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American Airlines celebrates 30 years in Miami

This month, American Airlines celebrates the 30th anniversary of its bold move to establish a hub at Miami International Airport (MIA).

In October 1989, American operated just 19 flights a day to six cities from MIA. Today, Miami’s hometown carrier operates more than 350 flights a day to nearly 130 destinations from the hub — American’s largest international gateway— including service to more than 70 cities across Latin America and the Caribbean. American’s Cargo operation has also grown substantially. In 1989, American moved 39.5 million pounds of mail and freight. Today, it moves nearly 380 million pounds annually.

The Most Service to Latin America

No other carrier at MIA offers as much service to Latin America as American. Last month, American announced increased service between MIA and:

  • Santiago, Chile (SCL)
  • Lima, Peru (LIM)
  • São Paulo, Brazil (GRU)

Earlier this year, the airline added new service to Cordoba, Argentina (COR), and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (SCU) — destinations that can only be reached from the U.S. on American.

A $21 Billion Economic Impact

American is a critically important economic engine for Miami and South Florida. What started out as a small hub in 1989 with fewer than 300 employees has grown to be the third-largest private employer in Miami-Dade County with more than 13,500 team members and an annual payroll exceeding $1.8 billion.

American’s economic impact also goes far beyond the team members that care for our customers. More than 162,000 additional jobs are created through businesses that support our MIA operations, meaning that American’s Miami hub contributes more than $21 billion annually to South Florida’s economy.

“American Airlines has a significant economic impact on our county,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Its Miami hub helps drive South Florida’s economy, and its robust schedule is critical to our community’s economic development. We value American’s commitment to this community and know that its growth in the coming years will continue to stimulate our local economy.”

Investment in Miami and South Florida

American’s commitment to MIA doesn’t stop with its network and team members. The airline has invested heavily in the community over the last three decades and supported dozens of organizations, including the United Way, Camillus House, Autism Speaks, Feeding South Florida and the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation. In 2018, American’s corps of caring team member volunteers, the DoCrew, dedicated more than 30,000 hours of their time to these and other nonprofit organizations.

American is also committed to promoting Miami as a great place to live, work and play. The carrier partners with the Beacon Council, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, amongst other civic organizations, to ensure the continued growth of both the city of Miami and the hub. American’s success in South Florida has helped grow the city’s reputation as a premier destination for travelers around the world.

“Greater Miami is a global gateway and welcomes a high volume of international visitors daily,” said William D. Talbert, III, CDME, President and CEO of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Today, the GMCVB celebrates American Airlines Miami hub 30 year anniversary alongside our partners in travel. With the majority of Greater Miami’s visitors arriving via air, American Airlines infrastructure investment in our community serves as a foundational platform to the local tourism industry’s vitality.”

Help for Neighboring Communities

American has also been committed to providing disaster relief for neighboring communities after a number of hurricanes impacted the region over the past few years. After hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc across the Caribbean islands in 2017, MIA team members immediately stepped up to help people impacted by the storms. American transported 460,000 pounds of relief supplies to Puerto Rico, including food, water, cots, tarps and generators, in wake of the storm. In total, the number of cargo and relief items delivered to the Caribbean totaled more than 3 million pounds.

Most recently, the MIA team helped colleagues in the Bahamas who were impacted by Hurricane Dorian. American’s Miami hub raised more than $55,000 for team members who lost nearly everything in the storm. The team also shipped more than 14,000 pounds of relief supplies within days of the hurricane.

“At American, we know that what’s good for Miami-Dade is good for American,” said Liscano. “Our commitment to Miami remains as strong as ever. We will continue to be the airline of choice for our customers, the premier gateway to Latin America and a loyal member of the South Florida community.”


LOT Polish Airlines arrives in Miami

LOT Polish Airlines on June 1 introduced the Warsaw – Miami route.

The new route was introduced with NBA player – Marcin Gortat.

All photos by LOT.

