As well as the waiver for change fees, American Airlines has updated its planned international schedule – and there are cuts coming.
The airline is planning to cut capacity by 10% on international routes (with a 55% cut on Trans-Pacific) and 7.5% on US Domestic network.
In highlights, the following routes will take cuts:
- Los Angeles – Mainland China and Hong Kong will be suspended through the summer season until 23rd October – Pending resumption on 24th October 2020
- Dallas Fort-Worth-China suspended through the summer until 23rd October – Pending resumption on 24th October 2020
- Dallas Fort-Worth-Hong Kong will be suspended until 1st July, with a reduced service restarting on 2nd July, three times a week
- Dallas Fort-Worth-Seoul Inchoen, suspended until 1st May, with the service resuming on 2nd May
- Los Angeles/Dallas Fort-Worth – Tokyo Nartia/Tokyo Haneda will be downgaged from Boeing 777 aircraft Boeing 787 aircraft
- Charlotte – Barcelona – suspended from 7th May to 3rd June. Resumes 4th June
- Charlotte – Rome – suspended from 28th March to 3rd June. Resumes 4th June
- Chicago – Milan – suspended from 28th March through 3rd June. Resumes 4th June
- Chicago – Venice – suspended until to 3rd June. Resumes 4th June
- Dallas Fort-Worth – Milan – suspended until 1st May. Resumes 2nd May
- Dallas Fort-Worth – Rome – suspended 28th March to 23rd April. An additional peak summer flight will not operate.
- New York JFK – Rome – suspended from 29th March until 23rd April. Resumes 24th April.
- New York JFK – Madrid – suspended from 7th May until 3rd June. Resumes 4th June
- New York JFK – Milan – suspended until 1st May. Resumes 2nd May
- Miami – Milan – suspended until 1st May. Resumes 2nd May
- Miami – Paris CDG – suspended until 3rd June. Resumes 4th June
- Philadelphia – Rome suspended until 23rd April. Resumes 24th April.
- Miami – Montevideo, Uruguay will become seasonal, ending 7th May. Due to resume 18th December.
- Dallas Fort Worth – Santiago, will be suspended from 14th April through to 6th May, Resumes 7th May.
The full list can be seen at http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2020/American-Airlines-Update-on-China-Flights-OPS-DIS/default.aspx.
As for US Domestic…
The aircraft won’t be standing idle, with the wide-bodied aircraft being deployed on key domestic routes. For those who want to try and get away with it all, one Boeing 787-9 will be heading between Chicago and Honolulu on seasonable basis.
Domestic passengers will be managed thorough America’s US network – so expect new timings and reroutes.
Check before you travel, adjust appropriately.
As usual, use the waivers that you have and check for changes – especially now that Italy is in a locked down state.
As for the changes
Compared to what some airlines are going through – this is a very light change in the grand scheme of things. However, it is an indication the airline is willing to act if demand further decreases.
And if the cancellations that are out there show anything, this could be the beginning for American.
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