MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31806 posts, RR: 72 Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3207 times:
AA is starting LAX-SJU service, non-stop. Will operate FrSa to SJU and SaSu from SJU with a 767-300ER. This is a former TWA route and will be one of AA's longest domestic routes, with only certain Hawaii routes being longer.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6102 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3147 times:
This route could work on a twice weekly basis, TWA operated the route but it was on a daily basis (later reduced to weekends only ), and AA planned on opening this route a couple of years ago but the plans were shelved due to poor advance bookings. I believe the flight will be a aroundv 6 to 7 hours (or is it shorter ?) Wouldn't the 757 be better for the route ?
Good to have nonstop flights to the West Coast once again.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6102 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2923 times:
During the time when TW had the SJU focus city most flights were either operated with the 757 or the MD-80 (the only exception was a daily 767-200 flight to JFK). What I meant was that AA intended to use the 767-300 when they were first planing to launch LAX-SJU back in 95 or 96 (whcih they never started because of poor advance bookings).
Aa-san From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 139 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2717 times:
If I remember correctly, I recall seeing an AA flight arriving in LAX in the early 90s from San Juan. I recall somebody saying it was a non-stop though. I could be wrong about the non-stop, or it could have been another Latin American destination that I am confusing with SJU. Were there any other flights that AA had to Latin America, or was this, in fact, not a non-stop and rather the flight mentioned above that stopped over in DFW??? Any answeres would be appreciated.
Thunder9 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 219 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2529 times:
I used to work on the ramp in LAX for AA and in 1989-1990, we had A300 service LAX-SJU. Believe me, we had bags all over the place around the Christmas Holiday travel season. :-(
If AA uses a 767 on the route, it would be for the freight capacity, I would think. The 763 is configured 30/182, and for a total of 212 seats, where the 752 (after MRTC is gone) will be 22/166 for a total of 188. Not a huge difference in pax load available, so it must be the freight driving this a/c choice.
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Upsmd11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 799 posts, RR: 4 Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2361 times:
I was just looking at the timing of this flight on the AA schedule. Maybe they are hoping to draw the winter cruise crowd. With an arrival into SJU at 10:24 it fits perfectly into getting people onto a cruise ship -- since most leave on Saturday or Sunday anyway.
The flight back (12:00noon) could be a little early but if you have a ship that docks at 8:00am it's possible for many people to make this flight.
AluminumShower From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
You are right... It's timed for good connections to the cruise lines. I wouldn't be surprised to see the trip go to at least 5/7 sometime next year if it does well. Additionally, I think AA will be using the 763 because of the stage length. A 757 can make it one way, but because of the prevailing winds, I don't think that they can make it back the other way non stop.