)
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)

The airline will also serve Colombia more than ever before with upgauged aircraft and recently announced service from JFK to Cali (CLO), Bogota (BOG) and Medellin (MDE) launching on May 6. Customers will also have increased access to Ecuador and Peru with even more capacity than 2019. And starting this summer, American will be the only U.S. carrier to serve Tel Aviv (TLV) and Suriname (PBM) from its MIA hub.

In addition, the airline is working with JetBlue to introduce new American service between JFK and Athens (ATH) and TLV. However, due to the effects of the pandemic and the resulting weak demand, American will not operate to Edinburgh, United Kingdom (EDI), Shannon, Ireland (SNN) and Hong Kong (HKG) this summer. American will continue to serve these markets through London Heathrow (LHR) and Dublin (DUB), through American’s Atlantic Joint Business partners, British Airways and Aer Lingus.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N876AL (msn 65996) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 951869.

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JAL and ANA operated this Boeing 787 for the torch relay of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (now rescheduled)

2020 Tokyo Olympic Torch relay aircraft

JAL and ANA jointly operated this Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (JA837J) for the torch relay flight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The aircraft carries the logos of both carriers.

JA837J is pictured arriving at Tokyo (Narita) (NRT) on March 20 after completing the mission carrying the torch from Athens to JASDF Matsushima Air Base. This livery was applied for about only a week, until the plane got repainted to the regular JAL scheme soon after this landing.

This will become a very rare photo since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been rescheduled for July 23, 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL and ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA837J (msn 34860) (Tokyo 2020) NRT (Akira Uekawa). Image: 949531.

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American to fly from Los Angeles to Christchurch

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N807AA (msn 40625) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933327.

American Airlines has made this announcement:

A trip to the breathtaking landscape of the majestic Southern Alps will become much shorter when American Airlines launches the only nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC), next October. The airline is also adding the only direct service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Auckland, New Zealand (AKL), which will increase connecting opportunities for more customers across the United States. These routes are a direct result of the recently approved joint business with Qantas, which delivers new customer benefits like enhanced codeshare opportunities and increased frequent flyer benefits for American and Qantas customers.

The gateway to the South Island

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and as the only carrier to operate this route, American will introduce its customers to one of the world’s most unique destinations.

“The South Island sums up everything that our customers are looking for in New Zealand — adventure, culture and wildlife found no where else,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Senior Vice President of Network Strategy. “We want to make their lifelong dreams a reality and bring New Zealand’s beauty even closer as the gateway to the South Island where you can drive, hike, cruise and fly to a variety of classic New Zealand experiences.”

American will fly to CHC three times per week from October 2020 through March 2021 on a Boeing 787-8. The 787-8 features 20 Flagship Business seats and 28 Premium Economy seats, providing additional comfort for the 13-hour flight. The aircraft offers a variety of entertainment options for customers, with access to power at every seat, live television, and hundreds of movies, music, games and TV shows.

LAX to CHC creates unique one-stop connections to the South Island not previously available by any other carrier. Qantas and Jetstar will connect passengers from CHC on to Wellington and Melbourne — some of the most popular destinations in the Pacific.

A new way to New Zealand

American currently operates seasonal service from LAX to AKL and will add new service from DFW next year. Flights will be operated with American’s state-of-the-art 787-9, with 30 Flagship Business seats and 21 Premium Economy seats. New flights from DFW to AKL will enable new one-stop connections to New Zealand from more than 70 cities across the United States.

“Now, we’re able to get customers from places like Louisville, Savannah or Monterrey, Mexico, all the way to New Zealand with just one stop,” said Raja.

As American enhances its commitment to the region, seasonal LAX to AKL service will resume earlier next year — Oct. 7 — adding three weeks of service to the increasingly popular destination.

“The South Island is a must-see for any international visitor to New Zealand,” said Stephen England-Hall, Tourism New Zealand’s Chief Executive. “Thanks to the new nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Christchurch and Dallas-Fort Worth to Auckland, it’s is now easier than ever before to experience all that unique and welcoming New Zealand has to offer.”

Benefits of the Qantas Joint Business

American and Qantas recently received final approval to form a joint business, which promises significant customer benefits not possible through any other form of cooperation. The carriers have already rolled out improved frequent flyer benefits, including higher earning rates for points and status credits on each airline’s network, and have expanded codeshare routes on each other’s network. Qantas will also increase from six weekly flights between Sydney, Australia (SYD), and DFW to daily service by mid-2020. Additionally, Qantas announced new service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Brisbane, Australia (BNE), which will launch in February and April respectively. Qantas will have its code on American’s new flights to New Zealand, giving Qantas frequent flyers more opportunities to earn and redeem Qantas points and status credits on American. Next year, American and Qantas will provide the most service to Australia and New Zealand from the United States.

LAX–AKL flights beginning in Oct. 2020 will be available for purchase starting Nov. 9. New LAX–CHC and DFW–AKL flights will be available for purchase starting Nov. 30.

Origin Destination Departure Time* Arrival Time* Season
DFW AKL 10:30 p.m. 7:40 a.m./8:40 a.m.
(+2 days)
Oct. 25, 2020–March 25, 2021
3 x weekly through Nov. 29
Daily starting Dec. 1
AKL DFW 11:15 a.m./12:15 p.m. 7:10 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020–March 27, 2021
3 x weekly through Nov. 29
Daily starting Dec. 3
LAX CHC 11:30 p.m. 9:25 a.m./10:25 a.m. Oct. 25, 2020–March 24, 2021
3 x weekly
CHC LAX 1:10 p.m./2:10 p.m. 6 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020–March 26, 2021
3x weekly

*Flight times subject to change and account for Daylight Savings.
New flights are subject to government approval.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N807AA (msn 40625) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933327.

