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No American First Class Service To Latin America!

Wed Aug 14, 2002 10:32 am

Today I read, in the Wall Street Journal for the Americas, that the new American plan for reduce cost incluyed cut the First Class Service in the majority destinations to Latin American. The company reconfigured the cabins of the Boeing 767s, A300s and Boeing 777s wth two classes Business and Economy Class.

Also American is thinking cut some routes and reducing its frequency to the region, loosing its position in the comercial aviation market

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RE: No American First Class Service To Latin America!

Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:04 am

That information is wrong. Only 767-300s will be configured to two-class service. 777s and 767-200s (which serve the JFK-CCS route) will remain 3-class. AA has already gotten rid of 3-class A300s, which never served Latin America in the first place. Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paulo get 777s, and the few flights that are not 777s to these cities are likely to become 777s because of these changes. As of now, no Latin American destination with three-class service will loose all of it. Assuming the same equipment schedules, one MIA-EZE and MIA-GRU flight, DFW-SCL, and both MIA-GIG flights will loose three-class service, along with GRU-ASU and EZE-MVD. However, because American Airlines is going to be able to increase aircraft utilization, it also means that more 777s will possibly be used to American's six deep Latin America destinations, and with new two-class equipment and increased aircraft utilization, it means that flights like MIA-ASU, MIA-CNF, and MIA-MVD non-stop, instead of with stopvers in GRU, GIG, and EZE, respectfully, can become more viable in the future.

As for route cuts, I don't know, but I really doubt you will see any route cuts, though frequency cuts are likely. AA's newest Latin American route, MIA-PUJ, was announced yesterday.

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RE: No American First Class Service To Latin America!

Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:05 am

The Latin American network has been one of the few markets that experiences cutbacks; however, it comes to no surprise after a recent economic report predicts that the entire region's economy (except for Mexico's) will shrink, due mainly to the adverse effects coming from the sickly financial state of Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Venezuela.

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RE: No American First Class Service To Latin America!

Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:15 am

RJ_Delta, is this the article you are referring too?


They key quote is this:
La medida incluye la eliminación del servicio de primera clase en rutas secundarias en Europa y América Latina, de modo que pueda agregar más asientos de clase ejecutiva y turista en sus aviones.

Solo rutas secundarias van a pedir la primera clase. Miami-Santiago de Chile, Miami-Buenos Aires, JFK-Buenos Aires, y Miami-Sao Paulo son elejempos de rutas importantes que no van a pedir clase primera.

En el extremo, es una buena cosa, porque significará probablemente mas 777s a estos mercados, y abre nuevos mercados a American in Latino America, como Miami-Asuncion, Miami-Montevideo, y Miami-Belo Horizonte sin parada. Tambien puede abrir nuevos oppurtunidades in Europe, como O'Hare-Athena y Miami-Barcelona.

Sin embargo, el mercado de Latino America está ablandando. Venezuela, Brasil, y la Argentina están lastimando, aunque Ecuador, México, América Central, la República Dominicana, y Chile están haciendo muy bien.

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