American Airways’ stunning new Seattle to Shanghai flight is now on sale.
American Airways’ Seattle enlargement
One of many extra fascinating developments within the airline business previously a number of months has been the information that Alaska Airways will be part of the oneworld alliance, and American and Alaska will cooperate extra intently.
Alaska Airways might be becoming a member of oneworld
The final concept appears to be that American might be including lengthy haul flights out of Seattle, whereas Alaska will largely present the home feed for these flights (come and consider it, that sounds lots just like the premise of the Alaska & Delta partnership a few years again, and that didn’t finish properly).
American’s enlargement out of Seattle began with the announcement of a brand new Seattle to Bangalore flight, which might symbolize American’s resumption of service to India. Whereas the route was speculated to launch in October 2020, that can now be delayed by a 12 months.
American Airways may even be launching a Seattle to London flight, which is scheduled to begin as of March 2021.
Then in July American introduced enormous cuts to its LAX worldwide hub, because the airline is canceling its flights to Beijing, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Sao Paulo. The one optimistic information right here is that American is shifting its Shanghai flight to Seattle, so it represents a route shift, somewhat than a cancelation altogether.
Which means American may have three each day lengthy haul flights out of Seattle (ultimately).
American’s three lengthy haul routes out of Seattle
Particulars of American’s Seattle to Shanghai flight
Seats are actually on sale for American Airways’ new each day Seattle to Shanghai flight, which launches as of March 27, 2021. The brand new flight will function with the next schedule:
AA183 Seattle to Shanghai departing 12:50PM arriving 4:25PM (+1 day)AA182 Shanghai to Seattle departing 6:25PM arriving 3:10PM
The flight will cowl a distance of 5,717 miles in every route, and is blocked at 12hr35min westbound and 11hr45min eastbound.
American will use a Boeing 777-200 for the route, that includes enterprise class, premium economic system, and economic system.
American Airways’ 777 premium economic system
Whereas the flight is on sale, sadly as of now there’s not a lot in the way in which of enterprise class improve or award availability.
Attention-grabbing plane utilization…
I’m curious in regards to the plane utilization right here, because the airplane departs Seattle at 12:50PM and returns to Seattle at 3:10PM. In different phrases, if this weren’t “cycled” with one other flight, American would want two 777s to function this route.
At first I questioned if American would create a rotation whereby the London and Shanghai planes change in Seattle, however that doesn’t make a lot sense. The London flight has excellent plane utilization for one body, because the airplane can fly roundtrip and have three hours on the bottom in Seattle.
So will American simply park the 777 in Seattle for 22 hours per day, or will the 777 join onwards to DFW or LAX or elsewhere? I don’t see any 777s scheduled domestically from Seattle but, however that would nonetheless be coming.
Will American additionally function 777s on home routes to & from SEA?
American Airways might be launching flights from Seattle to each London and Shanghai as of March 27, 2021, with that latter flight having simply gone on sale. It’s fascinating to see American turning Seattle right into a hub, which is one thing I might have by no means anticipated to see even a 12 months in the past.
What do you make of American’s new Seattle to Shanghai flight?