MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31122 posts, RR: 74 Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1328 times:
American Airlines will stop service between JFK and Rio de Jainero this fall. Instead, American will offer one-stop 777-200 service with a stop in Sao Paulo. This will leave Varig, which starts JFK-GIG in a few weeks (3x a week), as the only carrier on the route. To compensate, American will add two weekly flights between Miami and Rio de Jainero for a total of fourteen flights a week on that route.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1293 times:
Interesting, on one hand it makes sense, MIA is AA's premier South American gateway and hub and I am sure that AA wants all the capacity it can get out of MIA to South American cities like Rio. Also, service to Sao Paolo is where the money is, lots of business traffic, so nonstop service to that city is required from both JFK and MIA, while lower-yeild vacation travellers out of JFK going to Rio will accept the one stop service, either via MIA or the one-stop JFK-GRU-GIG flight.
On the other hand, its sad to see the elimination of nonstop service connecting 2 great cities like New York and Rio......AA is working hard at building its operations at JFK and eliminating a "flagship" route such as this seems contrary to their plans. Did AA also drop the JFK-EZE flight?
Doesn't CO offer one-stop service to Rio from EWR (also via GRU) with its 764s? CO also had nonstop service between EWR and GIG, first with DC10s and then with 762s, but the nonstop flights were dropped post-9/11.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31122 posts, RR: 74 Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1264 times:
AA still offers JFK-Buenos Aires, along with JFK-Caracas. JFK-EZE was downgraded to a 763 this past March, and is currently 5x a week, but goes daily in July. CO does not offer one-stop EWR-GIG service.
Rai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1220 times:
Doesn't come as a huge surprise. GIG has never been a high yield destination from any city, New York included. Most European airlines stopped non-stop service to Rio and focused on Sao Paulo instead. At least they're continuing the GRU flight and upgrading that equipment.
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1194 times:
Sound that about AA will be drop as for nonstop from JFK-GIG and want be replace as for 1 stop into Sao Paulo flight then go to Rio de Jainero after that will be added extra of the flight soon. I am just hope that if they are still doing fine as for long nonstop. Also, did you guys know about AA want get new routes from DFW-EZE flight as for next 2 years of so. Well, see ya!!
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 15 Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1112 times:
GIG is mainly a tourist, not a business destination and American has had this route on and off for a few years.
Dutchjet, American has a history of starting then stopping high profile routes out of JFK, even before the new terminal construction began. In 1987, when AA launched transatlantic services from JFK to Europe, it operated JFK-FRA, JFK-LYS, JFK-BRU, JFK-ZRH, and JFK-ORY.
JFK-FRA was terminated in 1989 and then revived in 2000 briefly before being axed again. There was a talk of JFK-AMS. It never happened. JFK-BRU was dropped in 1998. JFK-ZRH was dropped in 1996 and then resumed after Swissair became Swiss and dropped a few frequencies on the JFK-ZRH run. JFK-LYS was short-lived. JFK-MAN was another route that was briefly flown and then stopped. It operated from 1991 to 1993. JFK-LGW is another route that American initially flew when it acquired TWA's Heathrow routes. TWA had a JFK-LGW slot and American initially used it, then transferred it to Newark so it could fly EWR-LHR, a route not covered by TWA.
I'd bet that the JFK-NRT gets the axe before the end of the year too.