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American Trims Some Routes Amid Boeing Delivery Delays

The airline is scaling back capacity on a handful of routes as it awaits Boeing aircraft.

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An American 787-9 landing in Dallas/Fort Worth (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

American has changed some of its schedules for the coming winter season, predominantly on widebody routes as well as a handful of short-haul flights. This move comes as the airline awaits delayed deliveries from Boeing.

Increases

All of the increases occur on routes operating to South America. From its Miami hub, the airline will be increasing Montevideo service to daily from Dec. 9, 2024, to Feb. 9, 2025, as well as increasing Sao Paulo service to three times a day between Oct. 27, 2024 and March 29, 2025.

From New York-JFK, American will be increasing Rio de Janeiro to daily service from Oct. 27, 2024 until March 29, 2025. The final increase will be from Philadelphia where it will increase Barcelona to daily from Dec. 16, 2024 to Feb. 9, 2025.

Service Reductions

From New York-JFK, the airline will be reducing four routes. Rome will go from two to one daily flight starting Aug. 5, 2024, Athens will stop for the season earlier than normal with the summer flight season ending Sept. 3, 2024. Barcelona service will be cut entirely after Sept. 3, 2024 and won’t resume until the 2025 summer season. Finally, Buenos Aires will be reduced to one daily flight starting Oct. 27, 2024.

Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago O’Hare will each see one reduction each. Philadelphia’s service to Venice will be ending earlier than normal with summer service halting on Oct. 5, 2024. While in Chicago the airline’s service to Paris will also be ending earlier than normal on Sept. 3, 2024.

Los Angeles’ seasonal service to Reno, Nevada has been removed from the booking system after August, according to last week’s Cirium Diio update.

Dallas/Ft. Worth will see three reductions in service, one of which is domestic. Dublin and Rome will both be suspended after Oct. 26, 2024 and won’t resume until the summer of 2025. Kona, Hawaii service will not operate at all this coming season, even with it being relatively new.

Miami will see two reductions. Rio de Janeiro will be reduced to 10-weekly flights for the winter season, except during the holiday travel period from mid-December to early January when it will remain twice daily (14-weekly flights). Montivedeo is receiving an increase in daily service for parts of the winter with a new seasonal start date of Nov. 18, 2024.

The final two route cuts will be from Austin. Service to Vail/Eagle, Colo. that were loaded for December 2024 and January 2025 are now removed, as was service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for February 2025.

“We’re making these adjustments now to ensure we’re able to re-accommodate customers on affected flights,” American told CNBC in a statement. “We’ll be proactively reaching out to impacted customers to offer alternate travel arrangements. We remain committed to our customers and team members and mitigating the impact of these delays while continuing to offer a comprehensive global network.”

Joey Gerardi

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  • Joey Gerardi

    Joe has always been interested in planes, for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Central New York during the early 2000s when US Airways Express turboprops ruled the skies. Being from a non-aviation family made it harder for him to be around planes and would only spend about three hours a month at the airport. He was so excited when he could drive by himself and the first thing he did with the license was get ice cream and go plane spotting for the entire day. When he has the time (and money) he likes to take spotting trips to any location worth a visit. He’s currently enrolled at Western Michigan University earning a degree in Aviation Management and Operations.

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