American Launching Dallas-Hong Kong and Shanghai, Nixing JFK-Tokyo, and Updating Old Planes...

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    American has come out with a bunch of announcements today, exciting news under the rubric of new routes and a timeline for new seats. I had the chance to talk to American’s Vice Presdent of Network Planning Chuck Schubert about the moves.

    American is launching two new routes from Dallas to Asia: Hong Kong and Shanghai.

    They’re applying for authority for daily flights to each, and flight times may ultimately change.

    • Dallas – Shanghai, operated by a Boeing 777-200
      10:55am Depart Dallas Fort Worth – Arrive Shanghai 2:55pm +1
      4:55pm Depart Shanghai – Arrive Dallas Fort Worth 6:15pm
      • Dallas – Hong Kong, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER
        12:40pm Depart Dallas Fort Worth – -Arrive Hong Kong 6:00pm +1
        1:30pm Depart Hong Kong – Arrive Dallas Fort Worth 4:30pm

      • The launch date for both services is planned for summer 2014 pending government approval. Both flights will be part of American’s joint business venture across the Pacific with Japan Airlines (despite adding Hong Kong, oneworld partner Cathay Pacific is not being included in the joint venture at this time).

        I found the flight times on these a little bit strange at first — arriving in Hong Kong only in time for the last bank of connecting flights on Cathay, having the aircraft sit for nearly 20 hours there before returning for instance.

        But it’s clear that the bulk of the traffic for these flights will not be Dallas-based origination/destination traffic. Dallas is American’s biggest hub, and it’s not the Dallas market which will justify the flying.

        Similarly, American in launching Shanghai service from Dallas when they already serve Shanghai from Chicago and Los Angeles and when they won’t have substantial Dallas – Shanghai traffic can only make sense based on connections that will work better through Dallas than through their other gateways.

        The answer in both cases seems to be feeding traffic from Latin America. An overnight flight from South America times up with a flight to Asia, and a return int he evening works well with an onward overnight flight to South America. At the same time the fights leave Dallas late enough, and arrive early enough, for additional connecting traffic to and from the East Coast of the U.S.

        Ending New York JFK – Tokyo Haneda Service

        They’ll be leaving this route, with the last flight Westbound on November 29th, and the last flight eastbound on December 1.

        New Markets for the New 777-300ER: Miami-London and Sao Paulo

        As American continues to bring on additional new Boeing 777s, they’re continue to focuso on the premium London Heathrow market and also on their strong presence in Sao Paulo.

        Miami – London will move one of its two daily London flights to a 777-300ER in January. And one of their four Sao Paulo services is expected to get the aircraft this next November.

        New York London will be seeing an additional 777-300ER as well, with the goal of American and British Airways guaranteeing full flat business class seats on all of their flights.
        • Come the end of March or beginning of April, American’s 3 evening London flights will all be operated by a 777-300ER (currently the last flight of the three is operated by a 777-200)
          • American will stop offering its morning (daylight) flight — currently served by a 777-200 with older seats — from New York to London, with British Airways picking up that service. They intend to bring it back “in a couple of years” once all of their 777-200s have been retrofitted to over fully flat business class.

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