American bolsters capacity on key LATAM routes, adds Boston-Europe flight
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American Airlines will add flights on three key Latin American routes out of its Miami hub, a move that appears aimed at LATAM Airlines.
American announced the flights as part of a broader expansion that also included a new transatlantic route from Boston and the extension of service on three existing seasonal routes from its other hubs to Europe.
But it’s the expansion on the South American routes – additional flights on existing routes from American’s Miami hub (MIA) to Lima, Peru (LIM); Santiago, Chile (SCL) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU) – that are likely to draw the most attention.
The extra flights come less than a week after the aviation industry was jolted by the news that Delta would take a 20% stake in Oneworld member and American Airlines partner LATAM Airlines, which is by far South America’s biggest carrier.
With the deal, LATAM announced that it would unwind its longstanding partnership with American and leave Oneworld, of which American is a founding member. The news sent reverberations across the industry, with American “suspending” codeshare bookings for new reservations involving LATAM.
Now, American’s additional flights add capacity on three key routes where it and LATAM had offered codeshare service. That unwinding partnership had allowed American to sell connecting tickets on LATAM’s flights to South America, often via American’s hub in Miami. The three routes where American announced extra capacity are all routes where LATAM flights operated alongside American’s, frequently at complimentary times.
American said it would add a third flight between Miami and both Lima and Sao Paulo and a second to Santiago.
“American’s leading position in Miami is something we’re incredibly proud of and committed to maintaining,” Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning, said in a statement. “We have so many possibilities from our Latin American gateway and are excited for the opportunity to use our domestic strength to enhance our international network. We’ll continue to grow, compete and thrive in a region of the world where we have a long history and a bright future.”
American announced a date for the extra Lima service – April 7 – but specified only “Winter 2020” for when the additional Santiago and Sao Paulo flights might be added to its schedules.
Beyond the South America news, American announced a return of transatlantic service from Boston, saying nonstop London Heathrow flights would begin March 29.
The flight will complement British Airways’ existing schedule of four daily round-trip flights on the route. American’s last transatlantic route from Boston ended in October 2017, when nonstops to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) were discontinued.
American says it added the route by acquiring an additional slot at capacity-controlled Heathrow. The carrier declined to comment on who it bought the slot from or how much it paid to get it.
The full schedule details from American’s Monday announcement are below.
Schedule increases to three daily round-trip flights, up from two, beginning April 7; flights operated with Boeing 757 aircraft
Schedule increases to two daily round-trip flights, up from one, beginning “winter 2020”; flights operated with Boeing 777-200 aircraft
Miami-Sao Paulo, Brazil
Schedule increases to three daily round-trip flights, up from two, beginning “winter 2020”; flights operated with Boeing 777-200 aircraft
Daily round-trip service begins March 29; flights operated with Boeing 777-200 aircraft
New York JFK-Rome
Seasonal service extended in 2020, with flights running March 29 through Oct. 23; the 2019 schedule runs from May 3 through Oct. 17
Dallas/Fort Worth-Dublin, Ireland
Seasonal service extended in 2020, with flights running May 7 through Oct. 23; the 2019 schedule runs from June 6 through Oct. 27
Seasonal service extended in 2020, with flights running April 6 through Oct. 23; the 2019 schedule runs from May 3 through Oct. 17
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