Air Ayiti to start Miami service on June 7

Air Ayiti is the new Haitian national airline which operates a scheduled network within the Caribbean from its Port-au-Prince (PAP) base.

Air Ayiti now operates with an Eastern Airlines Boeing 767-200 for its international destinations.

The airline is planning to launch the PAP – Miami route on June 7.


Sunwing Airlines starts Miami operations

Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) Boeing 737-8Q8 SSWL C-FYJD (msn 41807) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 932429.

Sunwing Airlines on December 1 added twice-weekly service on the Montreal (Trudeau) – Miami route until April 28, 2019.

The carrier will also operate weekly flights to MIA also from Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto (Pearson) starting later this month during the winter/spring season according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Sunwing): Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) Boeing 737-8Q8 SSWL C-FYJD (msn 41807) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 932429.

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Ethiopian Airlines launches historic cargo route at MIA

(PRNewsfoto/Miami International Airport)

On August 29, Ethiopian Airlines launched the first of two weekly freighter flights between the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and Miami, creating the first-ever cargo-only route between the African continent and Miami International Airport. The scheduled flights will operate on a route that includes intermediate stops in Spain, Colombia and Belgium on inbound and outbound services. All flights will utilize Boeing 777-200LRF freighter aircraft.

Ethiopian’s announcement is the latest milestone in MIA’s strategic plan to expand into new global markets, adding to the synergies created by its extensive cargo network throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

During 2017, TACA Peru began four weekly freighter flights from five South American cities; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 weekly freighter flights from Cancun; and Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights from Doha, with intermediate stops in Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Liege.

In 2018, Southern Air began weekly all-cargo service from Hong Kong via Anchorage; Turkish Cargo launched a second weekly frequency from Istanbul; and Polar Air Cargo launched direct Tokyo freighter service.

Ethiopian Airlines issued this short statement:

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce that it commenced twice weekly freighter service to Bogota, Colombia on August 29, 2018. The cargo service will depart from Zaragoza (Spain) and will fly to Bogota with a stopover in Miami, using the Boeing 777 freighter aircraft.

Photo: MIA.

American to add two MAX 8 routes from Miami

American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N308RD (msn 44446) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104585.

American Airlines will add two additional MAX 8 routes from the Miami hub according to Airline Route:

St. Croix, VI – daily effective October 4, 2018

San Jose, CR – daily effective December 19, 2018

Top Copyright Photo (all others by American/ORD Spotter): American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N308RD (msn 44446) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104585.

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Delta to add a second Miami – Havana frequency

Delta Air Lines Airbus A320-211 N342NW (msn 381) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104643.

Delta Air Lines is adding a second nonstop flight from Miami’s International Airport to Havana, Cuba, starting on October 28, 2018.

Delta will operate this flight five times a week on an Airbus A320 aircraft with seating for 16 passengers in First Class, 18 in Delta Comfort+ and 123 in Main Cabin.

Delta will operate this new service on the following schedule:

Miami International Airport to Havana International Airport




DL 513

MIA at 7:50 p.m.

HAV at 9 p.m.

DL 527

HAV at 10 p.m.

MIA at 11:05 p.m.

Last year, Delta celebrated the first anniversary of its return of service to Cuba. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Delta the ability to resume nonstop scheduled service to Cuba on August 31, 2016, and the return flights from the three U.S. cities to Havana took place on December 1, 2016.

The airline began offering daily flights for the first time in 55 years, connecting Havana with Miami, New York-JFK, and Atlanta. Delta was the first U.S. airline to open a City Ticket Office at the Havana sector of La Rampa, which was later expanded to accommodate increased customer demand.

Delta continues to expand connectivity options for customers traveling between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2018, Delta launched a series of services from New York, including:

  • one to Antigua and Barbuda, beginning on December 22, 2018
  • a second daily flight to Nassau, The Bahamas, starting October 1, 2018
  • a new daily service to Kingston, Jamaica, effective December 20, 2018
  • and new Saturday service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, beginning December 22, 2018

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A320-211 N342NW (msn 381) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104643.

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