Turning Seattle into a global gateway hub appears to have been a failed experiment for American Airways.
The provider filed plans over the weekend to chop its ultimate worldwide route from the Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport (SEA), as first seen in Cirium schedules and later confirmed by an airline spokesperson.
Initially, American had deliberate to renew day by day service from Seattle to London for the upcoming summer season season, however that plan has now been scrapped. (American final operated service on this 4,801-mile route this summer season.)
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As a substitute, American will cede all Seattle-to-London flying to its Oneworld three way partnership accomplice, British Airways, which provides as much as two day by day nonstops out there.
American defined the lower with the next assertion:
As a part of a steady analysis of our community, American Airways has made the tough resolution to discontinue service between Seattle (SEA) and London (LHR). We plan to function 25 day by day flights to LHR subsequent summer season from 10 locations throughout the U.S. Our accomplice, British Airways, continues to function service between SEA and LHR. We’re proactively reaching out to impacted to prospects to supply alternate journey preparations.
Service to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) is slot-controlled, which implies that airways want “slots” for every arrival and departure. Slots at Heathrow are notoriously costly and tough to amass, so American will add a second day by day flight between Miami and London to make use of this slot from the deserted Seattle route.
This second-daily flight from Miami will start on April 1, 2024, and function with the next schedule onboard a 273-seat Boeing 777-200ER.
- American Flight 56 from Miami to London — 9:55 p.m. to 10:50 a.m. (subsequent day)
- American Flight 57 from London to Miami — 2:10 p.m. to six:35 p.m.
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Scrapping all worldwide service from Seattle is a giant blow to the provider’s technique within the Pacific Northwest and the native Seattle market.
Simply earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, American introduced plans to shift a few of its worldwide focus from its hub within the extremely aggressive Los Angeles market to Seattle, the place it hoped to ascertain a strategic presence in partnership with Alaska Airways to spice up worldwide connectivity.
Alaska deliberate to supply home feed to fill American’s new Seattle flights, which included routes to London, Shanghai and Bangalore, India.
After all, the pandemic hit simply weeks later, indefinitely suspending American’s plans to launch service from Seattle to China and India.
The airline ultimately inaugurated the London flight in March 2021, and it was flown fairly constantly by way of October 2023.
That mentioned, the flight seemingly did not carry out as American had hoped.
That is seemingly due, partially, to macroeconomic challenges within the Seattle enterprise market — buoyed by tech firms reminiscent of Amazon and Microsoft; it has confronted difficult financial circumstances, resulting in tightened budgets, particularly for journey.
With out worldwide flights, it will be fascinating to see what occurs to American’s home connectivity in Seattle. Proper now, the provider provides service from there to Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Price, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Phoenix, Cirium schedules present.
Although Seattle might have been a flop, American continues to broaden in Dallas Fort Price Worldwide Airport (DFW), the place it operates its largest hub.
This week, the airline filed plans to start a brand new summer season seasonal service to Redmond, Oregon, starting on Might 6, 2024.
American will function the route by way of Oct. 6, 2024, utilizing a 150-seat Airbus A320.