AS have set their sights on starting service to PTY...they're just waiting for either the 737Max or A321. That would also put LAX-CTG (Cartagena) and LAX-BOG within reach.
AS does have their sights set on more Central America, but AS can easily fly LAX-PTY with a 737-800 as Copa does 3x daily, if they had the authority.
I have a sneaking suspicion that more tourist destinations are in the cards, maybe Belize. I can't imagine AS jumping into a foreign dominated market when other routes have less than a 3 x daily service by a dominant carrier to the market.
As far as cross fleeting goes, it makes perfect sense for AS to move the A-320's into the west coast markets, up & down the coast, those frames will likely be the first to go & why not put the cycles on those frames & leave the longer hauls to the 737-800/900 fleets, which we are sure AS wanted, as they were ordered new.
The newer markets are being operated with E-175 jets flown by both QX & OO, with the Q-400's for their smallest & shortest markets. This is AS going forward until they can rid themselves of the Airbus leases & by then replace 1 for 1 with 737-MAX aircraft already on order & on option, if applicable.
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