American Airlines Axes International Network
April 3, 2020
We’ve seen airlines massively reduce their flight schedules, though most of the changes have been relatively short-term, with a focus on cancelling flights in the coming weeks.
Well, American Airlines has just massively reworked their schedule, and there are some pretty big implications. American Airlines is canceling a majority of their international flights through the summer.
American Airlines has revealed further capacity cuts to address record low customer demand. Specifically, American Airlines will:
- Suspend more than 60% of international capacity for peak summer travel season, including 80% of Pacific capacity, 65% of Atlantic capacity, and 48% of Latin America capacity
Delay the launch of many inaugural flights to 2021
Suspend 26 summer seasonal flights until summer 2021
While probably not the primary motivator, I imagine a further consideration is that American Airlines is retiring their 757-200s, 767-300s, and A330-300s early, and these planes were supposed to be used for long haul flights.
American Airlines is retiring 767s effective immediately
Here are some of the highlights of American’s route changes:
- Transatlantic routes being cancelled altogether
To start, American Airlines will cancel the following 26 transatlantic routes altogether for this summer:
Charlotte to Barcelona, Dublin, Madrid, Paris, and Rome
Dallas to Munich and Rome
New York to Rome
Chicago to Budapest, Krakow, Paris, Prague, Rome, and Venice
Philadelphia to Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Casablanca, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Prague, Reykjavik, Shannon, and Venice
American is cancelling over two dozen transatlantic routes
It’s also worth noting some pretty significant new routes American was supposed to launch this year, which will now launch in 2021:
- Seattle to Bangalore will be delayed from October 2020, to some point in 2021
Los Angeles to Christchurch and Dallas to Auckland will be delayed from October 2020, to winter 2021
Dallas to Tel Aviv will be delayed from September 2020 to September 2021
These are some of the most exciting new routes we’ve seen from American Airlines in a long time, so it sure is sad to see them all taken out of the schedule.
- American is delaying the new Seattle to Bangalore flight
Many transatlantic flights being delayed
Summer is usually the peak travel season for transatlantic flights, but many routes to Europe are being pushed back, either to July or October 2020.
- Charlotte to London
Charlotte to Munich
Dallas to Dublin
New York to Paris
New York to Madrid
Miami to Madrid
Chicago to Barcelona
Philadelphia to Madrid
Philadelphia to Zurich
Boston to London
Charlotte to Frankfurt
Miami to Barcelona
Miami to Paris
New York to Barcelona
New York to Milan
Philadelphia to Paris
Philadelphia to Rome
Philadelphia to Manchester
Phoenix to London
Some transatlantic flights will only resume in October 2020
- Most Asia-Pacific flights delayed to October 2020
American Airlines has already suspended most flights to Asia, and many of those suspensions have now been extended.
- Dallas to Hong Kong
Dallas to Tokyo Haneda
Dallas to Seoul Incheon
Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda
- Dallas to Beijing
Dallas to Shanghai
Los Angeles to Auckland
Los Angeles to Beijing
Los Angeles to Hong Kong
Los Angeles to Shanghai
Los Angeles to Sydney
Los Angeles to Hong Kong will resume in October 2020
While airlines cancelling a significant number of flights is expected at this point, I think this is particularly noteworthy. Most cancellations have been short term, while American Airlines has wiped out a majority of their summer schedule at this point.
Furthermore, the exciting new routes to Bangalore, Casablanca, Christchurch, and Tel Aviv, have all been pushed off until 2021.