As JetBlue goes to 330 day schedule, they made some rather ambitious expansion of services out of BOS. I'm sure they won't end up operating anything close to this. So I wonder if this is just an optimistic scheduling hoping for additional customers from AA codeshares or getting used to advertise a larger schedule than they intend to operate. Long term, maybe they will also move to AA's practice of firming up schedules 3 months out. Having AA interline will allow them to re-accommodate passengers more easily.
Here is a rundown.
ATL back to 4x and 5x in August
BNA 3x on 4 days and 2x on other 3
BUF back to 4x for Sep/Oct
CHS back to 3x for Sep/Oct
CLT up to 6x for Sep/Oct
DEN up to 3x for a month longer to Oct
DFW up to 4x for Sep/Oct
FLL up to 6x in Sep/Oct and 8x by Dec
JAX back to 3x for Sep/Oct
LAS up to 6x for Sep/Oct
MCO up to 8x in Oct to Dec
PDX 2x on some days in Oct, then service in holiday weeks of Nov/Dec
PIT back to 6x for Sep/Oct
RDU 6x extended to Oct/Nov
SAN 4x all the way through
SDQ 2x in Oct/Nov
SFO 7x in Oct to Dec
TPA added another flight from Sep to Dec
more seasonal services to CUN/MVY/PAP
Anyways, a lot of frequency adds at a time when demand is down quite a bit.
Thanks for the rundown on this. And yes, their recently updated BOS schedule is very ambitious. I see two separate scenarios at play here, with the latter being more likely IMO.
1). B6 is anticipating a stronger than anticipated recovery for leisure travel to/from the BOS area in the summer, with the stronger demand continuing after the summer months through December. People are eager to travel again, and if vaccine production/distribution starts to ramp up, more people will be vaccinated and more people will therefore be comfortable traveling again. Predicting travel demand is very challenging in this current environment, so establishing a strong schedule in the event that a sharp recovery for travel demand occurs is necessary, even if the chances of such a sharp recovery occurring are very slim.
2). B6 wants to extend their schedule as far out as possible in order to take advantage of people booking their reservations well in advance (and gain the extra revenue that they would not have otherwise gotten with a shorter schedule window). With a longer/extended schedule, B6 can also delay refunding reservations by rebooking their travelers within the advanced schedule. Due to the partnership with AA, adopting the same 330 day schedule strategy as AA (as well as the other legacy carriers) is necessary.