American Airways Tells Flight Attendants It Will Fly Chicago To Honolulu
American Airways seems to be telling flight attendants that it has plans to re-start Chicago to Honolulu flying, itemizing the route on the bid sheet that cabin crew use to specific preferences for the flights that they are going to work.
It is a route that United already operates, and American dropped almost three years in the past. Regardless of guarantees American has proven little inclination to develop and compete out of O’Hare. And it appears to me they’d be extra more likely to function flights that don’t but have an incumbent service. Nonetheless, this appeared fascinating.
@xJonNYC So in your opinion (see purple underline), does this imply the route was by no means canceled as so many have speculated the previous few years, and that it’s going to make a return within the near-ish future? pic.twitter.com/0ZFbaNCtVO
— Drew Swift (@TheDrewSwift) January 17, 2024
This isn’t a route that aviation watchdog JonNYC, who usually hears these items earlier than they occur, has offered speculation on.
I haven’t heard something about American flying Chicago – Honolulu both. It’s listed as seasonal on the bid sheet however that that season can be winter – and it undoubtedly isn’t working this winter. There’s no want so as to add it to the bid sheet but for subsequent winter. Then again, it doesn’t look like a holdover, since Charlotte – Honolulu isn’t listed right here.
American Airways Boeing 787-8 in Chicago
A return of this route would shock me. A 12 months in the past, Chief Industrial Officer Vasu Raja defined why they dropped the route.
Chicago – Hawaii flying requires a widebody plane and whereas prospects “love flat mattress seats” in Raja’s phrases, the airline wants “enterprise or excessive finish leisure vacationers paying a premium” to make that work. There’s “a lot of premium redemption up entrance.” Chicago – Hawaii didn’t earn a living for American once they tried it. Sooner or later “if fares creep up” it’s one thing they’d have a look at once more.
A enterprise seat takes 4 seats of house, so except they’re paying 4 occasions the coach fare they’re not being profitable.
American has centered away from Chicago, seeing different alternatives as greater worth. You’re extra more likely to see a widebody plane in Cancun than Chicago. Below Senior Vice President for Community Planning Brian Znotins, American has taken a really conservative method to lengthy haul flying, preferring to give attention to brief haul home. The airline additionally has had restricted widebody plane as a result of,
- They retired Airbus A330 and Boeing 767s in the course of the pandemic
- Boeing has confronted delays in delivering 787s that American has on order
- And American has delayed supply of a number of 787-9s out at the least 4 years
Whereas American hasn’t demonstrated curiosity in rising at Chicago in recent times, as United’s place has solidified there, O’Hare stays one among my favourite American Airways hubs as a result of the terminal has a Tortas Frontera and a Flagship lounge. I’ll select to attach there over Philadelphia or Charlotte when attainable.