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American to bring the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to the Philadelphia hub

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N803AL (msn 40621) LHR (SPA). Image: 947889.

American Airlines is bringing the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to the Philadelphia hub starting in late 2019 and early 2020.

The carrier will add the type to the Chicago (O’Hare) hub January 7 and the Dallas/Fort Worth hub on December 17, 2019 according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N803AL (msn 40621) LHR (SPA). Image: 947889.

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Avianca Holdings, United Airlines And Kingsland Holdings agree to terms for loan to be provided to Avianca

Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N780AV (msn 37502) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 947817.

Avianca Holdings has reached agreement with United Airlines and Kingsland Holdings S.A. regarding the terms of United and Kingsland’s proposed financing to AVH of up to US $250 million, and established the conditions precedent to the transaction.

United and Kingsland have agreed to provide Avianca a four-year loan at an interest rate of 3%; interest will be paid-in-kind until maturity, granting Avianca greater financial flexibility. The loan will convert into shares at Avianca’s option –at an equivalent price per share of US $4.6217, representing a 35% premium over the 90-day weighted average price through October 3, 2019– subject to certain conditions, including AVH’s share price consistently trading above seven dollars; the loan may also be converted into shares voluntarily at the discretion of United Airlines and Kingsland Holdings. The financing will be secured by a pledge of stock in AVH’s major subsidiaries.

Drafting of final documentation is ongoing and is expected to be executed by mid-October. Funding remains subject to certain other conditions, including the successful conclusion of Avianca’s debt reprofiling plan in a manner consistent with the Avianca 2021 plan, as well as the closing of the company’s exchange offer for its US$550 million 2020 bond.

Avianca continues to work on quickly finalizing negotiations with its creditors and fulfilling the conditions necessary to conclude the bond exchange offer, in order to expeditiously close the stakeholder loan.

Once this process is concluded, Avianca expects to offer its preferred shareholders the opportunity to participate in US $125 million financing under similar conditions.

Top Copyright Photo: Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N780AV (msn 37502) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 947817.

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Air Canada to launch flights from Toronto to Brussels

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 947454.

Air Canada announced today the introduction of new, year-round services between Toronto and Brussels starting May 1, 2020. Up to five weekly nonstop flights will be operated with Air Canada’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, featuring Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy services.

La Grand Place in Brussels. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

 

Flight

From

To

Departs

Arrives

Days of Operation

AC886

Toronto (YYZ)

Brussels

(BRU)

18:30

07:45 +1 day

Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

AC887

Brussels

(BRU)

Toronto

(YYZ)

10:45

12:45

Mon,Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

 

Flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s and Brussels Airlines’ respective networks at Toronto and Brussels.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 947454.

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LOT Polish Airlines to fly to Seoul

"Franck"

LOT Polish Airlines will launch a new long-haul route from Budapest to Seoul (Incheon) on September 22, 2019.

The new route will be operated Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft three days a week.

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRF (msn 35942) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 937090.

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Ethiopian Airlines to add Bengaluru, India

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-ARF (msn 34752) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 947196.

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will start passenger flights to Bengaluru, India as of October 27, 2019.

The capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, Bengaluru is dubbed ‘Silicon Valley of India’ and serves as the centre of technology and innovation.

The four weekly direct flights to Bengaluru will be as per the below schedule:

Flight Number Frequency Departure Airport Departure Time Arrival  Airport Arrival Time Sub Fleet
ET  0690 Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun ADD 23:00 BLR 8:00 ET  738
ET  0691 Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun BLR 2:30 ADD 6:35 ET  738

Top Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-ARF (msn 34752) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 947196.

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Azerbaijan Airlines to drop the New York route

Azerbaijan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VP-BBS (msn 37921) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 930097.

Azerbaijan Airlines will drop its Baku – New York route on September 30, 2019.

This is the airlines’ only route to the United States.

The carrier flies to 40 destinations in 25 countries.

Above: AZAL’s hub at Baku.

Top Copyright Photo (All others by the airline): Azerbaijan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VP-BBS (msn 37921) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 930097.

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American Airlines welcomes tentative approval of additional service at Tokyo Haneda International Airport

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N816AA (msn 40634) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946295.

American Airlines has made this announcement:

American Airlines welcomes the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) tentative approval of additional service at Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND). American was tentatively granted authority to operate a daily flight between HND and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and a second daily flight between HND and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

“We are encouraged by the DOT’s tentative decision and look forward to operating more flights into Tokyo Haneda and beyond with our joint business partner, Japan Airlines,” said American Airlines President Robert Isom. “We understand the unique opportunity we’ve been granted with new Haneda service from our largest hub at DFW and additional service from LAX, and will deliver a world-class customer experience when flights begin next year.”

A second daily LAX–HND flight will complement American’s existing LAX–HND service, which began in 2016. The new flight from DFW will provide Japanese customers convenient connections throughout American’s vast network with more than 900 daily flights to more than 200 destinations.

American’s new DFW–HND service would be operated with a Boeing 777-200, while its second LAX–HND service would be operated with a 787-8 (top).

The final decision from the DOT is expected in the next few weeks.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N816AA (msn 40634) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946295.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (Boeing):