American has taken delivery of four new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and more on the the way. They’re also about to start service between DFW and Seoul, South Korea.
So I started wondering if all these new planes and the new international routes would have any effect on their domestic widebody schedules, specifically I was wondering if any 777-200s positioning flights might be added.
It doesn’t look like there’s been any big changes, or any new 777 domestic service, but there are a few widebody service updates that are worth noting.
DFW – San Juan, Puerto Rico
One of the 2x daily, round-trip 757 flights between Dallas/Ft. Worth and San Juan will get upgraded to a 767-300 beginning in March.
Chicago – Honolulu
Seasonal, non-stop 767-300 service between Chicago and Honolulu is back. I assume it’s to accomodate the number of people fleeing the Chicago winter and not because people in Hawaii are tired of the monotony of perfect weather!
Los Angeles – New York, JFK
Los Angeles and JFK lost one non-stop flight, in each direction. Going from 10 flights between the two cities, to 9 each day.
Miami – New York, JFK
Miami/JFK goes from three, round-trip, widebody flights per day down to two. A little surprising, considering that so many people head south for the winter. I actually though that if any route might get a 777-200 positioning flight, it might be this one.
San Francisco – New York, JFK
The SFO/JFK route gets reduced by one flight in each direction, going from five to four round-trip, non-stop widebody flights.
This actually makes me a litte sad because AA flight 17, the 7:25 PM flight from JFK to SFO, has always been one of my favorites. American served the route for years with a 3 class 767-200.
It left New York late enough that it was possible to put in a pretty full day working and not have to rush to get out to the airport in time to make the flight. Another advantage of leaving late in the day was that I could sit back, enjoy the the meal, watch some movies, and get caught up on some reading and email with the inflight wifi. The late hour made it easy for me to relax.
I’ll miss AA 17…
Domestic Boeing 777 Service
The only domestic 777 routes continue to be between LAX/MIA and JFK/MIA.
Speaking of the Boeing 777…
The new Boeing 777-300ER has its maiden flight on Thursday. Terry Maxon of the Dallas Morning New aviation blog got a sneak peek last night, go here to see a few photos. The new plane is supposed to have wifi and the @AmericanAir team is planning to provide live coverage of the maiden flight on Facebook and Twitter. So keep an eye on both to follow the festivities!
I’ll be out there too. If you’re planning to be on the flight or also attending the inaugural flight event, let me know with a comment or a tweet, I’d like to meet you and say hello!
Photo: American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
Credit: American Airlines