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American Airlines Expanded Widebody Aircrafts to Hundreds More Domestic Flights

According to Cirium schedule data, the world’s largest airlines have just extended their domestic wide-body schedule into late summer when measured by fleet size. However, long-haul travel to most foreign destinations remains constrained. Until then, American Airlines will continue to use its biggest planes on a variety of local routes. So we still have a few months until we can sit back and enjoy one of American Airlines’ lie-flat chairs on a domestic trip.

Customization of Miami Transcon 

American Airlines has been using wide-body aircraft to fly from Miami (MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX). This will continue through the end of September, providing the implementation of AA’s newest schedule modification. Of course, suppose the United Kingdom and other nations swiftly reopen. In that case, American Airlines might transfer the wide-body aircraft to those long-haul American Airlines’ Dreamliner routes and replace them with smaller, less luxurious planes on domestic routes. For the time being, a combination of Boeing 777-200, 777-300, and 787-8 Dreamliner serves the 2,342-mile Transcon route.

The flight flown by the 777-300ER is American Airlines’ flagship jet, a 304-seat airliner with four cabins, eight Premier First suites, 52 reverse herringbone lie-flat business pods, 28 premium economy recliners, and 216 coach seats. Meanwhile, American Airlines’ 777-200 and 787-8 Dreamliner come in two flavors: those with forward- and rear-facing business-class pods and those with far more luxurious reverse herringbone pods. Regardless, these planes are a significant advance over a standard Airbus A321 or Boeing 737.

Miami to JFK – Boeing 777 Exclusive 

Since June 3, American Airlines flights between MIA and New York-JFK have been solely flown by AA’s finest jets.

According to the carrier’s new schedule update, flyers going up and down the coast will still have plenty of chances to enjoy a wide-body aircraft. Still, American Airlines is also returning the considerably inferior Boeing 737 to the route.

Also, because the MIA-JFK flight will now be a mix of planes, be vigilant when booking the seat map and aircraft type. For example, in August, over five daily flights will be flown by a Boeing 777-200 or 777-300, but that number will reduce by over one daily frequency in September.

Boost to Unexpected Non-Hub Routes

Though American typically keeps its wide-bodies flying between hubs, a few notable non-hub routes continue to receive the large aircraft upgrade. For example, in August and September, the Boeing 777-200 will fly two daily flights between MIA and Boston (BOS). The rest will be flown by a combination of Airbus A319, A321, and Boeing 737 aircraft (both MAX and non-MAX variants).

Because of its long-haul growth from Seattle and its rising importance as a One world hub, American’s Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Seattle (SEA) route gained wide body service for the first time in April 2021. From September 8 through September 30, American Airlines will operate one daily Boeing 777-200 flight between DFW and SEA.

Flights to Las Vegas and San Juan, Puerto Rico, are two more non-hub routes that will receive wide body service.

Why is American Airlines expanding its domestic wide-body service now?

American Airlines first announced a comprehensive network-wide up gauge earlier this year. Brian Znotins, the carrier’s vice president of network planning, explained why the carrier is adding more wide body aircraft to domestic flights, even though it is not the most cost-effective option on paper.

According to Znotins, the government’s Payroll Support Program has enabled American Airlines to have both crews and wide bodies “at the ready” to fly this summer when domestic travel recovers. He also stated that, given their infrastructure, they could provide as much capacity as they can.

This might be the last time you find the wide body aircraft of AA operating on so many domestic routes, with the third payroll support iteration scheduled to expire on September 30th. So hurry! Check out the below schedule and get the best out of these circumstances.

Domestic Wide-Body Agenda

August:

  • Between DFW and
HNLBoeing 777-200ER
ANCBoeing 787-9 Dreamliner
HNLBoeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
KOABoeing 777-200ER
LASBoeing 777-200ER
LAXBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
MIABoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
OGGBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
ORDBoeing 787-9 Dreamliner
PHLBoeing 787-8 Dreamliner
PHXBoeing 777-200ER
SJUBoeing 777-200ER
  • Between MIA and
BOSBoeing 777-200ER
CLTBoeing 777-200ER
JFKBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER
LASBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
LAXBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER
ORDBoeing 787-8 Dreamliner
PHLBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
SJUBoeing 777-200ER
  • Between ORD and
ANCBoeing 787-9 Dreamliner
HNLBoeing 787-9 Dreamliner
LASBoeing 787-8 Dreamliner
LAXBoeing 787-9 Dreamliner
MCOBoeing 787-9 Dreamliner
LASBoeing 787-8 Dreamliner
MCOBoeing 787-8 Dreamliner
HNLBoeing 777-200ER
OGGBoeing 777-200ER

September:

  • Between CLT and HNL Boeing 777-200ER
  • Between DFW and
HNLBoeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
KOABoeing 777-200ER
LAXBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
MIABoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
OGGBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
ORDBoeing 787-9 Dreamliner
PHLBoeing 787-8 Dreamliner
SEABoeing 777-200ER
  • Between MIA and
BOSBoeing 777-200ER
CLTBoeing 777-200ER
JFKBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER
LAXBoeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
ORDBoeing 787-8 Dreamliner
PHLBoeing 787-8 Dreamliner
  • Between ORD and HNL Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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