American's 2001 Winter Schedule Changes Reflect Next Phases of TWA Integration
Airline Lays Foundation for New St. Louis Hub's Future as Jet Departures Grow Despite Poor Economic Climate
FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today announced a new winter schedule that provides the first glimpse into its overarching plan to integrate TWA into the carrier's global network. Changes in aircraft types, flight frequency and route system will help transition TWA to the business model that has propelled American to become one of the world's most successful airlines.
``We're unveiling a schedule that both capitalizes on our acquisition of TWA's assets and acknowledges the challenges posed by a weakened economy,'' said Henry Joyner, American's senior vice president, Planning. ``The new winter schedule reflects concerted efforts to provide our new St. Louis hub with long-term stability while strengthening our overall network with flights to the places business and leisure travelers most want to fly.''
The following schedule changes will occur between now and Jan. 3, 2002. Customers can contact American's reservations offices at 1-800-433-7300, TWA's reservations offices at 1-800-221-2000 or visit AA.com for additional information.
New Flights (Daily except as noted)
American is launching new service:
Chicago to Fort Myers, Fla. (Seasonal) + 2 round trips
Los Angeles to Lihue, Hawaii + 1 round trip
This is in addition to the new five times weekly service previously announced between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Caracas, Venezuela.
Additional Flights (Daily except as noted)
American is adding service to several markets, including:
Chicago to Orlando + 1 round trip
Chicago to Salt Lake City + 1 round trip
Dallas/Fort Worth to New York JFK + 1 round trip
Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale + 1 round trip
Miami to Barbados + 1 round trip
Miami to Detroit + 2 round trips
Miami to La Romana/Casa de Campo + 1 round trip (3x weekly)
Miami to Raleigh/Durham + 1 round trip
Miami to St. Croix + 1 round trip (4x weekly)
New York La Guardia to Tampa + 1 round trip
St. Louis to Orange County, Calif. + 1 round trip
San Juan to Philadelphia + 1 round trip (5x weekly)
These are in addition to the new daily service previously announced between Chicago and Cancun. American also earlier announced that it was increasing its Los Angeles to Honolulu service from two to three times daily and its Los Angeles to Maui service to twice daily from one flight.
American Eagle will also offer complementary regional jet -- or ``RJ'' -- service to two markets that currently feature only American Airlines departures. These are:
Dallas/Fort Worth to Columbus + 2 round trips
Dallas/Fort Worth to Dayton + 1 round trip
Seasonal Flights (Daily except as noted)
American will be moving some flights to seasonal status, including:
Austin to Boston
St. Louis to Paris
St. Louis to Vancouver
and reinstating other seasonal flights, including:
San Juan to Baltimore (5x weekly)
San Juan to Hartford
San Juan to Washington Dulles (5x weekly)
These are in addition to the previously announced return of Chicago to Rome flights during the summer 2002 travel season.
Seasonal flights, which operate only during market-specific, high-traffic seasons, allow American to continue serving markets when demand is sufficient to support nonstop flying. Connecting service remains available in these markets via American or its oneworld partners.
As American and TWA head toward full integration, customers will see some routes previously flown by one airline operated by the other or by both. The following markets will soon be flown solely by American, the first two featuring American's award-winning three-class American Flagship Service:
Los Angeles to New York JFK
San Francisco to New York JFK
San Juan to Orlando
These are in addition to the previously announced shift to American of TWA's service between Los Angeles and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
The following markets will soon be flown solely by TWA:
Chicago to Kansas City
Chicago to St. Louis
Dallas/Fort Worth to Kansas City
Dallas/Fort Worth to New York's JFK
Dallas/Fort Worth to St. Louis
TWA will also begin flying some of the flights between the following city
Chicago to Baltimore
Chicago to Raleigh/Durham
Dallas/Fort Worth to Albuquerque
Dallas/Fort Worth to Columbus
Dallas/Fort Worth to Nashville
With some TWA flying transitioning to American, TWA's larger Boeing 757 aircraft, previously used on these routes, will now be available for additional flying to the West Coast from the St. Louis hub.
In the very near future, as the integration continues, the differentiation between the two airlines will become less evident. TWA's fleet already features More Room Throughout Coach, adding extra legroom for coach passengers. Several airport facilities are already co-located with more combining each month. Within the next few months, personnel will all work from a single computer reservations and check-in system.
As American moves its aircraft to other routes, American Eagle will offer regional jet service in certain markets, including Boston to Washington National and Dallas/Fort Worth to Amarillo.
Regional Jets (RJs)
Under the terms of the TWA asset acquisition, American can now expand usage of the popular RJ in St. Louis. Markets that were not profitable when served by TWA's larger aircraft will retain service through the introduction of RJs, which allow for more frequency and more time of departure options for customers. These markets include:
St. Louis to Cleveland
St. Louis to Lincoln, Neb.
St. Louis to Louisville
St. Louis to Sioux Falls, S.D.
St. Louis to Toronto
Flights in the St. Louis to Cleveland market increase from four to six. In the St. Louis to Louisville market flights increase from four to five. And St. Louis to Sioux Falls service will increase from three to four flights daily with a fifth planned for spring 2002.
RJs will also be introduced on three of the six round-trips between St. Louis and Omaha and an additional three RJ flights will be added for a total of nine flights a day. The St. Louis to Lexington service will be upgraded from turboprops to RJs as well. In the Lincoln, Sioux Falls and Toronto markets, the RJs are replacing older DC9 aircraft scheduled for retirement. TWExpress will provide the RJ service in all of these markets.
Most of these specific changes will be reflected in Worldspan on Sept. 15 and in Sabre on Sept. 16, after the data has been uploaded to these computer reservations systems.
These changes will increase jet departures in St. Louis year-over-year. They also represent the foundation for a stronger St. Louis hub, where TWA often struggled to match capacity with demand.
TWA historically also had wrestled with not being part of a larger airline network. These scheduling changes now ensure the St. Louis hub will be fully integrated into American's global network, complementing its East/West hubs in Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.
American is discontinuing service in markets that are currently not
Chicago to Zurich Effective Nov. 1, 2001
San Jose to Portland Effective Nov. 1, 2001
These cancellations are in addition to those previously announced, including Los Angeles to Dallas Love Field, Los Angeles to Houston Hobby, Los Angeles to Paris, New York to Cairo/Riyadh and Seattle to Orange County, Calif.
``We were challenged in one of the most difficult economic climates in the history of commercial aviation to roll out a schedule that offers flights to the places our customers want to fly and, at the same time, build a strong, sensible network that will enable us to take first advantage of the eventual economic recovery,'' Joyner said. ``As we integrate TWA into American, we'll be constantly looking to maximize its assets -- the St. Louis hub, in particular -- so that American can offer the very best product and network for our customers and the communities we serve.''
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SOURCE: American Airlines
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