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AA Transfer Of LHR Routes - What's Involved?  
User currently offlineEWRvsJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 5 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

In a recent string of messages, A-Net members discussed how American Airlines will soon discontinue it's non-stop, daily Newark-London Heathrow flight. The discussion also speculated on cities (Boston, JFK, etc.) that might receive an additional American Airlines LHR frequency as a result.

My questions:

1. Must American Airlines gain gov't approval -- either US or UK -- to transfer the Newark-LHR frequencies? If so, is gov't approval in these cases typically quick or somewhat complicated, and is local gov't (e.g., Newark City Counsel) input a part of the process?
2. Under the current bilateral agreement (Bermuda II?), is AA restricted in any way re: choosing which US city will be the recipient of it's new LHR flight? For example, is it solely at AA's discretion whether to add an additional frequency to its JFK-LHR schedule, or to initiate a completely new LHR route from any city on its route map? (e.g., San Jose(CA)-LHR, if not already served non-stop by AA.)
3. Can AA take the daily Newark frequency and divide it between two or more US cities? For example, add 4 new weekly LHR non-stops from Boston AND use the balance to initiate 3 weekly San Diego-LHR non-stops?


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 1955 times:

B2 only allows flights from certain US cities.

San Jose would be fine, since San Francisco is one of the cities.

Dunno bout the rest.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34615 posts, RR: 70
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

As long as it is a B2 city, the slot can be transfered wherever AA wants. For example, AA uses one of it's LHR slots to operate a 2nd daily MIA-LHR during the winter, but during the summer months, it operates a 5th daily ORD-LHR instead. The EWR-LHR slot will be transfered to ORD for a 4th daily ORD-LHR (5 dailies during the summer).

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