American Airways has scheduled its flagship Boeing 777-300ER on a route I might have by no means anticipated. Nothing actually comes as a shock within the airline trade anymore, however this has nonetheless caught me off guard a bit…
American will fly 777-300ER from Raleigh
American Airways flies to London Heathrow from as much as 10 US cities. Virtually all of these cities are American Airways hubs, with two exceptions — Boston and Raleigh-Durham.
Properly, for the upcoming winter schedule, American Airways has scheduled the Boeing 777-300ER every day between Raleigh-Durham and London. As of now the aircraft is assigned on the route from October 25, 2020, by March 27, 2021. In any other case the route is operated by a Boeing 777-200ER.
For what it’s worth, the route operates every day with the next schedule:
AA174 Raleigh to London departing 7:25PM arriving 7:50AM (+1 day)AA173 London to Raleigh departing 11:55AM arriving 3:50PM
Now, I do assume it’s worth mentioning that plane varieties are all the time topic to vary, so it’s potential American will backtrack on this plane project. Nevertheless, the choice was clearly intentional, since that is the primary time the plane is scheduled to function this route.
American’s 777-300ER enterprise class
Why American’s 777-300ER is exclusive
American Airways has 20 Boeing 777-300ERs, and has traditionally used these for its most premium routes. American has flown them:
From Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York
To Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo
Not solely is the 777-300ER American’s largest aircraft, but it surely’s additionally the one vast physique American Airways aircraft to function worldwide top quality (not that it’s a lot to get enthusiastic about).
American’s 777-300ER top quality
In different phrases, American has been actually purposeful in regards to the routes on which they’ve scheduled this aircraft.
That’s very true when you think about that American Airways presents Flagship First Eating out of all 4 of the US hubs that usually function 777-300ERs.
American’s Flagship First Eating Miami
Why this aircraft project is shocking
Taking a look at American’s aircraft assignments for this winter, the 777-300ERs are closely centered on London Heathrow:
4 of 4 every day Dallas to London flights are operated by 777-300ERs
Two of two every day Los Angeles to London flights are operated by 777-300ERs
Two of three every day New York to London flights are operated by 777-300ERs
On prime of that:
The every day Dallas to Hong Kong flight is operated by 777-300ERs
The every day Los Angeles to Hong Kong flight is operated by 777-300ERs
Two of three every day Miami to Sao Paulo flights are operated by 777-300ERs
The every day New York to Sao Paulo flight is operated by 777-300ERs
American has operated the Raleigh-Durham flight for about 25 years, and initially the route was nearly an worker shuttle for GlaxoSmithKline. Nevertheless, it’s my understanding that over time the route has develop into much less depending on that site visitors, as the corporate has downsized within the space.
Nonetheless American has saved utilizing greater planes on the route — initially it was operated by a 757-200, then by a 767-300, then by a 777-200, and never by a 777-300.
What ought to we make of this 777-300ER project?
It clearly reveals that American simply doesn’t have a lot use for 777-300ERs in the meanwhile, between financial challenges in Argentina and Brazil, the overall lack of demand for Asia journey, and Australia borders being closed
I’m certain there’s logic to this capability enhance, so I’m unsure if this comes right down to cargo or one thing else; this have to be one among their higher performing London routes
Personally what I discover shocking is that they’re flying the 777-300ER to London Heathrow out of Raleigh, fairly than from Charlotte, Philadelphia, and so forth.
American Airways 777-300ER
Should you ask me, Raleigh-Durham to London is probably the most shocking 777-300ER route that American Airways has scheduled to this point.
I’m certain it is sensible, or at the least as a lot sense as something within the trade could make in the meanwhile — the query is whether or not there’s really some very compelling motive to function this (cargo or one thing?), or whether or not demand is in any other case simply so weak throughout the board that that is the very best of the horrible choices.
Are you shocked to see American fly the 777-300ER from RDU to LHR?