AA 3% Capacity Cut in Winter Schedule

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  1. DestinationDavid
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    This is old news if you've been looking around, but figured we could start our own thread. Some of the route cuts have already been leaked if you know where to look, but I'll refrain from posting them till I can link to something official.

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    "American Airlines today said it will adjust its late fall and winter schedule, which is expected to result in fourth quarter mainline capacity that is approximately 3 percent lower on a year-over-year basis.

    In addition, as part of the reductions, American said it will retire up to 11 Boeing 757 aircraft in 2012.

    "While our advance bookings are generally in line with last year, we are taking these additional steps in light of the uncertain economic environment, ongoing high fuel costs and to ensure we run a reliable schedule for our customers given additional pilot retirements we anticipate throughout the fourth quarter," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer.

    American has moved on a few occasions throughout the year to reduce its capacity as fuel prices moved upward and improvement in the broader economy failed to materialize. With these latest moves American expects full year capacity to be up about 0.4 percent year-over-year for mainline and consolidated capacity will be up approximately 1.2 percent. This represents an approximate 3 percent reduction in the company's capacity expectations versus American's initial guidance provided in January 2011."
     
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    MCI-ORD routes will see cuts, but via seats not frequencies: LINK.

    "American Airlines plans to cut seats from Kansas City to Chicago by nearly a third as part of broader fall and winter cutbacks.

    But the change involves smaller, not fewer flights: The carrier is keeping flight frequency at seven daily departures to Chicago, even though the number of seats will shrink to about 76 seats per flight, saidJustin Meyer, manager of air service development for the Kansas City Aviation Department. That’s down by 32 percent compared with December 2010."
     
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    Well, if this thread is supposed to put them all in one place. . .

    another one besides Kansas City-Chicago that's gotten attention on this board, of course, is the classy nonstop Chicago - Honolulu, apparently going away in January and, as of now, set to return in June. With no mention of adding Honolulu capacity out of Dallas/Ft Worthless or out of Los Angeles. (The San Francisco - Honolulu route was cut earlier). Not sure how many days a week AA operated ORD-HNL-ORD flight numbers 73 and 72 last winter and spring, but even if three or four days a week on a 763, that's several hundred seats a week right there a part of the 3% cut.

    I think I also read something on here about midweek flights San Jose (Calif.) - Los Angeles and back being cut, so that's some more seats toward the three percent there.
     

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