AMR’s decision to adjust its overall route network strategy involves American and American Eagle making network changes that include:
● Adding 57 additional daily flights at Chicago O’Hare, including flights to 12 new domestic and three new international destinations, for a total of 487 total daily departures to 114 markets. American reaffirms its commitment to Chicago as its primary Asia gateway and will start new service to Beijing in Spring 2010. Other new destinations will include mainline service to Honolulu; Anchorage, Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Eagle will offer new service to Calgary, Alberta; Allentown, Pennsylvania.; Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvaniaa.; Charleston, West Virginia.; Dayton, Ohio; Fargo, North Dakota; Sioux Falls, Sout Dakota.; Jacksonville, Florida.; Lexington, Kentucky.; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.; and Rapid City, South Dakota;
● Adding 19 additional daily flights at Dallas/Fort Worth, including flights to one new international destination, resulting in 780 total daily departures to 160 destinations. The increase will consist of 17 mainline jet departures. In addition, service to San Salvador, El Salvador will be re-instated after a two-year hiatus, bringing total non-stop destinations from DFW to 160.
● Adding seven new departures to three new domestic and three new international destinations at New York JFK, with JFK daily departures growing to 96; and two additional daily flights at New York LaGuardia, for nearly 200 total daily departures from New York. New mainline service from JFK includes Madrid, Spain; Manchester, England; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Austin, Texas. At JFK, Eagle will introduce service to Columbus, Ohio and St Louis;
● At Los Angeles, American and Eagle will add two daily flights to provide a total of 129. The Company’s commitment to Los Angeles also complements its relationship with oneworld partners, which also have a significant presence in that market;
● Adding 23 daily flights from Miami, for a total of 294 total daily departures to 108 markets from Miami. Including changes that will take place by the end of 2009, American and Eagle will serve four new domestic and three new international destinations from Miami. They are Birmingham, Alabama; Charleston, South Carolina; Pensacola, Florida.; and Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour and Treasure Cay in the Bahamas.
● At St. Louis, American and its regional affiliates will reduce daily departures by 46 and discontinue service to 20 destinations. After the reductions, American and Eagle will provide 36 departures per day to nine destinations;
● At Raleigh/Durham, service to three destinations will be discontinued and a total of nine departures will be eliminated. Raleigh/Durham will continue to provide service to eight destinations with 44 departures per day;
● Starting three new daily flights from Fargo, North Dakota to Chicago;
● Launching two daily flights (seasonal only) from Chicago to Rapid City, Soth Dakota and three daily flights to Sioux Falls, South Dakota;
● Adding two daily flights from Charleston, West Virginia to Chicago;
● Beginning two daily flights from Birmingham, Alabama to Miami;
● Boosting services from Pennsylvania to Chicago by starting three daily flights from Allentown, two daily flights from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, three daily flights from Harrisburg, and three additional flights from Pittsburgh.
Gerard Arpey. AMR Corporation’s CEO, says AMR will remain disciplined with seating capacity in 2010 as it continues to seek the right balance between supply and demand. AMR expects its mainline capacity for 2010 to increase by approximately 1 per cent versus 2009, with domestic capacity flat and international capacity up approximately 2.5 per cent year over year. AMR expects consolidated capacity to rise approximately 1 per cent in 2010 versus 2009. Excluding the impact of 2009 cancellations from the H1N1 virus and the 2010 launch of Chicago-Beijing service, which was deferred from 2009, mainline capacity in 2010 is expected to be roughly flat compared to 2009.